KMHA 2020/21 Return to Hockey Plan-September 15, 2020

KMHA 2020/21 Return to Hockey Plan-September 15, 2020

KMHA 2020/2021 Return to Hockey Plan

To offer our KMHA players a chance to play organized hockey again, we are offering the following plan to our members. This plan is in accordance with Hockey Canada, HEO, Ontario, and City of Ottawa guidelines.

Regardless of the format, player safety and skill development are still at the forefront of our program.  This plan is subject to change and will be revised regularly to incorporate new provincial requirements (restrictive) or lessons learned as the season progresses.

This plan is subject to HEO approval and could change.

 

Cohort and team Composition

In accordance with HEO Phase 3 protocols, players will be divided into cohorts of no more than 50 individuals (subject to change based on guidelines). These cohorts will generally consist of four teams (subject to change based on guidelines). The grouping of players into teams will eventually allow for modified scrimmages or games to take place within the cohort.

Currently, there are no sort-outs, tryouts, or evaluations.  As best as possible, players will be assigned to a team based on their previous level of play (last season) and this year’s registration numbers. Please know that we will do our best to balance the teams.  If required, players may be moved around within the player cohort to achieve balanced teams. This would not occur until the month of November.

At this time, there will be no games, scrimmages or interlock with other associations and no tournaments.  KMHA will only practice and play internally.  Should league play resume, sort-outs and try-outs would take place and team fees would be established.

Each team will consist of approximately 8-10 players and a head coach will be assigned to each team.  A certified trainer must be present for all hockey activities and the number of assistant coaches will be dependent on facility restrictions.  Two teams from each player cohort will be on the ice at the same time.  At this time, this would represent approximately 16-20 players per ice time.

 

Given the requirement to form smaller teams, we anticipate that at certain levels, we may be short on goalies.  To resolve this possible shortage, goalies will be permitted to rotate through teams within their respective player cohort.

While affiliation is not permitted, players and goalies may assist other teams within their player cohort only should players be unavailable (injured, sick, away, must work, exams, etc.). In such circumstances, coordinators and convenors will be notified.

Season Plan (Session 1)

For U7 (Initiation), there will be 12 sessions.  The on-ice activities will be conditioning, skill development and modified scrimmages or games.  Referees are coaches.  KMHA will continue to follow Hockey Canada’s guidelines for this program.  For the month of October, teams will consistently practice with the same teams.

For U9 (Novice) to U13 (Pee-wee), there will be 20 sessions. The on-ice activities will be conditioning, skill development and modified scrimmages or games.  The 20 sessions will consist of 13 practices and 7 modified scrimmages or games.  Referees are coaches.  For the month of October, teams will consistently practice with the same teams. Games will start in November (subject to change). For U9, the Pathway half-ice concept will be maintained for scrimmages or games.

For U15 (Bantam), there will be 20 sessions. The on-ice activities will be conditioning, skill development and modified scrimmages or games.  The 20 sessions will consist of 13 practices and 7 modified scrimmages or games. For the month of October, teams will consistently practice with the same teams.  Games will start in November (subject to change).  Modified games or scrimmages will be officiated by referees.

For U18 (Midget), Option 1, there will be 20 sessions.  The on-ice activities will be conditioning, skill development and modified scrimmages or games.  The 20 sessions will consist of 8 practices and 12 modified scrimmages or games. For the month of October, teams will consistently practice with the same teams. Games will start in November (subject to change). Modified scrimmages or games will be officiated by referees.

For U18 (Midget), Option 2, there will be 12 modified scrimmages or games that will be officiated by referees. There are no friend requests.

Please consult KMHA’s frequently asked questions for additional details at the following link

https://kmha.ca/2020/08/19/kmha-faq-20202021-covid19-impacted-season/

 

 

 

Modified Scrimmage/Game Play

There will be no standings.

5-minute warm-up.

2 periods.  Period 1 is 20 minutes run time and Period 2 is until curfew clock.  One-minute intermission between periods.

No overtime/no shootout for tied games

No faceoffs (Period 1, visiting team starts with puck, Period 2, home team starts with puck.

Physical contact is not allowed.  Accidental/incidental contact may occur/only stick checks are permitted. No body checking.

Play must be stopped immediately for any prolonged contact (i.e. 2 Steamboats).

The change of possession rule occurs in the following situations that would normally result in a faceoff:

  • OFFSIDE – Dead puck and change of possession
  • OUT OF PLAY (over the glass) – Dead puck and change of possession
  • OFFSIDES – all players must clear the offensive zone to the neutral zone before reattacking

in the offensive zone

  • GOAL SCORED – Dead puck and change of possession.
  • GOALIE FREEZES PUCK – Dead puck and change of possession
  • ICING – will only occur if the puck is shot from behind the defensive blue line. Dead puck and change of possession.

Line changes must be on the fly or at every 90 seconds (a timed buzzer may be used at the younger ages).

2 second maximum for puck battles in front of the net. The official or coach will whistle, and all players must back off to an acceptable social distance from each other and the goaltender.

OTHER

Each player will be expected to bring one light and one dark jersey to each scrimmage.

There will be no sharing of water bottles or jerseys, all players must bring their own properly

identified equipment.

All volunteers (new or existing) will have to take an online COVID-19 safety course.

All Head Coach training will be online, with no on-ice component, using the Hockey Canada “Hockey University” web application.

Parents will have to provide coaches with a cell number where they can be reached in case of an emergency on the ice. It is recommended that parents or guardians stay within a few minutes of travel to the rink while their player is on the ice.

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