Guidelines & Information for 2021-2022 Season

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

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

Arena Requirements for Ice Facilities Used by TWHA

 

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 Isolation Requirements

AHS Guidance for Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation

TWHA Safety Coordinator

Regina Bleile safety@trailswesthockey.com