Youth Sports - Pause

Posted by Twig Amateur Hockey on Nov 20 2020 at 01:55PM PST in 2020-2021

Effective today, Friday, November 20th, Twig Amateur Hockey Association will be pausing all competition and practice activities through Friday, December 18th. This is in accordance with the Minnesota Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-99.

This is not the news any of us wanted to hear. Hockey provides our youth with a great opportunity to interact with peers and develop skills they will have the rest of their lives. In a year already riddled with setbacks, this may appear as just another COVID related impact on our everyday life. However, it is important that we observe this Executive Order to avoid further spread of the virus in our community.

Hopefully, this pause will be the needed reset for our association to resume play later in the season. There will still be plenty of ice time left for our young athletes to enjoy. Take this opportunity to recharge your “Hockey Batteries”, and get ready for the remainder of this season. As an association, we will be using the time to organize our “Return to Play” policies & procedures. This involves identifying a person to be a COVID related coordinator. The duties for this role would be putting together a COVID protocol, developing a sanitation standard, and contact tracing. If this is something you would be interested in doing, please let me know right away. We will be unable to open our rinks/facilities until this very important piece is in place.

We are still planning to begin responsible ice making efforts here in the near future. With the current weather forecast, it is looking like the weekend after Thanksgiving (Nov 28th & 29th) could potentially be the start of our flooding crews. If we receive the go ahead from the township to start this work, a sign up will be sent out to all members. The flooding crews will be limited to 5 or less people, who will be required to wear masks and remain socially distant from one another.

I appreciate all the time and hard work everyone has put in to make this season a success!

- Scott Welty
Twig Amateur Hockey Association

The document Twig_Hockey_Pause_Official_Statement.pdf was attached to this post.