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2021 - 2022 Hockey Plan/Information

Information provided on this tab is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advise, diagnosis, or treatment.  Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association and its Members make no representation and assume no responsibility in respect of their information concerning COVID-19 as the circumstances are constantly changing, and any information on COVID-19 should be obtained from your Public Heath Authority.

Announcement Sept 22, 2021

Good Day PAC and SGMHA Families,
 
We wanted to send you all a message to inform you of the new rules that are being put into effect in not only our facilities in Spruce Grove, but also all of our surrounding neighbours that both our EFHL, NAHL and AEHL teams are scheduled to play in. All arenas and recreation centres, to our knowledge are a part of the Restriction Exempt Program (REP). While all the details are still being ironed out, you need to be aware of the following:
 
  1. All spectators, parents and family members 12 years of age and older, not taking part in on ice activities will be required to show proof of vaccination as well as identification for adults before they will be allowed access to the facility.
  2. While there is currently different rules in place in different municipalities, players under the age of 12, do not require proof of vaccination, negative rapid test, or an exemption letter. Players 12 years and older may need to be prepared to show proof of vaccination, negative rapid test or an exemption letter depending on what a facilities has mandated for entry.
  3. In the city of Spruce Grove run facilities, Grant Fuhr/Stu Barnes, players taking part in on ice activities will not be required to show proof of vaccination, negative rapid test, or exemption letter. We are still awaiting clarification on coaches and instructors.
  4. As of this morning, we are not quite sure yet what policy the TLC will adopt.
  5. Although we would like all of our players to stay, we understand that there will be families uncomfortable with the current situation. If at this time you no longer wish to continue on with the season, please email the office with your withdrawal request. Withdrawals received by Saturday Sept 25 will be processed and the refund policy adjusted to allow for a full refund less evaluations costs for divisions that have completed their evaluations or are currently participating in evaluations.  As of Sunday Sept 26, the refund policy would be applied as it is stated on SGMHA website as leagues will be starting next week for most divisions.
At the end of the day we would just like everyone to be aware and prepared that you may have to present your vaccination cards, negative rapid test or exemption letter and identification. We will constantly update our 2021-2022 Hockey Seasonal Plan - COVID page on both PAC and SGMHA websites, so please monitor closely for the most up to date news.
 
Finally we would like to add that, although this is not an ideal situation, as well as a very controversial topic, it helps us with one common goal, the ability to let the players play the game. Both PAC and SGMHA would remind everyone that this is about children having the ability to engage in physical activity, social activity, as well as having some fun. Both organization would like to remind all participants, whether you are a player or a fan, that there will be zero tolerance of any abuse of people put in charge to facilitate this process. We thank you for your continued support of both programs, and we are so excited that hockey is back!
 
 
Go PAC Saints and SGMHA teams!
 
Mike Watt
SGMHA
 
Trevor Dowhaniuk
PAC Chair

SGMHA President Message Sept 18, 2021

Good Evening SGMHA Members,

I am sure many of are aware of the changing landscape of our surroundings. As of Monday the following municipalities Edmonton, and Leduc, have put in place that everyone over the age of 12, whether spectating or participating, must provide proof of vaccination and/or a negative Covid test within 72 hours that has been provided independently to enter their facilities.

SGMHA has had preliminary discussions with the City of Spruce Grove and the operations management of the TLC in regards to the possibility of this happening in our community I can guarantee that all other associations are currently involved in these same discussion with their municipality leaders and facility operators.

While we are still awaiting final talks within our city, as well as Hockey Alberta, we felt it prudent that we give all of our members a heads up of where our season is headed in the very near future. The SGMHA board, along with the members of the PAC board will be meeting this Tuesday to discuss the best course of action for our programs. We will come out with an official statement on Wednesday.
Our ultimate goal is to make sure all our players and families, continue to have the ability to play while remaining in a safe environment. Now more than ever we need to all pull together and make sure we can do whatever is needed to enable our kids to play. 

Please continue to monitor both our webpage, as well as social media pages for the most current and up to date news.

