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NKYHA COVID-19 Protocol

NKYHA 2020-21 Season
COVID-19 Protocal


All parents, players and coaches must review the USA Hockey Risk Mitigation guidance.  Parents will be required to sign a COVID release form prior to their players first practice.  If the release form is not signed, players will be unable to participate in practice.  

The following protocol has been developed by the Northern Kentucky Youth Hockey Association (NKYHA) and Northern Kentucky Ice Center (NKIC).  Our focus is on player, family 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, except when on ice and social distancing can be maintained.
  • 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.
  • Wipe down your chair/bench after use.
  • We encourage those with elevate risk factors to not enter NKIC.


  • Required to screen player and themselves prior to entering NKIC.
  • Will be responsible for checking in player (unless the player is 18).  A binder will be located at the entry door by the offices and Locker Rooms N-1 and N-2.
  • By checking in player, the parent is attesting that they have completed the NKYHA COVID Release Form and the have completed a daily health assessment, answering no to all questions.
  • Daily Health Assessment:
    • 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


  • Must arrive to NKIC with a minimum of lower ½ of gear on.
  • Practices Time Slots:
    • 6:00 pm – Will enter and exit the ice at the door near skate rental. 
    • 7:15 pm – Will enter and exit the ice thru the far door between the bleachers.
    • 8:30 pm – Will enter and exit the ice at the door near skate rental. 
  • Bring your own water bottle.  Their will be no sharing of water bottles.
  • Work to maintain social distancing both on and off the ice.



  • Players are to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to practice.
  • Players will depart the building no more than 10 minutes after practice. 
  • Exceptions: Goalies, Goalies will be assigned a locker room.
  • Practice time slots have been adjusted to minimize crossover traffic. 
  • Practices Time Slots:
    • 6:00 pm – Will dress Hall, Locker Rooms N-1 and N-2
    • 7:15 pm – Will dress in seats between Skate Rental and Locker Rooms 2 and 3
    • 8:30 pm – Will be assigned a seat in the area by the offices or Locker Room N-1 or N-2   


Building Access:

  • Building access points have been designed to decrease crossover traffic.
  • Practices Time Slots:
    • 6:00 pm – Training Center Door
    • 7:15 pm – Admissions Door
    • 8:30 pm – Training Center Door
  • Check in binders will be located at the noted door.  Please enter and exit thru the same door.


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.
  • Are diagnosed with COVID-19, notify Eric Kathman, NKYHA Vice President at e_kathman@yahoo.com and follow quarantine guidelines as outlined by the CDC and your physicians.
  • Have any of the systems of COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC, please contact your physician to obtain clearance before entering NKIC. 

NKYHA families will be notified of any positive COVID-19 cases.  Information will be limited to those who may have had a potential exposure to the player, parent or NKIC staff.  NKYHA players and parents 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: September 1, 2020

by posted 09/07/2020
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