Summer has swiftly passed us by once again which means hockey season is right around the corner.
With the uncertainty of COVID-19, you’ve probably questioned whether there would even be a hockey season this year. Over the past few months, our Thorsby Minor Hockey Association (TMHA) and Calmar Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) were left wondering the same thing. With the direction of Hockey Alberta and Alberta Health Services, we are happy to confirm that hockey will be back this fall!
The hockey season will be different but we are pleased to say that our children will get back on the ice very soon. This email will provide some clarity and an outline for the season. We fully acknowledge that things will evolve and changes might be required. Please have patience and understanding as we do our best to plan the season for greatest benefit of our kids.
Arena and Team Guidelines and Protocols
Arena staff have done their best to create a plan with health and safety as the top priority while minimizing the inconvenience of restrictions. Please follow these guidelines in the interest of your family’s health and the health of all who visit the venue. We are preparing a document that describes these guidelines for arenas and teams. It will be emailed prior to the start of conditioning camp.
Arena Use: Thorsby and Warburg
Due to the zero-spectator restrictions in place at the Mike Karbonik arena in Calmar, and the feedback received from Calmar association members, it has been decided that Thorsby and Warburg arenas will be used for the 2020-2021 season. If there are changes to the arena guidelines, we may be able to utilize the Mike Karbonik arena in a small capacity.
September 11th: Registration Deadline
TMHA/CMHA and Warburg Minor Hockey Association (WMHA) will finalize player numbers and the number of teams at each level. The registration link is at www.thorsbyminorhockey.com.
September 15th: Fees called in
You have the option to pay in full or enter a three-month payment plan where portions of the fees are due on Sept. 15, Oct. 15, and Nov. 15. At this time, registration fees will remain as stated, with refunds being issued at a prorated rate if the season is reduced.
September 17th: Target for on-ice
Based on arena timelines for ice installation, this is the first day that ice will potentially be available for all three communities. A conditioning camp schedule will be established over the next week. Keep in mind, this date could move slightly depending how ice installation goes.
Beginning of October: Evaluations
Teams and cohorts with players and coaches will be established. We plan to evaluate players and create teams based on skill as in past years.
October and November: Development Season for all teams and age levels
During the development season, teams are permitted to practice and/or play games utilizing other players at that level as long as the cohort number is under 50. Further details will be provided to coaches and managers at each level.
November 1: Target for Modified Competition season starting
The intention is to group teams into regional pods for competition purposes. A pod includes 3-5 teams depending on Alberta Health Services guidelines at the time. This timing is not locked in and could be delayed by Hockey Alberta depending on how the pandemic evolves over the next few months.
Please continue to watch your email and our Facebook pages (Thorsby and Calmar) for conditioning camp, evaluations, and other details. Also, consider reviewing the most recent version of Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan and Alberta Health Services Guidance for Sport and Recreation.
Cory Senio and Chad Peterson
Presidents, TMHA and CMHA