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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. 
  • * Players and coaches will arrive at the rink at a specific time and leave immediately following the hockey activity. 
  • * Where possible, players, coaches, and officials should plan to arrive and depart the arena dressed in their hockey equipment. 
  • * Players who are U11 and younger can be accompanied by one guardian. Players U13 and above are encouraged to enter the rink without a guardian.  
  • * Physical distancing of two metres (six feet) will be maintained at all times unless in a group of 10 or less as per the public health guidelines. 
  • * When possible, groups of 10 should remain consistent for hockey activities. 
  • * The sharing of water bottles and hockey equipment is prohibited. Water bottles must be filled at home and labeled.  
  • * While on the ice, players and coaches must not remove their helmets and gloves. 
  • * Hockey associations, leagues, programs must designate a League/Association Safety Rep. Each team must identify a Team Safety Rep.
    * The Safety Reps are responsible for ensuring that all relevant information is distributed.
    * Screening of players, coaches, officials, and administrators is mandatory. This will be done by the Safety Reps. 
  • * Hockey Nova Scotia will provide specific training for Safety Reps and coaches. 


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.) talso 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  
  • * Multiple groups of 10 (including coaches) are permitted on the ice as long as they do not interact with other groups. 
  • * Coaches and instructors who work in consecutive on-ice sessions will have to physical distance and use hygiene best practices between on-ice sessions. 
  • * Hockey will consist of on- and off-ice skills development with a focus on skating and puck skills 
  • * Compete drills, scrimmages, and 3-vs-3 are permitted 
  • * Incidental contact and body checking are allowed at appropriate levels and only in groups of 10 including instructor. 
  • * Limited spectators 

    Each hockey facility will have its own specific guidelines. This will include the use of dressing rooms, washrooms, showers, requirements for face coverings, etc. Players, coaches and all hockey partners will also be required to follow these guidelines when in the facility. 

    The Rebound Plan supports Nova Scotia’s hockey associations, leagues, officials, and stakeholders in returning to hockey-related activities. This includes, but is not limited to, associated on and off-ice activities (including administrative), coaching, and officiating.

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