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2020 / 2021 COVID-19 season updates!
Submitted By Hornets on Tuesday, October 27, 2020
November 4th Update: Return to modified play!

October 27th Update: Updates on refund policy for the second half of the fall term.






As we approach the date on which the Hornets will charge players the second installment for the fall term, we wanted to provide an update on our registration and refund policy.

Registration:

  • The second installment of $240 ($180 for U18 House League) will be automatically charged to your credit card on November 9th, 2020. We have moved this back a week from November 1st, 2020 to allow for the current staging uncertainty to resolve (or become more clear). 
  • If further government mandates/orders are imposed that inhibit the Hornets from running any programming prior to November 9, 2020 the Hornets will not take the second installment of $240/$180. A refund of $240/$180 will be issued to anyone that paid for the full fall term (i.e. $480/$360) when they registered.
  • If government mandates/orders are imposed after November 9th, 2020 that prevent programming from continuing, a prorated credit/refund for the duration of the shut down will be made available.
  • If government mandates require the Hornets to implement modified programming no refunds will be issued. 
  • Players contemplating withdrawing from our programming must do so by contacting[email protected]prior to November 9th, 2020. No refunds will be issued after November 9th, 2020 unless the Hornets are mandated to shut down and unable to offer programming.


These modified hockey season plans are based on the current provincial health guidance and OWHA Return to Hockey plan/protocols (
http://owha.on.ca/). Please understand that the modified season and approach may still change as guidance from these authorities evolves.

House League:

  • Please see Hockey Canada's age division chart for 2020/2021 for detailed info on birth years, etc.
  • The initial house league season will be a 12 week season from October 3 to December 20, 2020.  Each week, teams (other than U18 - formerly Midget) will practice once a week and play a 4 on 4 game.  
  • Games will begin on the weekend of October 17-18.  Our intention is for all teams (other than U18/Midget) to practice on Saturday and play games on Sunday. As in prior years U18 will only play games once a week.  
  • Teams will consist of 11 skaters and one goalie.   
  • Two teams will be on the ice together for shared practices.  
  • No more than 4 teams will be placed in a division for 4on4 game play.  
  • New this season, all players will be issued both a home and away jersey for games.
  • We aim to offer a winter season beginning in January if permitted and will advise as soon as we can if this will occur. 
 Rep Division:
  • Each Rep team will practice together and will be split into two groups of up to 11 skaters and 1 goalie for game play.  
  • Coaches will communicate rep assessment instalments based on their budgets, primarily driven by ice cost.  
  • Rep apparel – the Hornets expect their rep teams (and House league teams when at tournaments) to represent Oakville and the Hornets well. Typically this includes apparel packages for when players arrive at the arenas. With facility restrictions on dressing room use we expect that players will be required to arrive to their practices and games (once permitted) dressed in their hockey equipment. As such there will be limited opportunity to represent the Oakville Hornets as we have in prior seasons. However, we still want our players to show their Hornets pride around town and at school and hopefully at the rinks if permitted and have worked with Corbetts to offer apparel items this season. The Hornets have provided rep coaches minimum apparel requirements and encourage players to continue using existing apparel if it will fit throughout the season. Please note that this does not apply to rep jerseys. We need to have a consistent look on the ice and ensure that potential number conflicts are resolved - unfortunately this may mean having to order new jerseys in some cases. Coaches will resolve number conflicts where they exist. HPP teams have already been communicated their apparel requirements and are not affected by this guidance.  

Applicable to both House League and Rep: 

  • Hockey for January and beyond will be communicated at a later point.
  • Please remember and strictly adhere to public health guidance for social distancing, hand hygiene, mask usage and all other requirements (especially all facility specific requirements). This is paramount to protect vulnerable players, staff and family members. Disregarding public health related guidance will lead to consequences up to the exclusion from Hornets programming during the pandemic. Despite the best efforts of all our volunteers, the Hornets cannot guarantee the safety of our members and their families so the ultimate decision to assume any risks related to COVID lies with each family.  
  • We will continue to provide the association wide TeamSnap premium functionality to all Hornets teams. No TeamSnap teams outside the association umbrella will be permitted as attendance (TeamSnap availability) and the new Health Check feature will be used to ensure we’re compliant with public health requirements for tracking and tracing as well as limiting participation to those who are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.   
  • Spectator / parent access will be limited to 1 (one) per player at most facilities. Team coaches / managers will provide information on facility related protocol (arrival/departure times/come dressed/use of change rooms/etc) depending on which facilities are used.
    The facility protocols are also posted in our Health Services library: https://oakvillehornets.com/Libraries/2956/Health_Services/
  • Tournaments or DS teams are not permitted in the 2020-21 season.   
  • Please note that programming may still change based on public health guidance. We hope for positive developments eventually allowing for regular 5on5 play and increased roster sizes but must brace for renewed restrictions and possible orders to limit or cease game play.   

Expected 4 on 4 Game Format:

  • OWHA September 25th - Modified Playing Rules
  • Registered families will be informed of any changes as soon as the OWHA determines that the requirements for each stage are reached.   
  • 5on5 game play may only resume once stage 4 is reached.  
Public Health considerations will be a major influence on our programming this season. The Hornets board has decided to name Victoria Cosway as our Health Services Officer ([email protected]) to ensure that we are following best practices as communicated by the OWHA, province and town. Please join us in welcoming her on board! Victoria has extensive experience in this area and is working with schools and other organisations on their plans. Please note that Victoria will be focusing on all Health Services relevant aspects including concussion awareness, not just on those relating to the current pandemic. More information can be found here: 
https://oakvillehornets.com/HealthServices/

Our rep teams have been back on the ice for a bit - welcome, it’s great to have you back on home ice. For our House League players: We look forward to seeing everyone back on the ice soon! 

Mike Turczyniak
President of the Oakville Hornets

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