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Massachusetts Temporary Hockey Shutdown

10/23/2020-11/07/2020

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MASSACHUSETTS HOCKEY STATEMENT REGARDING TODAY’S TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN

Massachusetts Hockey is aware of the updated guidance from the Commonwealth issued tonight that has put a two-week stoppage to all youth and recreational hockey in Massachusetts effective at 5:00pm tomorrow (October 23, 2020). While this is not a situation that anyone desires, the Commonwealth feels strongly that the hockey community has contributed to the increase in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks and that it is appropriate to reassess the guidance as it currently stands.

As we have been throughout this process, we will be working closely with the Governor and his leadership team to create a safe environment for our players and their families. It is our goal to ensure players get back on the ice soon and safely.

While many of the players, families and facilities throughout the state have been following the guidance as expected, there have been situations and areas where the Commonwealth feels compliance with the guidance has not been followed.   Unfortunately, unless we are able to correct these issues, we would anticipate any further shutdown could be significantly longer than the current two weeks. This is related to both the guidance issued as well as cooperation with the contact tracing process.

As we learn more about any updates to the guidance from the Commonwealth, we will be sharing it with the hockey community through our website and social media.

Until the rinks are allowed to reopen, we hope that everyone takes a moment to think about why we play this great game and how our actions can impact others. 

For better or worse the hockey community is viewed as one collective group and, unfortunately, the actions of a few can impact the season for the 50,000 Massachusetts players and coaches.

Stay safe and we look forward to getting back to the rinks soon.


Kevin Kavanagh

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Executive Director

Phone: 781-664-2700 x101

Bob Joyce

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President

Phone: (617) 620-1302

 

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Important Message From Valley Hockey League
Attention:   Valley Hockey League Directors, Coaches, Players and Parents
 
The Valley Hockey League and all league members were extremely excited to kick off the 2020-21 regular season on September 12th.  It is great to see all the young hockey players back on the ice and enjoying the game they all love. 
 
However, as all of you are aware there are very specific State Mandated Protocols and Rink Specific Protocols that must be adhered to by players, coaches, parents/guardians and rink operators in order to keep the players on the ice.  Unfortunately, we have experienced persistent non-compliance from parents/spectators.  This not only presents a risk to all the players and coaches, but also is in violation of state and local guidelines and could result in the rinks being fined and/or closed by the local board of health.  Several rinks have informed the VHL that if the non-compliance continues they will move to a NO Spectator Policy for the remainder of the VHL season!!   
 
Spectator Policy:
  • 1 Parent/Guardian per player this a strict policy at all VHL Rinks that has blatantly disregarded.  Parents arriving with siblings will be asked to leave the arena. 
  • Some rinks have imposed a more stringent No Spectator Policy for players age Squirt and older
  • Please make sure you read the Rink Specific Protocol before arriving at a rink and understand what is expected and required at each rink.  
  • Face coverings are mandatory at all times!
  • We ask players, parents and coaches self-monitor their teams’ players and parents
  • It would be extremely unfortunate if the VHL needed to implement a No Spectator Policy due to a few individuals’ unwillingness to follow the State Mandated Rules and Guidelines.
Coaches on Bench:
  • The VHL will be imposing a strict limit of 2 coaches on the bench per team effective immediately. 
  • Coaches must wear face coverings at all times!!  No exceptions!!
  • Coaches are responsible for ensuring players social distance on bench
Players on Bench:
  • Players must social distance on bench!!!
  • Players must wear face coverings at all times in building and on the bench, only exception is during play on ice.
  • Centers and wingers must wear face covering during faceoffs.
  • Venues where there are 2 rows of benches, players must evenly divide between front and back benches. 
  • Venues where extended benches are provided, 4-6 players must use extended area depending on total number of players.
Players & Coaches
  • May not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to faceoff and must leave 15 minutes after end of game
  • May not linger around locker room area, or stay to watch games before or after
  • All players must remain in locker room or skate tying area until the buzzer sounds for them to take the ice for warmups.
Mite Half Ice:
  • Mite players must arrive dressed and should arrive dressed with skates and skate guards. 
  • Mite teams should be comprised of 9-11 players total. 
  • Mite teams are limited to 2 coaches on the bench, no exceptions! 
  • Mite teams must remain in the locker room or designated skate tying area until it is time to take the ice for warmups. 
    • Timekeeper will sound the buzzer for the start of warmups
    • We can not have multiple teams/players in the hallway or behind the bench area when 4 teams from the previous game are coming off the ice. 
  • For mite games at Hockeytown and Chelmsford there are 2 rows of benches, players should be equally spaced on the front and back benches.  All other venues provide extended benches.
  • Mite players must wear facecoverings on bench.  Face coverings are not required on the ice since face-offs have been eliminated for X-Ice Mites Games.
  • 1 SPECTATOR PER PLAYER!!!  No exceptions!  Any parent arriving with siblings or other family members will be asked to leave the arena.  Continued non-compliance could result in parent being banned from building or the player being suspended from the league.
  • Parents are absolutely prohibitted from entering the locker room!!  
  • Parents are not permitted behind the benches or in front of the locker rooms as teams are coming off/on the ice!!!     
  • The Rink Specific Protocol for most X-Ice Facilities is that once the game is complete players will take their bags and proceed to the designated skate untying area.  Parents can meet the players in that area but should allow enough room for all players to enter the skate untying area uninhibitted and social distance.
 
All of these rules and protocols have been implemented to ensure the safety of all players and coaches.  Everyone must comply if we want our sons and daughters to continue playing the game we all love.  We look forward to great hockey season and thank all of you for your continued particpation and support of the Valley Hockey League!!

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