Winter Session 2021

Dear Players and Parents:

Just a quick update of information.

  • The winter session will commence on Feb 28 and run to May 1. This will result in a 9 week session of 2 ice times per week instead of the original 12 week session at time of registration.
  • Should our area be placed back into the red or gray zone again between now and May 1, we will meet as an executive to make a decision, however, it would be very likely we will end the season at that point.
  • Refunds for the 3 weeks not being offered will be calculated at the end of the season. Should we be unable to complete the 9 weeks then the refund will be calculated to include the lost weeks as well.
  • Refunds can either be refunded or held as a deposit to the start of the 2021/22 season.
  • The schedule for this winter session will be released on the evening of Feb 25 through our website.
  • Players will be notified by email as to what team/pod they are assigned to on the evening of Feb 25.

Please note that we are still in need of a few coaches and trainers at some levels, so if you are able to volunteer, we would very much appreciate your support and helping out.

Thank you to everyone for their patience and we hope that everyone enjoys the ice times.

Yours in Hockey,

Robert Walker
President
SSMHA

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2021 Winter Session Update

Dear Players, Parents and Volunteers:

In light of the announcement by the Province concerning the lifting of the Emergency Order for our area and being placed in the Orange section, the executive of SSMHA met on Saturday night to discuss whether or not to proceed with a winter session.

We had a very healthy discussion concerning this including:

  • the movement in the number of cases within Eastern Ontario and especially South Stormont and Cornwall;
  • third phase and variants of the virus;
  • the upcoming reassessment in two weeks by the health unit;
  • the health and safety of our players and volunteers;
  • additional safety measures to be considered; and, the responsibilities of parents.

We have decided to have a winter session commencing on Feb 28, 2021. This allows us to coordinate our volunteers, pods, schedules, equipment, jerseys as well as providing an additional 2 weeks to assess the health unit updates.

We will be meeting this week and next to finalize the details of the winter session, including the number of ice times, number of weeks, refund calculations, scheduling, coaches, trainers, firmer self assessment screening protocols,etc.

We are very hopeful to provide a meaningful winter session, however, we also recognize that our plans may have to change depending on the future.

We thank you again for your patience and please note that we working very hard to provide hockey activities while also ensuring to the best of our ability to minimize the risk.

Yours in Hockey,

Robert Walker
President
SSMHA

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2021 Winter Session Update

Dear Players and Parents:

As noted in my last posting, the executive was to meet Feb 8 to assess any new information. This meeting did take place and we reviewed the extension of the Province of the Emergency Order to Feb 16, the current agreement with the arena facilities and our options at this time.

It was decided to put any final decisions on hold until Feb 16 and that we would meet again on that evening. At that point, we will assess the status of the Provincial measures, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit position, the arena facilities requirements and our association’s requirements for volunteers and assessing the overall health and safety concerns of all of our participants.

We will update and advise after our meeting on Feb 16.

Thank you for your patience.

Yours in Hockey,
Robert Walker
President
SSMHA

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