Registration Deadline Extended to Sept 14th PLUS FAQ, News (Collingwood Girls Hockey)

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Registration Deadline Extended to Sept 14th PLUS FAQ
Submitted By Ivy Martin on Monday, September 7, 2020
The COLGHA has extended the registration deadline to September 14th 2020, for all U9 through U18 players. Fundamentals and U22 will remain open until further notice. There will be further opportunities to register this season, as we recognize the need to be flexible and want to give you choices concerning your participation.  

Please be considerate of our volunteers who will have limited time to organize groups and must spend the necessary time involved in also relaying all safety measures to you. The COLGHA is composed of VOLUNTEERS. We have jobs, small businesses, children, aging parents and multiple obligations. The COLGHA is also composed of the very people that started this Association and fought hard to bring girls hockey into this community and to you. We now have another battle on our hands, and we ask that you actively participate in helping us continue to achieve our goals.

Our mission is very clear; The COLGHA promotes participation, develops opportunities and provides a fun, safe and rewarding hockey experience. We are committed to providing an environment that builds solid friendships through teamwork, respect and integrity. Our kids play with your kids, we care about the same things you care about, and together we will do everything we can to establish and follow all necessary guidelines and protocols in order to have our girls back on the ice and enjoying the game of hockey. Let’s make this a positive experience for our Lightning players!

TOP 20 FAQ


1. What is the registration fee for the 2020/21 season and why?

The COLGHA is committed to providing quality programming, while keeping all Lightning players, staff and families safe. Each phase of return to play will be evaluated by our executive, and the return to play committee. We are very fortunate to have two Doctors on hand for further advice and we will continue to follow OWHA, Hockey Canada, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Town of Collingwood protocols and policies before making changes to the season structure. The season fees will be set up in BLOCKS, and subject to change based on available programming, but will not increase beyond the $600 basic registration fee.

BLOCK #1 September/October $200 due prior to first skate, tentatively mid September.

BLOCK #2 November/December $200, due November 1st 2020.

BLOCK #3 Jan/Feb/March $200 to be confirmed, due Jan 1st 2021.

Please understand that based on our treasurer's report from last season, it costs approximately $620 per player for the basics; Hockey Canada insurance approx. $75 per player, OWHA team registration, admin fees (website, merchant account, equipment) and the bulk of costs include ICE TIME. Since the COLGHA does not charge gate fees, we rely on our sponsorship and fundraising to keep our game costs affordable for all families. We are doing our best to accommodate possible season changes, while also keeping in mind that there may be portions of the season that you as a family may not be comfortable with, regardless of safety measures in place.

Please Register your player!
Offline payments such as cash or cheque may be dropped off ℅ COLGHA Registrar, 434 Fourth Street West, Collingwood. E transfer to [email protected]. Credit card payments will be online shortly, please wait for the update. If you are in need of financial assistance, please email [email protected], you will be redirected to our Treasurer.


2. What can we expect upon entering the arena in the Town of Collingwood?

All COLGHA members will have access to a pre taped video run through prior to players first skate. Yes, there will be online forms to submit and attendance will be verified. Yes, there will be questions pertaining to players' health that will be required before access to the building. Each ‘group’ will have a designated Den Mother that will not participate on the ice, her sole responsibility will be the Lightning players off ice needs. Masks are mandatory from the car, and in or around the facility for all parents, players and coaching staff. Currently dressing rooms are not accessible, players are asked to arrive dressed for their ice time. Designated seating will be available to put on skates, helmet, gloves. Washrooms will be available. Detailed instructions and a complete CHECKLIST will be shared with all Lightning families prior to your first ice time.


3. In the past players were able to play up one age category when deemed appropriate by our organization.  Will this still be allowed based on the return to hockey document?

OWHA age categories are based on the oldest player on a team. Associations may assign players to teams as they deem appropriate. The COLGHA is restricting movement among age divisions for the initial development portion of the 2020/21 season. If and when player movement is required by the COLGHA, it will be at the discretion of the COLGHA executive and development staff based on numbers and further approval from the OWHA.


4. Who needs to register on RAMP, within the COLGHA?

All Lightning participants, players, staff and executives MUST register using the registration link provided. There are mandatory waivers that must be reviewed and signed by ALL members. Parents must sign waivers, players must sign as requested. The OWHA will do random checks on each roster to ensure that the players have signed. Without these signatures, the rosters WILL NOT BE APPROVED.


