Dear Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Association Members,
We hope you are doing well and taking some time to enjoy the summer as we all continue to navigate through these uncertain times together! We understand there are probably a lot of questions related to if or when hockey will return and what that return will look like. These are questions that we continue to receive updated information on, as we work together with Hockey Alberta and the City of Medicine Hat to create a “mitigation strategy” for our own Return to Play plan. We are generating our plan based on the Phase 2 guidelines that are currently in place for the province. As an Association, we do not have any sanctioned ice times until August with our regular checking clinics, etc., so restrictions will hopefully have been reduced by that time. If that is the case, our strategy will be shifted to meet these new requirements at that time. Our plan must be adaptable, and we continue to stay updated on any new guidelines as they are released. Our hope, as we assume is the same as the majority, is to have hockey running “as normal as possible” by the time the new seasons are ready to begin. While this is our hope, we will still have a plan to have hockey in whatever form is allowed by Alberta Health Services and Hockey Alberta.
We understand that there might be some hesitation to register for the upcoming season, with so many things unclear at this time. We want to assure you that we will be prepared to run a hockey program in whatever form is allowable by those Alberta governing bodies. We will adjust our strategy as needed to meet guidelines to ENSURE WE HAVE THESE KIDS BACK ON THE ICE THIS WINTER! Whether we run a local or regional league or leagues are running like they always have, we are working towards being ready for both Phase 2 and Phase 3, whatever that may look like. We are taking a $50/player deposit. And should seasons be reduced or cancelled before a certain date, registration fees will be prorated, which will be determined based on start dates.
We are in the process of finalizing our Phase 2 Return to Play strategy following the Facility guidelines, in addition to AHS and Hockey Alberta. Once that is complete, we will email it to all our members to read through, knowing that it most likely will change by August. We want to get that communication out to you soon so look for it this week!
We hope that you are able to register for the upcoming season and, as a reminder, the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE is JULY 17TH! Please go to https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/227663/.
We are looking forward to having all our new and former members back in the fall.
Enjoy the summer and stay safe!