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Brewer Youth Hockey Covid 19 Guidelines for 2020-21 Season

By BYH, 08/06/20, 7:45PM EDT


BYH Looks to provide a safe and fun season

Brewer Youth Hockey is implementing the following safety precautions in an effort to provide our hockey players and families a safe environment during this time. We are in hopes these guidelines will give our players the best opportunity to stay healthy and play hockey this season. Players, coaches and families that do not follow the Brewer Youth Hockey guidelines and visiting team/rink guidelines by putting others at risk may be subject to discipline. Before the start of the season Brewer Youth Hockey will be holding mandatory meetings at each age level where we will outline guidelines and answer questions. At least one family member must attend one of the scheduled meetings.


All Penobscot Ice Arena guidelines must be followed in addition to Brewer Youth Hockey guidelines as outlined below. Guidelines set forth by other youth hockey organizations and rinks in the state of Maine must be followed when playing away games. Brewer Youth Hockey will notify families of these guidelines when possible. 


If a player is sick with a fever and other symptoms common with the Coronavirus, they may not attend team events until healthy. Any coach or family member experiencing symptoms common with Coronavirus may not attend any Brewer Youth Hockey events until healthy. If a player tests positive for Coronavirus, the family must contact the President of Brewer Youth Hockey to map out a return to play plan.


All players, coaches and parents entering the rink must wear a mask. 


Players should arrive no more than 15 minutes before ice time. Players should arrive mostly dressed and may have limited access to locker rooms to put skate and helmets on. Players must wear a mask until they put their helmet on. When a player gets off the ice they must put their mask on while changing. Teams must leave the rink immediately following their event.


There will be a limit of one family member per player for practices and games. The team manager must submit to BYH registrar attendance of players,coaches and family members within 12 hours of each team activity for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.


Visiting teams must provide a list of players and parents to the BYH team manager after the completion of the game for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak. This list must be submitted to BYH registrar within 12 hours of the event.


On ice practices should be planned to limit the amount of time players are standing in line. Players are asked to keep 6 feet of distance from their teammates and coaches on the ice when possible. On the bench, players are asked to distance themselves when possible. 


Coaches are required to wear a face covering when inside the ice arena. During practices when on the ice, coaches may choose not to wear a face covering but are required to have one available to put on when within six feet of players. A roll up face gator may be used in such a situation. While on the bench coaching, coaches must wear a mask at all times. Masks, pull up gators or face shield barriers are all appropriate for use on the bench.


Brewer Youth Hockey will supply each team with two electronic whistles for coaches to use during practices. No traditional coaching whistles can be used until further notice.


When visiting another rink, Brewer Youth Hockey players and families must adhere to the home organization and rink’s guidelines. This may include no use of locker rooms, parents may not be able to attend games and leave the rink once their player is dressed,etc. Brewer Youth Hockey will make our best effort to notify Brewer Youth Hockey families of other organizations/rinks guidelines in advance of traveling to games. 


**Guidelines are subject to change as the Coronavirus situation evolves. Brewer Youth Hockey has formed a committee that communicates weekly to monitor the situation and review/modify guidelines. Any changes to the  guidelines will be released to membership via email list, facebook and posted on the Brewer Youth Hockey website. Questions?? Email**