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SHA Statement on Return to Play for the 2020/21 Season
Submitted By Amanda Madere on Monday, August 24, 2020
SHA is committed to providing a rewarding hockey experience for all players and participants through exceptional programming with a focus on fun, safety, teamwork, respect and sportsmanship. But safety comes first, and that has never been more important!  

Ours approach to COVID-19 can be broken down into two parts; actions taken when entering or using facilities, and actions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 because of a hockey event.   

When entering and using facilities, SHA participants will strictly adhere to directions from facility management.  These folks are just as dedicated to keep people safe, and we will work with them, in pursuit of that goal.  

Before registering, get educated on our plans for dealing with the reality of COVID-19.  NationalProvincialRegional sporting organizations have worked very hard to develop the protocols and policies required, to enable us to undertake this recreational activity, in a safe manner.  Read the plans, seek out the information, and get informed.   

Hockey is going to be different this year, and the decision to join us is a personal one.  For some, the risk will be just too great.  If unsure; talk to your Health Care Provider.   We respect your decision and want you to know that we will be here when this has passed.  Everyone’s situation is different, but everyone that joins, needs to do their part to keep all of us safe.   

Not only does “thinking safety” start before you even register, it needs to start before you leave for the arena! 

 Every time a Parent/Guardian, Coach and Player access any of our activities, we ask you to self-assess for COVID-19.  For Players, it’s a requirement to prove it, using the Ontario Government’s COVID-19 self-assessment (found athttps://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/).  It only takes a minute to do, and a minute to send to the coach. Follow the advice provided in the self-assessment! No hockey event will be worth exposing anyone to COVID-19.  Hockey can wait! 

But it doesn’t end there.  Change is certain.  Stay up to date.  Follow the latest guidance.  This website and Lambton Public Health (https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/2019-novel-coronavirus/) are great places to start! 

Getting back to hockey has been a long time coming.  Folks are excited to be back.  However, to keep enjoying the game we love, we all must do our part to keep each other safe.  Thanks very much for doing your part! 

Sarnia Hockey Association’s 10 Commitments

  1. Self-screen. Before leaving for the arena! If you or anyone close to you feels even a little symptomatic…stay away! Get well soon and then come back! 
  2. Follow directions of arena staff, arena signs, and Lambton Public Health. Playing is a privilege, watching is a luxury that we might have to forgo. 
  3. Sanitize hands on entry, on exit, and after touching anything. Soap and water are best; hand sanitizer works.   
  4. Maintain separation whenever possible! 2m/6ft or at least a hockey stick away! 
  5. Sneeze into your elbow or, (better yet) a tissue.  Dispose of properly! 
  6. No spitting! Not anywhere! 
  7. Name on water bottle, never touch anyone else’s water bottle.  
  8. Mask on until helmet’s on. Helmet’s off; mask on! 
  9. Arrive as late and as prepared as possible.  Leave and wash your equipment, as soon as possible. 
  10. Treat everyone with kindness.  We are all in this together, and we are all have a part to play. 


Note: In keeping with Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines, SHA has appointed a COVID Health and Safety Information Officer.  Please direct comments and questions to [email protected].

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