|Ringette Ontario - Return to Ringette Guidelines||August 2020|
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|Ringette Canada - COVID-19 Resource Hub||July 2020|
|Government of Canada COVID Information||August 2020|
|Canadian Medical Association COVID Information||August 2020|
|Procedures for COVID symptoms||August 2020|
|Reducing the spread of COVID 19||August 2020|
|Knowing the difference between quarantine and self-isolating||August 2020|
|Symptoms of COVID 19||August 2020|
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-=-=- October 29, 2020 - 12:00 PM -=-=-
Safe recreation guidelines in Waterloo Region: Check before you Rec!
As we continue to meet the challenges of the pandemic, we recognize how important city and township recreational facilities are to participants and families. Facility staff are focused on providing a safe and healthy environment, and depend on everyone to follow the safety protocols in place. The cities and townships of Waterloo Region have worked together to standardize the protocols for recreation facilities and community centres as much as possible to ensure consistency and help everyone understand the rules.
Standardized rules around pre-screening, physical distancing, use of face coverings and no re-entry after screening have all been developed in consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health. Additional procedures specific to each facility may differ slightly (due to differences in facility size, number of entry points, staffing levels, building type, etc.) but were also developed with public health guidance, and are equally important to minimize the risks in these specific settings.
To do your part, all recreation participants and organizations are asked to Check before you Rec. Check yourself with the mandatory pre-screening, as set by your sports organization or municipal programming. If you are feeling unwell, stay home. Check to make sure you know the rules of the facility you are going to. And check that you understand the recommendations provided by Public Health in their general guidance on recreational group sport activities.
The standardized rules for recreation facilities and community centres across Waterloo Region include:
Facility-specific rules are available for each city and township on their website, and each municipality can provide clarity on their own limitations and rules. Procedures have been sent to all affiliated sports organizations and rental groups.
We know that these rules and procedures create an additional challenge during an already tough time, and appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding across Waterloo Region. We are all in this together, and the guidelines will continue to be assessed as our local situation evolves.
Participants in group sport activities are also reminded of how important it is to follow public health guidance outside of sport. Activities among participants and families before, during and after play can all have an impact on potential spread. By working together to follow the rules, we can all do our part to protect each other and minimize risk while participating in the activities we love.
-=-=- September 21, 2020 - 9:37 PM -=-=-
** Before I begin, I’d like you to pencil in Thursday evening in your calendar… KRA will be hosting a webinar for all Wildcats (or their parents) that should hopefully shed some light on the upcoming season. Details of the Zoom meeting will follow in a later email. **
That day we have been waiting for since the start of March Break is finally here! We are getting back on the ice!
Next weekend the ice times (all at SportsWorld - Practice Rink) are as follows:
Saturday, Sept. 26
10 am - U12 Cohort One
11:15 am - U12 Cohort Two
12:30 pm - U12 Cohort Three
1:45 pm - U14 Cohort One
3:00 pm - U14 Cohort Two
4:15 pm - U14 Cohort Three
Sunday, Sept. 27
10 am - U19 Cohort One
11:15 am - U19 Cohort Two
12:30 pm - U16 Cohort One
1:45 pm - U16 Cohort Two
3:00 pm - U10 Cohort One
4:15 pm - U10 Cohort Two
You should have already received an email with the information for your child(ren)’s ice time. In the RAMP Team App, you should also see (Under My Teams) the cohort your child has been assigned to. The ice times should also be listed in the “My Schedules”. IF YOUR PLAYER IS NOT SHOWING ASSIGNED TO A TEAM IN THE APP (incl U8 FUN2), PLEASE CONTACT ME AT firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP TO RECTIFY THE ISSUE!
Here are the rules regarding ice times:
1) Using the RAMP Team App, you MUST verify your attendance at least 48 hours before your scheduled ice time. Failure to do so will make you ineligible to take part. There is no flexibility on this rule. This applies to players & bench staff!
2) Using the RAMP Team App, you MUST answer the Ringette Ontario prescribed COVID questionnaire. Although the app will allow you to access the questionnaire 24 hours prior to the event, it must be done within 8 hours of the event. This applies to players & bench staff!
