2020 Start To Hockey, News (Ingersoll & District Minor Hockey)

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2020 Start To Hockey
Submitted By Jamie Belore on Thursday, September 24, 2020
Hello Parents,

We hope we are about to begin a new hockey season different than any other before it. Please read all the info below.

Ice times and player list are now on the website and pre-season skates start Sept 24th. To find your childs first ice time look on the website under their age groups to find your players names and times. These are only for the pre-season skates. Once teams are made there will be a webpage just for your childs team.

U5 - https://ingersollminorhockey.ca/Teams/1446/
U7 -https://ingersollminorhockey.ca/Teams/1447/
U8 - https://ingersollminorhockey.ca/Teams/1474/
U9 - https://ingersollminorhockey.ca/Teams/1468/
U11 - https://ingersollminorhockey.ca/Teams/1469/
U13 - https://ingersollminorhockey.ca/Teams/1470/
U15 - https://ingersollminorhockey.ca/Teams/1471/
U18 - https://ingersollminorhockey.ca/Teams/1473/
U21 - https://ingersollminorhockey.ca/Teams/1465/

Please show up 15-30 minutes before your scheduled ice time to allow for COVID screening and Contact Tracing paperwork to be filled out outside. Face coverings must be worn at all times in the arena unless on the ice surface. For access to the arena there will be two options this year. For all age groups 11u and under 1 parent will be allowed in the arena to a maximum of 50 people at a time. Please come dressed to the arena as there will be limited time to get dressed once inside, recommendation would be to have everything on except skates, helmet and gloves. Option 2 we are limited to 25 people in the arena with access 15 minutes prior to skate. Players and coaches only having access. These options are listed on the schedule with arena access times listed accordingly. Lamers Silos is looking into getting and sponsoring a camera in the arena to live stream games.

Due to lower registration numbers, ice time allocations, and facility guidelines we will only be able to have 2 tiers. We will not be able to support 3 tiers as we had been planning. Teams of 10 will be picked based on last years rosters if numbers allow. Teams within the Tiers will be made as even as possible. There will be no try outs at this time and will only happen if approved at a later time by the OMHA. All U13 and below will play 3 on 3, U15 and up will play 3 on 3/4 on 4. U11 and up will play full ice, U9 and down will play half ice until January and we will look to further guidance from the OMHA at that time. Teams in bubbles together will share ice for practices Game play will follow Appendix F from the OMHA return to play guidelines with a warm up and 2 x 22-minute periods, no overtime or shootouts, no faceoffs, there will be referees. Only 1 coach and 1 trainer will be on the bench during games. Games will be played against local associations and against other teams in the same Tier in Ingersoll.

Every participant player, coach and executive member must review the Rowans Law and fill out the Acknowledgement every season.

All parents who are new to hockey must do the Respect In Sport Parent course. This is mandatory for players to be rostered with OMHA.
If you are adding a child to a Respect In Sport profile that you have done for a previous child, please see the attached PDF of frequently asked questions.

Also if your child is new to hockey you must send a copy of their birth certificate to [email protected]

If the Hockey Season is stopped due to COVID IDMHA will be sending out prorated refunds to families. If a child chooses to not play anymore this season it will follow our normal refund policy found in the IDMHA handbook and agreed to during registration, this takes effect once a player touches the ice.

We have had many inquiries regarding non-sanctioned leagues. Please find below the response from the Ontario Hockey Federation:

As Non-Sanctioned Leagues operate outside of our structure, the Ontario Hockey Federation has no way of ensuring that those Leagues implement many of the fundamental safeguards inherent in Hockey Canada programs. As a result, those Leagues may not be using the same Playing Rules that Hockey Canada has implemented to protect player safety and may not provide adequate insurance for their participants. We also cannot ensure that the quality of play in these Leagues matches the level advertised. 

The Ontario Hockey Federation respects the right of every individual to choose between participating in a Hockey Canada sanctioned league or a Non-Sanctioned League at the beginning of each hockey season. Every individual who makes the choice to Participate in a Non-Sanctioned League, however, must understand the ramifications of that choice, as described in greater detail in Section III of this policy.

The cutoff for playing in non-sanctioned leagues is September 30, 2020. If a player participates in a non sanctioned league after the cut off they will lose all privileges with the Ontario Hockey Federation for the remainder of that season. 

Full information can be found here.

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