2020-2021 Season, News (Whitby Minor Hockey)

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2020-2021 Season
Submitted By Jane Sedo on Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Once again we would like to thank you for your patience over the past few months. We are working diligently with various authorities to ensure players can return to hockey safely. Today we would like to share some details with you about this process and information related to our seasonal plan. 

WMHA is governed by Hockey Canada, OHF and OMHA, respectively, and all return to play decisions must be in line with these governing bodies with final approval from the OMHA.   

The OHF released their Return to Hockey guidelines on July 31st followed by the OMHA releasing more detailed guidelines on Friday, August 14th.

Now that we have the guidelines from the OMHA, the Board of Directors will work to finalize the Return to Hockey plan specific to WMHA and then seek approval from the OMHA.  Following approval from the OMHA we must also gain approval from Durham Public Health Unit. 

What is happening now…

 

WMHA is meeting with the Town of Whitby to discuss ice allocation, costs and their plans within the town facilities – specifically, timelines for ice availability, entry to facilities, use of change rooms etc.. These are only one part of the overall costs associated with running our hockey programs.   

 

We will see an impact to our seasonal budget with decreased rosters sizes and lack of tournament revenue this season. Our mandate is to build a program that gets kids back on the ice to promote their physical and emotional wellbeing during this time, while being fiscally responsible and working within our governing body and health unit guidelines.

 

Various board of director committees are meeting this week and the full Board of Directors will meet next week to finalize and approve 2020-21 programming. Our proposal will then be sent to our OMHA Regional Director and to the Durham Public Health Unit for approval; once approved the program details will be made available on our website.

 

As we move through each phase of our return to hockey framework, the safety of our players is guiding every decision and consideration WMHA is making. We strongly support the direction from the OMHA and the OHF and right now our key focus is getting players back on the ice, playing with their friends, providing good physical health, and supporting their mental wellbeing. 

 
Earlier this month we conducted a survey to connect with you and gain a better understanding of what your concerns and questions are. We received over 1200 responses and the information was extremely valuable as we begin to make decisions related to future programming. This week we are working to provide you with some answers to your questions we received in the survey and intend to post a formal FAQ on our website by August 21st.


What we do know…

  
- All hockey will be non-contact 

- All WMHA players will play within a bubble of a maximum of 50 players 

- All players will be placed on a team that includes players with similar skill and ability

- WMHA has been advised by the OMHA that teams will not be permitted to play neighbouring centres at this time

- There will be no DS or Select program this season 

- There will be no traditional Representative program until we move to stage 4 as defined by the OHF; this will have to first be approved by all governing bodies and the Durham Public Health Unit  

- In accordance with the OMHA and the OHF regulations, WMHA is unable to provide new waivers to any players wishing to play within other associations

- Any player who played with WMHA in 2019-2020 is eligible to play with WMHA in 2020-2021

- We anticipate players will return to the ice in October; this needs to be finalized with the Town of Whitby 

To facilitate a modified return to hockey framework, we are going to require additional coaching staff within House League. If you are interested in coaching this season please contact us.

  


Please ensure you visit our website frequently for updates. You can subscribe to receive notifications when updates are made.

 

Thank you! 

 

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