June 5 Update, News (Loyalist Township Minor Hockey)

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June 5 Update
Submitted By Paul Proderick on Friday, June 5, 2020
This week LTMHA participated in on-line sessions with the Hockey Canada President, OMHA President, OMHA Senior staff, the EOMHL and other minor hockey associations. Many issues were examined. It is clear that no hockey or hockey related gatherings will take place until the provincial government gives amateur sports groups the okay to move ahead.  

Minor hockey and its facilities hosts (Loyalist Township) will also take policy directions from the Ontario Recreational Facilities Association as to new protocols that may need to be developed for a safe return to facility use. We will also take direction from Hockey Canada on new policies involving equipment, shared facilities, dressing rooms and other program requirements.

For those looking at certification or recertification in class programming sessions as offered in the past will not be feasible at this time. On line opportunities can be found through the OMHA website.

AGM’s that were postponed in the spring may take place in a virtual format should associations choose to do so. Loyalist will be looking at this option in the future.

Loyalist Minor Hockey hopes to open its on-line registration soon. It will be an intention to participate only and we will not be taking payment at this time. Only after a return to play clearance from Hockey Canada will we ask for payment. We are trying to avoid the logistical problems that would result in a reduced or cancelled season. Please take advantage of this registration as without sufficient interest programming may be in jeopardy. THERE WILL BE NO IN PERSON REGISTRATION THIS SEASON. Registrants will be giving the opportunity to opt out down the road should circumstances change.

Many questions remain unanswered at present including:

How will tryouts, schedules, playoffs look at various levels?
Will the moratorium on tournament play/travel be lifted?
What will be the plan should a second wave of COVID 19 lead to a further shut down?
How might Rep Hockey or Local Leagues look different in the fall?

Given these questions remain out there it is the OMHA’s hope to begin the next phase of hockey after the Labour Day weekend.

The only thing certain at this point is that all options are on the table. We ask for your understanding and support as we continue to work through this new reality. We will continue to update the community as information becomes available.

Paul Proderick
for the LTMHA Executive  
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