Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wallaceburg Minor Hockey preparing to return to the ice

The Wallaceburg Minor Hockey Association (WMHA) is busy preparing to return to the ice for the 2020/2021 hockey season.

“After careful consideration and meaningful discussion during recent WMHA board meetings we are pleased to announce that Wallaceburg Minor Hockey has voted to participate in the OHF Return To Play Phase 3B,” WMHA officials said on theie website.

“We have intentions to move forward with options to get our players back on the ice by the week of Sept 28.”

WMHA officials say online registrations to date have given them “a ballpark idea” of the numbers they can book and allocate ice for.

“To further refine our data and solidify plans, we require an emailed confirmation on behalf of each player to make intentions known of your player participation status in the 2020-2021 season,” WMHA officials stated.

“If you intend to participate in a funding assistance program, please confirm funding is available.”

WMHA officials say tey are requesting people to send them an email to wmharegistration@hotmail.com by August 31, 2020.

More details are available, here.

“Initially we will not be playing games against other centers, but are working to change that soon,” WMHA officials say.

“As pandemic protocols improve, and local government allows, we will transition to each of the next stages as soon as it is practical,” WMHA officials say.

“Parent and guardian involvement will largely depend on which arena your player will be at. This will continue to evolve and WMHA will make all efforts to schedule ice times in such a way to allow parental engagement whenever possible.”

WMHA officials added: “Our goal is to get our players safely back on the ice, and begin the process to work towards a traditional hockey model when it is both safe and permitted to do so.”

All minor hockey will continue to be governed by the Ontario Hockey Federation.

“We look forward to working with OHF, affiliates, and local governments to move to the next phase at out next opportunity,” WMHA officials say.

“WMHA has voted to make an effort to utilize both of our local arena facilities and has confirmation from OMHA/OWHA that we can use them if permitted by arena governing bodies.”

WMHA officials say the cost of registration “was closely scrutinized” by the board members and was weighed against current ice time requirement forecasts and pre-determined fixed costs associated with ice rental, insurance and OMHA fees.

“We are happy to announce WMHA will continue to offer two skates per week for divisions U7 through U18 and one skate per week for U5,” WMHA officials say.

“Despite expected loss of revenue from gate fees and other traditional revenue drivers we are still able to offer our registration at the same cost as originally posted.”

WMHA officials say their website will be updates as soon information becomes available.

More details are available, here.

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