Guidelines & Information for 2021-2022 Season

Current News

January 19, 2022 - Hockey Calgary - Information Bulletin #22-01 - Jan/Feb Update

Topics include:

  • EMHW Congratulations
  • BC Tournament Restriction Extension to Feb. 16
  • Hockey Calgary plan until end of Regular Season

December 31, 2021 - Hockey Calgary - Information Bulletin #21-14 - January Update

Summary of the Hockey Calgary plans for January are as follows:

  • All league games commencing January 2nd will operate as scheduled
  • EMHW (scheduled to start January 7th) will operate as scheduled
    • Opening Ceremonies Game Events will be scaled down
  • A new game cancellation policy will be implemented for the 2022 season (see link)
  • Masking requirements will be maintained and will be strictly enforced, we ask that all HC families read the following page, and be 100% compliant to these rules

Masking Requirement updated December 31, 2021

These requirements will remain in place for the remainder of the season, or until there is a relaxation in restrictions from the government.

Details are as follows:

  • PLAYERS – Players are required to wear masks upon entering the arena and in dressing room area. Players should remove their masks only immediately prior to putting on their helmet and entering onto the ice surface.
  • COACHES & BENCH STAFF – All coaches and team staff are required to wear a mask at all times while on and off the ice. This includes the dressing room area, and the player’s bench. Referees have been directed to stop the game and ask coaches to put on a mask or leave the bench if they fail to follow the mask requirement. NEW: Coaches must also wear a mask at all times when on the ice during practice time.
  • VOLUNTEERS – All volunteers and minor officials are required to wear a mask in and around the direct playing area, in the timekeeper/penalty box area, and when in close contact with any player, coach or official.
  • OFFICIALS – All Officials are required to wear a mask upon entering the arena, and in the dressing room area. Officials should remove their masks only immediately prior to putting on their helmet and entering onto the ice surface.
  • FANS (PARENTS) – Masks are required in the dressing room area, player’s bench, penalty boxes, and timekeeper’s box. In all other areas of the facility spectators MUST follow the protocols as laid out by the individual facilities.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021 4:00PM - With today’s announcement surrounding the cancellation of the World Junior Tournament in Edmonton, there are obvious concerns regarding the plan forward for the Hockey Calgary program.  Hockey Calgary, in conjunction with member organizations (including TWHA) are finalizing ‘Game Cancellation Policy’ for January based on the information that we know now, but as always this is subject to change.  The continuation of our Regular Season is set to begin on Sunday January 2nd, with close to 150 games scheduled for this day.

Currently we are finalizing the policy and at the same time waiting for any further announcements from the government of Alberta. Our collective plan is to review the most recent information and release a communication to all members on Friday December 31 outlining next steps.

In the interim please note the following:

  • Hockey Calgary and the member Associations are currently reviewing all options
  • We are awaiting direction from the government and our governing bodies, but currently it is our plan to continue the season
  • At this time EMHW is still planned to run as scheduled
  • Hockey Calgary will be releasing a statement and plan of action on Friday December 31
  • We are doing everything in our power to continue hockey in a safe manner in 2022

Travel Outside of Canada

Be sure to check out the most current Government of Canada COVID-19 requirements (https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions) and https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada.

These requirements may impact a player’s ability to participate in minor hockey for 14 days upon return to Canada if they are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and between 5 and 17 years of age.

It is the responsibility of each family to understand and follow all government requirements.

On December 3, Hockey Calgary further clarifies this indicating unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children under 18 years of age returning to Canada from international travel will not be permitted to participate in hockey related activities until they have completed their Government of Canada requirements (minimum of 14 days). 

As per the Government of Canada:

  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children under 12 years of age returning to Canada from international travel must “wear a mask and physically distance when in contact with non-household members” (for 14 days upon return). Therefore, participation hockey is not possible.
  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated youth aged 12-17 years of age returning to Canada from international travel “are subject to the 14-day quarantine, and all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests, whether or not they are accompanied by travellers who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.” 