5. Who decides if 3on3 or 4on4 can run?

Once an OWHA sanctioned 2 week development stage is completed, an association may continue development sessions or may choose to offer either or both 3on3 and 4on4 in accordance with OWHA rules that will be posted by mid September. Modified game play will only occur once the facility, in this case the Town of Collingwood allows game play, and the COLGHA has deemed it appropriate and safe. The COLGHA has determined a MINIMUM of 2-4 weeks of skills and development training.


6. If a girl registers with the boys and later in the year we are able to make competitive teams will she be allowed to transfer to the OWHA (COLGHA)?

No. Players must decide. Affiliations and double organization play (female development players) are not allowed this season.


7. Are spectators allowed in Collingwood Central Arena?

Spectators are currently not permitted. Each participant under the age of 18 is allowed one person to assist them in tying their skates but then must immediately vacate the facility. The Den Mother will be on hand for anything non ice related. We will continue to update you as facility protocols change.


8. Will the COLGHA have ice time in Thornbury and/or Clearview?

For the month of September/October, you can expect all ice at Central Arena in Collingwood. We will update you if and when we can resume activities within our neighboring arenas.


9. Will there be Fundamentals for All Ages (ie 4-5 years old and new skaters) this season? And I see you have a U22 Intermediate division?

Yes, the COLGHA is working towards a Fundamentals Session at some point. It may run for two shorter sessions or for a block of time. There is currently no registration fee, if you are interested in the Fundamentals Program, we strongly encourage registration so we may gage interest and numbers. Yes, we are also hoping to offer a U22 division. Again, there is no registration fee package set up for this yet, we strongly encourage you to register if you are interested in the U22 division, this will support our planning.


10. How do I log into RAMP in order to Register as a Lightning Player, Staff or Executive?

The COLGHA has provided you with the registration link. You must create an account then create profiles for your family members to register. RAMP is our new registration platform, which is why you must create a new account.


11. What does the term ‘group’ and ‘extended group’ mean?

As mentioned in the OWHA Return to Play document, a ‘Group’ is a collection of participants who have been registered on a team in the OWHA registration database and have been put together for development and training purposes. An ‘Extended Group’ is a collective of specific OWHA groups that train within the OWHA requirements and do not exceed the numbers permitted by the Ontario government and Public Health Units.


12. Will coaches be permitted to coach more than 1 team during a season?

There is no OWHA restriction on coaches participating with more than one team as coaches must maintain physical distancing at all times. Coaches must be properly registered.


13. Will players that played on a boys/coed team last season, be allowed to register with an OWHA organization this season?

Yes. Players may only participate in one association.


14. Can a player switch to a different organization from last season if it still remains in the same Public Health Unit?

A player may play where she chooses as long as she has a release from her previous association and there are no restrictions from the PHU. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has asked us to update them regarding our season plan and participant PHU’s.


15. Can our group participate in an overnight team-building session? Are tournaments and/or league play allowed? When are OWHA/COLGHA teams and players able to participate in non-sanctioned hockey?

Not at this time. No. And they are NOT able to participate in non sanctioned hockey at any time.


16. There is a private facility in our community with absolutely no affiliation with our association that is offering 3on3 leagues. Can players participate in that private league at the same time as being registered with our association and the OWHA? Can players participate in outside skills sessions held by 3rd party instructors that will have a different group of kids (boys and girls) than the participants OWHA Group?

OWHA programming is in place now and OWHA/COLGHA members are working hard in providing safe and positive programs for participants. Our Association will operate development programs and may register and secure support from individuals we feel offer positive training experiences for our players. There is no benefit of membership, nor Hockey Canada insurance coverage in place for non-sanctioned activities. Health and safety guidelines clearly suggest hockey participation is limited to only 1 of the sanctioned hockey associations in the province of Ontario and from there, players are confined to only 1 Group and 1 Extended Group. The COLGHA supports these health and safety measures, and will do our best to provide specialized development sessions within our organization.


17. When is our AGM?

The COLGHA  Annual General Meeting has been postponed until late October.


18. Where do I find more information regarding Return to Play and even more FAQ?

Please visit the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association website, www.owha.on.ca. Information is updated and posted on their home page regularly. 


19. How much money will I save on Tim Hortons and Gas this season?

Oodles and oodles.


20. Will this be the same as all the other hockey seasons?

No, we are in the middle of a global pandemic. But we are so excited to get back on the ice!


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