Hockey Alberta Releases “Hockey’s Path Forward” in Light of New Provincial Announcements
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Hockey Alberta has released a new set of guidelines called “Hockey’s Path Forward” reflecting the latest changes to COVID-19 health restrictions by the Government of Alberta.
The organization called for the remainder of the province’s minor hockey season to be canceled on February 2, followed by the junior and senior seasons on February 8 when it became clear that the likelihood of more league games happening was. very weak.
While still the case, minor hockey teams are now allowed to resume training as Alberta enters Stage 1 of the government’s “One Way Forward” plan.
“This is definitely a positive step in getting players back on the ice for hockey activities,” Hockey Alberta senior communications director Brad Lyon said in a statement.
Hockey Alberta described the new guidelines as a plan to help its member organizations and teams structure their operations and keep players engaged in the game while meeting all applicable guidelines. The plan aims to provide a hockey experience for players using development programs.
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In line with the latest government-imposed health restrictions introduced on February 8, the plan states that all participants must be 18 years of age or younger (except coaches / instructors), a maximum of 10 participants (including coaches) are allowed per session. , training is authorized for indoor and outdoor training while games are not, physical distance must be maintained at all times between all participants and groups, access to locker rooms must be limited and ice surfaces interiors can be divided to allow two groups of 10 to be active on the ice at the same time.
The plan continues in detail to address topics such as indoor practices, outdoor practices, coaches, registration, penalties, expectations, masks, record keeping, public health contact tracing and confidentiality, planning a rapid response to sick participants, reporting a positive COVID case. , changing rooms, parents / companions and spectators.
Since these new guidelines only apply to members of minor hockey associations, players over the age of 18 will have to wait for Stage 3 of the reopening strategy before having the opportunity to return to the ice. This is when “adult team sports” will be permitted.
“We want to provide the opportunity to participate in hockey locally,” said Rob Litwinski, CEO of Hockey Alberta. “We know it won’t be feasible everywhere. All we are trying to do is make people aware of what is possible and what is not possible based on government regulations. “