Please note: the providing of private negative testing will not be sufficient to participate in hockey prior to the completion of GOC requirements.

Hockey Calgary is following all provincial, federal, and public health guidelines to ensure we keep our children safe and playing the game they love. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this ever-changing landscape.

Season Timeline

On April 27, 2020, the Hockey Calgary Board of Directors approved recommendations from the Operations Committee for the 2020-2021 season. As the season was not played as originally planned, some of these recommendations were put on hold and will now be implemented effective the 2021-2022 season.

The League Structure Format was amended with the following changes:

  • Shortened ‘Seeding Round’ – 2-4 less games depending on Age Category
  • Reduced to 4 weeks (5 weekends) in duration. No schedule window provided for tournaments
  • Longer ‘Regular Season’ – 2-4 more games depending on Age Category o More meaningful Games in League Play as season starts early December
  • 7-9 Tournament Windows/Weekends available over course of season
  • U9 Scheduling – No games before 8:00 AM
  • Goal to increase the number 75-minute permits for Hockey Calgary games
  • Family Day – concerted effort to avoid games on Family Day itself. Unfortunately, games will still be scheduled on the weekend of Family Day

2021-2022 Season Timeline

2021-2022 Hockey Calgary Important Dates - Community

Hockey Calgary - Esso Minor Hockey Week

Hockey Calgary - City Championships

Hockey Calgary - Provincial Championships

Tournament Policy

On April 27, 2020, the Hockey Calgary Board of Directors approved recommendations from the Operations Committee for the 2020-2021 season. As the season was not played as originally planned, some of these recommendations were put on hold and will now be implemented effective the 2021-2022 season.

The Tournament Policy addresses the following issues:

  • To ensure qualified officials are available for appropriate levels
  • Tournaments being cancelled due to lack of available teams
  • Burning of ice when events are cancelled
  • NEW – Regular Season Schedule window can be used to ‘Weekend Off’ if desired
  • NEW – Tournaments are now permitted in Calgary during the League Play (with limits)

Hockey Calgary Tournament Policy - effective 2021-2022 season

Evaluations

Detailed information about Evaluations can be found under Members-Evaluations.

 

Tentative 2021 Evaluation Dates (subject to change)

U7 - Sept 10 & 12

U9 - Sept 11 - 21

U11 - Sept 8 (goalie)

- Sept 8 - 21

U13 - Sept 24 (goalie)

- Sept 14 - 29

U15 - Sept 15 (goalie)

- Sept 18 - 29

U18 - Sept 28 - Oct 7

House League - Sept 29 - Oct 3

*Player evaluation times will be emailed to the main player email on the registration form about a week before the first evaluation skate.

U7 Game Schedule - Hockey Calgary pilot program

Trails West will be participating in Hockey Calgary’s U7 Game Schedule pilot program for the upcoming season.

U7 Senior Teams

    • 8 games
    • Games will be scheduled in line with community regular season – Dec 6-23 & Jan 2 to Feb 20

U7 Junior

    • 6 games
    • Games will be scheduled Jan 2 to Feb 20

Games will be scheduled for 2 team format, will continue to encourage 3 team format for tournaments and jamboree.

    • Hockey Calgary will provide resources to help coaches make use of the “neutral zone” during games.

Games scheduled on weekends, maximum 1 per weekend.

Hockey Calgary U7 Timbits Jamboree – February 26.

Teams will be allowed 1 schedule window.

Associations will be allowed one “black out” weekend for their teams if they are hosting a program wide tournament during the above dates.  Associations splitting Junior and Senior on separate weekends will be permitted to “black out” the appropriate weekend for each group.

Arena Information

The City of Calgary Vaccine Passport Bylaw is in effect as of September 23, 2021.

Under the Calgary Vaccine Passport Bylaw, recreation and fitness facilities and adult and youth (12-17) recreational sport groups (players and participants) must must require proof of vaccination, negative test result or a medical exemption letter.

