BGHC Return-to-Hockey Plan 2020-21
Submitted By Jenn Wagar
on Thursday, September 3, 2020
BGHC Return-to-Hockey Plan 2020-21
The BGHC Return-To-Hockey Plan
To Our BGHC Community,
Thank you to all our BGHC families for your patience. It has been a long process with many drafts and unknowns, but we are finally able to share the GREAT NEWS! We are returning to the ice in a fun and safe way for both our Rep and House League programs for the 2020-21 season.
Although we are returning to the ice, the regulations surrounding play have changed.
Players and teams will be placed in a Cohort (bubble) of 50 players. Under government regulations, players will not be permitted to play outside of their bubble. Play will be broken into practice and 3v3 or 4v4 game play.
Our return-to-play plan adheres to all Provincial, City of Burlington and OWHA safety mandates.
Return-To-Play House League
- The season will be broken into two sessions.
- The first session will begin on October 17 (the weekend after Thanksgiving) and will carry on for 8 weeks.
- The second session will run between January - April
- Fees will be due prior to the beginning of each session.
- House League players will have 1 hour of practice and 1 hour of 3v3 or 4v4 play per week
- Travel and tournament play will not be permitted as per the direction of our governing bodies
- No DS teams are permitted for the 2020-21 season
- GOALIES ARE FREE! Once again this season, Goalies are free to play and will be provided equipment for use throughout the season.
- Due to Covid regulations equipment will not be shared between players at any time. As such, Goalies will not be assigned to individual teams, but will rotate between teams within their designated cohort.
- Intent to register must be completed no later than September 11st, 2020 for the first session of House League. Full Registration will open once all Rep teams have been confirmed.
- Due to regulations surrounding return to play, space is very limited this season. Although we hope to get all players back on the ice, it will come down to numbers.
- CALLING ALL COACHES! If you are interested in coaching at the house league level for the 2020-21 season, please complete you intent to register at the link below.
IP1 & IP2
IP1 and IP2 will not begin before November 1st, 2020 at the earliest. Your intent to register will stay on file until we have approval to move forward for these programs. Further communications regarding IP1 & IP2 will be shared in the coming weeks.
- The Rep season will get under way as soon as possible
- No traditional rep travel hockey or tournament play is permitted
- Teams will receive 2 hours of practice and 1 game play (3v3 and 4v4) per week
- Due to OWHA regulations, No Tryouts are permitted for the 2020-21 season.
- Cohorts of 17 or less players will be formed by the 2020-2021 Rep coaches & Directors.
- Should a roster opening become available, the Coach will reach out directly to potential players for an evaluation skate.
- Intent to Register for Rep must be completed no later than SEPTEMBER 11th, at 2020 at 11:59pm.
- Commitment to play will be required by September 26th, with team practice and play beginning October 2020.
- *Teams with secured rosters may begin on the ice as early as September
- When permitted, limited travel for games within the Halton Public Health Unit (PHU), may take place in the later phases of stage 3.
Although this may not be the season we were all hoping for, it remains a safe and fun way to return to hockey. We will continue to work alongside all governing organizations to ensure a safe and successful season ahead.
The Board of Directors are trying to keep fees as low as possible for Return to Hockey and are hoping to communicate amounts shortly.
Due to the uncertainty pertaining to provincial and municipal Covid-19 restriction changes, the BGHC is only accepting credit card payments for all registrations. This will allow us to issue refunds in an expedited manner in the event Return to Hockey ends prematurely. Payments will be made through the RAMP registration system.
In the event Return to Hockey ends prematurely, the Board of Directors will evaluate and approve appropriate refunds for both House League and Representative. Costs incurred by the organization up to the cancellation of Return to Hockey will be taken into consideration when determining refund amounts.
· House League – Upon Registration
· Representative – First Payment Upon Registration, Second Payment Due by October 31st
o The RAMP registration system allows for automated split credit card payments
We ask that should you have any questions, please do not reach out to coaches directly. For questions regarding our Return-to-Hockey plan, please contact the following:
Director of House League, Zak Lalonde - [email protected]
Director of House League, James Smith - [email protected]
Director of Competitive Teams, Augustine Chung - [email protected]
Director of Competitive Teams, Aaron Nagy - [email protected]
Intent to Register
If you have not yet done so, please follow the link below to complete your intent to register for the 2020-21 season:
RFAQs (Really Frequently Asked Questions)
Q1: When is hockey going back to normal?
A1: Hockey is not going back to ‘normal’ for the foreseeable future.The governing bodies are indicating that the Province of Ontario is not going to move out of Stage 3 until there is a vaccine. In the meantime, our goal is to create a safe and fun way to continue to let kids play and develop.
Q2: I heard that Oakville is doing this, that Stoney is doing that– why can’t/don’t we do that?
A2: Every Hockey Canada/OWHA sanctioned club has to adhere to the same Return to Play rules as everyone else and those were developed working with the Provincial government. What you are likely hearing are rumours or plans that have not been/will not be approved.
Q3: We are not really sure what is going on regarding Covid-19. Can we wait until we see how the first few weeks of the season go before we sign-up for hockey?
A3: Although we are very understanding and sympathetic to these concerns, the safety of our players comes first. Once our cohorts have been created, our house league registration will remain closed. We hope to find a space for all players this season, but should registration exceed available ice time, we may not be able to accommodate all players for the 2020-21 season. This is why it is so important to register your intent to play asap!
Q4: What type of Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place during the season?
A4: While there is no way to eliminate all risks, our club and the Town facilities will be ensuring that all Provincially required protocols are in place. A detailed plan is in development with the city of Burlington and will be shared with our BGHC community as soon as approvals are in place. Nothing is more important than keeping our players, volunteers and their extended families safe.