Feb 19th Update End of Season, News (South Muskoka Minor Hockey Association)

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Feb 19th Update End of Season
Submitted By Sarah Geer on Friday, February 19, 2021
Dear Bears Families,

We are with mixed emotions to share with you that we need to cancel our hockey season for 20/21.  We have run into a variety of obstacles such as ice schedules, coaching staff and covid restrictions as well there are significant unknowns that could greatly affect our programming from now until Easter weekend.  A shout out to Gravenhurst and Huntsville arenas who tried to accommodate ice times for us.  We appreciate it. This board decision does not come lightly and we worked hard until the last minute to see if we could make it work so that it was safe and fair for everyone.  We, along with many other associations are taking this step back, reflecting and pushing forward by organizing an incredible 21/22 season.
 
We want to thank every coach, trainer, manager and referee who stepped up to make the season happen for our players.  Your time with this association has not gone unnoticed. We know the players enjoyed their time out there and had fun during a very abnormal year.  Thank you to every parent who was willing to bring their player to the rink (and not necessarily be able to watch them all the time).  Thank you to every player, who showed responsibility by keeping each other safe by following covid protocols.  I would also like to thank the Board members for all of their effort starting back in the summer trying to make sense of covid restrictions as it related to OMHA's policies.  This was not an easy road to create the programming we were able to provide but we are happy we were able to provide something.
 
At this point, we will be examining finances to determine credits/refunds.  When we have that information, we will connect with you.  Board members are also attending a virtual conference hosted by OMHA to guide us through our updated registration program and structuring our 21/22 season.

Moving forward, we cannot urge you enough, if you wish to volunteer in any capacity for next season, you must have a VSS completed before stepping on the ice or in the rink.  Every position requires a VSS as well as other qualifications. In the next month, we will update our document to print which can then be given to the police office in town for approval.  We will provide more information for all potential coaches, trainers and managers on online courses that can be taken before next September starts.  It is imperative that all members subscribe to this website for articles as we will be posting monthly and possibly weekly. Look for early registration to be posted in early summer.  

Finally, our AGM will most likely take place virtually in May.  We encourage you to attend. If you have any feedback, we want to hear it.  Use the feedback email to share your thoughts.

We wish you a safe spring and summer with your families.  Stay in touch with this website for continued communication throughout the next few months and continue to have fun on your outdoor rinks!!!!!

SMMHA Board
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