As always I would like to thank all of your for continued support and commitment to Spruce Grove Minor Hockey. Have a great evening!

Mike Watt
SGMHA President

Government of Alberta Announcement Sept 15, 2021

In regarding to press conference by the Government of Albert regarding new regulations, SGMHA is still waiting for further clarification on the process that will be used at the Facilities and by Hockey Alberta.
 
Please click on the following link 1 – 1.5 hours prior to attending any SGMHA function/facility (team meeting, ice session, tryout tournament games, etc).  Information will be posted and updated as it comes in.  Failure to review the requirements and therefore not adhering to them will be dealt with the SGMHA board if there are any issues reported to us.  Please do not email or call the office to ask what the process is, you can email if a specific process needs further clarification only regarding what is listed on the Hockey Plan/Information tab on SGMHA home page on their website (this link will also be posted to the Division home pages/PAC Team pages shortly).
 
 
For now please adhere to the following
 
Tiered Participants (all teams except for the PAC teams) & Spectators
• Participants/Spectators are to wear a mask when entering and leaving the rink. Masks are to be worn in the dressing until the player puts on their helmet and then again after they take off their helmet
• Water bottles are to be filled at home and labeled clearly with the participant's name.  There is to be NO Sharing of water bottles.
• If your child is not feeling well, please keep them at home until there are no symptoms.  Please ensure you email the Division director, along with the Head Coach/Manager (if applicable) if the child will not be in attendance.
• SGMHA is mandating that only one spectator per child is allowed in the facilities, at this time due to the 1/3 capacity limit.  This ensures that all players have someone in attendance while at the facility, and also takes the onus off the facility staff to have to verify that groups of spectators are from the same household.
• Any disrespect to the facility staff, or non-compliance to the above WILL NOT be tolerated, and may result in the team/division losing their privilege to have one spectator in attendance until further notice.
• Spectators are to socially distance.  Facility staff with be in informed that during SGMHA/PAC team ice slots that there should not be any spectators sitting together in the stands.
• Participants and Spectators are to not enter the facility any earlier then 30 mins prior to their allotted time slot.  And are to vacate the facilities within 20 mins after their ice session.
• Please come dress as much as possible to limit your time in the dressing rooms.
• Dryland is not allowed in the hallways or any area of the facilities, if a warm up is required, it is to be done outside prior to entering the facilities to get ready for the ice session.
• Participants and Spectators are to continue to self screen prior to arrival to the facilities https://open.alberta.ca/publications/covid-19-information-alberta-health-daily-checklist          
 
 
PAC Participants & Spectators
• All of the above guidelines are to be followed with the exception of the dressing room use.  Do not show up at the facility any earlier then 30-45 mins prior to your session.
 
Again, please note as information is updated it will be added to the 2021-2022 Hockey Plan/Information.  The above is being put in place until we have clarification from the facilities and Hockey Alberta on what process is to be followed by participants and spectators.  The goal of the above is to ensure that Hockey practices and games continue for this season, so the SGMHA Board/PAC Committee is requesting that all its members, and draw zone members to please be courteous to everyone they encounter during this period of restrictions, and to ensure that they are always aware of and following any processes list on the 2021-2022 Hockey Plan/Information tab, or that is asked of them by a facilities staff member before each session whether they are in agreement with it or not.

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ANNOUNCEMENT RE: MASK MANDATE AS OF SATURDAY SEPT 4, 2021

As per the Government of Alberta's announcement regarding the a new masking mandate for the Province of Alberta, until further details or updates are provided pertaining to team sports, Hockey Alberta is interpreting the mandate as follows:
  • Face masks are not required by any player on the ice or on the players’ bench.
  • Face masks are not required by coaches or on-ice officials on the ice surface during sport/ physical activity.
  • Face masks are required by coaches and team staff while on the bench, and by all penalty/ timekeeping staff.
  • Face masks are required by everyone while in a dressing room

As information comes in from the Municipalities and Individual facilities we will provide an update.