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Submitted By Jody Caughy on Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Our CMH Executive would like to thank all of our Clearview Canucks families for your patience and understanding as we transition through these unprecedented times. We are also very excited to announce after months of planning and preparing, we will be returning back to the ice to enjoy the game of hockey starting Tuesday October 13, 2020!!!

Our CMH Return to Play plan was recently approved by OMHA October 5, 2020. We strongly encourage that you to read and understand the information within this document. 

Hockey is going to look way different than the traditional game of hockey that we know, and love! Our goal is for a fun, safe and rewarding season focusing on skill development and enhancing friendships, with a priority on the health and safety of our Canucks players, staff and families.

Arena Rules:

The following are the rules our players, coaching staff and parents/guardians must follow to enter the Stayner Community Centre - arena.

- Everyone MUST wear a face mask


- Everyone is REQUIRED to complete a digital health screen and must pass prior to entering the arena


- Names and phone numbers of all players/coaching staff/executive will be recorded on everyone who enters the arena for their ice session


- At this time NO parents will be allowed entry into the arena


- As per Clearview Township, there will be a maximum of 25 players/coaching staff on the ice at any one time and a maximum of 50 people in the arena at any one time.

Please try to understand when entering the arena, we are the volunteers working to make this a successful return to hockey and we are doing our best to try and follow the daily changes made by the government, local health unit and OMHA.


As we head back to the arena for the first time since March we want to highlight some important changes that have taken place since the last time that you were last there…

#1 – Access to the arena will only be 15 minutes prior to the scheduled ice time. Main entrance doors will be locked by facility staff at scheduled ice time and no admission is allowed once doors are locked.

#2 - Participants must come to the arena dressed and ready to play. Skates, helmets, mouth guards and gloves can be put on in the designated chairs in the main lobby. No dressing rooms will be open. We recommend players/coaching staff bring a clean container/Ziploc bag to store their mask in while on the ice.

**Goalies will have a designated area to dress and should come prepared to put on Pads, skates, and Chest Protector at the arena.


#3 - Entering is restricted to players, coaching staff and CMH executive only. Parents are NOT permitted in the arena for the first few weeks. If players/coaches follow the protocols, Clearview Township may consider allowing parents entry within the first few weeks.

#4 - Masks must be worn at all times, except when on ice for players. On-ice coaching staff is strongly encouraged to wear masks if physical distancing of 2m cannot be maintained.

#5 - Water fountains and the canteen are not available. We ask players do not bring any food with them into the arena. Players must bring their own FILLED water bottle to every session. Please remember to wash your water bottle regularly, and remind our player(s) not to share water bottles. We strongly encourage all players to please label water bottles!


#6 – Washrooms will be open in the main lobby however we strongly encourage players to use the washroom before arriving at the arena.


#7 – Exiting the arena, players will have 15 minutes after their ice session to remove gloves, helmet and skates. Masks must be put on once helmet and mouth guard is removed. The rest of their equipment will be removed after leaving the arena. Leave dressed as you arrived.


We ask our Canucks parents/guardians to NOT loiter in the parking lot pre and post ice sessions. Please be considerate to the provincial outdoor gathering limits (25).


We need everyone – players, coaches, parents and guardians - to follow all these new protocols so that we can keep our teams on the ice.


CMH Programming Model for 2020/2021 Season:


CMH Phase 1 - initial return to play will consists of 2 weeks of player conditioning and skill development, starting the week of October 11    

    · Players will be grouped by division (age group) to a maximum of 50 or less; as per the OHF/OMHA and                Ontario Government set maximums. Per division, players will be placed into groups of 15-20 (with 2 goalies)        for initial return to play practices. To be clear, these groupings are not set teams.

  • Team placement will occur during this time, and team selection will be announced on the website the first weekend of November. There will be no bumping up or down. Other than siblings, we cannot accommodate requests for players to be placed on teams together. Teams will be created in the fairest possible way with careful consideration on balanced skill and development across all teams within each division
  • Team rosters will consist of a maximum of 9 players and 1 goalie. Players cannot be rostered to more than one team at a time.


CMH Phase 2 - modified game play will commence the beginning of November (inner house league)


Our Return to Play Committee (RTPC) will be re-evaluating our seasonal structure on an on a monthly basis or more if required. Changes may be required based on new information directed from OHF, OMHA and/or SMDHU (or bordering Health Units in which we have registered players). 




Parents will be required to attend a Zoom meeting per division to review these new protocols and rules that our association will be abiding by. More information will be shared about these soon.


As information changes and becomes available to us, we will post on our CMH website and utilize our social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter). From time to time we may also use MailChimp, a mass email system. If information needs to get to parents more urgently we will utilize coaching staff.


If parents/guardians have questions about protocols or season structure, feel free to connect with any of the CMH Executive members.


Please remember this is a huge learning curve for all of us – CMH Executive, Coaching Staff, Players, Families and Town Staff, we all need to work together to make this Return to hockey successful! Modifications may be necessary to protocols as we determine what works and what doesn’t work. We ask our Canucks families to remain flexible and positive – our goal is to get our players safely back on the ice and being active in the game they love!


So, get dusting of your equipment, check to make sure it still fits and let’s get ready to hit the ice!!!


Let’s go Canucks!!!

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