Return to Hockey Update July 31, 2020, News (Oakville Rangers Hockey Club)

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Return to Hockey Update July 31, 2020
Submitted By Melissa Wolk on Friday, July 31, 2020
This morning the Ontario Hockey Federation released their Return to Hockey Stage 3 plans which provide further detail to seasonal structure and game play for the upcoming season.

The complete document can be found here .
Key Highlights of Stage 3
  • No tryouts – team formation will be based on where players played last season
  • No affiliation or integration with other leagues – Players can only play for 1 team, no Select or AP’ing.
  • No travel hockey – programming is based on player residency except for the provisions to Import players at AAA and in the LOR (some travel is possible with adjacent Public health units in later stages)
  • Modified Programming (not traditional 5-on-5). 
  • No contact hockey
Summary of Progressions within Stage 3
  • We are currently in Stage 3a until August 31st
  • As of September 1st we will move in to Stage 3b
  • Stage 3b allows for:
  • Registration to open September 1st
  • All Imports in the LOR can either register with the same club they played for last season or return to their home center.
  • Max of 25 people on the ice, including instructors and referees.
  • Programming is skill development based, no game play at this stage.
  • Stage 3c allows for:
  • Max of 30 people on the ice, including instructors and referees
  • Nothing changes regarding imports and those rules
  • League Max is still 50
  • Game Play is Modified 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 with no physical contact
  • Stage 3d allows for:
  • Max of 40 people on the ice including instructors and referees
  • No changes to the rules for imports
  • League max is still 50
  • 5-on-5 play can be introduced with no physical contact
  • Game Play may be allowed with adjacent Public Health Units
  • Stage 3e allows for:
  • Exact same as Stage 3d but with travel expanded to the Local Health Integration Network – for Oakville, that means South Etobicoke, Mississauga, Halton Hills, and Milton:
Infancy Stages of Potential ORHC Programming Structure:
By far the most asked question and the most difficult to answer has been "What will the season look like?".  We know there are a lot of rumours out there and recognize that in the absence of information, these rumours continue to flourish. In the interest of managing miscommunication (and peoples expectations), the ORHC has opted to share its very early infancy plans on how programming may look in 2020-2021.

We can not emphasize enough that these plans could change drastically over the next few weeks depending on direction from the OMHA, our local PHU, the Town of Oakville and the Provincial Government.
Based on the parameters within Stage 3 of the OHF Return to Play plan as well as the current safety requirements required by the Provincial Government and our local PHU; below is what is currently being considered and explored.
  • 4-on-4 play at all divisions to start with opportunities to advance to 5 -on-5 play if appropriate and permitted.
  • Assessing two potential team models - one will consist of 8 skaters (two lines) and a goalie and the other 13 skaters (3 lines) and a goalie in both "Rep" and "House League" divisions. This is necessary for required social distancing on the bench and on the ice.
  • U9 and younger would play on half-ice and U10 and older would play on full-ice
  • As per the parameters of stage 3 return to play No tryouts for the formation of Teams. Members to determine approach for tiered structure based on category of participation last year. This is interpreted that players will play at the same level they played at in the 2019-2020 season. Players who played AAA will be considered a AAA player when forming divisions and teams. Same principle will be applied for House League, a player who played HL Red last year will be considered a "red" player when forming teams and divisions.
  • “Rep” divisions will be amalgamated and pools formed based on category.
  • Example: “Peewee Gold” pool would consist of Minor Peewee AAA, Minor Peewee AA red/blue, Peewee AAA and Peewee AA red/blue. From this pool a division of teams would be drafted/selected.
  • “House League” divisions will remain as Minor and Major for the most part with Red and White divisions.
  • All divisions (Rep and HL) will be allocated 1 practice and 1 game per week. The registration fee will be the same for all divisions based on this ice allocation. Teams may consider expanding their programming on their own using their team budgets if participants are in agreement and the ice is available.
  • Process for registration and registration fees will be established as the model becomes more finalized.
How quickly we can progress through the phases of Stage 3 is dependent more on the regional health units (PHUs) and direction from the Provincial Government than anything else.
The Rangers continue to be committed to ensuring their membership are as informed as possible through these unprecedented times and will continue to keep you updated as things progress!
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