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COVID-19 Policy Guidelines

COVID-19 Policy Information

The mission of AMHA is to positively engage local youth in the fundamentals of hockey through Sportsmanship, Teamwork, and Character Development.  With that foundation in mind, the health, safety, and well-being of our skaters is our highest priority.  Accordingly, the AMHA Board has developed the following policy to guide our association through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  This hockey season is likely to present unique challenges.  We ask that all members remain patient and understanding as we, as an association, work through this period together.

First, per USA Hockey recommendations, we have appointed current AMHA Vice President Elizabeth Helmers as the Association’s COVID Lead.  Elizabeth is available to answer any questions/concerns of members and will work directly with the Ames/ISU Ice Arena regarding any COVID-19 related issues. vicepresident@ameshockey.com

Second, our association is a user of the Ames/ISU Ice Arena.  As such, all of our skaters and members must abide by all rink policies and procedures at all times, including masks and social distancing mandates.  While the rink will ensure sanitization of the facility, there may be times we ask members to volunteer to assist in this process to allow our skaters more time on the ice.  We ask that all members do their part to keep the rink clean and our skaters safe.

General Guidelines

All participants must sign a COVID-19 waiver prior to participation in any AMHA activity.  If you have already signed an AMHA waiver as part of summer hockey, you will not need to sign again.

Prior to participating in any AMHA related event (i.e., practice, game, etc.) participants are required to self-assess their health conditions.  Is the participant currently experiencing:

  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth?
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain?
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for skaters with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)?
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever?
  • Sore throat, different than seasonal allergies?

**If the answer is “yes” to any of the above-listed symptoms, the participant is considered symptomatic and is NOT allowed to be at the AMHA event.**

AMHA Coaches and Coordinators will have full authority to remove skaters from the ice if the skater is not following directions related to this policy or player safety, or if they are showing any symptoms listed above.

No sharing of water bottles.  Players must bring their own water bottle from home labeled with their name.  The water fountains at the rink are currently shut off.

No sharing of equipment, including jerseys.  It is recommended that skaters disinfect their equipment after each use.

On Ice Guidelines

Coaches are encouraged, where possible, to limit close contact amongst skaters by:

  • Avoiding bench use during practices
  • Maximizing ice space by using stations and drills that prevent skaters from standing in lines
  • Discouraging unnecessary physical contact such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps or hugs
  • Avoiding group discussions or instruction at close proximity

 

Ill Participants

COVID-19 testing is highly encouraged in symptomatic skaters and coaches to better inform the potential exposure of teammates and coaching staff.  Testing is also highly encouraged for all participants who have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

All skaters and coaches either testing positive for COVID-19 or who are symptomatic but have not been tested for COVID-19 infection must exclude themselves from all AMHA events until the following criteria are met:

  • 10 days after symptoms start AND
  • 3 days since their fever has resolved (without fever reducing medication) AND
  • All other symptoms have improved

Skaters and coaches testing negative for COVID-19 infection and who are NOT within close contact of a confirmed case can return to normal activities 24 hours after any symptoms have resolved.  If such a skater or coach testing negative is asymptomatic, they may return immediately.

Skaters and coaches testing negative for COVID-19 infection and who ARE in close contact of a confirmed case must continue to exclude themselves until 10 days after their last close contact to the confirmed case.

"Close contact" is defined as within 6 feet of an individual testing positive for COVID-19 for greater than 15 minutes.

Team Exposure

AMHA teams with a skater or coach who tests positive for COVID-19 must not meet for any activity for a minimum of 10 days from the most recent team activity at which the individual who tested positive was present.  Based upon potential exposure to the positively tested skater or coach, other AMHA teams may also need to isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 related symptoms.  This determination will be made on a case by case basis.

If AMHA is notified of a positive case within a team, the association will immediately share that notification with all skaters/families within that team, but without identifying information of the individual who tested positive.

Tournaments

As is typical for any season, our coaches and coordinators have already begun the process of formulating tournament schedules for our travel teams.  AMHA travel teams are expected to follow all COVID-19 mandates and guidelines of state and local authorities while traveling to a tournament.  AMHA will not allow a travel team to participate in a tournament if there has been a skater or coach who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the start of the tournament.

Refunds

AMHA fees are based on the Association’s overhead expenses and ice time for the respective skaters.  If any practice time, tournaments and/or any portion of the season is cancelled by order of any state or local authority (and not rescheduled) refunds will be provided at the discretion of the AMHA Board of Directors.

Finally, please understand that this policy will be continuously subject to change as conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic change.  This policy is not intended to replace local and state government orders or any policies or procedures put in place by the Ames/ISU Ice Arena.