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Submitted By Dave Winslade on Tuesday, August 18, 2020
With recent developments and direction provided by the OHF, and OMHA, we would like to provide our members with some updates on the 2020-2021-hockey season.

Jordan Lions Minor Hockey Families,  

We would again like to invite you to register for the 2020-2021 season, if you have not done so already! Those who have registered prior to this letter do not need to register again. Based on the most current information available we have scheduled programming from September 19th until December 19th.   As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be fluid, our programming will also have to be dynamic in order to adapt in a constantly changing environment. What we can offer and when we can offer it may change over time as restrictions are eased or tightened.  Our intent is to provide hockey until the end of March 2021.  

The fees up to December 19th have been set at $370.00 ($200 for IP) for Town of Lincoln Residents and $395.00 ($225 for IP) for Out of Town players.  The remainder of the fees will be determined as the season progresses.  If you have already registered, the difference will be deducted from your credit card on September 15th.  If you are just registering, a $100 deposit will be required now followed by the remainder of the fees owing on September 15th.

With recent developments and direction provided by the OHF, and OMHA, we would like to provide our members with some updates on the 2020-2021-hockey season.  

First, we would like to start by assuring everyone that the JLMHA board has been working tirelessly to ensure we can offer a safe return to a workable hockey framework. While doing so, we have had to consider many factors such as Public Health restrictions, Provincial and Federal rules and regulations, as well as varying facility rules. We are continuing to develop a complete layout of the season’s structure with respect to all COVID safety regulations, so please stay tuned for updates.

As mentioned previously, the season will be starting on September 19th and we will be using a graduated approach as mandated by the OHF. After fully studying the OHF Return to Hockey framework, it is now our understanding that this is the absolute safest way to ensure our kids get back to playing hockey while also ensuring their absolute safety during this pandemic. 

The graduated framework will see kids skating in small training and development groups for the first two weeks.  Small group training will ensure that kids are practicing social distancing while on the ice, and it will also allow us to slowly introduce more skaters and spectators into the arena.  We progress with the hopes of no community cases in our association. If we can successfully do that, we can then graduate to a 3-on-3/4-on4 model, which will maximize the amount of ice area to skater ratio. We can’t stress enough that this is the absolute safest way to get the kids playing hockey again. As much as we would all like to see our kids return to normal game play, we cannot completely negate the fact that we still have to abide by the social distancing orders.   

We truly believe that this graduated approach is best for our community and most importantly, our children. A slow and gradual return will let your child adapt to the new normal.  It will allow us as an association to move forward with our programming, and allow us to make changes to programming as needed. It allows us to gauge how these recommendations will translate from paper to practicality. We all have the same goal in mind.  We all want our children to have fun, be active, and to return to some sense of normal. Most importantly, we must all work together, exercise a bit of patience during these trying times and use common sense to not jeopardize anyone's health.   

Within our association, players will be grouped in “bubbles” based on divisions, with each team a maximum of 10 players. With this in mind, unfortunately, division waitlists will be inevitable this year.  If your child is waitlisted we will do everything in our power to get them on the ice and will be happy to explain the number restrictions in your child’s own division more thoroughly.   If you are not comfortable allowing your child back on the ice, please let us know no later than September 1st.  You will receive your deposit back and it will open a spot for another player.   If and when we return to 5 on 5 hockey you are more than welcome to register again.  

Things will look different, especially for the first part of the year so we ask for your patience, understanding and flexibility as we progress into the season.  

We will provide further information in regards to times and dates when we finalize our proposal for our safe return.   We are currently working with the Town of Lincoln in regards to Health and Safety Protocols.  At this time we cannot guarantee that any parent will be allowed in the arena as a spectator.  We anticipate all players will need to come fully dressed with only their skates and helmets needing to be put on.  Again, everything is changing on a weekly basis so we will keep you up to date the closer we get to September 19th and at that time look forward to providing you with a more detailed breakdown of the Safety Protocols.  We CAN'T guarantee hockey will happen as the government can re-implement restrictions at any time, but we can ensure that JLMHA will do everything possible within the guidelines provided for us and take every precautionary step to ensure we have the best chance to do so safely. We look forward to seeing your players in the arena very soon.

Stay safe and stay well!
JLMHA Board of Directors
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