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Watertown Youth Hockey

COVID-19 Rink Procedures

Latest revision:  October 20, 2020

 

Based on guidance provided by both local and state officials, Watertown Youth Hockey has outlined the following guidelines and procedures to address safety surrounding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. These procedures are subject to change as additional information and guidance is released by regulating bodies. These procedures should also not be viewed as all-inclusive, as several rinks in which WYH participates have additional guidelines that must be followed.

Please find a list of these procedures below, and familiarize yourself and your skater prior to arriving at the rink. It is extremely important that everyone follows these guidelines. Failure to do so could result is us losing our ability to use the ice completely.

 

Eligibility for Participation

  • If a player or family member is feeling sick, let your coach know and stay home!
  • Unless cleared by a doctor, players should not participate if they’ve experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (sore throat, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, fever, change of taste/smell, etc.)
  • Players should not participate unless all of the following are true:
    • Player has not been in close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
    • Player has not had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days and is not currently awaiting pending test results;
    • Player has not been advised to quarantine or self-isolate by a doctor or local health official; and
    • Player is not living with anyone who is sick or quarantined.

 

Off-Ice:

  • Only one spectator per player allowed in the rink (no siblings are allowed at this time)
  • Players should arrive no more than 15 minutes early for practices, 20 minutes for games.
  • Everyone entering the building, including parents/guardians, will be required to sign in on the log sheet for that hour.
  • One-way traffic for entrances and exits to be maintained. Follow the signs.
  • Players must arrive dressed up to their pants, at a minimum. WYH recommends arrival dressed in all but skates, gloves, and helmets to limit dressing time, unless doing so prevents a player from tying their own skates.
    • Note: Coaches will not be allowed to help players dress. Players that need help tying skates and/or snapping helmets must be accompanied by someone that can provide that help
  • Players, coaches, referees, and spectators MUST wear face coverings at all times.
  • Locker rooms will be available, but capacity will be marked off at a limit of 50% and doors will be propped open.
  • Seating outside of locker rooms will be available for those that wish to use this area for skate tying.
  • Everyone must vacate the rink no more than 15 minutes after their ice session ends
  • Absolutely NO sharing of equipment is allowed
  • Players must come to the rink with their own water bottle-clearly labeled with their name. Water filling stations will not be available at the rink.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available and should be used by players and coaches before entering and upon exiting the ice surface.

 

On-Ice, Practices:

  • Players should remain in their dressing area until prompted to enter the ice surface by a coach.
  • Players should bring their labeled water bottles on the ice.
  • Players will be grouped by teams on the ice. When entering the ice surface, players should go to the area of the ice where their coach is located. 
  • Groups will be separated by 14 ft. on the ice
  • Coaches will remain with their group throughout practice
  • Coaches will maintain 6 ft. distance from players/other coaches
  • Player will maintain 6 ft. distance from other players except when drills require closer proximity.

 

On-Ice, Games:

  • Coaches and players must maintain 6 ft of separation on the benches at all times. 
  • Face coverings MUST be worn on the bench and by centers during face-offs
  • Referees have been instructed to blow whistle quickly to avoid scrums and groups in close proximity.
  • Coaches will stress that players avoid unnecessary contact during play (e.g. after the whistle has blown, a goal has scored, etc.)
  • When allowed under local rink requirements, players may remove their face coverings after face-offs during on-ice play. WYH recommends players keep their face coverings on at all times, even during play, provided each player is comfortable doing so and it does not pose a health risk to the individual during athletic activity.
  • Abide by all rules, regulations, and procedures put in place by the facility or the local municipality.