Updated August 11, 2020
In an effort to create a safe environment for Marshfield Youth Hockey members as we return to the rinks, the MYH Executive Board of Directors has created a Safety Committee to oversee the execution of the state guidance on COVID-19 safety protocols and work with local town officials, rink operators, league officials, Mass Hockey, and USA Hockey. The guidelines below will be followed by all members of MYH in Phase 3, Step 1 of the State of Massachusetts reopening plan while participating in any MYH activity at any rink. MYH will update all guidelines if and when we enter Phase 3, Step 2 and beyond as additional information becomes available. The Safety Committee will meet regularly along with the MYH Board to discuss the latest updates. This document will be available on the MYH web site @ www.marshfieldyouthhockey.com.
MYH Executive Board of Directors: MYH COVID Safety Committee:
Max Petrie – President Max Petrie
Aidan O’Donoghue – Vice President Chris Brown
Gabe Camera - Treasurer Dave Smith
Keith Sullivan – Secretary Jill O’Brien
Jarrod Morrison – Registrar Liz Cohen
Chris Brown – Ice Coordinator
Rob Jordan – Athletic Director
CDC and State Guidance:
MYH in previously planned conjunction with other Marshfield Youth Sport organizations, will follow the CDC
guidelines for safely returning to youth sport activity. These guidelines can be found here:
Additionally, we will follow guidance from the State of Massachusetts on safely reopening and playing. These items can be found here:
• https://www.mass.gov/doc/safety-standards-for-youth-and-adult-amateur-sports-activities-phase-iii- step-1/download
• https://www.mass.gov/doc/outdoor-adult-sports-supervised-youth-sports-leagues-summer-sports- camps/download
Mass Hockey resources: https://www.mahockey.org/hockeyresources
Mass Hockey ADM Skills and Drills for Phase 2 & Phase 3, Step 1: Link to drills and grid diagram (page 3) here. Link to video examples: here.
USA Hockey resources: https://www.usahockey.com/playersafety
Other Return to Hockey plans (for reference):
USA Hockey, Minnesota, Michigan
In addition to the CDC, State, and NGO guidelines, MYH will also require and implement the following safety measures:
• “MYH COVID19 Cross Check Test” for guardians of each participant shall certify before they enter any rink:
1. I took my child’s temperature less than 2 hours before their practice or game and it was less than 100.4 degrees.
2. My child has not experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle ache or pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell). If they have experienced these symptoms, they have since tested negative for COVID-19 since the onset of symptoms AND/OR have a doctor’s note stating that it is safe for the child to return to play.
3. My child has neither tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days nor awaiting test results, and not knowingly been in close contact with anyone (including household) that has tested positive for COVID-
19 in the past 14 days.
• All parents required to sign a one-time waiver - agreeing to continuous adherence to the Safety
Standards for duration of the 2020-2021 MYH Season, from the time of your registration through April
2021 (provided by MYH online and at the rinks).
Example of participating in a scheduled skate in Phase 3, Step 1:
-RSVP with MYH electronically within 24 hours of ice time
-Skater and 1 guardian can enter 30 minutes before ice time with masks on
-Arrive fully dressed, can put skates and other gear on in the rink
-Locker room use should be minimized, 5-7 players may enter a locker room to get dressed
-Follow foot traffic flow charts in facility (enter one point, exit another point)
-Go on ice, pull mask down, put labeled water bottle on your side of the ice bench dasher
-No sharing of water bottles
-No spitting out water or fluids on the ice or areas around the benches
-Social distance on the ice, but stay in your cohort
-Coach will keep attendance record of everyone on the ice in their cohort, send to MYH COVID Committee
-Coaches should keep, distribute, and collect practice pucks
-Coaches should bring their own whiteboard, it is recommended that coaches minimize gatherings at the white board.
