May 20th 2020 Update (Waterloo Ravens Girls Minor Hockey Association )

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Dear Ravens Players, Families and Coaching Staff, 


On behalf of the WGMHA Board, we hope that you and your families are staying healthy and safe. Adjusting to COVID-19 has brought, and will continue to bring, many challenges to each of us. Being patient and following the directions from Public Health and government will go a long way to getting us back to being part of the sport we all love. 

We want to provide a bit of an update regarding hockey for the 2020-21 as we know everyone is anxious to know what’s happening for next season. Recently, we participated in the first of what likely will be many conference calls with the OWHA regarding COVID-19 and preparing for 2020-21.

Highlights from the call include:

  • at this point, there are still no definitive answers as to what will happen next season;

  • the OWHA is working with the Medical Officers of Health, Ontario Government, and Hockey Canada to determine when, and more importantly, how we will return to play. The return to hockey is driven by these authorities;

  • as of now, there is no sanctioned hockey which means no tryouts, no dry-land, no camps and no return to play date;

  • three possible scenarios are being worked on now

    •            Return in September

    •            Return in January 2021

    •            No 2020-21 season at all

  • the longer time goes on, the less likely it will be that the season will start in September.  Return to play is dependent upon Provincial and Local Medical Officers of Health approval, local and Provincial Government directions,    OWHA and Hockey Canada guidelines.

  • Associations are not allowed to form teams or provide Permission to Skate forms; 

  • at this point, it is unclear whether or not there will be Provincial Championships, League Championships or tournaments next season; and 

  • the OWHA have reminded us that we are all in this together and the health and safety of our players and families are of utmost importance

  • Your WGMHA Board will continue to monitor the situation and plan as much as we can for next season. 

 

What can Ravens do?

Keep Hockey Ready:

  • In order to provide an opportunity for you to stay “hockey ready” and have some fun at the same time, Andrew Hopf, Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at UW, and Waterloo Ravens Development Coordinator Laura McIntosh have put together some simple at home workouts that you can do.  For more information on the programs, please check out the Skills/Conditioning Programs tab on the home page of the Ravens website. Both Andrew and Laura are happy to answer any questions about the programs. 

     
  • Join in for our virtual 2019-20 Annual Meeting – June 18, 2020 at 7 pm: 

    Help celebrate the accomplishments of 2019-20 – we do have lots to be excited about and thankful for. More details on how to connect will be shared soon. 
  • Stay connected with your Ravens friends through means that your parents say are okay.

We know that this news is not what you were hoping to hear regarding next season. However, the health and safety of everyone who is part of the Ravens Association is our priority. We will continue to provide updates as we are able. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions ([email protected]). 

Be Safe, Stay Healthy, Be Kind,

Take care, 

Sandra

 

Sandra Hanmer

President, WGMHA


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