Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and the upcoming season. This page will be updated periodically.
Below are some Frequently-Asked Questions about Covid-19 and the upcoming season. Please review the Covid Preparedness Plan to answer many of your questions. This page will be updated periodically.
Will season fees be refunded in the event the season is delayed, shortened, or cancelled?
There is a third-party SportsEngine registration insurance program (RegSaver) available when registering your player and may be a good option if you are concerned about refunds. This service is not affiliated with the JHBC in any way and any terms or questions would need to go through that service. It also does not change JHBC’s refund policy.
If the season was cancelled due to Covid, the JHBC policy is to refund fees minus costs already incurred.
Outside of a season cancellation due to COVID, all existing JHBC refund policies will be in place which is the following:
What is the registration fee insurance offered by SportsEngine?
The RegSaver registration insurance included as an option during registration is offered in partnership with a third-party provider and SportsEngine. This insurance, which is like travel insurance, has no affiliation with the JHBC and is unrelated to any prorated refunds that would be granted by the JHBC.
What are the operating procedures at the rink?
Each rink will have slightly different operating procedures. For BIG, there is a detailed list in the Covid Preparedness Plan. It is IMPORTANT THAT ALL OF THESE PROCEDURES ARE FOLLOWED. We must do all that we can to ensure we can continue with the season. Some key BIG procedures:
What if there is a positive case on my team or pod?
The JHBC will follow the most current guidelines set forth by the CDC, the MDH, and local governments. A confirmed case of COVID on your team or pod, as indicated by a positive test, should be reported to the JHBC board president at firstname.lastname@example.org. For purposes of tracking, positive cases will be reported to the Minnesota Department of Health at email@example.com or 651-201-5000.
How do I know the protocol of the rink where we are playing?
It is the responsibility of the team manager to source and communicate each rinks protocol to the team prior to any on-ice event.
Who needs to wear a mask?
In accordance with the MDH and the Stay-Safe-MN plan, face coverings are required at all time inside a facility, with few exceptions.
The following is expected by the JHBC:
Will we reschedule or refund practices that are missed because of COVID?
If the full team is under “pause” or quarantine orders due to an exposure related to a JHBC event: The JHBC will make reasonable efforts to assist the team to reallocate and reschedule ice times. If a substitute team cannot be found to trade an ice time and it is non-refundable by the facility, the practice time may be forfeited.
If an individual needs to quarantine due to an exposure unrelated to an EPHA event: The individual will not receive a refund for initial lost ice time. If the required absence is deemed excessive, the Board will consider other actions on a case-by-case basis.
The JHBC understands this pandemic situation is unprecedented, and we MUST coordinate with local health authorities to manage Covid-19. Under no circumstance can we allow a player to participate in JHBC activities if mandates prevent it.
What happens if we have a case on our team and we cannot play a scheduled game?
D6 is dropping the number of district games this year from 16 to 14 to allow for rescheduling. D6 will also be more flexible on rescheduling rules when due to a Covid-related issue.
What about tournaments? Will we go to any?
Currently, we have registered all our travelling teams for tournaments and current plans are to attend these tournaments. Out-of-state tournaments will have to approved by the D6 director but as of this time we do not anticipate any challenges with that approval.
With the limit of on-ice participants and the reduced BIG schedule, can we expect less ice this year?
We do not know a definite answer yet, but we do not currently anticipate a greatly-reduced ice schedule. BIG’s sanitization schedule does cut the number of hours available each day at BIG. We are in contact with BIG management to ensure our ice requests are fulfilled as much as possible. You may expect to have more frequent practices at other arenas, and we will encourage teams to utilize outdoor ice as much as feasible (it is outdoors and it is free).
Will there be a Mite season?
Yes. There will be a Mite season, but it may look a bit different than previous years because of Covid on-ice restrictions (50 total people on the ice at any time).
If the High School teams are cancelled by the MSHSL, does that mean association hockey is automatically cancelled?
The MSHSL (Minnesota State High School League) is completely independent of the MN Hockey Associations. The cancellation, or delay, of the high school hockey season will have no bearing on Association hockey being cancelled or delayed.
Will tryouts be different because of COVID?
Yes. We are currently evaluating changes that will need to be made to afford us to follow return-to-play guidelines.
Pre-season clinics: For purposes of contact tracing, players must stay within their assigned pre-season clinic and try-out groups. Changing groups to accommodate schedules will not be allowed.
We may need to use the scholarship program. How do I apply and what is the process?
Go here and fill out the application. Send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications are reviewed by the Executive Board and are kept confidential. In addition, there are other opportunities to help with funding hockey, including Shopping with Scrip, working concessions (when they reopen), and the MN Legacy Hockey Fund.
Last update: 8/28/2020