-Collect water bottle, go off the ice at the end of practice, pull mask up
-Everyone should leave the building with a mask on no more than 30 minutes after ice time concludes
Hockey Specific Guidelines Summary: slides for Phase 2 & Phase 3 Step 1 hockey
-Youth and Adult ages allowed on the ice
-Cohorts of 30 (30?) on the ice at least 20 feet apart, 2 groups max, everyone maintaining social distance, stay in your group entire hour
-Coaches responsible for executing on all guidelines on the ice
-All skills and drills (think skating and shooting), no battles, no contact, no 3v3s
-Everyone should wear a mask until you go on the ice
-One guardian per participant as long as they can social distance in the stands
-Everyone must bring their own water bottle (labeling encouraged), no sharing allowed
-Facilitate proper hygiene, wash hands before and after ice time, use hand sanitizer
-No full clear shield required – USA Hockey link
Additional MYH Specific Guidelines:
-RSVP with MYH electronically within 24 hours of ice time
-Home isolation policy if participant tests positive or reports COVID-19 symptoms
• Process: Report to MYH COVID-19 Committee. MYH will check attendance records, start investigation into everyone with close contact 2 days prior before onset of symptoms or (date swab was obtained if no symptoms exist) through date of last exposure during MYH activities, beginning with on ice supervisor (a.k.a. the coach within participant’s cohort). Close contact defined as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more. Participants and confirmed close contacts should stay home and self-monitor for symptoms for
14 days from last exposure, or provide a negative test result or clearance from a healthcare provider in order to return.
-A masks of gaiter must be worn at all times, covering face off the ice, pull down over neck on the ice
-Any additional safety measures deemed a necessity by the rink(s) and specific Town(s) where the rink is located
-Attendance records will be mandatory in Phase 3, submitted to MYH daily by coaches (if no check in desk)
-Responsible for all contact and cleaning of pucks, cones, or anything used on the ice
-Players are highly encouraged to have sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer in their hockey bag and/or with their personal belongings for use before skating, after skating and as required.
-Coaches assigned to any ice hour will be responsible for all enforcement of guidelines and protocol during that time
-Try to stay 6 feet apart on the ice at all times
-Reminder no sharing of water bottles (please label with name)
-Keep all equipment on while on the ice at all times, including no physical contact with pucks
-Wash / disinfect all equipment used on the ice each time
***NEW - One guardian in the rink per participant if skater is age 10 and under, drop off only for ages 11 and up.
-Self attest health before entering the rink “MYH COVID19 Cross-Check Test”
-Designated MYH COVID Safety Committee Level Contacts for all concerns & communications:
Goalie: Jarrod Morrison
U6: Tim Higgins email@example.com
Mite: Dennis Pateras firstname.lastname@example.org
Squirt: Ryan Blair email@example.com
Pee-Wee: Derek Holte firstname.lastname@example.org
Bantam: Tim Higgins email@example.com
Girls: Tom Greland firstname.lastname@example.org
*All Hockey and MYH Specific guidelines are subject to change at any time per MYH Board approval.
For reference from the latest State Youth Sports Document (July 6th, 2020):
Activity Organizers should read and comply with Guidelines for Activity Organizers.
SPORTS & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ALLOWED DURING PHASE III, STEP 1
The ability to participate in sports and recreation activities is determined by a combination of (1) risk of transmission of COVID-19 inherent in the sport or recreation activity itself and (2) level of risk associated with the “Type of Play”. In Phase III, Step 1, subject to the limitations and guidelines set forth below:
• Sports and activities included in the Higher Risk category can participate in Level 1 type of play
STANDARDS FOR SPORTS & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN PHASE III, STEP 1
Risk Level: Sports and recreation activities are categorized as “Lower Risk,” “Moderate Risk,” and
Higher Risk sports and recreation activities are characterized by:
• Sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants, lack of significant protective barriers, and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants. Examples: Football, wrestling, soccer, rugby, basketball, lacrosse, ice-hockey, competitive cheer, martial arts, crew/sailing (more than 3 people in a boat), ultimate frisbee.
Type of Play: The following types of play are defined by level from least to greatest risk.
