PMHA Return to Play Plan
Return to Play after Illness Form
Panorama Arena Use Protocols
January 7th, 2021
PMHA has updated our TeamSnap Health Check questions. For details please read our news post.
December 3rd, 2020
Please see message from Steve My PMHA President:
Yesterday, the Provincial Health Officer modified her orders around events and gatherings. As part of this, all youth sport is returning to a modified viaSport Phase 2.
What does this mean?
· We can still have practices and skill development – but it means no games or scrimmages with other teams, even in your own association.
· The order is very clear that there are to be no spectators. The wording is “there are no spectators unless the presence of a spectator is necessary in order to provide care to a child or youth.” This would mean that a safety is allowed, but no one else.
· To maintain the two-deep rule in case of an injury or medical emergency that may require a player to be in the change room, either a coach from the ice must accompany the player, or the COVID monitor could be brought in to help.
It is important to remember that these are Provincial Health Officer orders, and not just guidance from Panorama. Panorama has advised us that Island Health has been performing inspections at some arenas in the Capital Regional District, and violations of this order could result in fines to PMHA, or the suspension of any hockey at Panorama.
Recently I have received more than one concern about people bringing in younger siblings and people gathering too closely at PMHA practices. It is a reminder that we have to be vigilant – even if we are tired and frustrated.
This is a time that we all have to rally around our kids, and try and make sure that they are learning, growing, improving their skills and most importantly, having fun. Coaches will need to be innovative, perhaps creating a skills competition for their team or other fun challenges to change things up.
We realize this is not easy, but in the last few days, we have seen all too clearly how COVID is all around us, with an outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. The orders are in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the pressure on hospitals and health care workers, and to ensure that education and vital jobs can continue. I want to thank everyone who has stepped up to do their part this season to allow kids to get on the ice this year, and I am hopeful that we will have better news in the coming days.
November 5th, 2020
At this time PMHA is unable to edit the Team Snap Health Check questions. To make the Health Check more inline with our current BC parameters, please see the below infographic for details on how to read the Health Check questions.
October 5th, 2020
First of all, we wanted to thank everyone for their patience and understanding with all of the protocols we are required to follow. We too are experiencing the same frustrations with the issues and have been in communication with BC hockey and other governing bodies to help streamline things.
One of the things that we cannot change at this time is how the health check question are worded in TeamSnap. Please note, we have reached out to TeamSnap but at this point it cannot be changed.
To align with the BCCDC self-assessment tool, when reading the TeamSnap questions please answer as if they read as follows:
TeamSnap - Have you experience a fever of 100.4°F or greater in the past 14 days?
Revised - Are you currently experiencing a fever of 100.4°F or greater?
Questions 2 remains the same.
TeamSnap - Have you been in contact with anyone while they have had COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
Revised - Have you been in contact with anyone while they have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
TeamSnap - In the past 14 days, have you, or someone you have been in contact with, travelled outside your province/country or to an area with restrictions due to COVID-19?
Revised - In the past 14 days, have you, or someone you have been in contact with, travelled outside of Canada?
TeamSnap - In the past 14 days, have you experienced any of the following new symptoms not attributed to another health condition? Select all that apply.
Revised - Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms, even mild ones ? Select all that apply.
Please note we have been in communication with BC Hockey for some time and they are tryIng to harmonize our Return to Play rules with those that the PHO and others have allowed for schools.
However, at this time we have to follow the BCCDC checklist for hockey. Therefore if your child has, for example a runny nose or sore throat, yes they can go to school, but no they cannot come to hockey and must provide a doctors note and complete the Return to Play After Illness Form before they can return. This is also something we are working with BC Hockey etc in hopes to removes some many restrictions and make it easier for everyone.
Thank you for your patience and support in this very different season
September 16th, 2020
Thank you to everyone for making our PMHA hockey season off to a great start. As the COVID-19 situation continues to constantly change, we wanted to provide you with an update.
Our COVID-19 committee has completed (to date) the PMHA Return to Play Plan. You can find this document linked above. Please check back often as this document will continue to be updated and revised as more information/guidance/protocols become available.
A few highlights from the plan include:
- Teamsnap Health Check Reminders
- If you haven't noticed already, Teamsnap has enabled the reminder feature. You must sign up for it in each event. Once done, it will send you a reminder 8 hours prior to the event. For more info, click here. It is important to complete these health checks in order for your child to take the ice or attend a team event.
- Return to Play after Illness Form
- BC Hockey's Hygiene & Illness Protocol (page 5 of the BC Return to Hockey Covid-19 Response plan) indicates “ill participants must provide a Doctor's note prior to returning to hockey activity.” No player is permitted to play when ill, to any degree, and must isolate as per provincial protocol if they become ill. Please note this is required whether they have a positive COVID-19 test or not. Written documentation is required for all negative COVID-19 tests. So, please remember to mention this when setting up your appointment. For information on how to obtain a written COVID-19 test result, visit this BCCDC link. Additional information about illness protocols can be found in the PMHA Return to Play Plan (link above).
Panorama Recreation Arena Facilities
- Arena entrances & exits - it seems many people are still using the main arena lobby doors as an exit. These doors are to be used as an entrance only. For Arena B, please exit through Door 12 and for Arena A, please exit at the south end through Door 12. Panorama has taped pathways making it easy to follow. Please see attached diagram as a reminder.
- Please do not congregate in the arena lobby. Should you wish to socialize, please do so by physically distancing outside the facility.
