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 UPDATE 8/11/2020

 

DELAY TO SEASON START

 

Due to the continuing uncertainty around state guidelines moving forward, the SYH season will be delaying the start of the season.  We have tentatively pushed the start back by 1 (one) week.  We are expecting an update during the Governor’s briefing on Thursday August 13th to provide more clarity on next steps for Massachusetts Youth Hockey for the upcoming season.  We will continue to move forward with the intention of getting back on the ice with a tentative date of the week of Aug 24th. 

 

 

SYH ‘Back to Hockey’ Skills Camp

 

In order to provide all skaters with an opportunity to get back on the ice after an extended break, the season will begin with on-ice skill sessions.  USA hockey has provided guidance and lessons for all ages in order to provide a safe environment with a strong emphasis on skill and skating development.  Practice skill plans will be in place for all age groups.   Dates and times for all ages will be posted as soon as they are finalized for the first week.

 

TRYOUTS

 

Tryout dates will be posted as soon as they are available with the goal of early September.  Leagues have not begun scheduling games and the expected season start is still fluid.  Pending further guidance form the Governor’s briefing as well as contact with our leagues we will post tryout schedules as soon as they are available.

 

VOLUNTEERS

 

We need your help!  The Stoneham Arena has instituted all required protocols recommended to provide a safe opening.  We are looking for volunteers to help guide all skaters and parents in following the recommended guidelines.

 

WHAT IS THE STONEHAM ARENA DOING TO PEPARE FOR A SAFE RE-OPENING?

 

The Stoneham Arena and staff have closely followed all guidelines as designated by the Governor’s office and Stoneham Health officials to provide a safe environment for players and limited spectators as directed.  SYH has met and been given a tour of the new arena layout with rink management.

 

A guide to the rink’s reopening and additional maps and pictures will be posted prior to our first on-ice session.  The Arena staff has installed a significant amount of signage, mask reminders, and arrows directing traffic to ensure we are all doing our part. 

 

A few Notes on the rink Re-opening:

·        Masks – Masks must be worn at all times by anyone not on the ice. 

·        Skate Guards – Players will be getting dressed at home and skate guards will be needed to move through the stands

·        1 Player/1 Guardian – Current guidelines allow 1 guardian per skater. 

·        Seat Assignments – All players and spectators will be assigned a seat location which are clearly marked on the Arena bleachers

 

WAIVERS

 

All members must sign a waiver as part of rink re-entry.  We are working to deliver this online as a continuation of the registration process.  Please monitor your email for an upcoming request to complete the waiver.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CHANGES RELATED TO ICE HOCKEY AS PART OF PHASE III PART I?

 

The number of participants on ice has increased to 25.  Ice Hockey, similar to football, soccer, lacrosse and other close contact sports, has been placed into a High Risk category.  Restrictions are still in place preventing on-ice contact, scrimmaging,  and game play during Part I of Phase III. 

 

The limitation of 25 participants is being closely followed.  Practice ice and skill sessions are often split with multiple teams which would exceed the limit guidelines.  SYH is working with town officials to determine how to move forward under these participant restrictions.

 

Mass Hockey is expecting an update on Thursday, August 13th to provide guidance on next steps for the upcoming season.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Below is the Mass Hockey Response to the latest guidelines which can be found at:

 

https://www.mahockey.org/hockeyresources

 

 

For more specific guidelines on Phase III Step 1 protocols please review the following link:

 

https://www.mass.gov/doc/safety-standards-for-youth-and-adult-amateur-sports-activities-phase-iii-step-1/download

 


5/29/2020

 

Hello Stoneham Youth Hockey members,

 

We hope this message finds everyone safe and healthy during this challenging time.   We miss all our players and families and are looking forward to a safe and successful return to the ice as soon as possible.

 

While you all were removed from the ice abruptly in March, the SYH Board of Directors has continued with business as usual planning for next season.  Your Board has continued to meet (virtually) to discuss the challenges that every organization faces in the framework of the current public health crisis, but also we have pressed forward with optimism that our kids will be playing hockey in September.