3) The player is to arrive at the arena in full equipment (minus skates & helmet). Five (5) minutes prior to your ice time, city staff will allow the player to enter the building, along with one parent/guardian if they require help with their skates. A COVID volunteer responsible for your cohort will record your arrival time. If you have not followed the instructions in (1) or (2) above, you will not be permitted to enter the facility.
4) Players should bring their own labeled water bottle. THERE IS NO SHARING OF EQUIPMENT AND/OR WATER BOTTLES.
5) All attendees will wear a mask upon arrival, and keep the mask on until departure. The only exception is that once a player is putting on their helmet, they have the option of removing the mask. Once they remove their helmet, the mask is to be worn again.
6) Chairs will be placed socially distanced in the lobby of the arena. The player is to go directly to a chair to put on skates and helmet and must remain there until instructed to go to the ice.
7) Once the start time of ice begins, players can make their way onto the ice. One parent/guardian per player can enter the viewing area where they are to remain masked and socially distanced.
8) Players will follow the instruction of on ice coaches. Players will ensure to keep a minimum 2m social distance from other players even while on the ice.
9) At the end of the event, players must return to their chair to remove helmet and skates (and replace mask if they choose not to wear on ice). They will then follow the city’s prescribed exits and leave the facility. THERE IS TO BE NO SOCIALIZING AND/OR MINGLING BETWEEN DIFFERENT COHORTS ON THE PREMISE.
10) Despite the other 9 rules… Have fun! We all love this sport, and even in these trying times, lets make the most of the ice time we have!
-=-=- September 7, 2020 - 1:31 PM -=-=-
-=-=- September 7, 2020 - 12:27 PM -=-=-
-=-=- September 3, 2020 - 9:19 AM -=-=-
Good evening Wildcat families!
We recently sent an update that included the fact that we will be starting the season with dryland activities in the coming weeks (Sept 12th for U12 and up, Sept 19th for U10 and up). While there will be more specific information coming out closer to those weekends related to specific session schedules and check in process, there are some details that we would like to communicate now as we prepare for the sessions.
First and foremost, to be able to participate your players need to be registered for the season! Registration is available here. It’s important that you don’t leave your registration to last minute as the new guidelines that we must adhere to dictate that participants must RSVP for any activity that they plan to attend a MINIMUM of 48 hours ahead of time. So if your player wants to attend the dryland events on September 12th, they have to be registered in time to be able to RSVP by the morning of September 10th.
As well as an opportunity for your players to get out and be active, the dryland events provides us all with an opportunity to get used to the processes that we will have to follow at the arenas once we hit the ice. This will be a learning experience for everyone including our volunteers at the session, our players, and their parents alike. This season will look very different than “normal” so we all need to be patient as we work through the procedures. Some important notes to be aware of:
- As mentioned above, all players must RSVP for each event a minimum of 48 hours ahead of time. Anyone who shows up who did not RSVP will be turned away. This will be done through the RAMP app.
- There will be a health attestation that must be filled out within 8 hours of any event (likely also through RAMP)
- Social distancing will be a must. Regardless what bubbles your players may be a part of outside of KRA events, the rules on us are that everyone must stay 2 meters apart while indoors or when not wearing a mask outdoors. We have heard from a local rep girls’ softball league where two teams were disbanded and coaches were fined because social distancing was not being enforced. We can’t risk that with our groups. All players will have to maintain a 2 meter distance at all times.
- Players and their parents are required to wear a mask up to and including sign in. Players may remove their masks after that when they go to a designated socially distanced spot. Parents are asked to keep theirs on when within 2 meters of others.
- Once we get on the ice there will be a limit of 1 parent/guardian per family within the arena as a spectator. While there’s no such limit imposed on us at the outdoor events, it could be a good time to get into the habit of this.
The other thing I wanted to provide an update on is the younger playing levels based on feedback we’ve received since our last update.
Why don’t I see a registration option for U9? The U9 division is no more. This is something that was being planned by Ringette Ontario prior to the onset of COVID. Players turning 8 this year (born in 2012) thus fall into the U10 division.
What’s happening with U8 (FUN2)? There are no immediate plans for U8 at this point in time based on low pre-registration numbers and a concern about handling novice skaters when coaches have to remain 2 meters from the players on the ice. This is still being evaluated and a program may be forthcoming.
What about U6 (FUN1)? There are no immediate plans for U6 for the same reasons as for U8. This division will likely not see the ice until the new year at the earliest.
