RETURN TO PLAY

AUGUST 27, 2020 UPDATE:

Return to Hockey:

On August 24, viaSport announced that BC is moving to “Phase 3 – Progressively Loosen” in the Return to Sport Guidelines.  Further details are provided below:

https://www.viasport.ca/news/play-ball-sport-moves-phase-3

https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/ReturntoSportGuidelines.pdf.

The updated guidelines include recommendations for how sports can progressively expand their activities while continuing to adhere to current public health recommendations.  Phase 3 allows for an increased level of interaction amongst participants (games, drills etc), while continuing to maintain physical distance as much as possible.  The move to Phase 3 will be gradual, including a PCAHA regular season that we expect to start the week of October 13 for all divisions, except U7 (December 2020) and U9 (January 2021).  Before we can move to Phase 3, MRFMHA will need to update our Return to Hockey Plan to incorporate the new guidelines.  The updated document will be circulated it once it is approved by the MRFMHA Board.

In terms of regular season play, PCAHA will be drafting a schedule that introduces the use of “cohorts”.  Each “cohort” will consist of 4 teams that will play each other for a 3-4 week period and then take a 2 week break from gameplay before resuming gameplay with a new cohort.  The end result is there will likely be a higher practice to game ratio than prior seasons.  All the details are still being finalized and we will continue to pass along updates as we have them.

Initial Ice Schedules:

Below is a summary of how the season will look in September for each division (ice times are per player).  There will be an increase and potential change in ice times/days once Planet Ice Maple Ridge re-opens, which is expected by the end of September.  We are currently working through this and will release more information as soon as we can.  If the re-opening date is delayed, the number of ice times will likely be carried forward until more ice time is available.  In terms of overall ice times per team, we expect at least the same amount of ice time per week as last season, which is great.

All ice times will start the week of September 8 and the ice times for each player will be distributed by September 3.  The summary below is a guideline only and may be adjusted, if required:

U7

  • 1 ice session per week (full ice)

U9

  • 1 ice session per week (full ice)

U11

  • Skill sessions:  September 8-14 - 2 ice sessions per week (2 total)
  • Evaluations:  September 15-September 28 – 2 ice sessions per week (4 total)
  • Teams formed:  approx. September 29

U13

  • Skill sessions:  September 8-14 - 2 ice sessions per week (2 total)
  • Evaluations:  September 15-September 28 – 2 ice sessions per week (4 total)
  • Teams formed:  approx. September 29

U15

  • Skill sessions:  September 8-14 - 2 ice sessions per week (2 total)
  • Evaluations:  September 15-September 28 – 2 ice sessions per week (4 total)
  • Teams formed:  approx. September 29

U18

  • 2 ice sessions per week

U21

  • Ice sessions to start once Planet Ice re-opens

Thanks again for your patience as we work through the plans for the upcoming season.  We look forward to seeing the girls back on the ice, starting with the Summer Skills Camp next week!


MRFMHA Return to Hockey Plan

As British Columbia public health authorities develop guidelines to lift some restrictions on gathering in a responsible way, the Meadow Ridge Female Minor Hockey Association has been working with viaSport and the Province of British Columbia to understand the recommendations our Chief Provincial Health Officer and how they best apply within sport.

Click HERE to view the Return to Sport Plan that has been developed for our association in order to ensure:

  • health and safety of all individuals is a priority
  • activities are in alignment with provincial health recommendations
  • modifications to activities are in place in order to reduce the risks to each sport organization and its participants
  • our sport is united and aligned on a plan to reopen throughout the province

While we do hope things will return to normal in the not too distant future, currently this Return to Sport Plan will be the new normal until we are advised otherwise by public health authorities.

If you choose to participate, you must follow these rules: 

  • If you don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home.
  • If you have traveled outside of Canada, you are not permitted at the facility until you have self-isolated for a minimum of 14 days.
  • If you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
  • Wash your hands before participating
  • Bring your own equipment, water bottle and hand sanitizer
  • Comply with physical distancing measures at all time
  • Avoid physical contact with others, including shaking hands, high fives, etc.
  • Leave the field of play as quickly as possible after you finish

Our Return to Sport Plan is based on current public health guidance. While we are all doing our best to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, while the virus circulates in our communities it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk. Each participant must make their own decision as to whether it is in their best interest to resume participation at this time. You must take into account your own circumstances and make the decision that is right for you. Should you choose to join us, we require your full cooperation with our Return to Sport Plan.