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More Details Shared on Return to Hockey Framework

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 09/03/21, 6:00PM EDT

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Excited to return to traditional programming

Throughout the off-season, the Ontario Minor Hockey Association has been working closely with its governing bodies, the Ontario Hockey Federation and Hockey Canada, and the Ontario Government to ensure the Return to Hockey plans put the safety of our Players, Coaches, Officials, Administrators and Volunteers at the forefront.

Our goal has been to return to traditional programming as much as we could come September, and the OHF's Return to Hockey plan focuses on ensuring a great experience under the current circumstances. We are excited with the created framework that will bring back the elements of the season that we are used to like tryouts, tournaments and championships.

We've all been living with the impacts of COVID-19 over the last year and a half and have made adjustments across our activities within our communities. This is why we are excited to get back to the rink in just a short amount of time and play the game that we all love in the way that we fell in love with it.

While our framework is always evolving, the OMHA and its Return to Hockey plan recognizes that hockey must comply with Public Health requirements. We will be following the province's Roadmap to Reopen Ontario which is comprised of three steps.

Facility management and capacity may vary by public health unit or arena.

We are just as excited as you are to be returning to the rink and getting a new season underway. Let's keep hockey going for everyone and stay safe by following all of the protocols put in place. We are all teammates in this.

OHF Stage 1 - Ontario Government Step 1
No indoor sport programming allowed under the government regulations in Step 1.

OHF Stage 2 - Ontario Government Step 2
No indoor sport programming allowed under the government regulations in Step 2.

OHF Stage 3 - Ontario Government Step 3
OHF Stage 3 programming for the OMHA can begin on September 7 in accordance with the OHF
Regulations.

OHF Stage 4 - Ontario Government Exiting Step 3
OHF Stage 4 programming is the same as OHF Stage 3 programming. The only changes in programming will be determined by fewer restrictions within facilities as determined by the Ontario Government, Public Health Units and Municipalities.


OHF STAGE ONTARIO GOVT STAGE OUTLINE PLAYER CONTACT NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS STRUCTURE TRAVEL

Stage 1

Step 1 No programming
allowed.
X X X X
Stage 2 Step 2 No programming
allowed.
X X X X
Stage 3 Step 3 Traditional Hockey
  • Regular Practice and games
  • Bench is considered field play
  • Dressing room use minimized, masks and distancing
  • Coaches must wear masks on the bench
Full contact allowed. Max participants (players &
coaches) on-ice in accordance with PHU, municipality or facility; if more restrictive than Ontario government Step 3 which is based on building fire code
MHA/ Leagues/ Teams Regular Programming Within Canada unless approved otherwise by your Member, on application
Stage 4 Step 3 Exit

Traditional Hockey

  • Masking required except when in participation of sport programing.
  • Coaches must wear mask on the Bench
Full contact allowed. Based on PHU, municipality or
facility requirements
MHA/ Leagues/ Teams Regular Programming Within Canada unless approved otherwise by your Member, on application

If crossing Public Health Unit boundaries or municipal boundaries, teams must comply with the regulations of the Public Health Unit or Municipality they are participating in. Associations are responsible to inform incoming teams of the requirements within the facilities the game is being played.



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