I missplaced / didn't receive an email update? Since communication is so important during this pandemic, all COVID related emails (text only) have been placed on our COVID-19 Information page. Feel free to scroll down to any KRA Information you may have missed. Page is found HERE.
I believe that covers everything for now. Please reach out if you have any questions.
Hope to see everyone out at the kickoff dryland sessions!
KRA Covid Response Committee
-=-=- August 31, 2020 - 7:40 PM -=-=-
Good evening Wildcat families!
With the reintroduction of registration last week to include an initial $250 fee there have been some questions about where this money is going and what your players can expect over the coming months. As we can’t predict what the entire season is going to look like we came up with an amount to cover our initial costs to get the season going. These include, but are not limited to...
- Initial Ringette Ontario registration, which covers player insurance
- Field rentals and exercise equipment for upcoming dryland sessions for ages U12 to U19 on the weekend of September 12th and U10 to U19 on the weekend of September 19th.
- Initial ice costs for U10+ groups starting the weekend of September 26th and into December
- Cleaning supplies to comply with various regulations that we must comply with
While we’re still waiting for confirmation from the City of Kitchener on how much ice time we will be granted, we’re aiming for 2 ice times per week for our U10 and older groups. The initial focus will be on skills and drills as long as we’re under City and Regional restrictions around contact sports and number of people allowed on the ice at a time.
The initial amount of $250 was determined to get the season started. With much uncertainty about what’s ahead in the coming months we can’t commit yet to what full season costs will look like. That will be evaluated as we approach the new year and as we get a feel for how the rest of the season will look at that point.
Rest assured that, despite the fact that our ice fees are increasing again this year and that we will be facing reduced on-ice numbers for a while (City and Public Health have capped it at 20 per ice time), we have made a commitment that total ice fees over the season will be no more than 10% above last year’s fees.
If you have any further questions, please send me a note at email@example.com.
Thanks for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times,
President - Kitchener Ringette Association
-=-=- August 26, 2020 - 7:18 PM -=-=-
As stated in my last COVID update, a waiver is now a mandatory part of registration.
Thank you to all the families that registered for the upcoming season over the last few months. Unfortunatly, we will all need to complete the registration process again with note of the following:
1) All participants will be required to electronically sign the provided waivers, including the newly added COVID-19 waiver.
2) Submit payment of $250.00. A subsequent payment will be due in January for the remainder of the year's fees. $50 Fundraising fee (1 per family) will be collected during the January payment.
3) Unless you have submitted the $250.00 payment, your registation is not active. Only those who submit a registration package after Monday August 24th will be considered actively registered.
4) No participant can take part in any KRA event unless actively registered! There are no exceptions.
5) If there is a financial hardship, payment plans can be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have not done so, please download the RAMPTeam App [Apple App Store or Google Play]. Once we active the app for this upcoming season, it will be a requirement to verify your attendance and answer health screening questions 48 hrs. prior to any KRA event.
Thank you in advance for your patience during this difficult time. Our board members and KRA Covid Team's are working at moving our association to game play (either modified or standard) as soon as it is safe to do so. We are working with Ringette Ontario, PSO and the Region of Waterloo Health Unit to ensure we can get back to the sport we love, while keeping all of our Wildcats healthy!
Registration can be found on the main page of the website, or by clicking HERE.
For questions on registration, please contact email@example.com. For website issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communications
Kitchener Ringette Association
-=-=- August 21, 2020 - 7:05 PM -=-=-
First off, some good news in the world of COVID. Kitchener Ringette is one of the seven associations that have made it through the application process to proceed to Stage 2 of the Return to Ringette guidelines. Many thanks to the COVID Sub-committee (Made up of some KRA Board members, Chrissy Gervais, Bonnie Saunderson and Covid Safety Leader Mark Eys) for their work in making this happen! This group meets weekly to ensure a safe return to ringette, and I want to thank them for their fine work!
So what does Stage 2 mean?
This means KRA can now hold sanctioned events, as long as local public health regulations are followed. This means that team party’s and/or get together’s can be held… as long as they are done safely! We will also be permitted to have dryland and on ice participation.
We will start this process on September 12, 2020 for our first ringette event of the year in the form of outdoor dryland training. More information will follow on this.
