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Return to Hockey
Submitted By Paul Gray on Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Recently the Ontario Hockey Federation released their Return to Hockey Stage 3 plans which provide further detail to seasonal structure and game play for the upcoming season.

The complete document can be found here .

Key Highlights of Stage 3
  • No tryouts – team formation will be based on where players played last season
  • No affiliation or integration with other leagues – Players can only play for 1 team, no Select or AP’ing.
  • No travel hockey – programming is based on player residency except for the provisions to Import players at AAA
  • Modified Programming (not traditional 5-on-5). 
  • No contact hockey
Summary of Progressions within Stage 3
  • We are currently in Stage 3a until August 31st
  • As of September 1st we will move in to Stage 3b
  • Stage 3b allows for:
  • Registration to open September 1st
  • Max of 25 people on the ice, including instructors and referees.
  • Programming is skill development based, no game play at this stage.
  • Stage 3c allows for:
  • Max of 30 people on the ice, including instructors and referees
  • Nothing changes regarding imports and those rules
  • League Max is still 50
  • Game Play is Modified 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 with no physical contact
  • Stage 3d allows for:
  • Max of 40 people on the ice including instructors and referees
  • No changes to the rules for imports
  • League max is still 50
  • 5-on-5 play can be introduced with no physical contact
  • Game Play may be allowed with adjacent Public Health Units
  • Stage 3e allows for:
  • Exact same as Stage 3d but with travel expanded to the Local Health Integration Network – for Windsor, that means Chatham-Kent 
Infancy Stages of Potential BRDMHA Programming Structure:
By far the most asked question and the most difficult to answer has been "What will the season look like?".  We know there are a lot of rumours out there and recognize that in the absence of information, these rumours continue to flourish. In the interest of managing miscommunication (and peoples expectations), BRDMHA has opted to share its very early infancy plans on how programming may look in 2020-2021.

We can not emphasize enough that these plans could change drastically over the next few weeks depending on direction from the OMHA, our local PHU, the Town of Lakeshore and the Provincial Government.
Based on the parameters within Stage 3 of the OHF Return to Play plan as well as the current safety requirements required by the Provincial Government and our local PHU; below is what is currently being considered and explored.
  • 3-on-3, 4-on-4 play at all divisions to start with opportunities to advance to 5 -on-5 play if appropriate and permitted.
  • Assessing potential team models - one will consist of 12 skaters and a goaliein both "Rep" and "House League" divisions. This is necessary for required social distancing on the bench and on the ice.
  • U9 and younger would play on half-ice and U10 and older would play on full-ice
  • As per the parameters of stage 3 return to play “No tryouts for the formation of Teams. Members to determine approach for tiered structure based on category of participation last year”. This is interpreted that players will play at the same level they played at in the 2019-2020 season. Players who played AAA/AA/A/AE will be considered a Travel player when forming divisions and teams. Same principle will be applied for House League, a player who played HL last year will be considered House League player when forming teams and divisions.
  • Travel divisions will be amalgamated and pools formed based on category.
  • Example: “Peewee” pool would consist of Minor Peewee AAA, Minor Peewee AA, Peewee AAA and Peewee AA. Peewee AE.  From this pool a division of teams would be drafted/selected.
  • “House League” divisions will remain as Minor and Major combined.  If we have opportunities to seperate we will try and do so.
  • All divisions (Rep and HL) will be allocated 1 practice and 1 game per week. The registration fee will be the same for all divisions based on this ice allocation. 
  • Registration is open now with registration fees are $675 for the complete season.  Payment plans are accepted.  Do not delay as spots are limited and registration will close on September 9th with wait list started if required.  This will allow us to draft and assemble teams.

    Due to availability, divisions may have a staggered start.   Current plan is to start in Mid September and conclude before March break.
  • There also maybe an opportunity for additional ice time through our Development clinics at additional cost.  More information to follow.

How quickly we can progress through the phases of Stage 3 is dependent more on the regional health units (PHUs) and direction from the Provincial Government than anything else.
BRDMHA will continue to be committed to ensuring their membership are as informed as possible through these unprecedented times and will continue to keep you updated as things progress!
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