Dear Sharks Families,
On behalf of the Sharks Executive Team, I trust that you and your friends, colleagues and team mates are all well.
The purpose of this communique is to provide you with an update regarding the status of hockey within our Sharks association. At this time, the governing bodies, Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, have not sanctioned any hockey activities in terms of tournaments, tryouts for Rep teams, evaluations for House League teams, team practices and games. Many of you will know that both organizations have released Return to Hockey documents which are available on the respective websites. On July 15th, 2020 the OWHA issued the Return to Hockey Protocols to provide guidelines on the gradual return to play.
The City of Toronto is currently assessing its capacity to issue ice contracts shortly. This means that associations have been asked to provide registration numbers in the near future. On August 1st, 2020 the player registrations link will be open on the Sharks website for House League and Competitive teams players for the 2020-2021 season. This includes returning Sharks players and those from other associations. Player transfers will not be considered until September 2020 and will apply to players in good standing only. No fees will be collected at this time.
The Sharks program updates are as follows:
Once a week every Saturday morning at 8:15 at Malvern with no more than 15 skaters, 1 instructor and 3 volunteers up to a maximum of 20 on the ice, unless otherwise specified by Provincial, Local Health and OWHA guidelines.
Depending on the number of player registrations and attendance, the playing format has yet to be determined but may be “5 on 5”, “4 on 4” or “3 on 3” hockey or any equal combination of the above. Registered players under 8 will still follow the guidelines of the Initiation Program, and those under 9 will follow the U9 Pathway Program.
Development Stream (DS)
No updates and decisions have been made for DS teams but in order to qualify players must be registered in the House League program in order to be eligible.
No updates and decisions are available at this time if there will be competitive teams playing in the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League or Golden Blades (senior teams only). However, certain in-person activities may be considered for sanction in the interim. Please refer to the OWHA Return to Hockey Protocols document for specific details and conditions where an application may be considered. Playing formats may range from “5 on 5”, “4 on 4” or “3 on 3” hockey, or possibly the season ahead may be skills development focused. The final decisions with respect to “start date” and the type of season will be determined by Hockey Canada, the OWHA and Provincial and Local health guidelines.
Skills Development Program
The Sharks has provided weekly skills development sessions to teams at a subsidized rate for the past 6 seasons. The league will continue to offer this program on a cost recovery basis to players and/or teams dependent on the OWHA, Provincial and Local health guidelines.
The Scarborough Sharks GHA is a not-for-profit organization that operates on cost recovery and subsidizing its programs.
Returning House League players from the 2019/2020 season will receive a $50.00 discount to compensate for the early closure last year.
Respecting the uncertainty of the season ahead and to alleviate the financial burden as much as possible to our families at this time, when registering no deposit is required until the program is determined.
As soon as the length and details with the programs have been determined, the final prices will be set. Options to split payments or seek financial assistance will be available. More information will be available at a future date.
In closing, your patience is appreciated. In these uncertain times, the focus remains on player safety and the safety of those who continue to support our national game.
Vice President, Competitive Teams
Scarborough Sharks GHA