Seaforth Stars Return to Hockey Framework IMPORTANT INFO, News (Seaforth Stars Minor Hockey)

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Seaforth Stars Return to Hockey Framework IMPORTANT INFO
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Hello everyone, (article below)

Everyone on the stars Executive would like to apologize for the delay with getting out information regarding return to play for the organization.  There has been a lot of moving parts regarding the return to play plan over the past few months and we wanted to make sure we had as much concrete information as possible prior to sending out information, protocol,etc. so we can keep everything as efficient as possible when we return to the rink. 

At this time we are still confirming the organizations we Will have in our loop/bubbles  We have been working with South Huron, St Mary’s, Mitchell and BCH for Minor Novice and older to set up a tiered type scenario where kids would play against similar ability levels within their loop. We are still waiting on approval on whether or not this will be possible.

When we receive conformation one way or the other whether this layout will be approved, we will be able to send out rosters for all team. 

As of now the arena is Tentatively planning to have the ice ready to go for October 5th but could be pushed back to the 13th. This is something we should be able to confirm in the next couple days 

Below you will find our return to play and facility protocols 

There will be more info in the next few days but in you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out

Mark Wilson (Seaforth Stars President)

Return to Play Outline


The first segment of the 2020/2021 season will focus on skills and developments. It is

tentatively scheduled to begin October 5th, 2020 (depending on ice availability) and run for a

period of 2-4 weeks. Players in U7-U18 will be divided into groups of 9 skaters and a goalie.

Each division will be broken into Tier 1 and Tier 2 groupings. Players will be placed on teams

based on the previous 2019/2020 rosters. There will be a maximum of 25 participants including

instructors on the ice at any given time.


The second segment of the 2020/2021 season is scheduled for November 1st, 2020 -

December 31st, 2020. This segment will consist of game play (3 on 3 and 4 on 4). Teams will

consist of 9 players and a goalie and will remain the same as Segment #1. Games will be

played against teams within our Health Unit and will consist of no more than 50 players in a

bubble. Organizations within our Health Unit consist of BCHMA, MMA, StMarys, SHMHA.


The third segment of the 2020/2021 season is scheduled for January 1st, 2021 until the end of

the season. The format of this segment will depend on whether there are any changes to the

regulations set out by the Municipality of Huron East, the Huron Perth Public Health Unit

(HPPH) or the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF). If there are no changes we will continue

within the same format as segment #2.


Register via website:

Birth Year/Division Payment   Due Oct 1, 2020 Due Dec 1, 2020 Total Payment

U7 (2014/2015) $275 $125 $400

U8 2013 $300 $150 $450

U9 2012 $500 $250 $750

U11 $500 $250 $750

U13 $500 $275 $775

U15 $500 $300 $800

U18 $ 500 $300 $800

Arriving at the Facility

Please follow all signage posted outside and inside the building. Anyone entering the facility is

required to wear a face covering. Participants and spectators should enter the facility through

the main lobby doors. One spectator per participant will be permitted to enter the facility. Upon

arriving, participants and spectators will be granted access into the facility by a Municipality of

Huron East employee. Seaforth Minor Hockey Association (SMHA) will have a screener (each

team will have a designated COVID officer) to meet all skaters and spectators. The screener

will review the OHF Health Screening Questionnaire and take attendance to support the OHF

Contract Tracing tool as well as the Municipality of Huron East in the event of an outbreak.

Once the screening is complete, the participant and spectator will be allowed to enter the

facility. Spectators must maintain a physical distance of two meters while in the facility.

Participants are asked to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled ice time and

leave within 15 minutes upon the conclusion of their ice time. Players must exit the facility

through the designated doors.

The Municipality of Huron East is tentatively scheduled to have ice ready early October.

The Municipality is responsible for disinfecting all high touch points frequently within the facility.

Additional hand sanitizing stations will be installed throughout the facility as well. Water bottle

filling stations will remain operable. It is important to note that SMHA will take every precaution

to keep individuals safe during players participation however, makes no guarantee or assumes

any liability should a participant, volunteer, and/or spectator fall ill.

Failure to comply with all facility requirements, or the requirements of SMHA Return to Hockey

Plan may result in disciplinary action in accordance with Code of Conduct of SMHA. Such

action may result in the member losing privileges, including the opportunity to participate in

SMHA activities and events.

Ice Times/Dressing Rooms

SMHA will be providing ice times for skaters. Skaters will be required to be fully dressed before

entering the facility (as much as possible). It will be the parents responsibility to tie their children

skates if required. Dressing rooms and/or the hallway will be made available to accommodate

skate tying.

Once screening in complete skaters will make their way to the dressing room/hallway (as per

the schedule posted). All skaters must wear a mask while getting ready and will be permitted to

remove face covering before entering the ice pad. Players must choose a designated space

within the dressing room or hallway and subsequently use the same space upon completion of

their ice time to remove skates and helmets. Showers will be closed at this time. Washrooms

will be available in the lobby and designated dressing room. All skaters and on ice helpers must

vacate the facility through the designated door within 15 minutes of completing their ice time.

Dressing rooms and washrooms will be disinfected by the Municipality in between teams leaving

and the next team arriving.

SMHA will be following guidelines set out by the Municipality, Huron Perth Public Health Unit

(HPPH) and Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF); therefore SMHA Return to Hockey Framework

is subject to change. Things are continuously changing, so please be prepared to be flexible

and open minded during this season.

Please see the attached link for up to date OHF Safety Guidelines and Frequently Asked


Parent/Stakeholder Communication

Communication will be going out via email as well as posted on the SMHA website

informing all stakeholders on how SMHA intends to get children back on the ice safely.

Parts of this summary will be included in that communication. Within the communication will be

some advice to parents such as the responsibility to keep their child away from hockey if the

child is ill; keeping their child away from hockey if someone in their household is ill; Safely

returning to hockey after the skater is symptom free for 24 hours; be honest on all screenings;

urge families to become familiar with Huron Perth Public Health website; and a reminder to be

courteous to all screeners. In SMHA these screeners are volunteers offering up their time to

keep all of us safe. Keeping hockey players, coaches, families and communities safe during

COVID-19 will be a group effort. We will not be successful if we do not all do our part.

SMHA will be following guidelines set out by the Municipality, Huron Perth Public Health Unit

(HPPH) and Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF); therefore SMHA Return to Hockey Framework

is subject to change. Things are continuously changing, so please be prepared to be flexible

and open minded during this season.

For up to date OHF Safety Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions




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