• Level 1: Individual or socially distanced group activities (no-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work, and drills)
The application of these measures for athletic activities for Phase III, Step 1 is detailed below:
Social Distancing - Activity Organizer Guidance
• For team and group sports, no more than 30 (30???) players or participants can be on a single playing surface/area/court at any one time. The number of coaches and staff should be limited. Larger playing areas and surfaces, such as athletic fields, tracks, facilities that have multiple courts or playing areas, may be used by more than one group at one time, provided that adequate social distance and group separation can be maintained. To ensure group separation, groups must be spaced at least 20 feet apart while sharing a single playing surface, court or field.
• Face coverings and social distancing of six feet is required when participants are not actively engaged in an activity (e.g., on bench, huddles, breaks, locker rooms, pre/post practice).
• Dugouts, benches & bleachers are allowed to open only if they can be thoroughly cleaned before and after every use and six feet of distance can be maintained.
• Activity Organizers are encouraged to consider adopting more stringent rules to accommodate athlete safety.
• Activity Organizers should require facial coverings to be worn while engaged in a moderate risk sport/activity where intermittent contact might occur and it is safe to do so (i.e., baseball/softball player while at bat/on base, volleyball)
• Activity Organizers should consider other mitigating measures to reduce the likelihood of respiratory particular transmission between participants for moderate risk sport/activities (i.e., having runners in every other lane)
• Sportsmanship should continue in a touchless manner – no handshakes/slaps/fist bumps.
• Coaches, staff, referees, umpires and other officials are required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing of 6 feet from players, coaches, spectators, and other persons at all times.
• If social distancing is not possible in an athletic facility, chaperones/spectators may be asked to wait outside the facility until an activity is completed.
• Activity organizers should ensure that individuals are not congregating in common areas or parking lots following practices or events.
Hygiene Protocols – Activity Organizer Guidance
• Organizers must ensure that any shared personal equipment is disinfected before use by each individual using a product from the list of disinfectants meeting EPA criteria for use against Covid-19. Personal equipment includes all gear that is worn by players (e.g., gloves, helmets, masks, skates, footwear, pads, etc.).
• Organizers should minimize sharing of other equipment, and clean and disinfect all shared equipment at the end of a practice session using a product from the list of disinfectants meeting EPA criteria for use against the novel coronavirus.
• No shared food or drink may be provided during any activities for participants or spectators except by concessions and food service providers following the Safety Standards for Restaurants.
• Allow water fountains to be used as refill stations only, provided that social distancing can be maintained. Customers and workers should bring their own water bottles or purchase from the business.
• Participants and spectators should only drink from their own containers. Organizers must provide individual, dedicated water bottles for children if they do not have their own.
• Participants and coaches must achieve proper hand hygiene at the beginning and end of all activities, either through handwashing with soap and water or by using an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
• Organizers should encourage athletes to arrive dressed for practice and to leave immediately after practice. Locker room and changing room use should be minimized.
Staffing and Operations – Organizer Guidance
• To participate or attend, organizers should ensure that participants, volunteers, coaches and spectators must show no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days. Current list of symptoms is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptomstesting/symptoms.html
• If any individual develops symptoms of COVID-19 during the activity, they should promptly inform organizers and must be removed from the activity and instructed to return home.
• Organizers of activities are responsible for following all guidelines and creating a safe environment for participants.
• Organizers must educate all participants and spectators on the applicable protocols for the relevant activity, protocols for entering/leaving the facility, and any other hygiene requirements.
• Organizers in coordination with operators must ensure that hand sanitizer is available to all players.
Cleaning and Disinfecting – Organizer Guidance
• Organizers should disinfect any shared equipment before and after every clinic, practice and game.
• Organizers should assess the cleanliness and disinfection protocols being employed at the facility they are using for athletic activity. If cleanliness is low, or any other concerns arise organizer should immediately stop any ongoing athletic activity until such time as operator can show that conditions have been brought up to the standards outlined in this guidance.
• Organizers should understand the cleaning and disinfection protocols employed at the facility they are using and should raise any issues to the operator or local board of health.
*All State of Massachusetts guidelines and protocols are subject to change at any time.