2020/2021 Safe Return To Play Plan (Hespeler Minor Hockey Association)

Print2020/2021 Safe Return To Play Plan
The 2020/21 programming is defined by our Safe Return to Play document. This policy required approval from the OMHA before the season was allowed to begin. Hockey Canada, the OHF, and the OMHA have all requested that minor hockey associations take a flexible approach to their operating procedures for this season due to the anticipated uncertainty that COVID-19 would have on our communities. Therefore, this note is a reminder that we do have an operating procedure that we follow, however, we also have a Safe Return to Play plan that guides most of the programming rules for this year. Thank you for your understanding.

UPDATE: COVID Red Zone Programming
  • 10 players maximum allowed on the ice, including the bench area. 

  •  1 parent/guardian per player in the designated spectator area.

  • 1 ice session (50 minutes) per week per team

  • On ice programming will be focused on individual skill development and will accommodate physical distancing.

        a) no games or scrimmages

        b) no scrums within a drill 

To make this work, we are asking for our members to be understanding and flexible. This isn't an ideal situation, but with good communication between parents and coaches, coaches and conveners, we believe we can make this work.







The OMHA has approved the HMHA Safe Return To Play Plan for the 2020/2021 season. Highlights of the approved plan are listed below.

What to Expect This Season

  • Teams of 10 players (9 skaters + 1 goaltender);
  • Approximately two 50-minute ice times per week for each team from September 26, 2020 to March 26, 2021 with a week off at Christmas;
  • Changes due to unforeseen circumstances might cause reduction in ice times or season cancellations that are out of HMHA’s control.
  • All ice times will be at the Hespeler Memorial Arena (Pad 1 and Pad 2);
  • While all teams will be registered as Local League there will be two groupings per age category of competitive and recreational players;
  • There will be no tryouts held for player team assignments. Players will be assigned to teams by HMHA Executive and HMHA coaches based on the level played last season. Effort will be made so that players on the ice are of a similar skill level.;
  • Players will be notified of their team assignment by their head coach via email before October 16, 2020;
  • Ice time schedules will be posted on the HMHA website according to teams;
  • 30 to 40 player bubbles (3 to 4 teams) playing 3 X 3 or 4 X 4 internal games exclusively within their own bubble;
  • A development plan that follows OHF and OMHA development templates will be created and implemented by the HMHA Executive for the 2020-2021 season.

What to Expect at the Arena


  • There will be mandatory Health Screening for all participants, team staff, parents and guardians entering the arena;  

  • All arena doors will remain locked until 10 minutes before the scheduled ice time;

  • Participants are required to use the designated markings outside of the entrance when waiting to get in; 

  • Participants will be required to use specified entrances and exits and follow signage to and from designated chairs and ice surface;

  • Masks are required for all individuals entering the building;

  • Participants masks must be kept on until seated in designated chairs and your helmet is put on;

  • Participants are required to take off their skates and helmets and leave the facility immediately;

  • All participants must be gone within 10 minutes;

  • There are no dressing rooms at the arena.  All dressing rooms will remain closed;

  • Participants are expected to enter the arena dressed and ready to go, except for skates and helmets;

  • A dedicated washroom will be available as needed;

  • Only one (1) parent or guardian per skater will be permitted as a spectator;

  • All spectators will be required to adhere to designated seating and wear a mask or face covering at all times when in the facility; and,

  • If a child requires assistance with their helmet or tying skates a parent may do so and then immediately proceed to the designated seating area.


Your Role in Creating a Safe and Healthy Environment


Please help create a safe and healthy environment this season by observing the following guidelines:


  • Observe physical-distancing and mask/face-covering guidelines at all time while at the arena facility;

  • Practice proper hygiene.  This can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others;

  • Stay home and self isolate if anyone in the home is feeling ill; and,

  • Communicate with the team staff if there are any questions or concerns.




The complete plan can be downloaded here.

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