Spectators


Sep. 04, 2020

Message from the President    Sept 17, 2020

Update to Spectator Policy

1. Evaluation skates moving forward in the U18, U15, U13 age groups will still have the policy of only players, coaches, volunteers in the building.
2. Evaluation skates in the U11 groups will allow one parent per player to come in the building to tie skates to help the player prepare for the ice session and then exit the building directly after the player is ready for the ice session. The existing policy during the ice session will remain in effect of only players, coaches and volunteers in the building during the ice session. It is recommended ( not mandatory) that spectators wear a mask while in the arena .
3. There will be no evaluation skates for the U9 and U7 age groups. These age groups will be split into cohorts ahead of the season start and go directly into weekly play. We will need 3 COVID Liaison volunteers named per Cohort Group. Once we have these volunteers in place, there will be spectators permitted in the viewing areas for all ice times. The number of spectators will be limited to the permitted number of spectators that each facility allows. It will be up to the COVID Liaisons to monitor this for each group. For the opening weekend of play the commissioners will act as the covid liaisons. It is recommended ( not mandatory) that spectators wear a mask while in the arena .
*** Note any spectators found breaking the social distance policy of the facility will be asked to leave the facility immediately. ***
4. Once cohorts are formed in any age group after the evaluation process and there are 2 COVID Liaison volunteers named per Cohort Group and those Liaisons have the required training through GPMHA office, there will be spectators permitted in the viewing areas for all ice times. The number of spectators will be limited to the permitted number of spectators that each facility allows. It will be up to the COVID Liaisons to monitor this for each group. It is recommended ( not mandatory) that spectators wear a mask while in the arena .
*** Note any spectators found breaking the social distance policy of the facility will be asked to leave the facility immediately. ***
DJ Golden
President GPMHA

 

 

Message from GPMHA President Sept 9, 2020
Welcome to the 2020 / 2021 season start up! This weekend GPMHA hits the ice with the U13 AA evaluation weekend.
This time of year is very busy and with the added pressure from Covid we are working through uncharted territory that we have never dealt with before. Our memberships patience is definitely appreciated and the office will do its best to keep everyone informed in a timely manner as to start up times and as conditions due to Covid restrictions change moving forward.
GPMHA made the difficult decision to only allow players, coaches and volunteers of GPMHA , GPAC and PCFAC in the facilities until further notice. This does not mean there will be no one else allowed in the arenas for the entire season, however with the limited capacity and each facility having  different rules on how many people can be in their viewing areas it makes it difficult for GPMHA to manage who can and cannot be in the building during an ice time as it falls on the user of the facility to make sure those not on the ice are following the rules of the facility .
  The county for example allows 10 per rink on the dots ( or 2 per dot if from same family) outside the glass upstairs , and the viewing area in the rink is closed. I know people have been breaking this policy out there all summer as I have seen it happen first hand. The coke allows 50 per rink, again though it is up to the user group to police the people that come to watch, so by the time you put the volunteers and evaluators in the stands that leaves about 25 ish spots for spectators. with 30 or more players on the ice who wants to volunteer to say who comes in to watch and who doesn't get to come in?
I am sure this policy will change soon after the evaluation season is done, but for now its about getting the kids on the ice and keeping them on the ice. The risk of someone not following social distance rules and getting us shut down just is not worth it at this time.
We are looking at how we will run the younger groups 4 to 7-year old’s as we know there will be parents needed in the building to deal with items like tying skates and getting kids to the washroom during an ice session. There will be a plan in place for these groups by the time the players hit the ice that will address those issues.
We look forward to welcoming all players, coaches, volunteers and spectators back to the rink in a safe, timely fashion so we can all enjoy the game of hockey.
DJ Golden
President
GPMHA

 

 

 

 

Special Announcement Sept 4, 2020

 

Over this past week, we have spent many hours in consultation with our local facilities, as well as researching other facilities/associations within our province in regards to spectators in attendance. We have been advised that it is our responsibility to ensure spectators follow the arena capacity and social distance rules.

Our main focus is to keep the players and team staff in a safe environment while under our care. We also need to provide space for our evaluators to continue the tryout process. Each arena has a different spectator capacity in their viewing areas and thus it becomes very difficult to work around these differences in a consistent manner.

Grande Prairie Minor Hockey has now made the difficult decision to keep the no spectator policy in place until further notice.

Looking around the province there have been several other associations that have moved to the no spectator policy after issues arose and shutdowns of the evaluation process threatened due to spectators not properly social distancing.

We realize that this decision will not be the most popular with our membership, but at the end of the day it's about the players and keeping them safe and on the ice.

We thank you for your cooperation and support.

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