Bloomington Jefferson Hockey Booster Club (JHBC) has implemented guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines are taken from strategies set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health (“MDH”) and its Guidance for Social Distancing in youth sports, the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), USA Hockey, Minnesota Hockey, and other local governing bodies. JHBC will continue to update its COVID-19 Preparedness Plan as new guidelines are announced. JHBC requires each of its members to follow these guidelines.
The information in this Preparedness Plan is not intended to be a substitute for any diagnosis, treatment or other professional medical advice. The information surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and JHBC makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in this Preparedness Plan. However, JHBC will continue do its best to continue updating the Preparedness Plan and its members as to any changes mandated by the MDH, CDC, Minnesota Hockey, and other governing bodies.
JHBC continues to work closely with both the Bloomington Ice Garden (BIG). BIG is committed to providing a safe and clean environment for those who enter and use their rinks. BIG has instituted rules which need to be followed by all JHBC members when using their facilities. The rules and guidelines set forth in this JHBC Preparedness Plan include the new COVID-related guidelines enacted by BIG. The rules set forth in JHBC’s Preparedness Plan reflect Phase 3 of Minnesota Hockey’s Return to Play Guidelines, effective Sept. 1, 2020.
AT-HOME PREPARATION BEFORE YOU GET TO THE RINK:
- Coaches and players with any risk factors or illnesses should not participate in any on-ice or off-ice activity.
- Coaches, players, parents and spectators should do a check for any symptoms or signs of an illness. If they answer yes to any of the symptoms they should NOT participate in any JHBC activities. The symptoms include:
- Fever of 100.4 or higher
- New cough
- Shortness of breath
- New sore throat
- New headache
- Loss of smell or taste
- Other considerations that need to be considered are:
- Recent contact with infected person(s)
- Recent travel outside of Minnesota
- All coaches and players must be registered with USA Hockey for the 2020-21 season and complete the USA Hockey waiver before participating in any JHBC sanctioned activity.
- Families must provide the coaches and team managers with accurate contact information in case of an emergency, with the responsible parent/guardian able to be reached at all times, and be available to immediately return to the rink, in case of an emergency.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ARRIVAL AT BIG:
- MASKS: All players and coaches are required to wear a mask into and out of any facility. Masks are not required for players when on the ice. Once off the ice and after a helmet is removed, each player and coach must wear a mask. Coaches who are on the bench must wear a mask at all times.
- BAGS: Bags are allowed. However, players should not be dressing or undressing at the rink as no locker rooms are available and bathrooms should not be used for this purpose.
- SIBLINGS: Up to three people per skater are allowed into the rink, including siblings. Unless otherwise exempted or not recommended by local, state or federal guidance, all persons entering the Bloomington Ice Garden will be required to wear a face mask for the time that they are present in the building. Children between the ages of 2 to 5 are encouraged, but are not required, to wear a mask. Any non-player children in the rink must be supervised at all times and may not be in common areas while the player is playing. They must be inside the rink area.
- NON-PLAYER ENTRY: While three people per skater are allowed entry, it is not recommended that extra people enter the rink unless absolutely necessary.
- ARRIVAL: Players should arrive at the rink no more than 15 minutes before the start of each session. Anyone who arrives earlier than 15 minutes before each session needs to wait outside of the rink and be socially distanced from others.
- Players aged 11 and older should be dropped off at the rink and picked up afterwards for all practices.
- For players aged 10 and under, one parent or guardian is allowed in the rink to help tie skates and assist with other equipment needs. This parent/guardian may stay at the rink, following social distance requirements and while wearing a mask, to provide assistance to the player if needed during practice.
- Players should come to the rink fully dressed, with the exception of skates and helmets (although arrival in skates with proper skate guards is encouraged). Exceptions are made for goalies who will require additional equipment to be put on at the rink.
- Players need to provide their own water bottles filled at home and clearly labeled with player’s name. Do not use the water fountain at any facility.
- Please have all players use the restroom at home before practice and games to limit the use of restrooms at the rinks.
- LOCKER ROOMS: Locker rooms will be unavailable at BIG and should not be used at any time.
- All incoming players need to wait until all players who were on the ice before them have vacated the ice and benches and locker room area before entrance. There should be no interaction between the two groups.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ON-ICE ACTIVITIES:
- Two pods of a maximum of 25 people per pod (including players AND coaches/volunteers/on-ice helpers) are allowed on the ice and in the official box or benches at one time. Each pod must be consistent with the same players and coaches skating in the same pod during each on-ice activity. The pods should not mix during on-ice activities AND MUST REMAIN ON THEIR SIDE OF THE RED LINE AT ALL TIMES. Pods will be tracked.
- While there may be times where there is close contact between players at practices, players should maintain as much social distancing as possible during practices. Coaches should plan drills and skill sessions accordingly while keeping social distancing guidelines in mind.
- Players should not leave the ice during practice unless absolutely necessary.
- Coaches should avoid physical contact with players whenever possible. If a younger player requires physical assistance, the coach should ask the player’s parent or guardian for assistance.
- At the end of practice, players should not help pick up pucks or other equipment. Each player should exit the ice one by one and maintain social distancing.
- Absolutely no spitting by any player, coach or volunteer is allowed in the rink or on the ice at any time.
- Indoor dryland activities are not allowed at this time.
