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January 25 - 31, 2021
GTHA Member –
As a result of the most recent Executive Order coming from Lansing, GTHA will be able to re-engage in our season. Full competition/scrimmages/contact will not be allowed but we have been cleared for practice, skills skates, shooting drills, etc. So please see below for how we will begin this process. The Executive Order is effective until January 31, 2021 which means that we will be able to fully engage with games, scrimmages, contact on February 1, 2021 (as long as the order is not extended). I know that we are all anxious to get this season completed and our various leagues, MAHA and District council have and will continue to make adjustments to year end tournaments in order for us to complete what has been a season with plenty of ups and downs. I think we need to look at this two week period as a time to get our players ice time to get their feet under them and get them ready for competition. We plan to use this time wisely so that on February 1, 2021 we will be well prepared to play the rest of our season to completion.
Here are the policies and procedures that will be in play for GTHA members through January 31, 2021. As we work through these, there may need to be adjustments so I ask your patience as we work through the coming two weeks:
Please be vigilant with compliance and patient with GTHA/ICE as we move down the path of getting this season completed.
Thank you all for your understanding during this year. My hope is that all of this will be gone by Spring and we will be able to assume normal operations at that point!
Have a great remainder of your week!
Here is the latest from the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association. Please take a moment to look these over.
GTHA Membership –
What a year 2020 has been. I hope this finds you healthy and well in what only can be described as an abnormal year!
Regarding the most recent announcement from the State allowing VERY limited activity in ice rinks in Michigan, guidance from MAHA indicating that there will be no sanctioned MAHA activities under the organized sports provisions in the order, GTHA is going to continue its pause until at least January 15, 2021. I have had several conversations with members of the MAHA brass and there is a strong likelihood that District, State and National tournaments will be pushed back in order to get our season made up when we are allowed to return. Additionally, as cases/deaths continue to rise and if this trend continues, the pause will likely continue. This puts our season further and further out. On a call I was just on with MAHA, they and USA Hockey DO NOT want to cancel the season. Every effort will be made to get our season completed in the most healthy and efficient manner. I ask for your patience while these events unfold.
Centre Ice has a plan that they will likely institute for PRIVATE rentals starting on Monday 12/14/20. Management from Centre Ice has calls into the Health Department to make sure that their plan meets approval with the order. Again these are private rentals and not to be construed to be GTHA activities. GTHA is paused and will not act on behalf of any member to contract ice or to hold any team activities while under our pause posture. Further, MAHA has issued very clear instructions, that any member, coach, official or representative of MAHA that deviates from this order, will have swift and significant disciplinary action taken. This is not a time to jeopardize our Affiliate Agreement by thinking that any one person or persons is above the rules. I will not advocate for anyone who is caught in this position and not only will disciplinary action come from MAHA, but the GTHA also can impose sanctions under our by-laws as well. Just don’t do it!
Regarding those of you who are wondering about the financial aspect of this season. It is the policy of GTHA to refund all amounts paid (minus sunk costs like clothing, team fees that are not refunded from fees paid for tournaments and the administrative fee paid to GTHA) if the season is shortened by MAHA/USA Hockey. At this point we are still planning on a full season and look forward to our return to play but I wanted to make sure that we communicated to our members that are concerned about finances and to let you know refunds will be forthcoming if our season gets canceled for those that are due refunds. Parents will also have the option to carry over any credit balance to the following season if they wish to do so. Team commitment forms were required to be submitted to District 7 in November and we have done so. What this means, is that our teams are committed to play in Districts, States and Nationals (for our national bound teams) whenever these tournaments are scheduled. We are currently working on a way to put a pause on accounts for those who do a monthly payment through Sports Engine. We need to be flexible with our members and this is one way that we can help our membership by pausing payments until we return to play. Once we are allowed back on the ice, we will resume the payments through Sports Engine.
Finally – for those who have reached out to me personally or other board members, please know that we have received your messages about mask wearing, social distancing, etc. GTHA supports all of the mandates issued by MAHA and USA Hockey regarding these matters and have communicated this to our coaches, officials, players and parents regarding such. 100% compliance with these mandates is expected, period. Any coach, official or player that is deemed to not be in compliance, our officials and members of the Board are authorized to remove that person from the playing surface until compliance is met. Multiple warnings will result in the violator to be dismissed from the team for the year.
Not everyone agrees with how this pandemic is being handled and I understand that completely. As a board we have a responsibility to follow our governing bodies orders and will continue to do so. It is not fair to jeopardize our hockey community by circumventing the rules by some. Let’s do our part to keep the game moving forward SAFELY.
GTHA Executive Board
THE LINK BELOW WILL GIVE YOU INFORMATION ON HOW TO DEAL WITH COVID SHOULD IT AFFECT YOU OR YOUR TEAM ACTIVITIES.
FACE MASK REQUIRED
CENTRE ICE ARENA/HOWE ARENA
Face Mask Must be worn throughout the Building
including Locker Rooms
Coaches / Mangers Registration Link
Good day everyone!
As of April 1, at 7 AM Mountain Time, USAH will launch the national background screening program. The link with additional information on the national screening program is located at www.usahockey.com/backgroundscreen . This page has all the information about the new background screen,
Also below I have attached a file of FAQ about how the new process will work.
Mayo Clinic King Devick Test Video
Per USA Hockey and MAHA: Starting with 2010/2011 season, youth hockey player cell phones are not allowed in any locker room. With most kids having cell phones with cameras, there is a risk of inappropriate photos being taken and possibly being posted on the web. Hopefully, by keeping the phones out of the locker rooms, this can be avoided.
GTHA is taking this a step further and added to the policy by specifically saying any device capable of taking pictures or video are prohibited from the locker rooms.
GTHA thanks you for your understanding and cooperating with this new national rule.
GTHA is implementing the ADM model for all Mites.
To learn more about the ADM,
please click on the image to the right.
It will take you directly to the
USA Hockey ADM website.