This MEMBERS ONLY program is aligned and approved by Vancouver Coastal Health following Health Authority guidelines to ensure that our members’ heath and safety is a priority as we slowly work at bringing the game back through a unique experience.
Playing rules will be adjusted to create a continuous play game which means more space on the ice, increased puck play, and additional measures to reduce intentional contact so we can provide a fun and safe place to play hockey.
- Controls will be in place to provide players with a specified path to the rink they’re playing on, the facilities will have clearly marked physical distancing parameters.
- Directional signage will be located around the facility and will indicate where to go next.
- Players will be required to observe physical distancing markers on the benches and in the dressing rooms, at all times.
- Players are permitted to have a maximum of one (1) parent/guardian accompany them to the rink. Siblings should not accompany this parent unless absolutely necessary.
- There will be limited viewing space (both indoors and rink side), where they will be able to remain physically distanced from other spectators while watching their child’s game.
- Players 16 and under need to arrive to the rink fully dressed. Dressing rooms will be available provided that participants abide by the markers within each room that specify physical distancing between participants. A maximum of nine (9) participants will be allowed into each dressing room. All participants are required to be able to tie their own skates and get themselves dressed if they choose to use the dressing room. Benches beside the rink or Family dressing rooms (max 1-2 players per bench) will be available for younger players and their parent.
- Touchless Water fountains will available for use, but limited. Players must bring their own water bottle and it is not to be shared among players. It is recommended players fill their bottle at home.
- There will food services available at the club. No cash at this time.
- Teams will be tiered: A1 – Hawks through a tryout/evaluation process in September. Regular player testing and progress reports will be provided throughout season.
- Team rosters will increase to 16-18 skaters and 2 goaltenders.
- Teams will be split in two for competitive play in a 4-on-4 or 3-on-3 format
- Maximum of eight (8) skaters and one (1) goaltender present at each game. One (1) coach permitted per sub-team per game.
- 60-minute ice-slot. 5-minute warm-up. Two, 20-minute run-time periods. Two minute intermission between periods.
- No timeouts or clock stoppages during play.
- Overtime and/or Shootouts play will be accounted for within 60 minute time slot, when necessary.
- Teams will not change ends for the second period.
- Line changes are permitted either on the fly or after a whistle is sounded.
- No Hitting allowed
- No handshakes or fist bumps allowed.
- No spitting. Warning and consequences will occur.
- Balanced teams
- Weekly Development
- Season aligned with previous years (game play could start before November)
- Exhibition games with other associations
- Protective Face Covering for Athletes: All athletes participating in hockey must adhere to the face covering level relating to the government guidelines at time of play.
- Red Level: Mandatory Full Face Shield – Government still has restrictions in place that may not allow hockey to return without full face shields
- Yellow Level (BC): Recommended but not mandatory Full Face Shield – Government has lifted restrictions allowing hockey to return without full face shields. Social distancing guidelines are still in effect.
- Green Level: Government has lifted all social distancing guidelines. Minimum half visor for Adults and full cage for Youth.
- It is recommended anyone entering the facility should wear a cloth mask when physical distancing cannot be followed.The cloth mask can be removed while participating in a hockey activity and physical distancing is practiced.
- Coaches and team staff should wear cloth masks where physical distancing is not possible, such as in the dressing room or on the bench.
- Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical distancing.
- Referees to use an electronic whistle
- BWC has confirmed that they are enthusiastic in working to coordinate efforts to offer an ‘inter-club’ arrangement with the NSWC. The inter Club Competition has all the necessary endorsements from the applicable health authorities.
- We are working with other female and male associations to create more opportunities for competitive, exhibition play.
- Minimum 1 game per week – 60 mins
- 1 referee per game
- 1 practice per week – 60 mins
- 1 development session per week – 60 mins
- Goalie specific development
- 1 dryland session per week (Atom-Midget) – 45-60 mins
- Hockey Specific Off-Ice: shooting lane sessions, stick handling, floorball etc.
