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Important update for Coaches/Parents/Players on Protocols and Stage 3 – Return to Modified Play
Submitted By June Perry on Wednesday, November 4, 2020
With our recent approval to progress to Stage 3 of Ringette Ontario’s Return to Play Guidelines, it is critical that EFRA coaches, players and parents understand what this means and how we can maintain safety with this progression before we move forward.

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE UPDATE AS IT INCLUDES CRITICAL INFORMATION.

  • Based on learnings over the last 2 months, the Township of Centre Wellington has updated their facility protocols.
    • Here are links to the updated protocols as posted on our website (note recent changes in red):
    • Of note:
      • At the end of each ice-time, coaches and players must leave the ice promptly. Don’t wait for the buzzer to start picking up equipment.
      • No food or drink in the facility.
      • Participants and spectators can enter 30 minutes prior to the ice time. The doors will be shut/locked 15 minutes before the ice time.
      • Please ensure participants are using appropriate sized bags.
      • Please leave the facility in your equipment – please do not change in the change room while waiting. (Obviously skates, gloves, and helmets can be removed
      • If rules aren’t followed the township will cancel a teams’ ice time (i.e. a 2 week period was discussed)
  • As per Ringette Ontario, Stage 3 allows cohort/mini-league play -  Organized team sports that are practiced or played by players in a league may only be practiced or played within the facility if the league either,
    • contains no more than 50 players and does not permit its teams to play against teams outside of the league, or
    • divides its teams into groups of 50 or fewer players and does not permit teams in different groups to play against one another or against teams outside of the league.
  • For Session 2 (November 12 to December 20, 2020), EFRA will build off of Session 1 and organize players into 3 cohorts for potential modified game play and scrimmaging:
    • Fun 2 – u8 and u10 players
    • Junior and Intermediate – u12/u14/u16 players
      • Junior and Intermediate group will still practice independently in keeping with Session 1 but this allows different groupings for modified games if desired
    • Senior – u16 and u19 players
  • Players are restricted to one cohort.
  • Coaches do not count in the cohort and must wear masks at all times.
  • Modified games formats and contact rules are as follows:
    • Players must be a stick length away from the player they are marking anywhere on the ice surface.
    • Offensive driving of the triangle is not permitted.
    • If a player is in possession of the ring, the opposing player can check the players stick as long as they do not make contact with the actual player. Defensive players are encouraged to guide the player with ring to the outside by taking the lane away without contact.
    • Players from both teams are encouraged to stay off the boards to ensure flow of the game continues and to prevent/limit contact.
    • Violations of these rules should be treated the same as any other rule violation, with the non-offending team being awarded the ring in their own defending zone and the other team remaining in their defending zone until a pass has been made.
    • There are three different potential modified game formats outlined – crossice, half-ice and full-ice games.
      • For the Fun 2 cohort, coaches will determine if players are ready for modified play. If so, cross ice or half-ice format will be used as required by Children’s Ringette. For more details see pages 2-7 here.
      • For the Junior/Intermediate and Senior cohorts, coaches will determine when to schedule any formal modified games. Any format can be used, but it is anticipated that full-ice format will be used. For more details see pages 8-13 here.
  • What phase 3 allows us to do:
    • Scrimmage in practice
    • 1 on 1 and other “game like drills”
    • Modified games
    • Balance competition on the ice (players of similar skill for each line)
  • What phase 3 still requires and restricts:
    • 2-3 metre physical distancing is still an expectation in phase 3 as much as possible (3m recommended for physical activity).
    • Ensure spacing on the bench
    • Like practices, games and scrimmages are limited to 25 people, which includes players, coaches and a referee (if needed for ‘formal’ games).
    • Tournaments or "regular" games are not permitted in phase 3.
  • Finally, we feel it is critical to highlight that because stage 3 allows for some limited contact, it could involve additional potential effects on players, families, and bench staff if someone in our association tests positive for COVID19. This is not something unique to ringette but something that must be considered by parents and players. Should a member of EFRA test positive for COVID19, and depending on recent ringette activity, our Public Health unit could mandate that players, coaches, refs and parents in that cohort quarantine for 2 weeks. This can affect both our association’s ability to operate, as well as individuals’ work and lives.
  • If this knowledge affects your decision to continue participating in Session 2, please contact us at [email protected] to discuss options.
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