Whether visiting the rink for the first time of the year or the hundredth time this season, every party (player and up to two spectators) must fill out a contact tracing survey just prior to/while entering the rink or participating in any Waconia Hockey Association event (dryland training, away games, outdoor events, etc). The survey can be completed on any smartphone or tablet and can be found by scanning the QR code at the marked entrances to the rink or by visiting:
Minnesota Hockey has made a few tweaks to Phase 5 as we prepare for games to start this week. The updated version is attached and key changes include:
Lastly, we have received a number of questions regarding the two spectators rule. We understand there are challenges with that limit, but below is the main rationale.
Minnesota Hockey has released its guidance for Phase 5, following the Governor's announcement and MDH updates (also attached) yesterday. As usual, changes are highlighted in red font. A few key notes include:
- Phase 5 goes into effect Jan. 14 when games begin. One exception is one spectator per player may be allowed at practices effective immediately, but spectators at practice should still be minimized to the greatest extent possible.
- 2 spectators per player with exceptions for young siblings will be allowed at games
- 3 coaches will be allowed on the bench during games
Minnesota Hockey is continuously evaluating these rules and guidelines and may have additional tweaks (ex: locker rooms, bags) to Phase 5 before it goes into effect next week. However, we wanted to get the changes regarding spectators to you as soon as possible.
Below is Phase 5 and the MDH Sports Guide as of 1.6.21
From MN Hockey (1/4/2021):
We have some good news to share. First off, hockey is back!! Plus, Minnesota Hockey has secured approval from MDH for the use of the Bauer Splashguard in addition to the CCM Game On mask. Please see the attached update on HECC masks for details.
Also, we have developed an FAQ sheet on the mask mandate with answers to many of the most common questions to date. We hope this helps navigate this challenging topic and appreciate your patience over the past week as we've worked to confirm these details.
Lastly, we will be waiting to release our Phase 5 guidelines until the state releases their guidance (hopefully soon!). One change we will be making from this past fall is allowing three coaches on the bench during games. More to come!
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Below you will find the update on the HECC Masks and Q&A from MN Hockey.
Hello WHA Members,
What a whirlwind of a year! We are hoping that things will settle down and we will be able to move forward with our hockey season. Information has been fast and furious with several changes during the "pause". However, today it appears we have the most concrete information on what to expect and that is why we are reaching out to you all. The caveat of the year---this is all subject to change should the need arise.
Here is a timeline everyone should be aware of as we move forward with the WHA Season:
Lots of New Rules, Some the same...
These are subject to change at any time!
Please see the attached Phase 4 Return to Play Rules & Guidelines and the Positive COVID-19 Case Guidelines. You will also find the MN Department of Health COVID-19 Sports Practice Guidance for Youth and Adults.
Minnesota Hockey is planning to implement Phase 5 of its Return to Play Rules and Guidelines when games begin on January 14. Details regarding Phase 5 will be released upon further guidance being released by the State of Minnesota.
We are adding volunteers to help us support the new rules. We will be offering DIBS hours for adults to help the WHA and the WIA manage the flow of the skaters, to direct them to appropriate locations for skate tying and get them in and out of the building in a timely manner, as well as to enforce mask usage, and dress requirements. Please consider signing up for these DIBS opportunities!
Thank you for your patience as we bring hockey back to life! It will take every single one of us to get the job done. We appreciate your support moving forward.
2021 has arrived and it's time to begin the announcement of our Raffle Calendar Winners! Winners will notified at the beginning of the month they win in and posted HERE.
Congratulations and thank you for supporting Waconia Hockey!
The schedule has been posted on the Mites Program page and emailed to players. Check it out!
Registration for the 2020-2021 season is now open!
Want to learn more about what's happening in WHA and our Board? Check out Board Meeting Minutes HERE!