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SCOTTISH ICE HOCKEY THE ROAD BACK TO ICE HOCKEY AFTER COVID-19
INTRODUCTION • In our sport at present, there are many uncertainties due to COVID-19, governmental advice on social distancing and what constitutes essential and non-essential travel. • Once we are in a position for the sport to begin, in any shape or form, this report will guide clubs on how we can do this safely and in an approved timetable. • The process of returning to ice hockey, will not be a straightforward one. • We can not return to normal on day one and operate as we did before the lockdown. • It will need to be a phased process, leading back to full practice and playing games. • To do this, we must set out different levels of activity, and consider safe numbers in which these can be facilitated. • In each of the proposed phases it should be noted that any advice given will be in line with UK and Scottish government advice at the time.
THE PHASED APPROACH • In line with government policy on the road back, our approach will be to do this in a safe and phased approach. • This will be over a period of time with numbers and with activities increasing though the phases. • To work through the phases to return there will need to be constructive dialogue with ice rink management and staff to help facilitate the phased approach return. • Each club will need to take ownership of the process and follow it strictly in partnership with the partner facility. • Each club will need to appoint a club official to take responsibility for the safe and effective implementation of the phased return to ice hockey and to ensure the process. • Failure of a club or clubs to observe the set out procedures may result in sanctions. The health and wellbeing of players, coaches and officials are at the forefront of our approach.
STAGES AND LEVEL OF ACTIVITY • During the process of return to ice hockey, we will set out both a timetable of when and how long we can return, but also what activities we deem safe to be undertaken and by how many participants. • So, if we accept we are at stage 0 at present ot would look like this: • STAGE 0 - No ice hockey activity taking place, no training of any kind, no ice rinks are open. • Worth noting that we do not have a date to begin the resumption, but when we do the stages might look like this.
PHASE 1 On government advice, and with permission from the SIH board: • Small group training allowed to take place. This is unlikely to be on ice, which would probably not be commercially viable with only five people training. • Distance maintained between participants at a minimum of two metres. • Participants would change at home. • Training would need to stay within a specific group and not mix with other training groups, so would be limited to team or age group level. • Training may include stretching or exercises, stick control, balance exercises and passing at minimum distance of two metres apart. There could be strictly no contact between players and coaches.
PHASE 2 • Larger group training allowed to take place, including on ice with between 15 and 20 participants. • Social distancing of 2 m would still need to be observed. • Participants would need to change at home. • Training would need to stay within a specific group, and not mix with other training groups, so would be limited to team or age group level. So no train ups/downs for juniors. • Training could include, in addition to Phase 1, skating drills, tactical and technical skills.
PHASE 3 - 2 WEEKS • Maximum participants 30. • Whole team/club training without restriction on player movement. • Participants would still change at home. • No requirement to maintain minimum distance however contact drills/sessions to be introduced over a 23 week period for body conditioning. • No restrictions on training activities.
PHASE 4 -2 WEEKS • Maximum participants 50 plus. • Whole team/club training without restriction on player movement. • Friendly matches to recommence (without spectators). • Changing at the rink. • No restrictions in relation to activity.
PHASE 5 • Regular season recommences. • No restrictions in relation to activity.
IN ALL PHASES Players should wash or sanitise hands before and after each session. · Players should only use their personal equipment, including water bottles and all ice hockey protective equipment. · Full registers should be kept for all training sessions including contact details for participants. · Clubs should have in place a reporting structure, for an individual to report symptoms and a communication structure, using their register data for communicating with participants. · Participants with risk factors or illnesses, should not attend in-person training and ice sessions. · Participants with symptoms or signs of illness are strictly advised not to enter any training facility, and to seek medical assistance. · A coach should be prepared to require that a player exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness will need to leave training. · Players should disinfect all equipment after use. · All clothing (jerseys, pant shells, socks and gloves) should be washed with high temperature (following manufacturer’s instructions) after each training session.
SPECIFICALLY PHASE 4 & PHASE 5 Work to have players appropriately physically distanced in the locker room, potentially using multiple locker rooms as required under a venue specific risk assessment. . · When leaving the ice, coaches could excuse players one-by-one giving appropriate time for each player to get off the ice. Coaches need to plan to leave an appropriate amount of time at the end of their ice session to complete the dismissal process. • It should be noted, that all child protection procedures must be upheld during this disruptive times around locker rooms and the use of multiple locker rooms.
SEASON PLANNING 2020/21 Based on the number of teams and potential amount of fixtures to be played in the junior and senior leagues for season, we need to plan for the season starting later than normal. Under 11 - 16 games plus Scottish cup Under 13 - 16 games plus Scottish cup Under 15 - 20 games plus Scottish Cup Under 18 - 16 games plus Scottish Cup SNL - 18 games plus Scottish cup and play-off weekend. Should season 2020/21 start on time it would run: 1 st Sept - 1 st April Should it start later here are the proposed options: 1 st Oct - 1 st May 1 st Nov - 1 st June 1 st Dec - 1 st July Recreational tournaments will be scheduled when normality returns.
SEASON PLANNING CONTD. • Should the season not start until Jan 2021, we would have to look at whether all league games could be played to make the leagues viable or alternatives could be put in place. • Based on restrictions of crowds outside of sporting restrictions, it is highly likely that junior/recreational ice hockey without crowds will be allowed to start prior to senior leagues which requires crowds in attendance to fund the running costs of the team. • Although we appreciate there are still costs to clubs, for ice hire and officials, we anticipate that these would be covered with club fees. • With regards the SNL, if games do not start until after Nov ? , we would suggest that we drop the Stuart Robertson Cup games, as there wouldn't be enough time to play these games, as well as the backlogged league fixtures from that point • Recreational ice hockey would probably return in line with the return of SNL, based on a worked through risk assessment between clubs and rinks. • Recreational tournaments would be scheduled once we have hockey back to as near normal as possible.
CLUB CONSIDERATIONS AND ADVICE • At the earliest opportunity once a resumption is given the go ahead, clubs need to work closely with their partner ice rinks and work on the phased approach and how they can work together to facilitate that. • Clubs should appoint an official who can oversee the phased return process and ensure the guidelines are adhered to and the best health and wellbeing process are adopted. • Prior to the start of training the club health and safety rep, or manager, for each training group should keep and file on all players in each group, with details of any underlying medical conditions. This information would be kept in a safe and confidential place. and the information only available to those who need to know. • Parents should sign a form that accepts that their son/daughter is safe and well and able to take part in group training at this time. • A risk assessment should be carried out for each phase of resumption, in conjunction with ice rink management and staff, to ensure everyone involved is aware of the health and safety measures to be observed at every phase. • All players, parents, coaches, officials and staff should be clear of what is expected and what measures are in force for the safety of all. • There should be a reporting structure. This would include for example, the tracking of any members of the group who have been in contact with any person displaying symptoms. • There should also be a system of reporting any player or coach who develops symptoms away from the club, to ensure tracking information for others who have been in the same session previously.