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COVID-19

COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES

The safety of your players and families is our number one priority. We have put together the following guidelines and protocols for all IYHA sanctioned events until further notice.  These items are non-negotiable for the safety of your family and to allow us to comply with state and local regulations in order to have the rinks open and players on the ice. The following guidelines will be in place for the entirety of the clinic and may be adjusted for tryouts and the eventual start of the 2020-2021 season as CDC and USA Hockey recommendations are updated. 

Below you will find our most up to date COVID safety protocols for all practices and home games. It is IMPERATIVE that we stay on top of this and enforce all rules without exception. Breaking these rules will be the quickest way to a season disruption. We need everybody on board regardless of your personal feelings on safety precautions. This is not a political issue for us. This is a government regulation and rink issue. If the rinks get shut down, we don’t play hockey, period. We need to do our part for the safety of our families and the ability to keep the kids on the ice exercising, socializing and competing. 

  • Do not enter the rink or team event if you or your player has any of the following symptoms:

    • Sore throat

    • Cough

    • Chills

    • Body aches

    • Shortness of breath

    • Loss of smell or taste

    • Fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit

  • All rinks have a face protection REQUIREMENT at all times. Players must wear a mask until they put their helmets on to take the ice. Rink management will be removing people who don’t comply. This is not due to their political views. It’s to keep their doors open. Do not blame the rink workers. It’s not up to them. Please represent the IYHA Jr Fuel respectfully. 

  • Do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to your scheduled ice time or training session. We must limit the number of people in the buildings. We cannot have 8 teams worth of families in the rink at one time. Group gathering is one of the only restrictions still in place for youth sports venues in Indiana and the easiest to control. 

  • We are asking that only one parent enter the facility with your player or ideally drop them off and pick them up when they are done with their session without entering the building.

  • Exit the rink within 5 minutes of the end of your team activity. This is very important to ensure the lowest number of people in the rink at a given time. 

  • Have your player arrive with most of his or her equipment already on. Wear skate guards if possible. If your player can walk in and go directly on the ice, that is the best case scenario.   

  • Bring your own clearly labeled and filled water bottle. We will not be providing team water this season. 

  • There will be no handshakes, hugs or tight group gathering on the ice. Physical distancing must be maintained at all times when the players are not competing. 

  • Coaches will wear face protection at all times. 

  • We encourage those with elevated risk factors for severe illness to not participate or attend IYHA events. Risk factors include but are not limited to the following:

  • >65 years of age

  • Asthma

  • Lung Disease

  • Heart Conditions

  • Immunocompromised

  • Severe obesity

  • Liver disease 

  • Residency in a nursing home or long term care facility 

  • Players and coaches who are not experiencing symptoms but who have a sick immediate family member at their residence with COVID-19 should follow CDC recommended precautions, which may include a 14 day quarantine during which you may not attend any IYHA events or a confirmed negative Covid-19 test before returning to participate. 

  • Sick coaches and players diagnosed with Covid-19 should follow CDC-recommended steps for “what to do if you are sick”.  This of course means no attendance at IYHA events during the required isolation and recovery time. 

  • The IYHA will direct families to follow the CDC Public Health Recommendations for Community-Related Exposure. This may include a 14 day quarantine during which you may not attend any IYHA events or a confirmed negative Covid-19 test before returning to participate.  

  • We encourage all participants and family members to follow the attached “INFECTION AND PREVENTION RECOMMENDATIONS”.

  • If your player or an immediate family member has any symptoms outlined in the attached “SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19” document see a physician immediately before returning to play.