January 2021 Programming, News (South Muskoka Minor Hockey Association)

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January 2021 Programming
Submitted By Sarah Geer on Friday, December 18, 2020
Hello Bears Families,

Hopefully by now you have received an email from your managers regarding our 2021 programming.  It is outlined below:

We have unfortunately reached the point where Simcoe Muskoka has become RED.  I understand there is frustration with that call as Muskoka is lumped into this, however, it is our duty as a leader in the community to follow protocol. 

In order for us to continue programming for your players, we need to adapt to the changes the OMHA have given us as well as our local health unit and arenas.  The below parameters are non negotiable and the only feasible and fiscal way we can accomplish ice time for our players. 

Please read carefully and make your choice by emailing your manager by Monday, December 21st, 2020.  Providing us this answer will allow us to move forward either way. 


• Instruction training for registered players within Association

• Strict on-ice physical distance required

• Maximum 10 players on-ice

• Minimum 2 On-Ice Personnel consisting of one certified trainer and one qualified coach

• All on-ice personnel must be compliant with the OHF


-ONE parent (no siblings at anytime) may continue to stay in the arena, strictly following the arena covid protocols, while not gathering in changerooms or the lobby, sit in the designated areas and masks are mandatory

-Gravenhurst Arena - change rooms will be closed, players will use the benches along the wall and physically distance, with masks on at all times while getting ready

-Bracebridge Arena - we will receive an update on change rooms at a later date

Based on these protocols, SMMHA can provide the following:

-ONE ice time per team of 10 players, per week

-FEES PAID will not be refunded as ice needs to be paid

-Sessions will strictly be skills and drills with NO GAMEs or SCRIMMAGES at any time

-If you choose NO and give us notice that your child will not continue playing, before December 31st, 2020, you will receive a 15% credit towards next season and no return to play (reference manual of ops) 

January 4th, 2020 (if all things stay as they are now)

Please advise your manager by December 21st (MONDAY) whether you are in or out so we can move forward with the schedules.  

Please check your emails and website often as we will send communication throughout so you can be prepared for January.

We hope that you can enjoy the holidays with your families.  Spend the time to relax, connect and play together :)

The SMMHA Board

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