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Season COVID-19 Update

By EVHA, 07/06/20, 9:00PM CDT

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MN Hockey Guidlines

EVHA will be following MN Hockey's Return to Play Guidelines.  Our summer programs have been reduced to 10 people per side (20 total) of the ice including coaches.  Minnesota Hockey has chartered a committee with the purpose of developing ideas and resources for associations across Minnesota to help allow for play while keeping our families safe.

As of the date of this post, we know that the City of Apple Valley is planning to open the rinks on June 15, 2020.

Hayes Arena is a city owned and operated facility, and therefore it is up to them to determine final COVID-19 operating plans for the rink building.

We did receive initial plans, but do not have the latest version so bear that in mind with the guidelines below.

The City of Apple Valley and EVHA will follow all CDC, USA Hockey, MN Hockey, and MN Stay Safe Plans, based on the phase that those plans are in.

For all EVHA Camps, the on-ice coaches will uphold the following standards:

  • Players must stay at home when sick and follow social distancing while at the rink.
  • Players may not change time slots in the case of conflicts - you may only attend your assigned time.
  • Coaches and rink staff will not tolerate breakdowns of health etiquette norms and inappropriate behavior at the rink.  General horseplay with other players and/or jokingly spitting or coughing towards others, etc. will not be tolerated.  Inappropriate behavior and/or breakdowns of health etiquette norms may result in the player being asked to leave camp with no refund, and EVHA will fill their spot with someone on the waitlist.
  • Players will not be able to enter the rink until 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start time.
  • All coaches will be wearing masks while at the rink; please make sure your players are listening and attentive to all coaches and rink staff.
  • Players may not have access to public bathrooms (TBD); please make sure your players have gone to the bathroom prior to arriving at the rink.
  • Players will need to arrive to the rink fully dressed, with the exception of skates; they will not be allowed to bring bags into the rink.  Coaches, wearing masks of their own, will help tie skates for younger players, if needed.
  • Players will be allowed to bring in one full water bottle with clear markings for their name; the rink will not have access to pro shop sales (including skate sharpening), vending machines or drinking fountains.
  • Players will only be allowed to go to their designated locker room, where stalls will be marked to allow for proper social distancing in locker rooms.
  • Players will skate in pods of 9 skaters (+1 coach); they must stick with their pod for the entirety of their on-ice session.  In the event that you are not able to make it to your assigned session, you will not be able to participate in another sessions due to the restriction on numbers per ice time.
  • Players will be able to set their water bottles on the bench, but not have access to the benches.
  • Players must leave the rink within 15 minutes of the end of their session fully dressed, wearing masks (i.e. cloth masks), with the exception of skates.
  • Parents will not be allowed to enter the rink for any reason.
  • All participants will be notified if someone who has used the facility tests positive for COVID-19.  If this happens, the rink will be shut down for 24-hours to allow for deep-cleaning.

As more details are added/edited or changed, will send out additional communications prior to the start of our programs.