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Let's drop the Puck! UPDATE from Junior Railers BOD
by posted 08/25/2020

It's here!
 
Hockey games will start later this week as it's parity weekend for our AAA Families, which is the annual kick-off to the start of a much-anticipated return to gameplay for our players.  Midget, Travel and Mite evaluations are either complete or nearing completion and our Mosquito and House Program are set to go in September/October, which means in a little over a month, all of our players will be on the ice, competing, developing, and smiling as they play the game they love.
 
With the announcement of hockey rink guidance for gameplay that went into effect on August 17, 2020, it certainly will change the way our kids play the game for the next several months.  The restrictions were negotiated by the ice rink task force lead by MassHockey, working with the Governor's Office and the Office of Environmental Affairs, and will alllow our sport to take place while others are required to wait.  For that we should be grateful.
 
Unfortunately, there will be restrictions which we are not used to but they are designed to minimize the spread of COVID, protect are players, spectators, and extended families.  The key moving forward, in terms of relieving these restrictions, will be based on how successful our hockey community is adhering to these guidelines, which will prevent a sport setback.  Thus, we strongly request that everyone do their part to make our game safe such that we continue the great privilege of having our kids play this exciting sport.
 
You have recently received a waiver form from our partners at the Worcester Ice Center via our league notification and can again be found at:  
 
 
https://tournamentwaivers.com/Worcester_Ice_Center
 
In addition, our partners at FMC have posted the list if restrictions that rink operators must use and that impact our players and their spectators.
 
Please see the following link for this expansive list:
 
https://fmcicesports.com/uncategorized/updated-massachusetts-guidelines-ice-hockey-return-to-play/
 
 
Some of the most notable restrictions include no checking for older ages and minimal contact for everyone, face coverings for officials and coaches at all times, and for players on the bench and taking face-offs, contact tracing for every rink entrant, limitations on the number of spectators (one per participant), 50% lockerroom capacity, and others.
 
We know that once gameplay occurs, even with these restrictions, the likelihood of a Junior Railer player or teram contracting the virus is heightened which is of greatest concern to our Board.  Our mission is obviously to promote youth access to the game of hockey, enhancing player development, competition, comraderie, and respect, but most of all, we want our players to be safe.
 
Thus, at last week's Executive Board Meeting, the members voted unanimously to establish a resource for our Board and our familes, that would provide guidance as we attempt to navigate gameplay during a pandemic.
 
The program has formed a relationship with one of our hockey parents, Georgianna Shea, to be the lead Public Health and Safety liaison with our families, our leagues and local and State public health officials.Georgianna will be helping us establish specific protocols in the event one or more of players contract the virus as a result of hockey play or other, and what that would mean for the player and their teammates and coaches.
 
We are fortunate to have such a great resource within our program.  Georgianna has been working throughout the pandemic closely with physicians and COVID team in the pediatric outpatient specialty clinic at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA as well as working in the frontlines doing COVID drive-through testing for the past 2 months.  
She has over 18 years of pediatric experience as a RN and has a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP). 
 
We have already begun discussing specific protocols and expect to establish these for the program within the next week and will post them to our membership as they are finalized.
 
In the meantime, please follow the established rink guidelines, and if anyone has any questions relative to the Health and Safety of their players, please contact Georgianna at  georgieshea@yahoo.com.
 
As we have stated many times, thanks to our families for their patience as we as a program continmue to maneuever this unprecedented environment not only in youth hockey, but also our personal and professional lives.
 
Good luck to all our players, and finally, let's drop the puck!
 
 
Board of Directors
Junior Railers Hockey Club
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