KMHA 2020/2021 Return to Hockey Plan -updated October 14, 2020
To allow 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 season will be comprised of two sessions. Session One will run from October 1, 2020 until December 20, 2020. Session Two will take place between January 1, 2021 and April 4, 2021. Session One and Two are based on current HEO Return to Hockey guidelines. Should guidelines allow us to progress towards traditional hockey, Session Two will be modified to create teams through try-outs and sort-outs. The registration fees indicated below would remain the same however there could be additional competitive tryout and team fees.
Cohort and team Composition
In accordance with HEO RTH 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 or controlled scrimmages 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 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.).
Season Plan (Session 1 Oct 1 – Dec 21 Session 2 Jan 1 – April)
Should guidelines allow us to progress towards traditional hockey, Session Two will be modified to create teams through try-outs and sort-outs.
- For U7 (Initiation), there will be 12 sessions. The on-ice activities will be conditioning, skill development and scrimmages. Coaches will be responsible for officiating the scrimmages. 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 or controlled scrimmages. The 20 sessions will consist of 13 practices and 7 modified or controlled scrimmages. Coaches will be responsible for officiating the scrimmages. For the month of October, teams will consistently practice with the same teams. Controlled scrimmages will start in November (subject to change). For U9, the Pathway half-ice concept will be maintained.
- 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 or controlled scrimmages. For the month of October, teams will consistently practice with the same teams. Controlled scrimmages will start in November (subject to change). and be officiated by referees.
- For U18 (Midget), Option 2, there will be 12 controlled scrimmages that 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 or controlled scrimmages. The 20 sessions will consist of 8 practices and 12 controlled scrimmages. For the month of October, teams will consistently practice with the same teams. Controlled scrimmages will start in November (subject to change) and be officiated by referees.
- There are no friend requests for cohort or team creation.
- Please consult KMHA’s frequently asked questions for additional details at the following linkhttps://kmha.ca/2020/08/19/kmha-faq-20202021-covid19-impacted-season/
- 5 min warm up
- 1 period 20 minutes – 2nd period run time until curfew – Depends on Ice Allocation
- 1 min intermission between 1st and 2nd period
- No overtime / no shootout for tied games
- No faceoffs
- Period 1 – visiting team has first possession
- Period 2 – home team has first possession
- Physical contact is not allowed
- Accidental/incidental contact may occur/ only stick checks are permitted.
- No body checking (see PENALTIES for further clarification)
- Play must be stopped immediately for any Prolonged Contact (i.e. 2 Steamboats).
- Fighting will not be tolerated and the HEO Code of Discipline will be applied will be on-ice offenses.
- Play will be stopped for any and all player scrums- Possession will be determined by end zone.
- U11 and below – 5 min shifts (timekeeper will sound the horn to notify shift change). Team in possession of the puck will maintain possession. A team in possession of the puck in the attacking zone will maintain possession and must start the new play from their defending side of the redline.
- U12 and above – teams will change on the fly
Icing the puck results in a change of possession. The team that iced the puck must allow the other team to clear their defending zone before applying pressure.
- Offsides will result in a change of possession. The team that was called for offside must allow the other team to clear their defending zone before applying pressure.
Goaltender Freezes the Puck
- When the goaltender freezes the puck, the attacking team must clear the zone before re-entering (all attacking players must simultaneously be in the neutral zone prior to re-entry).
Puck Out of Play
- The offending team backs off and the official gives the non-offending team a new puck.
- The team that scored must allow the other team to exit the zone before applying pressure.
Penalty shots will be awarded for penalties as per:
- 2 min penalties = 1 penalty shot
- 4 min penalties = 2 penalty shots
- 5 min penalties result in automatic Game Misconduct and possible further discipline according to HEO minimum suspension guidelines.
- Intentional body contact or body checking = 2 penalty shots and may result in removal from the game at the discretion of the referee
- Intentionally entering the goaltenders’ crease = 1 penalty shot
- The penalty shot must be taken by the individual the infraction was committed against unless they are unable to do so because of injury
- The time clock will continue to run during a penalty shot
- Each player will be expected to bring one light and one dark jersey to each ice time.
- 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 required Coach Training will be done On Line and in a Virtual Format. There will be no on-ice component for this season. Registration for the required clinics can be done through the HEO Website at hockeyeasternontario.ca
- 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.
- District 11/KMA will support a 2-man officiating system for the KMHA U18 and U15 controlled scrimmages.
- Discipline will follow the HEO RTH Framework and HEO minimum suspension guidelines
- Game sheets will be used during all controlled scrimmages.
- Team rosters will be required in TTM
- Officiating Supervisions will not occur until return to traditional game play – stage 4
- When possible, referee assignment should remain within in KMHA cohorts.
- All officials must take the COVID course prior to officiating.
- Health checks by the officials are required to be submitted on game day.
- Officials health checks must be coordinated with KMHA teams to ensure the “greeter” at the arena can report of the status of officials.
KMHA Health and Safety Guidelines
The health and safety of our members is our top priority so there will be protocols that all families will need to follow. We will also make some recommendation to keep everyone safe.
- All facility and public health requirements will be followed.