- Ice Activity Fee
- Psychology & Nutrition Seminars
- Detailed player profiles
- Player evaluations (and evaluation fee)
- Player and game stats
- Video analysis (HUDL software)
- Team Snap fees
- Applicable PCAHA and BC Hockey fees (likely reduced this year)
- Additional Liability Insurance
- Quality competition: internal & external competition
- Team & individual support from Technical Directors
- NSWC Member Jamborees: Skills competition, 3on3 challenge
- Weekend assigned to each age group (i.e. Thanksgiving – Peewee Division)
- Name teams after Alumni players
- Take all players from one division and mix up into equal/balanced teams to play one another
- Include female and male
- Team wear
- External Tournaments (if available)
1: What do I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
Keep your child home and out of the hockey and club environment. It is also important to communicate with your physician and public health authority, ensuring you follow the steps identified. Inform the NSWC immediately.
2: What if a parent/family member tests positive for COVID-19? What protocols do we follow?
If a parent or family member tests positive for COVID–19, the player and their family will need to stay out of the hockey and club environment. They should contact their physician and public health authority for instructions. The player will need a note from their physician or public health authority to return to play.
3: If someone on my child’s team tests positive for COVID-19, will the team be allowed to continue to play hockey?
If someone on your child’s team tests positive, public health authority guidelines will determine contact tracing and isolation requirements. It is possible, therefore, that one diagnosis on a team could lead to that team being required to pause hockey activities until the public health authority determines it is safe to return.
4: What if my child is sick but does not have COVID-19?
The player should follow up with their physician and the public health line. They will require a note from their physician to return to play.
5: What should I do if my child is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 but has not been tested?
The player should remain out of the hockey and club environment and contact their physician or public health authority for required steps to be taken. Inform the NSWC immediately. The player will require a note from their physician or public health authority to return to play.
6: Should players/parents/coaches wear masks entering the facility and dressing room?
It is recommended anyone entering the facility should wear a cloth mask when physical distancing cannot be followed. Continue to monitor public health authority guidelines specific to wearing masks.
Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical distancing.
7: When will full (5on5) games be permitted?
The type of hockey activities that may occur when hockey returns will be determined by the regional governing member of Hockey Canada, in consultation with the appropriate government and public health authorities. In some cases, this may be limited initially to include skill based activities that respect social distancing protocols, while in others, modified or traditional game play may be possible. It is difficult at this stage to predict when regular games will return with any degree of certainty.
8: Will coaches be permitted to be within two metres to help and support the player?
It is recommended that public health authority guidelines are adhered to and that instruction be given practicing physical distancing. Review your public health authority recommendations and requirements on the wearing of masks. It is important to note that the safety person or coach may need to be within two metres of a player if the player suffers an injury, but the safety person or coach should wear a mask and, as recommended in the Hockey Canada Safety Program, non-latex gloves if treating a player for an injury.
9: Will teams be permitted to attend tournaments outside our province or territory?
The ability for any team to travel outside its geographic region to play hockey will depend on several factors, including public health authority guidelines, instructions and travel restrictions in your province/territory and the province/territory you will be visiting, and will require the approval of the governing hockey bodies in your region and the region you wish to travel to. Note that provincial/territorial guidelines and travel restrictions may also limit the ability to host local tournaments and your ability to accept tournament entries from teams outside your region.
10: Will parents be allowed in the stands to watch games?
Families should be prepared to minimize the number of parents/guardians/spectators that attend in order to limit the number of people in the facility. At this time, one (1) parent or guardian may accompany a player; no siblings.
11: Should I disinfect my child’s hockey gear after each practice/game?
Some equipment should be washed (e.g. jerseys, pant shells, socks) after each practice/game, following manufacturer guidelines. It is important that players ensure all equipment is kept clean at all times.
12: Should I sanitize water bottles after each practice/game?
Bottles should be labeled and washed after each practice or game.
13: My son/daughter currently sits in a car seat, and it recommends that hockey equipment not be worn. How can we come to the facility fully dressed for hockey?
It is important to follow guidelines specific to car seats and seat belts, and it would be recommended to wear only equipment that can be worn safely under current laws or guidelines. Hockey Canada recommends that players enter the facility in as much hockey equipment as possible, rather than changing together in dressing rooms where social distancing may be difficult to maintain. When player safety might be compromised by riding in a car seat fully dressed in hockey equipment, the child should leave home partially dressed in their equipment, and should put on the remainder of the equipment after arriving at, but before entering, the facility.