Update: Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
It includes the following major updates reflective of the new guidelines set by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/COVID-19:
September 9th, 2021 Covid Protocols Update
The following Covid Protocol is in effect for the 2021/22 September Tryouts (including Open Skates, Prep. Skates and Tryouts). Consistent with Provincial Legislation and Municipal Rules the Covid Protocol is to provide a safe as possible environment for the Players, Parents and Team Staff.
1. Players, Parents and Team Staff must wear a mask in the Arena at all times except for on ice activity.
2. Players are not allowed to enter the Arena until 20 minutes prior to the scheduled ice time. The Registration Desk will be open 20 minutes prior to the scheduled ice time for each team.
3. The Registration Desk will be in the foyer and Players/Parents are to maintain proper social distancing while waiting to check in.
4. In order to decrease the number of people in the building please limit, where possible, to 1 Parent/family member per player
5. Players are to arrive dressed except for Helmet, Gloves and Skates (with the exception of goalies).
6. The number of Players on the ice is limited to a maximum of 40 (Eddie Bush Arena) and 40 (Central Park Arena). Coaches are included in these limits.
7. Dressing Rooms are limited to a maximum of 10 players. There will be 2 Dressing Rooms available per group (Eddie Bush Arena) and 2 Dressing Rooms (Central Arena). Coaches and on ice helpers are part of these number
8. Players above the limits in #7 will be provided a chair in the Lobby of the Arena. The number of Players using the Lobby will be limited to 10.
9. All players and spectators must sign in at the door and fill out appropriate township COVID questionnaire.
10. Players must Pre-Register online through their Ramp Registration to confirm a spot at Tryouts.
11. As Stated by OWHA, a condition of participation in the OWHA, players and other participants who were born before 2010 must be fully vaccinated as soon as possible by no later than October 17, 2021. Details will be posted when available.
July 7, 2021
June 11 Update
Collingwood Girls Hockey Association
Return to Play
Current Operation Guidelines
All facilities are closed and current events are on hold for our association. When this changes we will update this page. Please check back to ensure that you are familiar with the current operation protocols.
The safety and health of our Lightning players, families and staff are of the utmost importance to the COLGHA, and at the forefront when we created this guide on return to play for the 2020/2021 season.
As we are slowly opening back up our community and recreation facilities, we have turned our thoughts to the safe return of the 2020/21 hockey season. The following Return to Play protocols have been developed in accordance with standards and directives set out by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), Hockey Canada (HC), and Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA).
Advancement through Stages 3b to 3e will be at the approval and direction of the OWHA. Additionally, this Plan is for the commencing September 23rd, noting this is an evolving Plan based on changes ….
At this time, return to normal hockey play, including participation in travel tournaments, will not occur until a COVID19 vaccine is available and the Province advances to Stage 4.
Staff & Player Participation
Per the OWHA Framework;
Registration for 2020/2021 Season
COVID19 Screening & Reporting
A record of all participants (players and staff) including name, phone number, date/time of the Session, must be maintained by the Team Trainer and/or Manager. Once the Session is finished the record must be signed, completed by Team Trainer and/or Manager and placed in the Town of Collingwood box. COLGHA Secretary will be responsible for storing these participant logs for the 2020/2021 season and up to 2 years. Upon request, this information must be provided to the Municipality and/or SMDHU, in the event there is a need to Contact Trace a COVID 19 positive case.
ALL participants, including player, coaches, instructors MUST complete a health screening (pre-screening for Covid 19 symptoms or exposure) per the prescribed OHF Screening Form prior to participation at each Team Session. A record of the health screen is to be maintained by the team Trainer and/or Manager. The health screen may be completed verbally and documented as such OR completed with the use of technology and saved by the COLGHA Secretary.
Please arrive no more than 15 mins early for your practice/game
Families of Players need to maintain proper physical distancing in the parking lot and within the arena (if their players are a younger age) and use hand sanitizer at appropriate times.
All players must be fully dressed before entering the arena. Users will be permitted to use designated chairs in the arena for skates, helmet and gloves. Please arrive wearing as much equipment as possible.
Washrooms will be available at the arena, changerooms will not be open.
A Waiver must be signed by all parents of players who will be participating in the sessions prior to the first skate, saying that they have been educated and understand all of the protocols.
A team manager or trainer must be present and ensure that an attendance is being taken upon each player entering and that they have completed the screening prior to arriving or in hard copy at the time of arrival. This will be handed into the arena and filed by the manager/trainer with the league and kept for 2 years.
Younger players may have a parent with them to assist with skates, helmet and gloves, but must leave upon finishing getting their player dressed. The players will be escorted out to the ice by the Den Mother and Coaches that will be going onto the ice with them.
A MASK MUST BE WORN BY ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE ARENA!
Those who answer YES to any question or refuse to answer or choose not to wear a mask, will be denied access to the building and will be asked to follow section 8 of this guide. Access is not permitted to anyone presenting the following symptoms:
? Difficulty breathing
? Muscle aches
? Sore throat
? Runny nose
There are to be no spectators in the arena at this time, but this will be reevaluated as changes are made by The Town of Collingwood, OWHA, Public Health and the Government of Ontario.
There is a maximum of 25 persons on the ice.
