While this email contains protocols for this weekend's camps (9/12 & 9/13), we are sending it to everyone so that you can start to see what the return to the rinks will look like. (Changes/updates will be communicated as necessary.)
As we hit the ice for the camp this weekend, here are some things to note:
- If your player is feeling sick or has been recently exposed to an infected individual, please stay home.
- Players are responsible for bringing their own water bottle, clearly marked with their name.
- Masks are required in the building at all times, including on the ice.*
Players should arrive NO MORE than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled ice time
Players should arrive fully/mostly dressed. Goalies do NOT need to have full pads on prior to arrival - just be mostly dressed in gear. Goalies can utilize the locker rooms to get skates, helmets, and leg pads on.
- Players will check-in with KOHA staff and proceed to the assigned changing area/locker room to put on skates and helmets.
- If needed, one parent per skater to help tie skates will be allowed. Parents and players cannot gather in the upper or lower lobbies or the locker rooms. They must continue to move or wait outside.
- Session to session will alternate sides for the locker rooms. Ex: 8am (BLUE LOCKER ROOMS), 9am (RED LOCKER ROOMS), etc. Due to the limits per locker room, there will be maximum capacity signs for each locker room and we are expecting our players to adhere to those requirements and social distancing guidelines. There will also be some socially distanced seating available in the lower lobby area if you’d prefer not to use one of the locker rooms.
After exiting the ice surface, players will quickly get skates off and exit the building. This should take approximately five minutes, but no more than 15 minutes. Remember, the building’s housekeeping staff will need to get into all used locker rooms to clean and sanitize and have a limited timeframe in which to do so.
Bleachers: We should have a determination from the rink about bleacher use/capacity restrictions later this week. Live Barn will be activated, so if you have an account you will be able to view the on-ice sessions. You can save 10% on a LiveBarn subscription using promo code cbd8-306c. Neither Wings West nor KOHA can answer questions about LiveBarn or its subscriptions so you will need to contact them directly with any/all questions.
We have put maximum capacities on our clinics and tryout prep camps in an attempt to manage interactions (and many are full or almost full). Hockey Director, Matt Kakabeeke said, “For clinics and tryouts we will do our best to spread the ice and players; however, hockey is an invasion/attacking sport that includes body contact for all ages. I plan to avoid large congregations, and may assign players to specific groups/coaches prior to entering the playing surface, and would communicate that either via email or during check-in.”
*As our previous emails have stated, coaches and players will need to wear masks on the ice as a result of Executive Orders 175 & 176 issued just prior to the holiday weekend. Rest assured that our governing body, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), is already working with the Governor’s office for clarification with respect to hockey. Again, it was a holiday weekend, so please be patient.