Every individual who attends an ice facility in the City of Calgary is subject to the same requirements as noted above under the REP, even if they are not a participant.  Everyone attending the ice facility, must be prepared to provide the required documents that comply with the arena’s REP if asked by the facility staff - even if REP documentation was previously provided to TWHA.

 

The Government of Alberta's Restrictions Exemption Program is in effect as of September 20, 2021.  The ice facilities that Trails West relies on to conduct our program have elected to implement this program.  Please see below links for further details on the facilities restrictions.

Under the Restrictions Exemption Program, businesses must continue to follow indoor mandatory masking requirements, but can operate without capacity or operating restrictions if they require people aged 12 and over to show one of the following:

  • proof of vaccination
    • partial vaccination (one dose) accepted September 20 to October 25 if received 2 weeks before time of service
    • full vaccination (two doses) required after October 25
  • proof of a privately paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories not allowed)
  • documentation of a medical exemption

 

The City of Calgary Pandemic Face Covering Bylaw is in effect as of September 4, 2021.

  • Masks are required, except for persons while engaging in an athletic or fitness activity

 

 

Ice Facility Protocols - Hockey Calgary

 

City of Calgary Arenas 

  • FAQ's on Restrictions Exemption Program at city arenas click here

Flames Community Arenas

Seven Chiefs Sportsplex

  • No access to ice arena until 20 minute prior to ice time
  • Seven Chiefs' protocols click here

Westside Recreation Centre 

  • Proof of Vaccination ONLY will be accepted - negative tests are not acceptable
  • Minor Hockey Only - ONE parent per player may spectate/assist player with equipment- must be vaccinated, masked and distanced
  • Arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before ice time and depart no more than 30 minutes after ice time
  • Physical distancing of 2 meters in common areas
  • Westside's COVID 19 protocols click here

WinSport

  • Anyone accessing the arenas including spectators who are 16 years of age and older must provide photo ID, along with either proof of vaccination (in accordance with the Restrictions Exemption Program noted above) or proof of negative test (in accordance with the Restrictions Exemption Program noted above). Those with medical exemptions must provide a negative test.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the viewing areas

Health & Safety Protocols

In the event that your child tests positive for COVID-19, and you choose to inform us, we will notify your child's team so that parents are aware they should be watching their child(ren) for symptoms.  However, the individuals name who tested positive will be kept strictly confidential.

As per the Government of Alberta COVID-19 public health actions, youth under the age of 12 years must:

  • screen for symptoms (see below TWHA Health Screening)
  • maintain 2 metres distancing, except youth while engaged in physical activity
  • wear a mask, except youth while engaged in physical activity

TWHA also recommends the continuation of the following steps to keep everyone healthy:

  • Participants should bring and use their own labelled water bottle
  • Parents who are assisting with equipment MUST wear a mask in the dressing room and are asked to please exit the room as soon as their player is dressed in order to limit crowding. Alternatively, players can be dressed before arriving at the arena, so the only assistance needed is lacing skates, which can be done outside of the dressing room.

Every participant, players and coaches, must have accurate attendance noted in TeamSnap AND have a TeamSnap Health Check completed prior to every event.  This assists not just for health screening and contact tracing, if required, but to allow coaches to properly prepare for all practices and games according to expected attendance.

As always, we appreciate your cooperation and help in keeping our entire Member Association healthy, and we hope our athletes have a full, fun, healthy season.

 

Trails West

TWHA Health Screening 

TeamSnap Health Check

TWHA Participant Guidelines & Expectations  (updated Sept 23, 2021)

Hockey Alberta

Hockey Alberta Season Plan (Sept 9, 2021)

Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines

Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines FAQs

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Daily Checklist

CMOH Public Health Order

AHS Symptoms & Testing

AHS Assessment & Testing Tool

AHS Isolation Requirements

AHS Guidance for Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation

TWHA Safety Coordinator

Regina Bleile safety@trailswesthockey.com