GFEMHA Return to Play Details, News (Greater Fort Erie Minor Hockey)

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GFEMHA Return to Play Details
Submitted By GFEMHA ML on Sunday, September 13, 2020
Fort Erie Minor Hockey is pleased to announce plans for the upcoming 2020/2021 season.  Details available at the following link.

Hi everyone. On behalf of the GFEMHA Board of Directors I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all back to the arena. My name is Reg Malott and I’m your Past President for GFEMHA. It’s my pleasure to deliver this message to you in an attempt to help prepare you for the changes you will experience when your son/daughter returns to hockey.

Over the past few months your Minor Hockey Board has met virtually and most recently in person to keep abreast of all of the ever changing regulations from Hockey Canada, the OHF, the OMHA, Alliance Hockey, the Niagara Public Health Unit, and the Town of Fort Erie Facilities Team. During our most recent Board Meeting we have approved our return to play procedures and put together the framework of our programming for the start of the season.

The document from which these procedures and programming have been derived is the OHF Return to Play Guidelines and is available on our website.

In an effort to protect the health and welfare of all participants and the community at large we will be providing programming that will adhere to the approved framework of our governing bodies of hockey, our public health unit, and our Town Facilities. For this reason the decision has been made to remain strictly in-house and run our own made in Fort Erie program.

Let me get right to the nuts and bolts of the things to come. Our Beginners and Pre-Novice (U7) programs will remain relatively the same as last year. For the start of the season in all other age groups your son/daughter will participate within a skills-matched group of 20-25 players.

These groups will remain together for purely developmental skates until we are permitted by our governing bodies to move to game play when they will be placed on a team of ten players.

Please keep an eye on the website for information regarding the Beginners and Pre-Novice programming while all other age groups will be receiving targeted emails identifying their group and the first few ice time. When we do return to game play the teams will participate in a 4 on 4 or a 3 on 3 Fort Erie only in-house bubble of approximately 50 players. We will do our best to balance the teams and will move players accordingly if the need arises.

There will be no REP/LL/HL PROGRAMMING in the traditional sense of the word until our governing bodies permit it, at which time try-outs, travel fees, and the re-composition of teams will be considered. This basically means that all of our programming will be subject to change to respond to any COVID-19 pandemic environment changes. We will maintain our membership within the NDHL and the NDLL keeping up to date on any changes so that we’re ready when the time comes to return to Rep hockey and the Local League.

As for registration fees, the Board has worked hard at keeping the fees as low as possible. Despite the loss of Bingo revenues and the revenue generated from our tournaments we believe that the rates we have set provide an excellent value for our programming.

I would like to encourage you to register your child as soon as possible as once the fees and the size of each division and associated teams have been set we simply cannot change things midstream to accommodate more participants as the logistics of such changes would be too taxing on our administration who are already dealing with a massive challenge to provide the program as it now exists.

Finally, I would like to say that we do not claim to have all of the answers as it seems as that every day we’re faced with another challenge and a “new normal”. I will say that we are committed to protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of each and every one of our participants. Our focus for this season is giving the kids a chance to have fun and to do so in a safe environment.

If you have any questions you can direct them to Sean McCooey the HL VP or Ken Hoage the Rep VP, the two of them are working closely together to oversee the programming. And if you missed anything in this video the transcript will be posted on the website.

Thank you and I hope to see you around the arena, take care, stay safe, and have FUN!

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