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Joshua's Creek arena protocols explained - RED zone version!
Submitted By Hornets on Monday, February 22, 2021
Update Feb 22nd: Return to hockey (again) RED zone protocols return!
- Dressing rooms remain closed.
- Players must arrive fully dressed to the arena and will put on their skates, helmet and gloves in the lobby.
- Entry 10 minutes prior to ice time. Leave within 10 minutes at end of rental.
- Players and coaches will remove their skates, helmets and gloves in the rink after practice is completed, doing so while wearing masks.
- Masks at all-times when not on ice.
- One guardian per minor participant; otherwise, no spectators.
- Skills training only (no gameplay).
- Trainers need to wear masks on the bench.
- New protocol: Coaches will be required to wear masks on the ice.

Dear Hornets families,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back on the ice and remind all of us that we are skating during a pandemic! The Hornets board has worked hard with the Town of Oakville, public health and our governing body, the OWHA, to get the girls back on the ice and we will continue to do so to keep them active as long as possible. 

We understand how important hockey is to your families from both a physical/mental health and social perspective. 

We appreciate the considerations that have gone into the decision for all of our families, especially those with vulnerable family members.

We thank you for your understanding of the challenges of running a season in the middle of a pandemic.

Today, I must ask you to help us to keep the girls on the ice as long as possible! Physical distancing, proper mask wearing and frequent hand washing remain the basics to protect everyone we come in contact with. Beyond that we must follow agreed modified hockey protocols and arena protocols for the rinks we are using. Failure to do so endangers our ability to continue our programming not just for your daughter, not just for her team, but for all the girls in the association. We will be forced to exclude families / teams from our programming if they are found violating these protocols.

Please review this document for Joshua’s Creek Arenas (as most of our ice is there this season) and lead by example. We cannot expect our girls to physically distance if parents are shoulder to shoulder. We cannot expect coaches, team managers or trainers to own the responsibility. We all need to show our support of these protocols through our actions.

Thank you!

Mike Turczyniak 
President of the Oakville Hornets

P.S.: Updated versions of our COVID-19 response plan/screening tool as well as arena protocols and relevant by-laws can always be found in our Health Services library:

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