Each player is required to have their own individual water bottle on the ice and it must be clearly marked with their name and identify mark.
No player or coach should be spitting and or blowing their nose onto the ice.
Benches are available, but players and coaches must practice physical distancing to the best of their ability. This is to be done on the ice as well.
All trainers need to ensure that they have their team first aid kit on their bench or within the facility in case it is needed.
If a player exhibits any signs or symptoms while on the ice they are to notify their coach or trainer and immediately leave the ice. The parents will be notified by the trainer off-ice to come and pick up the player. The trainer will notify the parent that it is recommended that the player be assessed by their health care provider and or recommend that they call public health for further direction. The Player will not be allowed to return until such time as Medical Clearance is obtained through a negative COVID 19 test or a quarantine period of 14 days. This applies to all coaching staff and to parents and volunteers.
Modified Game Play
The Association will provide a non contact game format, provided by OWHA province wide. This will be looked at as we move through stages forward or backwards. Please read through the season structure plan for formats and how our tentative season will look.
Parents will be required to attend either a Zoom meeting or read all pertinent emails regarding the league, to be educated on all of the protocols and rules that our association will be abiding by.
When information changes and becomes available to us we will be using a mass email system, along with social media, and our website. Team meetings will occur when information needs to get to parents immediately.
If parents have questions about protocols or about the season structure these can be sent to the league secretary and she will get one of the Return to Play committee members to get back to you with the answers that you need.
Exiting the Arena
Parents may greet their players at the approved exit and assist them in gathering their equipment to exit the arena.
The player is able to change out of their skates, helmet and gloves before they leave and must put their mask back on upon removing their helmet and mouth guard. The remainder of their equipment must be removed after leaving the arena in the parking lot.
The Town of Collingwood asks that there is no loitering in the parking lot and that once players are changed that they leave the grounds so that groups coming into the arena have room to move around and can properly physically distance.
For the 2020-2021 season we will have a different type of structure to coincide with the fluid circumstances that we are currently in. Our season will be as follows:
September to October: This will consist of 2 to 4 weeks of development for all age groups. It is here that we want to emphasize the idea of Fun, Development and Exercise. We will have 20-21 skaters on the ice at one time with 4-5 instructors to run each session. As well, we will have one den mother within the facility in case children need to use the washrooms or there are problems and a child needs to come off. All staff will be wearing a mask when off the ice.
November to December: If circumstances are in our favour we will begin a 3 on 3 structure with all of our groups. In some circumstances there may be a mixing of age groups so that we can put together enough teams to keep it interesting and fun for the girls. Practices will also continue at this time as well. Prior to play of 3 on 3 we will release playing rules that all coaches and players must adhere to. As well, if the direction of the Town of Collingwood and Public Health allows us, one parent will be allowed in to spectate, however no siblings will be allowed. This will continue for the two months as we reevaluate where we will be in January.
January to March: Again, if Public Health, OWHA and the numbers allowed by the Government permit us to do so, it will be at this time that we will look into the possibility of putting together extended groups for 3 on 3 league play, involving some other centres. This will take place for the three months with final games taking place in March.
As we work through these plans please keep in mind the most important fact, that these are fluid plans and they may change at any time. It is very important that we all follow guidelines so that we can keep our teams on the ice. We need to be thankful that we are even on the ice at this time. We will work towards an upbeat attitude of fun and development and ensure our kids get the exercise they need and the mental break they require. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our executive team.
Appendix A: COVID-19 Education Resources Association/Teams must ensure that staff, coaches, skaters, parents, members and volunteers receive education on new safety and hygiene protocols within the association/team. Members should be sent Government-approved information on ways to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The following links can be sent by the association/team to their members:
Ontario Public Health Public Resources: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and- conditions/infectious diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus/public-resources.
The following resources are also available on the Ontario Public Health website. Please ensure you are using the most up-to-date version of these tools by consulting the address above.
Ministry of Health - Ontario: COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_reference_doc_sympto ms. pdf
Ontario COVID-19 Online Self-assessment Tool
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ Ontario Women’s Hockey Association
http://www.owha.on.ca/ Please refer to the OWHA website Return to Play/Return to Hockey regulations for information that have guided our protocols.
For further information on Risk Management please consult the OWHA return to play documents:
Five Practices for good Hygiene and Safety
Non-Medical Face Masks: It is mandatory for everyone entering the arena/facility to wear a non-medical exercise mask over their chin, mouth and nose whenever physical distancing cannot be followed. Masks can be removed by participants while engaging in any activity, providing physical distancing is practiced. Wearing a mask is not a suitable substitute for physical distancing, but can be used in combination with hand washing, disinfectant and other good hygienic practices when physical distancing is not possible.
Below are the regulations from Public Health. More can be found on their website at the end of this document. All of our regulations, in combination with provincial bodies and local bodies must be adhered to. No one will be allowed in the arena/facility without a face mask.
https://www.publichealthontario.ca/- /media/documents/ncov/factsheet/factsheet-covid-19-guide-physicaldistancing.pdf?la=en How to self-monitor https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheetcovid-19-self-monitor.pdf?la=en
How to self-monitor
When and How to Wear a Mask
How to Self-Isolate