Letter to Parents/Guardians Regarding COVID-19 Policies

Dear Parents/Guardians of SSMHA Players,

After the policy was announced from HEO Minor District 2 regarding the Mandated COVID-19 Vaccine, we’ve been fielding questions regarding if the policy will apply to parents, guardians and coaches entering facilities as part of a minor sports program.

At this time, HEO Minor District 2 (and the SSMHA) is not mandating that parents or guardians of players be vaccinated in order for their player to participate in Minor Hockey.  This decision is to be made by the Province of Ontario.  The facilities where your child plays within our region will be mandated to comply with such a mandate, by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

It is important to note that as of September 13th, the Province of Ontario has not provided any clarification on the possible exceptions for minor sports.  The SSMHA has still not received anything official from either the EOHU or the Township of South Stormont on how facilities will be required to operate. 

It is very possible that the facility operators (i.e., Long Sault Arena, Cornwall Benson Centre, etc.) will be required to enforce a Mandatory Vaccine Policy that would require any parents, guardians, or coaches bringing a player to an arena, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter the facility as of September 22nd.  

It is also very important to note, that because the Province of Ontario has not clarified the exceptions, and the SSMHA has not received anything official from either the EOHU or the Township of South Stormont, it is very possible that the facility operators may be enforcing a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that would require any players eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated to enter the facility as of September 22nd.

Neither of these items have been clarified by the Province of Ontario; the EOHU and the Township of South Stormont are still waiting for this direction before notifying SSMHA.  We (the SSMHA) have no control on these topics.

The SSMHA is currently planning the start of its season to meet the requirements as outlined in the HEO Minor District 2 Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination policy.  If the EOHU and Township of South Stormont are forced to implement further policies, as a customer of the facility our membership will need to comply with those policies.

As things change and announcements are made, the SSMHA will make the best decision based on the information it has, as expeditiously as possible.  We (the SSMHA), as always, will do so without risking the safety of the players, parents, guardians, and volunteers.  Decisions around refunds, season structure, players per team, etc. will be made with the same goals in mind.

Any questions regarding the HEO Minor District 2 Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination policy should be directed to leecharlebois@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Lee Charlebois
SSMHA President

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2021/2022 Pathway, Tryout and Evaluation Schedules

U9 and U11 Pathway Schedule: This schedule contains the 4 ice times available to the U9 and U11 groups before tryouts or evaluations: U9_U11 Pathways Schedule for 2021-2022 Final.pdf

U7 B and C House Evaluation Schedule: This schedule contains ice time for U7, B House for divisions that do not have a C team, and C House evaluations: U7 B and C HOUSE Evaluation Schedule for 2021-2022 Final.pdf

B Rep and B House Tryout Schedule: This schedule contains mandatory ice times for Rep and B House tryouts and mandatory body checking clinic for players trying out for U15 Rep: REP B HOUSE Tryout Schedule for 2021-2022 Final.pdf

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2021/2022 Season Coach Selection

SSMHA has selected the following coaches for 2021/2022 season:

  • U9 Tier 2: Stephane St Denis
  • U13 Rep: Jamie Carr
  • U18 Rep: Tim Waldroff

More confirmations coming soon!

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