We are happy to share some exciting information about our program.   The SYH Board along with the North Reading Hockey Board have been collaborating on the best way to continue providing a fun hockey environment - stressing the importance of player development and affordability for all members of both programs.  With both programs aligned and sharing common goals, SYH and NRYH have principally agreed to merge over a two-year-period beginning in the 2020-2021 season.  There is still much to work out.

 

For the 2020-2021 season, at the Squirt and Pee Wee levels – teams will be combined SYH-NRYH teams.  At all other levels in 2020-2021, we will cooperate and share practice ice when appropriate.  Over the next 24 months, we will work towards formally combining two organizations into one.  We expect that ALL teams at all levels and all instructional programs for the 2021-2022 season will be combined.  Currently there is no plan in place to combine and/or cooperate with high-school age teams (Midgets and / or U18 Girls).

 

In order to provide you with the most up to date answers to your questions, we will be updating this FAQ document on a periodic basis: 

WHY IS STONEHAM HOCKEY MERGING WITH NORTH READING

All town hockey programs, and youth sports in general, are facing similar challenges with decreasing enrollments.  Stoneham Youth Hockey is fortunate to have the support of a strong hockey community and a town resource at Stoneham Arena where we can play locally.  The SYH Board has been exploring ways to maintain a competitive program open to all players while keeping costs affordable.  North Reading Youth Hockey is a strong program with similar goals and facing similar challenges.  By combining programs, we can continue our joint goal of providing a fun hockey environment - stressing the importance of player development and affordability for all members of both programs. 

 

WHAT WILL HOCKEY LOOK LIKE IN THE UPCOMING SEASON

Hockey rinks have begun to open as part of the Massachusetts Governor’s Phase 2 reopening schedule.  The SYH Board is following both Mass Hockey and USA Hockey guidelines to make sure we are ready for the upcoming season.  For additional resources and up to date information on reopening plans the following website provides the latest developments for Mass Hockey.

 

 

DELAY TO SEASON START

 

Due to the continuing uncertainty around state guidelines moving forward, the SYH season will be delaying the start of the season.  We have tentatively pushed the start back by 1 (one) week.  We are expecting an update during the Governor’s briefing on Thursday August 13th to provide more clarity on next steps for Massachusetts Youth Hockey for the upcoming season.  We will continue to move forward with the intention of getting back on the ice with a tentative date of the week of Aug 24th. 

 

 

SYH ‘Back to Hockey’ Skills Camp

 

In order to provide all skaters with an opportunity to get back on the ice after an extended break, the season will begin with on-ice skill sessions.  USA hockey has provided guidance and lessons for all ages in order to provide a safe environment with a strong emphasis on skill and skating development.  Practice skill plans will be in place for all age groups.   Dates and times for all ages will be posted as soon as they are finalized for the first week.

 

TRYOUTS

 

Tryout dates will be posted as soon as they are available with the goal of early September.  Leagues have not begun scheduling games and the expected season start is still fluid.  Pending further guidance form the Governor’s briefing as well as contact with our leagues we will post tryout schedules as soon as they are available.

 

VOLUNTEERS

 

We need your help!  The Stoneham Arena has instituted all required protocols recommended to provide a safe opening.  We are looking for volunteers to help guide all skaters and parents in following the recommended guidelines.

 

WHAT IS THE STONEHAM ARENA DOING TO PEPARE FOR A SAFE RE-OPENING?

 

The Stoneham Arena and staff have closely followed all guidelines as designated by the Governor’s office and Stoneham Health officials to provide a safe environment for players and limited spectators as directed.  SYH has met and been given a tour of the new arena layout with rink management.

 

A guide to the rink’s reopening and additional maps and pictures will be posted prior to our first on-ice session.  The Arena staff has installed a significant amount of signage, mask reminders, and arrows directing traffic to ensure we are all doing our part. 