REQUIREMENTS FOR EXITING AFTER ON-ICE ACTIVITIES ARE COMPLETED:
- After practice, players should remove their skates and helmet and exit the facility immediately at the conclusion of their practice. This allows for the next group of skaters to enter while maintaining proper social distancing amongst all players.
- Players, coaches, and parents should follow the corresponding exit plan for each rink at BIG.
- For players aged 10 and under, each parent/guardian must exit the facility immediately after practice with their player.
- For players aged 11 and over, parents/guardians must pick up their player outside of the facility at the end of practice. It is important that all parents/guardians are made aware of practice end times so they can be punctual in picking up their player. Players should NOT be hanging around the facility waiting for a ride.
- Coaches must remain at the facility until all players on their team are safely out of the facility and have been picked up.
- Players should not participate in team meetings, socializing or dryland activities after practice.
- Each player’s gear should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
LOCAL GAMES AND SCRIMMAGES
- In the score/announcer box, one assigned adult is responsible for clock AND scoresheet with no one else allowed in the area. Masks must be worn in the score/announcer box.
- No more than two coaches are allowed on the bench at all times. Coaches must wear a mask. One coach must be in charge of the players to monitor players and keep them socially distanced as much as possible.
- During a stoppage of play caused by a save, the goalie must drop the puck on the ice for the official to retrieve.
- There should be no pre- or post-game huddles or post-goal gatherings on the ice.
- Pre-game and post-game handshakes are not allowed. Minnesota Hockey suggests teams honor each other after the game with a “stick salute”.
- No more than 1 spectators per player are allowed at a game BIG. All spectators must wear a mask and must maintain a social distance from other spectators/families.
- For away games, members must follow each arena’s guidelines as to number of spectators allowed, use of locker rooms, etc.
EMERGENCY PLANS FOR ILL PLAYERS, POSITIVE TESTS, and POSSIBLE EXPOSURE
Illness and Symptoms
It is critical that JHBC members do not participate in activities while they are experiencing any of these symptoms or combinations of symptoms. In accordance with MDH’s “COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs” members must not participate if they have one common symptom or two or more lesson common symptoms.
If a member develops symptoms of COVID-19 while at an activity, they must leave immediately. If the member is a player, requiring a parent/guardian to pick them up, the parent/guardian will be notified and expected to pick up the member promptly. While awaiting their ride, the member will be asked to wait outside or in a designated area if the weather does not allow them to wait outside.
Members who have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to get tested as per MDH guidelines. Members should consult with their primary health care provider. If symptoms are felt to be compatible with COVID-19, the member must notify the JHBC Covid Lead immediately at email@example.com.
Members must not return to activities until:
- They have received a negative COVID-19 test and/or
- Member has discussed with their primary health care provider and deemed appropriate to return and/or
- Symptoms determined not to be related to COVID-19 and/or
- At least 10 days from time symptoms started until symptoms improved AND no fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications).
Members who test positive for COVID-19
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 Covid Lead immediately 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.
Members should also consult with their primary health care provider.
Return to Activities after a confirmed positive COVID-19 test:
Members may return to activities when they have qualified to return based upon MDH guidelines (see the MDH Decision Tree at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/exguide.pdf) or a longer period if required by the facilities where the activity is taking place.
Currently, the MDH guidelines include:
- Member has had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine and;
- Symptoms have improved and;
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared or the date of their positive COVID test if they were asymptomatic
A longer duration of time may be required in certain circumstances depending on the underlying medical history of the individual Member. JHBC encourages all members to consult with their primary health care providers on appropriate return to activities.
JHBC members must follow MDH and CDC’s recommendations if they have been exposed to COVID-19. An exposure is defined as having close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or is symptomatic with a clinically compatible disease.
The timeframe for having contact with an individual includes the period of 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic or the date of their positive test.
Currently, these recommendations suggest persons with potential exposure quarantine at home for 14 days after the date of the last exposure, maintain social distance from household members at all times, and self-monitor for symptoms regularly. Here are additional guidelines for different scenarios:
- Members with a household member who has tested positive for COVID-19 must not attend any activities for 14 days following the date of the positive test or date of last exposure (if longer).
- Members with an exposure to a non-household individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 must not attend any activities for 14 days following the date of the last exposure. Members must self-monitor for symptoms during the 14 days and if they develop symptoms must follow protocols as noted previously for members with symptoms of COVID-19.
- Members with an exposure to a symptomatic individual who has not yet tested or received results for COVID-19 but has symptoms compatible with COVID-19 must not attend any activities until additional information about the exposure can be obtained. If the exposure is confirmed to have COVID-19, the member must follow the previously described protocol for a member with an exposure to an individual who has tested positive to COVID-19. *Please note, per MDH guidelines, if a member is sent home with symptoms or stays home because of symptoms then all siblings and other household contacts must go/stay home.
- Members who have been identified as having an exposure with a person with COVID-19 during any activities will be notified by the COVID Lead. JHBC will protect the privacy of all members’ health status and health information. The name of the person testing positive will not be disclosed unless consent is provided by the person.
JHBC will continue to update its members as to any changes to the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. As information and guidelines from MDH, the CDC, and Minnesota Hockey continues to change, JHBC will do its best to promptly update its Preparedness Plan and notify its members accordingly as soon as possible. In the event a member has any questions related to the Preparedness Plan, please contact JHBC at firstname.lastname@example.org.