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PLANNING A SAFE RETURN TO HOCKEY COURSE

Please be aware ALL coaches in 2020-21 must complete the online Planning a Safe Return to Hockey course.  It can be found at the link below.

https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca/ehockey/ClinicGroupList.aspx?OID=7

IFK ENTRANCE CHANGE

For ice time on the IFK, the new entrance will be thew east side of the building beside the library.  This entrance will take you to the Laker's hallway.  Screeners will be set up at this entrance point.

COVID SCREENING AND GUIDELINES

FFMHA has now employed the use of an online screening tool through the “Team Snap” app.

All players/ parents/ guardians have received an email notification to sign up.  All players have been assigned a team for now ie) aa tryout, u13 evaluations etc.  These are not the final teams.

Once you have selected your availability for the team event, you can access the Health Check.  When all questions are completed you will received a green screen with a completed Health Check.  The health check is active 8 hours before an event and when you enter the arena just show your screened the successful health check screen.   In person screening will still be available for those who have not completed the online check.  

Also, this is another reminder that you are not to arrive/ enter the arena any earlier than the start time posted on the schedule.  This is the arrival time.  

A reminder that masks must be worn by all people in the lobby areas and players must keep masks on until the don their helmet to go on the ice.  

Your cooperation in the covid guidelines will ensure that hockey can continue in a safe manner.

AA Tryout Notes

1. After discussion at the board level, FFMHA has decided that the AA teams from U11-U15 will NOT travel out of town for the immediate future. With hockey on hold and undecided in other regional areas, the safety and well being of everyone is of utmost importance. The current plan is to have the U11-U15 play up a division in house league with a decision on the U18 division and who to play is to be decided very soon.

2. Reminder to ensure registration and AA fees are paid prior to tryouts. Players will not be permitted to skate unless paid.

3. Please bring both a dark and light jersey with you to tryouts.

4. Please bring your own water bottle that is clearly marked with your name. Sharing water bottles is not allowed.

Updated Season Start Information

Dear FFMHA Parents & Participants:

We would firstly like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding during these peculiar and uncertain times.

Although some answers have proven quite elusive, we are trying to get the kids back on the ice with health & safety as our primary objective.

Here is the schedule by week. The specific times for week 1, are below the schedule and other times will follow when we have them completed.

Oct. 5-11

- AA Tryouts

Oct. 12-18

- 4on4 - U11 (Atom), U13 (Peewee), U15(Bantam), U18(Midget) - AA and House League

Oct. 18-24

- 4on4 - U11 (Atom), U13 (Peewee), U15(Bantam), U18(Midget) - AA and House League

Oct. 25-31

- All levels

Monday October 5

U13 5-7PM

U15 7-9PM

Tuesday October 6

U11 7-8:30PM

U18 8:30-10:30PM

Wednesday October 7

U11 7-8:30PM

U18 8:30-10:30PM

Thursday October 8

U11 7-8:30PM

U18 8:30-10:30PM

Friday October 9

U13 5-7PM

U15 7-9PM

Saturday October 10

U13 9-11AM

U15 11AM-1PM

Please note that the ice times are to be read as follows:

The start time listed is the time in which the player can enter the arena. The on ice period will begin 15 minutes after that time. The ice times for U11 are 50 minutes and for U13, U15 and U18 they are 80 minutes.

ie U11 - 7:00-8:30 - players can arrive at 7:00, ice time starts at 7:15 until until 8:05. Parents can re-enter at 8:05 and assist players to remove equipment.

Parents and guardians will be permitted to re-enter the arena at the conclusion of the ice time. It will be imperative that players depart the arena as soon as possible after they leave the ice in order to facilitate the beginning of the cleaning procedures for the next ice time.

All players and families that are registered with Fort Frances minor hockey association this season will be required to use the Team Snap Health Check system screening process to enter the arena. If families are unable to use a digital device to screen before coming to the rink then we will have paper copies available as well. We will be providing more details on the TeamSnap Health Check system very soon.

Also to note for all divisions and players:

1. Fees must be paid before players will be permitted on the ice. (Registration and tryout fees). No cash will be accepted at tryouts. No exceptions.

