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Welcome to Waterloo Ravens Hockey
  2020/21 Season

This is the 20th year of providing Waterloo with a female hockey program. Happy 20th Anniversary to us! We hope that we will be able to celebrate together at some point over the season.

Organized sports such as female hockey, offer participants many many benefits including enhancing passion for the sport, skill development, leadership opportunities and friendships that will last a life time.

This year will be different. We are working to develop programs that meets the COVID-19 Return to Play Guidelines. We are not yet sure what programming will be allowed nor when we will be able to start so please make sure that you continue to watch our website www.waterlooravens.com, as information is updated on a regular basis. If you change your email address throughout the year, please go back into the registration system and update it there, as this is how we contact you with regular updates.

Focus on Creating a Safe and Fun Environment

COVID-19 is definitely having an impact on our 2020-21 season. We must follow the directions provided by the Government of Ontario, the OWHA and the Regional Medical Officer of Health. The OWHA, as our Provincial Sports Organization (PSO) has issued a Return to Hockey Framework. There are various phases and stages which we must move through. The first is having the go ahead to actually begin programming.  We hope to have this soon.

We have created a separate COVID-19 section on the Ravens website, please check it out – we will be posting updates regularly. The health and safety of our players, coaches and families is paramount.

Over the past number of years WGMHA has supported and promoted the OWHA Harassment, Abuse, Bullying and Misconduct Policy. Please refer to the WGMHA Manual of Operations for more details.

The WGMHA continues to fully endorses this extremely important policy. To that end: 

  • The WGMHA is committed to providing an environment that is safe and respectful for all participants.

  • The WGMHA supports the right of all its members to participate in an environment that prohibits discrimination practices of all kinds.

  • There will be no harassment, abuse, bullying or misconduct of any participant in any of the WGMHA programs.

  • The WGMHA will not tolerate cyber bullying of any form. For example, there are online forums such as “Network 54” where unacceptable comments are being posted. Many of the posts on this forum are inaccurate and inappropriate. The persons posting these comments remain anonymous because they can create false rumours and are mis-informed.

  • The WGMHA and OWHA will continue to investigate all unacceptable posts on this forum.

  • The WGMHA will ban from its membership anyone proven to be posting unacceptable comments on this network and thereby the members’ children will no longer be part of the WGMHA as this is a form of Harassment, Abuse and/or Bullying and violates the Harassment, Abuse, Bullying and Misconduct Policies of the OWHA and the WGMHA.

You can help us stop this form of conduct. If you suspect and/or know of anyone posting inappropriate comments on this particular site, any other site, or notice any other form of Harassment, Abuse and/or Bullying we ask you to please bring the individual or individuals’ names forward regarding the incident to our Director of Concerns and Support. The WGMHA and the OWHA will then deal with this and you will remain anonymous.

Rowan's Law has been enacted

Concussion awareness, management and safe return to play have been key areas of focus for our trainers and coaches. WGMHA has hosted two workshops focused on Concussions in Hockey. Information is available on the Ravens website for parents, players and coaches in managing concussions and ensuring the safe return to play for a player.

With the introduction of Rowan's Law, all players, parents, and coaching staff must sign a declaration indicating that you have read and agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policies from OWHA. As part of the registration process, forms have been included for players, parents and coaches to sign.

Focus on Programs

Specific details on how the 2020-21 season will unfold will be sent out to Ravens family via e-mail and postings on the Ravens Website.  We are planning on offering Learn to Skate, Rookie Ravens, House League and Rep programming this year. It will be different and most likely will start out with some virtual training followed by small group training (on and off ice). We are working through the OWHA Return to Play Framework.

Please register for the season as soon as you can – this helps us better plan based on the number of players. At this time, we are not collecting any fees. Once we know the programming, we are able to offer and the costs to run these programs, fees will be communicated to families.

Focus on Ravens Wear

We are launching new Off Ice Uniforms and Dry-Land Wear starting with the 2020-21 Season. McPhail’s Cycle and Sport will be the sole supplier for the Ravens Off Ice Uniform and Dry-Land Gear. Ravens Sprit wear can be purchased from both McPhail’s and the SportsZone. Keep checking out the Ravens website for ordering details. On line ordering will be available as well as in-store.  

Focus on Volunteers

We are a volunteer run organization. Without the countless hours of many – coaches, committee members, board members we would not be able to offer our programs and events.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Director of Tournaments and Volunteers.

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the volunteers who help in many different ways to make this one of the best run female hockey associations in Ontario. It is with your support that we achieve our goals on the ice and off ice allowing us to continue to develop and grow this association.

Your Board of Directors is a working board of volunteers who spend many, many hours delivering programs and ensuring that our direction lines up with our strategy and guiding principle of the Association. We do our best with the available volunteer hours we have to ensure that we meet your expectations and more.  

So, there you have it . . . unique year ahead of us and if you should have any questions throughout the year, or wish to make comments, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any one of the WGMHA Board of Directors.

We are looking forward to another great season. Please remember ... “it is not about whether you win or lose, it's about how much fun you make it for the kids” The WGMHA is not a “Win at all Cost” centre and will do what’s right … “For the Kids, For the Game, For the Fun”

Sandra 

Sandra Hanmer
President, WGMHA


“For the Kids, For the Game, For the Fun”

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