approach the traditional break period for schools in Canada with many holiday
activities planned, we are also faced with a pandemic environment that now
includes a new variant and rapidly increasing transmission. While the 2021/2022
season got off to a rocky start, so far it has been extremely successful from
my point of view. Because of this success, it is extra difficult for us, as a
board, to make the decision to cancel all Rep and House League games through
Dec 26. With the number of players, and even entire teams, that are being forced
to choose between playing the game they love and staying home in case they
might be sick, growing daily, we felt this was the best course of action.
This is an evolving situation, and there may be more changes coming as the province, the WDG Public Health Unit, the City of Guelph, as well as the OWHA and KGLL may have actions planned as well. For now, practices will continue, with game ice for house league practices being re-purposed so that shared practices are not necessary. We would ask for the following as well:
- If you are informed by WDG Public Health that your child and/or family are required to self isolate due to close contact, please inform your coach immediately
- Upon receipt of this information, coaches are to immediately contact the GGHA Return to Play committee [email protected], with the aim of determining next steps and communicating with the rest of the team
- please minimize time in the change rooms, arriving dressed as much as possible, 10 minutes before your ice time and leaving 10 minutes afterwards
- players should wear masks in change rooms, removing them only at the last minute to put on their helmet, and putting them back on as soon as their helmet is removed
- all coaches should be wearing masks at all times, even when on the ice and/or giving instructions.
- please resume/renew efforts to distance while on the ice, including limiting contact drills, and keeping 2m space while in groups/lines
Please understand this was a very difficult decision, as nobody on the GGHA Board of Directors wants to cancel hockey activities. We understand the importance of physical activity for young people, and as such our plan is to have practices go forward as planned, with game ice to be used for additional practice. Our hope is that public health measures, along with the opportunity for reduced transmission that cancelled games and school holidays provide, mean that we can come back in the new year with relatively normal hockey like we have had so far this season.
Please reach out to us if you require additional clarification of any details above or how it applies.