BRDMHA Return to Hockey Plan, News (Belle River District Minor Hockey Association)

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BRDMHA Return to Hockey Plan
Submitted By Webmaster on Saturday, August 29, 2020
We would like to provide an update to the membership with respect to our Return to Hockey plan.  BRDMHA has submitted its Return to Hockey Proposal to the OMHA and is expected to hear back from them shortly.  The proposal follows the OHF framework guidelines and the key points are discussed below:

• No Travel Hockey
• No tryouts
• Leagues/cohorts/bubbles will be restricted to 50 players. Coaches are excluded from this number.  
• Strict compliance regarding physical distancing
• Players to be placed with like skilled groups based on where they played last year
• Teams will be comprised of 9 skaters and 1 goalie
• The ability to offer programming is dependent upon ice availability and registration numbers.
• Due to ice availability there may be a staggered start to programming
• For Tier 1 (players registered in 2019/20 category - AAA, AA, A, AE) the following will apply:
o Team formation: Divided by major and minor ages separate and group players based on their category of play in 2019/20.
o Play in cohort/league/bubble with Lasalle and Amherstburg associations.
o NRP and ATM players where BRDMHA is not their home centre will be considered on a case by case basis depending on the availability of spots in their respective division. This includes NRP players that played in BRDMHA for the 2019/2020 season.
o Formation of teams in either Tier 1 or Tier 2 will be at the discretion of BRDMHA and in consultation with the coaches. Team formation is highly dependent upon registration numbers.

• Players can only be registered with one team within the OHF.  That means female players must choose if they will play with their OWHA team or return to BRDMHA.  This applies to AAA players as well.  This also means that there will be no AP positions for higher divisions or Jr. hockey.  This is subject to change based on any changes that the OHF may implement. For example this may change if the OHF allows tryouts if Stage 4 (return to conventional hockey) is approved this season.

Tier 1:
Tier 1 will be comprised of players who played in the travel division during the 2019/2020 season. Each team will have 2 skates per week (1 practice, 1 game). For the first 2 weeks of this season all skates will be skills and drills only. After this 2-week period we can begin 3 on 3 hockey, and graduate to 4 on 4 hockey. We must wait until we reach OHF Stages 3D & 3E before 5 on 5 hockey commences as per our plan submitted to the OMHA for approval.   We have also planned to partner with Lasalle and Amherstburg minor hockey associations to create a cross association league.  This is not “travel” and is only being done for the continuity of skill development at this level. Tier 1 will have an additional cost above and beyond the base registration which all tiers are required to pay.

Tier 2:
Tier 2 will be comprised of players who played in the house league divisions in 2019/2020. Each team will have 2 skates per week. For the first 2 weeks of this season both skates will be drills and skills only. After this period, we can begin 3 on 3 hockey, and graduate to 4 on 4 hockey. We must wait until we reach OHF Stages 3D & 3E before 5 on 5 hockey commences as per our plan submitted to the OMHA for approval.  Opportunity to provide skill development clinics through our 3rd party providers will be explored.

All players, volunteers, and BRDMHA families will have to adhere to physical distancing policies while in the facilities, or while participating in an BRDMHA sanctioned event. The Town of Lakeshore Facility Use policy will be made available online and it is the responsibility of the participant and parents to review and abide by these policies. We look forward to our season beginning and want to ensure player health and safety is always our number one priority this season. Parents will be required to sign a one-time waiver indemnifying the BRDMHA at the time of registration.

Registration and payments 
Registration is open now and the registration fees are posted below. We understand this is a challenging year for everyone, therefore, we will be offering payment plans beginning September 1st, and will run through final payment in December. Furthermore, if you require assistance please reach out to us and we will help in any capacity we can. If your child or anyone you know has not registered, but plans on participating this year, please have them register as soon as possible. The following are the approved Registration fees for the 2020-2021 Season:

Registration Fees

Mites (U5) - $ 375 (One Ice time per week)

Initiation, U7-U21 $675

We are working in partnership with Hockey Canada, OHF, and the OMHA ,to ensure we are in complete compliance while maintaining the safest possible environment providing quality hockey programming. We are committed to the health and safety of our players following health and safety guidelines as directed by our provincial partners, the Town of Lakeshore, and the local health unit. We look forward to working together with you during this unique time to provide the best possible hockey experience here in Lakeshore!

Summary of Progressions within OHF Stage 3
• We are currently in OHF 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 (anticipated start of October 4th) 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. 
• Tier 1 cohort with Lasalle and AMHA begins
• Game Play is Modified 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 with no physical contact

• Stage 3D (anticipated start of November 1st) 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 (anticipated start of December 1st) allows for:
• Exact same as Stage 3D but with travel expanded to the Local Health Integration Network – for Windsor, that means Chatham-Kent 

Preliminary BRDMHA Programming Structure 
(Pending OMHA approval and subject to change)

BRDMHA strives to be direct and thorough in its communication with the membership and has opted to share its preliminary plans on how programming may look in 2020-2021.

We cannot 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.
• 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 Tier 1 player when forming divisions and teams. Same principle will be applied for Tier 2, a player who played HL last year will be considered a Tier 2 player when forming teams and divisions.
• Tier 2 divisions will remain as Minor and Major combined.  
• Spots are limited, and registration will close on September 10th ; a waiting list has already been started for multiple divisions.  This will allow us to draft and assemble teams.
• Due to availability of ice at the Atlas Tube Centre, divisions may have a staggered start.

• There also maybe an opportunity for additional ice time through our Development clinics at additional cost.  More information to follow.

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