We are in the process of booking ice times for the upcoming season…. But things will be different this year.
We will not be forming teams for some time. There will be Groups/Bubbles/Cohorts assigned. When we get there, there will be on ice practices. In time we will have scrimmages, but game play is not in the cards right now. Even practices will be different… social distancing will be required, so we are all going to be adjusting a bit. We have plans in place for how to proceed, but we need to wait until local public health & city facilities feel it is safe to increase participant numbers. When it is safe to do so, KRA will apply to Ringette Ontario to move to Stage 3 (Return to modified gameplay)
Another change is the requirement to sign a COVID waiver before you can take part in ringette events. The waiver is done online through the registration process. In order to ensure all participants have a valid waiver, we will be deleting all current registrations in the upcoming week. New registrations will be open soon, and will require a payment of $250.00 to start the season, with the remainder due in January. This will allow us to ensure all are covered under Ringette Ontario’s insurance, and cover our ice costs to start. As the season progresses, we will hopefully have a better understanding of our limitations (and anticipated costs) and will have a final amount due in January. While we do not know what that cost will be, it will not be more than previous years registration rates. Details on when the revamped registration is open will follow in an email next week.
Looking forward to seeing you (from a distance of 2m) at the rink!
KRA Director of Communications
-=-=- August 13, 2020 - 8:06 PM -=-=-
Hello KRA community,
This is a brief update regarding our Return to Ringette activities. First, we can confirm that our application for approval to Return to Ringette has been submitted to Ringette Ontario as of this morning (August 13th). We anticipate a response in approximately one week with either an approval or suggestions for improvements to our protocols. As usual, we will continue to update you on this issue.
Second, the KRA is building a set of resources (links, pdfs) that you can refer to regarding the COVID issue and our approach. They can be found under our ‘Bylaws, policies, and docs’ tab on the website. Alternatively, you can use this link: http://kitchenerringette.com/content/bylaws-policies-docs
Of note, the second edition of Ringette Ontario guidelines has been published. If we are approved for ringette activities, we will be entering “RO STAGE 2 - Return to Modified Training” as a starting point.
Third, now that the application is submitted, KRA Board members are making plans to be ready to engage in limited activities should we obtain approval. More information will be communicated regarding activities, registration/fee structure, training groups, etc. in the coming weeks.
Stay safe and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns at this point, please direct them to the KRA COVID Safety Leader (Mark Eys; email@example.com).
-=-=- August 7, 2020 - 5:59 AM -=-=-
Hello KRA parents and players,
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. This week’s update on KRA activities is brief (?) but contains a few pieces of information that will hopefully answer some questions for members.
First, our COVID response team has been busy with preparing formal documents for submission to Ringette Ontario for approval to start limited activities. This has also included meetings with City of Kitchener representatives, Ringette Ontario, and our weekly COVID-specific board meeting. In short, we are making very good strides to submit our application to resume activities in a safe manner in the coming week.
Second, we obtained clarity about the presence of parents at the rinks once we are able to get back on the ice. Those players who are under the age of 18 will be able to bring one guardian in the arena with them if necessary. Of course, if your child is comfortable (or becomes comfortable) with entering, playing, and exiting the arena on their own, lower numbers indoors is always preferable in the current environment. This is good news though, particularly for those with children who are very young.
Third, there will be very clear directions about the process for entering, playing, and exiting, and how these activities fall in line with cleaning and disinfecting practices by the City of Kitchener. Once we are closer to entering the arenas, this process will be communicated with you. However, based on our conversations with the City of Kitchener, the routine appears to be well thought out and as safe as possible.
More updates to come. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Mark Eys (Covid Safety Leader; firstname.lastname@example.org)
KRA Covid Response Committee
-=-=- July 31, 2020 - 5:51 AM -=-=-
Hello KRA parents and players,
We are sure everyone is excited and curious about the state of ringette for the fall of 2020 in light of the COVID situation. As you can imagine, combining City, Provincial, Association, and Ringette Ontario guidelines and requirements is a complicated process. However, we are moving forward as efficiently and safely as possible, and this email is intended to provide a brief update on recent events and steps toward ringette activities for the KRA.
