Twig Hockey - Phase 4 Return To Play Update

Posted by Twig Amateur Hockey on Dec 29 2020 at 06:14AM PST in 2020-2021

Greetings TAHA Members,

We received updates from the State of Minnesota as to what will be allowed upon the return of youth sports on January 4. That guidance is attached and available on the Dept. of Health website.

Included in the guidance are the following:

  • Games may resume Jan. 14
  • Face coverings are required at all times, including practices and games
  • No spectators are allowed with some exceptions
  • Pod sizes for practice are 25 with two allowed on the rink at the same time.
  • MDH will be releasing additional guidance that will be in effect once games begin.

I have also attached our updated Phase 4 Return to Play Rules & Guidelines as well as our latest Positive Case Guidelines.

Minnesota Hockey is planning to implement Phase 5 of its Return to Play Rules and Guidelines when games begin on January 14. Details on Phase 5 will be released upon further guidance being released by the State of Minnesota.

Coaches will be sending out ice times for practice later this week. Until our COVID plan has been approved by Grand Lake Township, there will be no indoor facilities available for use. Players will need to come dressed in gear. Benches are available outside for players to put on skates if need be. Bench heaters will be utilized for players to warm up during practice. Portable restrooms are located near the warming house and Zamboni shack. Please send your player with their own water bottle for practice.

We are working closely with the township to ensure we can safely use the facilities, as the season moves forward. I appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding, and hard work during this irregular season.

The rinks are currently available for open skating / rink rat use. Please remember helmets are required on all rinks – no exceptions. Get out there and enjoy it.

Go Blackhawks!
- Scott Welty
Twig Amateur Hockey Association

The document Minnesota_Hockey_Return_to_Play_Phase_4_FINAL.pdf was attached to this post.