Planning For Minor Hockey During Covid-19, News (Orono Amateur Athletic Association)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Planning For Minor Hockey During Covid-19
Submitted By Jeff Caplan on Friday, July 10, 2020
Hockey is a team sport and that is no different off of the ice. We all want hockey to return and we all need to work together to make that happen. 

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association is following the public health guidelines of the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Hockey Federation’s Return to Hockey Framework.

The framework is currently in Stage 2 – Phase 1, which allows for Individual In-Person Training and Group Virtual Training.



The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the hockey world has affected every
organization. To ensure a safe return to the ice, communication between
associations across the country and around the world is vital to get the best
practices under control.

Ian Taylor, the Executive Director of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association,
and Glen Andresen, Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey, joined the
season finale of 
The Coaches Site's Glass and Out Podcast to discuss how
the response to the return to hockey compares in various provinces and
states.  
“We’ve gone through the process of starting to plan contingencies,
when we can start, what that might look like. We’ve heard a lot about when
we might return to regular hockey and 5 on 5 hockey, and looking more
and more that we may be in a situation where we may get back on the ice
but it certainly isn’t the same hockey that we left back in March,” said Taylor.


The biggest challenges according to Taylor are simply not knowing the
answers to all of the questions. Even when hockey does return, what it will
look like and how it will be different still remains to be determined. During
this time, the typical off-season, preparations are being made for the season
as it would normally happen but with the understanding that there are
contingencies.


“Some days you’re just talking about what-ifs. That’s kind of where we are,
we’re still in a what-if situation. At the end of the day there’s nothing definitive
except for whatever we do we’ve got to make sure it’s in the best interest
of thekids and everyone is safe. When hockey is ready to come back, we’ll
be ready for it.”


Minor hockey associations have had to adapt from simply being users of
city facilities to now partners to ensure that proper protocol and guidelines
are being followed. The OMHA is working with the Ontario Recreational
Facilities Association on what guidelines are be needed for a safe return
to rinks.


It is understood that everyone wants to get back to the rink. Not just to
skate and play games but to see teammates again and socialize. It’s
important to remember that one of the worst case scenarios would be
having to stop the season after starting it again.
 
This article has been viewed 219 times.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 20
    Sep
    Organization
    As the 2020-2021 hockey season is quickly approaching.....we still NEED coaches! If you're thinking about coaching....this is the season to start.  All Coach 1 and Coach 2 courses are online only this year and the OAAA will pay for half of the ...
  • 17
    Sep
    Organization
    We are ALMOST there…  Once again, we can’t thank our members enough for your patience, as we wait for our season to start.  We cannot emphasize enough, how different the 2020-2021 season is going to look, but your OAAA Executive is working ...
  • 11
    Sep
    Organization
    With the ice almost ready at our arena, The OAAA is happy to pass on more information about what the hockey season will look like. PLEASE NOTE: we are still in need of Head Coaches and Trainers for all divisions!  Remember we cannot put a team on ...
  • 07
    Sep
    Organization
    As we move closer to the start of hockey, all OAAA players will soon be asked to complete a 'Confirmation Form' to confirm their registration and intention to play in Orono this year.  We will also be collecting the first installment of the ...
  • 02
    Sep
    Organization
    Have you been thinking about coaching? This hockey season we need you!  With the changes to hockey due to the Covid-19 situation, the OAAA is in need of more coaches than ever before due to the player cap per team.
  • 28
    Aug
    Organization
    The OMHA has released the 2020-21 coaching requirements.  Any questions about qualifications can be directed to our OMHA Rep Mark Foster at [email protected]  OMHA 2020-21 Coach Qualifications If you are interested in coaching (and we need a lot ...
  • 26
    Aug
    Organization
    Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers, Trainers and Officials..... The OMHA has created a mandatory online course for all team bench staff to try and faciliate a smooth transition back to hockey.
  • 20
    Aug
    Organization
    The OMHA is preparing to move into Stage 3B of Return to Hockey.    Hopefully this article answers some questions you may have about the 2020-2021 hockey season. 
Printed from oaaa.ca on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 5:03 PM