The last week has seen a flurry of activity from Ringette Ontario (RO) and its associations. Starting on July 22nd, RO held an online Town Hall that many of you attended. There wasn’t a lot of concrete information shared here due to their upcoming AGM and board shuffle. On July 25th, RO conducted their annual general meeting, followed immediately by the first meeting of RO’s new Board of Directors. This is where RO made the decision to lift restrictions on sanctioned activities. RO then held a presidents only meeting on July 28th to share the steps that each association is required to complete before sanctioned activities will be permitted. On July 29th the KRA board, with our new COVID Safety Leader, met to digest this information and make a plan to fulfil the requirements needed before we get the green light to proceed. In short, things are moving fast and associations can now apply to engage in Stage 2 ringette activities (see RO Return to Play outline regarding these stages if interested: https://ringetteontario.com/rtr-covid19/return-ringette-guidelines; RO is working on an updated version to be posted in the next week).
Currently, no sanctioned activities for teams are permitted. However, the KRA is actively putting together the required documents and application to engage in Stage 2 (modified training activities, skills and drills as the focus, no gameplay), which requires communication with Ringette Ontario, the City, and other stakeholders. You will be updated weekly, at the very least, regarding the state of this application and any permitted activities. We stress that the permission process is very individualized by sport and by association, so we ask for your patience and support as we move carefully through this application. The safety and health of our association members is the absolute primary concern.
What can you do at this point?
First, if interested, feel free to review the Return to Play guidelines at Ringette Ontario with the understanding that our situation will be dictated by local guidelines.
Second, for those of you with younger children interested in playing, understand that the early protocols for arenas (once permitted), will likely involve no access to dressing rooms and no spectators (i.e., you will be dropping your child off). As such, players will enter fully dressed for the ice and will need to be comfortable with skate guards (both with using them, and taking them on and off), as well as using masks when entering and exiting the buildings. Perhaps some practice with these skate guards would be a small activity to do in the meantime! On-ice equipment requirements remain the same as in previous years (but this is subject to change).
Finally, consider volunteering. We will be in contact again regarding the need for representatives from each age group who are able to attend training sessions and take attendance, monitor the players to ensure they are not exhibiting any obvious COVID symptoms, and report any concerns to our COVID Safety Team. This is not an onerous job, but vital to ensure that we are in compliance with RO and City of Kitchener requirements at all times. To be absolutely clear, if we do not have volunteers for a given age group, no training activities will be permitted for that group.
We are excited to be moving forward toward ringette this season! Stay safe and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns at this point, please direct them to the KRA COVID Safety Leader (Mark Eys; email@example.com).
-=-=- July 26, 2020 - 1:58 PM -=-=-
Some of you may have already seen yesterday's announcement from Ringette Ontario. [A copy of the announcement is posted below].
KRA President will be attending a virtual meeting with RO this week for additional details, and the KRA Board of Directors will be having a meeting shortly afterwards to discuss our plan going forward.
We will keep you informed on the details as we start our return to ice.
Return to Ringette
Sanctioned Activities Date - Update
Effective today, Ringette Ontario has removed the date restriction on sanctioned Ringette activities in Ontario. Associations wishing to conduct ringette activities may do so upon receiving confirmation by Ringette Ontario that they are able to demonstrate their capability to comply with Ringette Ontario's Return to Ringette Guidelines.
Associations will have to maintain compliance in order to keep their insurance active. Ringette Ontario will maintain an active list of Associations and their status on their website.
The Ringette Ontario Board, Executive Director and Technical Director invite Association Presidents to a RTR Meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at 7:00pm via Zoom. All Presidents are invited to attend or send one delegate on behalf of their Association, in order to learn more about next steps for getting back on the ice. We will be sharing the Return to Ringette process requirements at that time and will answer any questions you may have specifically with regards to next steps. Please contact Pam Julian at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event. Please note only the Association President and/or CSL may attend.
Associations are strongly encouraged to submit their COVID Safety Leader (CSL) contact to Karla Xavier at email@example.com as this will be the first requirement in the process. The RO Team will be working closely with your Association CSL to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
We understand that this has been a challenging time for our community, and we thank our members for their support and patience. We truly appreciate the respect and kindness which has been shown to the staff throughout this unprecedented situation. We will continue to move forward in the spirit of our Ringette Values of Community and Collaboration with the goal of getting back on the ice as safely as possible.
The Ringette Ontario Team