Covid-19 Questions and Answer

Q- My daughter is on a team that has a chance at championship weekend.  I know that Hockey Canada has shut down hockey for the season, but I still hope that there might be a chance that hockey will go on, especially for playoff teams.  Is that possible?
A- No, hockey for this season is over.


Q-My daughter is a goalie for a house league team. How does the goalie equipment borrowed from the Sharks get returned as that has always taken place on Championship Day.
A→The league is currently looking at options considering the moratorium from medical professionals regarding in-person meetings and gatherings, and upon receipt of the equipment have all items professionally cleaned and sanitized. The VP of House League will communicate the direction to coaches as soon as a determination has been made.


Q- What are the plans if any for the cancellation of the Sharks annual House League Championship Day?
A→In the absence of Championship Day, the regular season standings for teams in each division will determine the awarding of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The VP of House League will determine the method of delivery of the medals to the coaches.
Q- My daughter plays on a rep team and with the close of the season, can I expect to see a financial update and rebate of my team fees??
A→Yes, the league will be issuing its final ice bills for the season and mandating teams to share a year end financial update/budget with families. The City will be issuing rebates for unused ice with the closing of its arenas, and these rebates will be credited back to the teams. Teams that have registered and paid for end of season tournaments will have to seek refunds from the hosting associations. This may take time, but teams will be expected to close their accounts by the end of the Sharks fiscal year at the end of April. If you have any questions, please refer them to your team's manager and/or treasurer.


Q- The Hockey Canada announcement uses the phrase “until further notice”.  What does that mean?
A→The 2019-20 season is cancelled. The Hockey Canada Board will decide when sanctioned hockey will resume in Canada.  We have no indication of when that will be.


Q- Does the cancellation of the season also mean our team can’t practice?
A→All practices are cancelled. 


Q- The Hockey Canada announcement also says that all “sanctioned activities” are to be shut down.  I’m new to this.  What does “sanctioned activities” mean?
Hockey Canada sanctioned activities include all games, playoffs, try-outs, practices, camps, team activities (that includes team parties and banquets), programs and Provincials.


Q- What does this mean for non-sanctioned hockey leagues?
Non-sanctioned leagues operate outside of Hockey Canada’s bylaws and regulations. If they continue to operate, they would be doing so of their own accord.


Q- My daughter is on a team that is heading to Provincials.  I know that Hockey Canada has shut down hockey for the season, but I still hope that there might be a chance that hockey will go on for Provincials.  Is that possible?

A- No, hockey for this season is over.


Q- Does this announcement impact all hockey participants in Canada?
No, it impacts participants who are registered through Hockey Canada and the Member Branch.  The SSGHA is a member of Hockey Canada through the OWHA.


Q- Our team has a banquet coming up.  Is that cancelled?
The SSGHA and OWHA are doing their best to protect the safety of everyone involved in hockey.  Medical advice suggests that large gatherings of people is not a good idea at this time, so the banquet should not go ahead.


Q- So what about team parties?   The kids want to celebrate what they have achieved this season.  Can we do a gathering of less than 20 people?
No, all team activities are shut down.


Q- My coach says we should stay on the ice to prepare for tryouts.  Is that allowed?
All Hockey Canada activities, including team parties, practices and skates are not allowed.


 Q- It is March Break and some private companies are still offering hockey camps.  Can I go?
Please be aware that most arenas operated by the cities, Toronto for example, have been shut down out of concern for the health of the players.  Private organizations will not be covered by insurance providers.


Q-Can we meet with our coaches to discuss next season?
As of now, the recommendation by medical professionals is to avoid meeting in large groups.  The recommendation would be to avoid meeting in person unless it was absolutely necessary. 


Q-I want my daughter to play in house league again next year and maybe go into a hockey school. Will these be delayed?

A→As of now registration for next season will be delayed. There will be more direction about this in the coming days.


Q-How will playoff finals be addressed.  No winners no losers?
The season is over. The League will not be declaring any Playoff winners.


Q-What will happen to Spring tryouts for the 2020-21 season?
A→The OWHA has decided that no tryouts for the 2020-21 season will be conducted in the Spring. Instead the OWHA will provide guidance on when the introduction of the 2020-21 season will begin, subject to the Hockey Canada Board of Directors’ future decision when to reinstate all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities.


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