Hockey Canada and OWHA Return to Hockey Statements (June 7, 2020)
On June 4, Hockey Canada released guidelines, or a set of best practices, for return to hockey.
First and foremost, these guidelines work in conjunction with the various health agencies across the country; for us, these means Ontario and Toronto Public Health and their respective frameworks for recovery. Second, Hockey Canada has asked its 13 regional governing bodies to create plans around timing and how hockey will return in their areas.
Over the next number of weeks, the Wildcats will be working with the Ontario Hockey Federation and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association to create our own return to play plan that addresses accessibility and the safety of our participants.
House League Update (May 14, 2020)
Leaside Players, Coaches, Officials, Parents and Volunteers:
From Hockey Canada: An Open Letter to Canadians
Return to Hockey – COVID-19 Response
House League Update (May 4, 2020)
House League families:
I have been hearing from many of you about how much you and your daughters are missing hockey. Like you, the TLGHA wants to get back on the ice as soon as we can. Our Board of Directors has been meeting regularly to close the many loose ends from the 2019/20 season and to prepare for next year.
There remain a lot of questions about when the 2020/21 season can begin and what it will look like when it does. We expect there may be changes to ensure the safety of all participants–players, coaches, officials, and parents–and in this regard we will take direction from Hockey Canada, the OWHA, the City of Toronto, and local health authorities. We have postponed the start of registration until we have clarity on these issues. As soon as we have a clearer idea of how and when the 2020/21 season will proceed, we will share the details with you.
We appreciate your patience and support. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any other questions or if you want to help as a volunteer in the association. Stay at home and safe and sound.
General Q & A
We have created a list of answers to some frequently asked questions. Further information will be communicated when it is available. Wishing you good health and safety while we work together to get through this difficult time.
Q: What types of activities fall under the cancellation?
A: All on-ice and off-ice activities are cancelled including OWHA Championships, LLFHL League Championships, practices, games, tournaments, clinics, end of year banquets and any other team gatherings and activities.
Q: The OWHA announcement uses the phrase “until further notice”. What does that mean?
A: The 2019-20 season is cancelled and the start of the 2020-21 is suspended. The OWHA will decide when sanctioned hockey will resume in Ontario. We have no indication of when that will be.
Q: The OWHA announcement says that all “sanctioned activities” are to be shut down. What is a “sanctioned activity”?
A: OWHA sanctioned activities include all games, playoffs, try-outs, practices, camps, team activities (that includes team parties and association banquets), programs and Provincial and National Championships.
Q: Can we meet with our coaches to discuss next season?
A: Team meetings for the 2020-21 season are suspended until sanctioned activities are permitted again by the OWHA. Remember, the recommendation by medical professionals is to avoid meeting in groups.
Q: Some private companies are still offering hockey camps. Can I go?
Most arenas have been shut down out of concern for public health. Toronto Public Health is advising people to avoid public gatherings and public spaces through June, 2020. Private organizations will not be covered by insurance providers.
Q: What is the timeline for competitive spring tryouts?
A: Tryouts for the 2020-21 season will not be conducted in April as originally scheduled. The timeline for tryouts will be determined later and communicated as information becomes available.
Q: How does the OWHA and Toronto announcements affect the Spring 4-on-4 program?
A: The 4-on-4 program for 2020 is cancelled. Refunds for those that have registered will be processed by early May.
Please keep an eye on TLGHA social media accounts for any updates as they develop.