 

A few Notes on the rink Re-opening:

  • Masks – Masks must be worn at all times by anyone not on the ice. 
  • Skate Guards – Players will be getting dressed at home and skate guards will be needed to move through the stands
  • 1 Player/1 Guardian – Current guidelines allow 1 guardian per skater. 
  • Seat Assignments – All players and spectators will be assigned a seat location which are clearly marked on the Arena bleachers

 

WAIVERS

 

All members must sign a waiver as part of rink re-entry.  We are working to deliver this online as a continuation of the registration process.  Please monitor your email for an upcoming request to complete the waiver.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CHANGES RELATED TO ICE HOCKEY AS PART OF PHASE III PART I?

 

The number of participants on ice has increased to 25.  Ice Hockey, similar to football, soccer, lacrosse and other close contact sports, has been placed into a High Risk category.  Restrictions are still in place preventing on-ice contact, scrimmaging,  and game play during Part I of Phase III. 

 

The limitation of 25 participants is being closely followed.  Practice ice and skill sessions are often split with multiple teams which would exceed the limit guidelines.  SYH is working with town officials to determine how to move forward under these participant restrictions.

 

Mass Hockey is expecting an update on Thursday, August 13th to provide guidance on next steps for the upcoming season.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Below is the Mass Hockey Response to the latest guidelines which can be found at:

 

https://www.mahockey.org/hockeyresources

 

 

For more specific guidelines on Phase III Step 1 protocols please review the following link:

 

https://www.mass.gov/doc/safety-standards-for-youth-and-adult-amateur-sports-activities-phase-iii-step-1/download

 

5/29/2020

 

Hello Stoneham Youth Hockey members,

 

We hope this message finds everyone safe and healthy during this challenging time.   We miss all our players and families and are looking forward to a safe and successful return to the ice as soon as possible.

 

While you all were removed from the ice abruptly in March, the SYH Board of Directors has continued with business as usual planning for next season.  Your Board has continued to meet (virtually) to discuss the challenges that every organization faces in the framework of the current public health crisis, but also we have pressed forward with optimism that our kids will be playing hockey in September.

We are happy to share some exciting information about our program.   The SYH Board along with the North Reading Hockey Board have been collaborating on the best way to continue providing a fun hockey environment - stressing the importance of player development and affordability for all members of both programs.  With both programs aligned and sharing common goals, SYH and NRYH have principally agreed to merge over a two-year-period beginning in the 2020-2021 season.  There is still much to work out.

 

For the 2020-2021 season, at the Squirt and Pee Wee levels – teams will be combined SYH-NRYH teams.  At all other levels in 2020-2021, we will cooperate and share practice ice when appropriate.  Over the next 24 months, we will work towards formally combining two organizations into one.  We expect that ALL teams at all levels and all instructional programs for the 2021-2022 season will be combined.  Currently there is no plan in place to combine and/or cooperate with high-school age teams (Midgets and / or U18 Girls).

 

In order to provide you with the most up to date answers to your questions, we will be updating this FAQ document on a periodic basis: 

WHY IS STONEHAM HOCKEY MERGING WITH NORTH READING

All town hockey programs, and youth sports in general, are facing similar challenges with decreasing enrollments.  Stoneham Youth Hockey is fortunate to have the support of a strong hockey community and a town resource at Stoneham Arena where we can play locally.  The SYH Board has been exploring ways to maintain a competitive program open to all players while keeping costs affordable.  North Reading Youth Hockey is a strong program with similar goals and facing similar challenges.  By combining programs, we can continue our joint goal of providing a fun hockey environment - stressing the importance of player development and affordability for all members of both programs. 

 

WHAT WILL HOCKEY LOOK LIKE IN THE UPCOMING SEASON

Hockey rinks have begun to open as part of the Massachusetts Governor’s Phase 2 reopening schedule.  The SYH Board is following both Mass Hockey and USA Hockey guidelines to make sure we are ready for the upcoming season.  For additional resources and up to date information on reopening plans the following website provides the latest developments for Mass Hockey.