- Equipment - several times now PMHA equipment has not been returned to the correct locations. For example, border patrols have been left in the player boxes. Please ensure equipment is returned to its proper storage place.
- Dressing Room - it has been noticed several times that the dressing rooms are exceeding capacity.
- For practices where only one team or pool is involved, one spectator per player is allowed. (Please note for the short term, one spectator per player is allowed for U7 & U9 as they will be smaller groups to start. However, this may change if and when two teams take the ice for practices).
- For any practices or games where two teams are involved, no spectators are allowed (to follow the Provincial Health Order)
- All spectators must enter the arena before or after the players have taken the ice. For arena B, please exit through the exterior doors from top of the arena stands. For arena A please exit through door 15. Spectators are not to be in walkways while players are entering, leaving or waiting to take the ice.
VIAHA is not sure when the season will begin as they are still waiting on guidance around cohorts.
September 4th, 2020
When it comes to player illness this season, PMHA members will be required to adhere to BC Hockeys Hygiene & Illness Protocol. Page 5 of the BC Return to Hockey Covid-19 Response plan indicates “ill participants must provide a Doctors note prior to returning to hockey activity.”
PMHA will now utilize Team Snap to assist families with assessing their players health fitness prior to each “event” this season.
8 hours prior to each PMHA session, Team Snap will release an online health assessment questionnaire. A player will not be permitted on the ice if they have not completed the Team Snap assessment tool prior to EACH session that clears them to play.
If the Team Snap assessment tool indicates a player is not well, they will not be permitted to return to play until a Doctors note clearing their return to play or written confirmation of a negative Covid test result has been provided to the team manager.
Other Covid assessment tools include: calling 8-1-1 OR the online BC Covid-19 Self Assessment Tool.
September 3rd, 2020
On Friday, August 28, BC Hockey and viaSport gave a Zoom meeting on how hockey associations like ours would be handling moving into Phase 3 of Return to Sport. The Phase 3 guidelines are here as well as the link to the video conference.
The good news from this is that viaSport and BC Hockey has authorized teams to be placed in cohorts of four - which means every team will be able to play games this year. It also means, for rep teams U15 and above, there will also be contact allowed (though we will not be allowing contact at the U15 level until all U15 rep players have completed a contact clinic, as has been done in previous years).
There are still some things to be worked out. BC Hockey is still finalizing the protocols for on-ice officials, so there will not be any official games until that is finalized, hopefully by mid-September.
While this is excellent news, it is also important to remember that many of the rules and regulations set by the Provincial Health Officer, the Health Authorities and recreation commissions are still in place - most importantly the 50-person limit for any event. Therefore, until this changes, we cannot allow spectators at any event that involves more than one team.
We have to take into account the players, on-ice officials, off-ice volunteers and coaches and with the addition of spectators would quickly have us over 50. Also, we have to maintain a list of everyone at the rink for possible contact tracing, which is easy for the players via TeamSnap, but more challenging for spectators. This is similar to what is being done at Pearkes Arena. There will be opportunities for parents to volunteer throughout the season, check out our volunteer section for ideas.
Requirements for any on-ice/on-bench volunteers are, at minimum, current criminal record check and the Respect in Sport for leaders and Concussion Awareness Training. All of this information is available on our website under "Volunteer Resources". Volunteers are also required to complete the new mandatory return-to-play 20-minute online course. Sign in is through the E-Learning module. The Hockey Canada Registry member profiles will be updated to reflect completion of the course. As this course is currently being offered at no charge, we recommend each parent take it.
We know that some of these new rules, especially not being able to attend, will be disappointing - but it is how we are able to have your kids play this year. We continue to work with BC Hockey, viaSport and Panorama to give the best possible experience for minor hockey in these difficult times.
We are also looking at possible ways to broadcast from the arena to allow not just parents, but friends and grandparents far away to watch - we are working to try to do this in a way that maintains personal privacy while allowing people this opportunity.
It continues to be important to maintain our COVID-19 protocols and common sense as we return to hockey - we will continue to communicate with you as things happen this season - from adding a COVID health check to TeamSnap to following the Panorama Arena rules. Each of us has our role to play in making sure our kids can play.
Thank you for your time and patience as we navigate this new normal. Together, we will have a great season.
August 21st, 2020
We are about to start another hockey season at PMHA. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this season will begin differently than past seasons.
We want to thank the Panorama staff and many PMHA volunteers who have put in the extra time and effort to ensure that we are able to have access to rinks, and to be able to have kids on the ice.
We strongly encourage everyone stay up to date by visiting this page for COVID-19 information and expectations for players, parents and family members so that everyone is able to have a safe hockey season.
Things will look different. New protocols and changes will be put in place, most importantly, avoid congregating in the arena lobby, and dressing room limits will be strictly enforced. Follow the entry and exit rules set up by Panorama for each of the arenas. Use your common sense about maintaining safe distances, performing proper hand hygiene and wearing a non-medical mask when you are unable to maintain 2 metres from others. If you are at all unwell, please stay home.
We need the support of everyone at PMHA to make this work. We realize this is going to look very different, and it will be challenging. However, the other option currently is no hockey at all for anyone. As that isn't what we want, and I know that together, we can make a memorable season for the 350 plus kids in Peninsula Hockey.
All Division specific COVID rules and guidelines will be coming from Division Managers. Please take the time to read their communication carefully and ask questions when needed. It is also recommended that players and parents read the Panorama Arena Use Protocol