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NKYHA 2020-21 Season
COVID-19 Game Protocol

 

All parents, spectators, players and coaches are encouraged to review the USA Hockey Risk Mitigation guidance.  By entering the Northern Kentucky Ice Center (NKIC) parents, spectators and coaches are affirming they have completed a daily health assessment for themselves and their players prior to entering NKIC.


The following protocol has been developed by the Northern Kentucky Youth Hockey Association (NKYHA) and NKIC.  Our focus is on parent, spectator, coach, player, official and NKIC staff safety.  There will be a zero-tolerance policy for protocol violations.  Violators will be asked the leave NKIC immediately.

General Safety Requirements:

  • Do not enter NKIC if you do not feel well.
  • Masks must be worn at all times. 
    • Players may remove masks when putting their helmet on, but not prior to that.
    • Parents will wear masks at all times.
    • Coaches will wear masks at all times.
    • Scorekeepers and penalty box attendants will wear masks at all times.
  • Wash your hands often.  Use hand sanitizer when necessary.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times, a minimum of 6’-0”.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • We encourage those with elevated risk factors to not enter NKIC.
  • Daily Health Assessment (completed at home):
    • Cough – Y/N
    • Difficulty Breathing – Y/N
    • Sore Throat – Y/N
    • Exposure to a COVID-19 Patient – Y/N
    • Temperature above 100.4 today or in last seven days – Y/N
    • If you answer Yes to any of these questions, please do not enter NKIC.

 

Parents/Spectators

  • A total of three (3) parents/spectators will be allowed per player (coaches, scorekeepers and penalty box attendants will be counted).
  • Will complete a daily health assessment for themselves and their players, prior to entering NKIC.

 

Coaches:

  • Will complete a daily health assessment, prior to entering NKIC.
  • Will complete warmups outside of NKIC.
  • Will act as or assign a Locker Rooms Monitor (USA Hockey approved volunteer) who will be responsible for monitoring the locker room for safety protocol and advising the team when it is ready to enter the ice.

 

Players:

  • Will complete warmups outside of NKIC.
  • Must enter NKIC with a minimum of lower ½ of gear on.
  • Bring your own water bottle.  Their will be no sharing of water bottles.
  • Handshake lines are discouraged, coaches will determine appropriate post game recognition prior to the game.

 

Timeline:

  • Coaches and Parents (When Assisting Players)
    • Will enter no more than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled game.
    • Will depart the building no more than 10 minutes after the end of the game.
  • Parents and Spectators
    • Will enter no more than 5 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled game.
    • Will depart no more than 5 minutes after the end of the game.
  • Players
    • Will enter arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled game.
    • Will depart the building no more than 10 minutes after the end of the game. 
    • Exceptions: Goalies, which may require additional time to dress and undress.

 

If you…

  • Have a sick family member, but do not have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, please follow the guidelines as outlined by the CDC.
  • If a parent, spectator, coach or player is diagnosed with COVID-19, please notify the hosting team and follow quarantine guidelines as outlined by the CDC and your physician.
  • The hosting team will notify the NKYHA Return to the Rink Officer.

 

NKYHA will notify all parties of any potential exposure during their game at NKIC.  Teams will be referred to the guidance provided by the CDC Public Health Recommendations for Community Related Exposure.  This guidance may include up to a 14-day quarantine. 
 

This protocol is subject to change at any time.  We will continue to follow the guidance provided by USA Hockey, MidAm Hockey, Federal, State and Local officials and will update this document when appropriate.  Let’s all do our part, so that we can enjoy a bright future and a full season ahead!
 

Date: October 30, 2020

 

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