Thank you all for filling out the surveys about the covid situation and TBWHA. Based on the responses received the following three things seemed the most important to the membership if there is a season for the upcoming 2020-2021 year:
- The parents (and executive) want kids to play hockey.
- Parents (and executive) want it to be safe.
- Parents (and executive) are concerned about cross-border travel.
As a result of the governments stage 3 opening plan, I have been on three video calls with OWHA about a return to hockey protocol or return to sport in the fall.
There are no sanctions being granted across the province for girls' hockey to participate in tryouts or any tournaments being sanctioned. There are ideas being tossed around at the OWHA level and the TBWHA core board for a safe and staged return to play with all the protocols in place regarding sanitizing and cleanliness of the facilities.
When there is a return to skate protocol in place, within the guidelines of OWHA and Hockey Canada, TBWHA will advise the membership of the procedure and a start date to return but at this time, there is no set date to return to hockey in any form. We are also awaiting the guidelines and protocols that the city of Thunder Bay will implement before returning to play.
When there is more information, we will update everyone, and we appreciate your patience while we await guidance and the return to play protocols from OWHA.
After a conference call with OWHA, and the advice offered by the OWHA lawyer about the holding of the AGM, it was recommended that the AGM for TBWHA be postponed until restrictions of Covid-19 are lifted. At that time, the government has allowed organizations 180 days in which to hold the AGM. Although the AGM was tentatively planned to be held on June 24/20, it is now postponed until further notice.
The Core Board has passed a motion that allows the current executives to remain in their positions until the restriction is lifted by the government and are in accordance with OWHA.
Hockey Canada, as a result of Covid-19, and in support of player and participant safety has cancelled all Hockey Canada sanctioned activities, including National Championships until further notice, effective immediately.
Ontario Government Mandates New Concussion Program for Sport
All Players and Parents MUST review
Concussion Awareness Resource e-booklet can be found at link below