- All players/team staff/spectators will be required to fill out an online health questionnaire 12 hours or less BEFORE coming to the rink and PRIOR TO EVERY If the questionnaire is not completed, the player will not be allowed to participate in the session. Players who attempt to or go on the ice without having the screening completed will be disciplined. Further details regarding the health questionnaire will be communicated by your coach once teams are formed.
- One spectator per player will be permitted as per facility guidelines (subject to change based upon facility guidelines.
- Masks must be worn in all public places of the facilities by everyone. Benches and change rooms included. PLAYERS will not be required to wear a mask while on the ice; however, coaching staff will be required to wear a mask while on the ice.
- All players should bring a plastic baggie with their name on it to store their masks in their hockey bags while they are on the ice and hand sanitizer to sanitize before and after handling their masks.
- Water bottles should be filled at home and labeled with the player’s name. The sharing of water bottles or equipment is prohibited.
- Spitting is prohibited.
- Physical distancing of 2 or more meters is required at all times while on and off the ice. Benches and change rooms included. In cases where physical distancing is not being maintained on the ice, the coach/official will stop the practice/scrimmage/game until the proper distance is regained.
- All players will be required to supply team trainers with a completed medical form.
- Divider/bumpers will not be used as they are not allowed on the ice.
- All players should arrive at the arena wearing their base layer.
- No parents/guardians will be allowed in the dressing rooms. Team staff will be available to help with skates and goalie equipment.
- If your child needs help dressing, they should come to the rink as close to dressed as possible. Time and space will be very limited.
- If your child is in a car seat, please follow all safety rules and plan accordingly. https://ayrrockets.com/Public/Documents/2021%20Season/Hockey_Gear_and_Carseats.pdf
- Carpooling is discouraged. If carpooling cannot be avoided, it is strongly recommended that all passengers wear a mask or face covering while in the vehicle.
Those not conforming with these rules will be asked to leave and may be banned from participating in future ice sessions.
It is important that there be an open communication between KMHA, team staff, parents, and players with regards to the health and safety of our players to the ‘Return to Hockey’ program. This is a partnership for ‘Return to Hockey’ to be successful.
Currently there is no such thing as ‘it’s just a cold’. All symptoms are taken seriously. It is important the team staff know what is ‘the norm’ regarding your child when they engage in physical activity and with their health in general. Parents are to complete and submit a Medical form to the team trainer so that the team staff can identify what ‘is not the norm’ when on the ice.
An individual becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 and ‘out of the norm’ (during on ice session):
- If an individual becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/resources/IPAC-Key-Messages-Factsheet-v2020.5_English.pdf , or if someone is aware of an individual that becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, that individual must immediately stop participation in hockey activities. A coach should be notified, and the individual will be masked and will be isolated from all others in an isolated area. Anyone caring for the individual will also be required to wear a mask. The individual shall be sent home and instructed to follow public health guidelines regarding self-isolation and testing. KMHA Risk and Safety will be informed of the situation and will contact the individual or their parent/guardian to follow-up.
An individual is tested for COVID-19 and waiting for results:
- Any individual that is part of a hockey program that has been tested for COVID-19 must not participate in hockey activities while waiting for the results of the test or until a negative test result is received. If there is a positive case, Ottawa Public Health will inform KMHA Risk and Safety if the individual names KMHA as part of their close contacts.
An individual is feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms:
- An individual with even mild symptoms should stay home and contact a medical professional or Ottawa Public Health for direction.
An individual has come into close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive:
An individual who has come into close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive will be removed from hockey activities for at least 14 days or otherwise directed by a medical professional or Ottawa Public Health Authorities. We request that you inform KMHA Risk and Safety of such exposure.
An individual test’s positive for COVID-19:
- If an individual test’s positive for COVID-19, they are requested to inform KMHA Risk and Safety. **If necessary, they will assist Ottawa Public Health in contact tracing documentation, etc. Ottawa Public Health will contact and advise any individuals who were in close contact with the individual and advise next steps, following public health guidelines regarding self-isolation and testing. The player who tested positive for COVID-19 must follow the Ottawa Public Health guidelines before returning to hockey activities.
Modification or Cancellation of Hockey Activities:
- KMHA will follow all applicable Ottawa Public Health, Ontario Health, Hockey Canada, or HEO recommendations regarding modifying/restricting/postponing or cancelling hockey activities. Participants will be informed as soon as possible of any modifications/restrictions or cancellations. Modifications and restrictions will remain in place until KMHA is advised that it is safe to resume activities by Ottawa Public Health, Ontario Health, Hockey Canada, and/or HEO officials.
**KMHA will cooperate and follow all direction from Ottawa Public Health including releasing information for contact tracing however, privacy will always be maintained.
When in doubt, play it safe. Following the direction of medical professionals or Ottawa Public Health Authorities is critical to ensuring safety for our hockey programs. Remembering our collective compliance with health guidelines will not only benefit KMHA but our entire community.
Finally, please understand that rules and protocols are being updated frequently and are subject to change based on COVID -19 trends and in accordance with further direction from HEO, The City of Ottawa, and Ottawa Public Health Authorities.
Above all, treat everyone with KINDNESS. We are in this together and we all have a part to play.
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Ottawa Public Health website is a wealth of information. Here are some valuable links.
Fact Sheet On What You Need To Know About COVID-19
COVID-19 Contact Tracing Information Sheet
Tested For COVID-19 What Now Handout
Be COVID Wise: Understand Your Risks