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2020/2021 Season Update – August 28, 2020

Aug 25, 2020 MHMHA News 0 comments
We are very close to finalizing our start dates as we work with the city to ensure we are able to schedule enough ice times to meet Hockey Alberta requirements!
Start Dates as of now are:
U7 (Timbits) – September 26th
U9 (Novice) – September 19th
U11 CAHL (Atom) Socially Distanced conditioning skates- September 5th – Socially Distanced Evaluations to follow.
U13 (PeeWee) Socially Distanced Evaluations begin Sept. 8th
U15 CAHL (Bantam) To be determined – once SEAC has completed AAA and AA evaluations
U18 (Midget AA) – September 8th
U18 (Midget CAHL) – September 25th
U13 and U15 Wildcats (Female) Conditioning Skates – September 16th
As for City leagues, the current start dates are:
U11 City – September 19th
U13 City – September 26th
U15 City – October 4th
U18 City – October 11th
Final registration numbers will determine the number of socially distanced skates that are required for manageable group sizes during evaluations as well as if there is a need for socially distanced evaluations at all. (ie. groups with only 30 athletes registered)
All times and locations will be finalized by August 31st as only certain arenas will be operating to begin September.
** For SEAC teams start dates (U15 AAA, AA, and U16 AAA), please contact them or visit their website. (seactigers.com)**
In order to meet the guidelines of Hockey Alberta, groups of more than 50 participants that require evaluations will be need to operate differently this year. At the beginning of the tryout process, Evaluations will need to be based on a socially distanced, skill based format that was outlined by Hockey Alberta. Once the group has been reduced down to an acceptable cohort grouping size that includes coaches, evaluations will take on the more traditional form of inter-squad games and other competitive drills.
Athletes that find themselves released to the next level after being part of a cohort evaluation will need to follow the 14-day non-participation guideline from Hockey Alberta in order to join the next evaluation group. This will be factored into our scheduling and we intend to provide socially distanced skates for those athletes during that 2 week period to keep them on the ice. Being that the sessions will be socially distanced, these athletes could then join the next cohort group after that group has completed the socially distanced skill evaluation process.

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We have received Hockey Alberta’s Updated return to Hockey plan which includes the following updates:

Based on feedback from our Member organizations and updated information from the Government of
Alberta, the following updates are included in the AUGUST 21 VERSION of the Return to Hockey Plan:
1. A new component has been added to the plan: Modified Competition Season. This can be found in Section 6. The goal is to provide associations/ teams with an opportunity to finalize any tryouts/ evaluations, register rosters and prepare for an eventual return to the Regular Season, when permitted.
2. Clarification of the types of competition allowed during the Development Season component in Section 6.
3. Updated information on certification requirements, clinics and registration for Officials has been included in Section 5. Clarification that on-ice officials are not required until the new Modified Competition Season.
4. Updated information on certification requirements, clinics and registration for Coaches has been included in Section 5.
5. An updated Contact Tracing document has been included in Section 2.
6. Updated requirements regarding the wearing of masks in Section 2.
7. Updated requirements regarding Refunds in Section 2.
8. Recommendation to include a force majeure clause in any future contracts that you negotiate.
9. Addition of the current Return to Hockey FAQ document to Section 3.

Using this updated document, we will work towards finalizing start dates and scheduling for evaluations and forming teams. Our intention is to get athletes back on the ice as soon as possible while following all the guidelines of Hockey Alberta and the City of Medicine Hat. Although “regular season” play is a little ways off, we want to use the time before that to develop players skills and better prepare for once leagues begin.
We want to thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we revise our original plan to meet the updated requirements. We are excited to get things going again and look forward to getting kids back into hockey!

Please review the link below for the Return to Hockey plan from Hockey Alberta.
https://www.hockeyalberta.ca/news/recent/return-hockey-plan-update-1241/

We are meeting with the City of Medicine Hat on Wednesday, August 26 as they have stated that they may not be opening up all facilities, which then in turn, changes our original plan. We will then be able to make our schedule available to all our members. Please check out the follow links for how the assessment process will look like.

MHMHA U16/18 Assessments

MHMHA U15 Assessments

MHMHA U13 Assessments

MHMHA U11 Assessments

If you have any questions, please email them to opsmgr@mhmha.ca and Chad Baron, Operations Manager will try to answer them as soon as he can.

Thank you again to everyone for your patience.

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