LMHA Season Start Update, News (Listowel Minor Hockey Association)

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Sep 05, 2021 | cltest2 | 660 views
LMHA Season Start Update
Good afternoon to all LMHA current and potential families and players. We are very excited to welcome everyone back to minor hockey for another season. Below I intend to outline what expectations new programs and such will be present this season.

Season Start

This season will officially kick off on September 7th. You will see ice times on the website broken out by age groups which is simply a pre-season welcome back to the ice session. LMHA coaches will be leading the session and I expect you will already have heard from a coach about them.

 

Bond Policy

We are introducing a new program which is called the LMHA Bond program. The initiative is specifically being enabled to encourage all LMHA families to volunteer for some form of activity in order to help this organization improve and in the long run be able to help reduce costs.

 

The bond policy requires all LMHA families to provide a check for $500 dated May 1st 2022 per family to one of your children's coaches at their first parent meeting. Every LMHA family is required to perform a minimum of 3 hours worth of qualified volunteer tasks. Should your family meet the 3 hour minimum we void the check and do not cash it. We DO NOT want to cash these checks, we simply want to encourage participation.

 

Access the following link to review the Bond form and additional information including what volunteer items qualify. https://listowelminorhockey.ca/Libraries/6966/Bond_Form/

 

Again this program is intended to reduce costs in future seasons with such things as tournaments and operating the food booth.

 

Arena Protocols

  • Masks are to be worn at all times when entering the arena for ALL persons entering.

  • COVID Health Checks must be done for all players, officials using the Sportsheadz application. (Information below regarding the application)

  • No food or drinks are currently permitted but we expect this to change very shortly in september. Once drinks and food are permitted masks can be lowered to take a drink or bite but put right back every time.

  • Hockey spectators are welcome to all events, must adhere to all local Health Unit and Government on Ontario COVID 19 protocols.

  • Players can dress in the dressing rooms and showers are also available for use.

  • Arrive no more than 30 minutes before scheduled ice time.

  • Main entrance will be used by all entering the arena.

  • Social distancing of 2-Meters must be maintained at all times.

  • With the upcoming Provincial Vaccine mandate expect that all people born after 2009 will have to be fully vaccinated. We are working to confirm and understand the process for checking vaccine passports.

OMHA Mandatory Vaccination Policy

This  policy  applies  to  the  following  Affected  Persons,  which  includes  the  following  persons:

  • Players  born  in  2009  or  earlier

  • Team Officials  (Coaches,  Trainers  and Managers, etc.)

  • Game Officials (referees,  linespersons,  timekeepers, etc.)

  • Association Officials  (minor  hockey  association  directors,  officers,  executive and  staff)

  • OMHA Officials (directors,  officers,  executive and  staff,  including  hockey  development  personnel)

  • Volunteers

  • Instructors (third  parties engaged  by  Associations or  Teams to  provide specialized  instruction  (e.g., power  skating,  goaltending coaching)

 At  present,  this policy  does not  apply  to  hockey  players born  in  2010  or  later,  or  to  hockey  spectators. 

 

All  Affected Persons  are  required to  be  Fully  Vaccinated (i.e.:  including  the  14-day  period  after  receiving  their completed  dose)  by  October  31,  2021  or  earlier.  All  Affected  Persons  must  present  to  their  Association designate,  as applicable,  evidence  satisfactory  to  the  OMHA  demonstrating  that  they  have  received  the completed  series of  an  Accepted  COVID-19  Vaccine. 

 

For further details reference this link: https://www.omha.net/news_article/show/1179916

 

LMHA will be preparing a plan for validating Vaccine status and communicating that to all families.

 

Tryouts

Tryouts will begin on Sept 28th. There will be a cost of $40 to try out which will be collected by the team coaches. Those who wish to try out must attend even if trying out for a higher level in order to qualify. 

 

Season Costs

By now everyone who is registered should have paid their first installment as dictated from the registration form. We will be communicating the remaining costs later this season as we are doing everything we can to break even and provide the best possible season. Cash calendars will be ready for the beginning of the regular season games.

 

LMHA Board Positions Available

We are aggressively looking for those interested in joining the LMHA board to fill several positions ASAP. We have other positions to fill for next season, so if you are even slightly interested in joining the LMHA board reach out to Claude Leroux [email protected] to inquire.

  • Director of Fundraising

  • Director of Registration

  • Director of Special Events

 

New Programs

Our executives have been busy preparing a few new items which we hope will eventually help drive costs down. We have assessed which programs would provide the most funding back to LMHA or Fundraising and will only be offering such programs. We are assembling a tournament committee (Bond Hours Eligible) to help organize and operate a few tournaments throughout the season. We are also opening the food booth for specific game nights in order to help raise funds for LMHA and are looking for volunteers to run the program, or simply operate the booth (Bond Hours Eligible). Should anyone be interested in the tournament committee or food booth committee please reach out to Tim Good [email protected] We have already assembled a few local individuals but many more will be needed. These are not LMHA Board roles, simply committees.

 

Online Portal (Sportsheadz and Social Media)

 

Sportsheadz Mobile Application

Continuing This Season

We are continuing to use the Sportsheadz Mobile Application. This application gives families a mobile application that shows scheduling, team communications and above all else the ability to electronically perform COVID health checks.

 

What do we need to do?

First you need to download the Sportsheadz application for your mobile devices app store. Then create an account using the email address you typically use for LMHA communications unless you already have an account. Then once coaches/managers are done populating the teams you will automatically see your team, schedule and check in functionality.

 

How do Health Checks work?

Simple. Go into the Sportsheadz application, find the event for that day. (which you can check in to no greater than 8 hrs before it starts) and select your player and check in, then go back to the main screen for that event and check yourself in. It is possible for team officials to also check in the players, but we need to work that out with Coaches and Managers before implementing. Each Individual (Parent/Guardian) will have to have their own unique accounts.

 

Reference: http://support.mbsportsweb.ca/kb/a125/app-login-for-guardians-parents.aspx

 

LMHA social Media Sources

Twitter: @lmhahockey or https://twitter.com/LMHAHockey

Facebook: https://https://www.facebook.com/lmhahockey

 

As we pivot from such a challenging 2020-21 season we are all focused on offering the best hockey season for all our members and looking for ways to improve costs in the future as we pivot to more aggressive fund raising programs. We are confident the bond program will help yield some results by the end of this season and definitely into the next.

 

Thank You from LMHA Association directors


Claude Leroux

President

Listowel Minor Hockey


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