RiverHawks - CHC Mask/Facial Covering Clarification
At this time, the policy itself has not changed, and there remains a mask/facial covering mandate in place for anybody who enters a CHC rink, including spectators. However, the CHC did clarify the accepted forms of facial covering for ice hockey, and there is some good news in this regard:
On top of traditional cloth masks and neck gaiters, the Connecticut DPH has approved the CCM Game-on Mask (for both skaters and goalies), and the Bauer Concept III Face Shield (must have the Bauer Splash Guard applied). The CCM and Bauer products were not approved for the 2020-2021 season, but are now accepted facial coverings for this season.
Please note that no other face shield can be used as a face covering, so a traditional bubble shield must be accompanied by a cloth mask or gaiter.
As a reminder, the purpose behind the adoption of such strict measures by the CHC was to do everything in our power to avoid another hockey shutdown by the State. The DPH made it clear that wearing masks/face shields is essential to keep hockey going. The more each one of us can do to practice and promote compliance with this rule, the stronger of a case we are making to keep hockey going this season. Do not hesitate to reach out if there are any questions regarding the information presented here.
Last updated 9/2/2021
RiverHawks - CHC Summary of Protocols
- All individuals / participants MUST WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING AT ALL TIMES WHEN INSIDE A FACILITY HOSTING CHC / USA HOCKEY SANCTIONED EVENTS (PRACTICES, SCRIMMAGES, GAMES, ETC.)
- RINK, TOWN, OR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT POLICIES DO NOT SUPERSEDE THIS MANDATE
- THE DEFINITION OF PARTICIPANTS IS ALL PLAYERS, COACHES, ON-ICE OFFICIALS, OFF-ICE OFFICIALS (SCORREKEEPERS & TIMEKEEPERS), AND SPECTATORS.
- THE FOLLOWING PENALITES WILL BE IN-FORCE FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON:
- FIRST OFFENSE: $ 500 charged to the program.
- SECOND OFFENSE: $ 1,000.00 charged to the program.
- THIRD OFFENSE: $ 1,000.00 charged to the program + disqualification from all CHC tournaments.
- Individuals who are not fully vaccinated (most of our players) who are identified as a close contact of a known COVID-19 case quarantine away from sports for a full 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the case, or for 10 days with a negative test at day 8 or later. Even if players are allowed to return to school or other activities earlier than the timelines listed above, they should not return to sports until 14 days or 10 days with a test.
- Fully vaccinated individuals (Some PW’s and Midgets) do not have to quarantine away from sports at all, as long as they do not have any symptoms. It is recommended that fully vaccinated individuals get tested between day 3-5 after their last exposure to a case and wear a mask when around others at all times until they receive a negative test result or for a full 14 days.
- When someone becomes infected, that person must go into “isolation” (vs. contacts who go into quarantine). Isolation lasts for a full 10 days from the time symptoms started or the positive test was administered if the individual did not experience symptoms prior to the positive result.
RETURN TO PLAY
- After an infected player’s isolation period ends, they should confirm with their medical provider that they are cleared to return to athletic activities. Those players, in consultation with their medical provider or the team trainer/physician, should follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Return to Sports and Physical Activity guidance and procedures, including the multi-day progression of physical activity as indicated. A written note from the players pediatrician is required to be presented to Return to Play.
The full link to the CHC letter can be found here.
Last updated 8/24/2021
The Rinks - Facility COVID Protocols and Policies
Please check back for any applicable protocols or policy updates as we will keep this updated throughout the season.
Last updated 8/17/2021
Special Note on Spit Guards and Masks
At a national meeting of district Referee-in-Chiefs last Thursday night 11/12, it was confirmed that an unapproved spit guard attachment invalidates the HECC certification of a helmet unless it is reviewed and approved by the manufacturer and certified by HECC. As of 11/12 no spit guards were certified, however, since then some now are. Here is the list of approved spit guards, this is an evolving list that may change every few days: http://hecc.org/certsplashguards.html
A cloth mask that attaches to the players head (not helmet) is still required even if a splash / spit guard is also used.
Last updated 2/4/2021