HOCKEY NOVA SCOTIA RELEASES RETURN TO PLAY PLAN
Jun. 29, 2020
Hockey Nova Scotia has released a plan today to get players back on the ice for the 2020-21 hockey season.
The Rebound Plan meets public health guidelines in the province and aligns with Hockey Canada’s Safety Guidelines and the province’s approved COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines. It focusses on the health of players and provides guidance to help associations, leagues, and members get players safely back on the ice.
“The health and safety of our members and their families is our number one priority,” said Arnie Farrell, president of Hockey Nova Scotia. “This plan has been developed with public health advice in mind. This is about getting back to the sport we love safely. The game will look different for a while but skill development, having fun, being part of a team, and working hard won’t change.”
The following guidelines are included in the plan. They may be reassessed if public health guidelines change:
* No tryouts in August or September for minor hockey associations.
“Hockey has not been immune from the significant and life-changing reality of COVID-19,” said Dr. Tina Atkinson, Chief Medical Officer, Hockey Nova Scotia. “This is a solid plan to get the game back on the ice, but we will all need to be flexible over the coming months. The public health rules will continue to change and that will impact the Rebound Plan and the game. The important thing is getting players back to the rink in a safe and supportive way.”
Any summer programming sanctioned by Hockey Nova Scotia (such as Hockey Association (HA) Checking Clinics, HA summer development series, HA skating, stickhandling camps, etc.) must follow the Rebound Plan recommendations.
Hockey Nova Scotia is strongly encouraging non-sanctioned hockey programs (private camps, private summer programs, power skating groups, etc.) to also follow the recommendations laid out in the Rebound Plan.
Provided public health guidelines do not change, the current recommendations encourage programs to limit their groups to 10 players. Physical distancing is not required in groups of 10. The guidelines also recommend:
* Groups of 10 should remain consistent