2. For AA tryouts and house league evaluations please bring a light and dark jersey with you. Your jerseys will be taken home and should be washed after every skate.

3. A reminder that for at least the first two weeks of the schedule there will be NO spectators allowed into the arena. One parent/ guardian will be allowed to arrive with the player 15 minutes before ice time. The player should be mostly dressed with the exception of skates/helmets/ gloves. Goalies will be permitted to don pads, skates, chest protectors, glove, blocker and mask at the arena. The parent/ guardian will be allowed to stay to assist with equipment and then must depart the arena. After a minimum of two weeks the town will revisit the no spectators rule.

4. There are no player bags permitted into the arena at this time. Equipment will need to be carried by hand.

4. The entry and exit procedures for the arena are below (as taken from the Town of Fort Frances Ice in Plan), please familiarize yourself with these guidelines.

5. PLAYERS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN WATER BOTTLE WITH THEIR NAME CLEARLY WRITTEN ON IT. NO EXCEPTIONS. SHARING OF WATER BOTTLE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.

Entering the building Guidelines - for practice on the 52 Canadians Arena

A designate from the team/organization will make an appointment to be let into the building with front desk staff at the MSC. All other participants/coaches/parents/members will enter the building through the 52 Canadians doors and not the main MSC doors.

The designate will be responsible for screening the individuals at the 52 Canadians Entrance and ensure Contact tracing forms have been obtained from every person who enters the Building.

The designate will be required to ensure that they are not letting anyone into the building prior to the designated time. (if the ice time is scheduled for 7:00, admittance into the building will happen no sooner than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled ice time or beginning at 6:45 in this instance.)

The participants will be allowed to put on their skates, helmets and gloves in the 52 Canadians change room LOBBY where there will be chairs set out to aid in putting on skates and adhere to social distancing requirements.

Once a parent/guardian has assisted in lacing up the skates if required, they must immediately leave the facility through the main lobby and out the front doors of the MSC.

All users will exit the building through the 52 Canadians lobby and then through the front doors of the Memorial Sports Centre.

Entering the building Guidelines - for games on the 52 Canadians Arena

A designate from each team/organization will make an appointment to be let into the building with front desk staff at the MSC.

All other participants/coaches/parents/members will enter the building through the 52 Canadians doors and not the main MSC doors.

The designate(s) will be responsible for screening their teams/group at the 52 Canadians Entrance and ensure Contact tracing forms have been obtained from every person who enters the Building.

The “home” team for a game will be required to have the referees and time keepers on their list of screened individuals and ensure they are asked the screening questions in accordance with the COVID guidelines.

The designate will be required to ensure that they are not letting anyone into the building prior to the designated time. (if the ice time is scheduled for 7:00, admittance into the building will happen no sooner than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled ice time or beginning at 6:45 in this instance.)

One team will be assigned the 52 Canadians change room LOBBY and the second team will be assigned the 52 Canadians main lobby area.

The participants will be allowed to put on their skates, helmets and gloves on in these areas and there will be chairs set out to aid in putting on skates and adhere to social distancing requirements.

Once a parent/guardian has assisted in lacing up the skates if required, they must immediately leave the facility through the main lobby and out the front doors of the MSC.

All users will exit the building through the 52 Canadians lobby and then through the front doors of the Memorial Sports Centre.

Entering the building Guidelines - for practice on the Ice for Kids Arena

A designate from the team/organization will make an appointment to be let into the building with front desk staff at the MSC.

All other participants/coaches/parents/members will enter the building through the 52 Canadians doors and not the main MSC doors.

The designate will be responsible for screening the individuals at the 52 Canadians Entrance and ensure Contact tracing forms have been obtained from every person who enters the Building.

The designate will be required to ensure that they are not letting anyone into the building prior to the designated time. (if the ice time is scheduled for 7:00, admittance into the building will happen no sooner than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled ice time or beginning at 6:45 in this instance.)

The participants will be allowed to put on their skates, helmets and gloves in the Lakers hallway. There will be chairs set out to aid in putting on skates and adhere to social distancing requirements.

Once a parent/guardian has assisted in lacing up the skates if required, they must immediately leave the facility through the main lobby and out the front doors of the MSC

All users will exit the building through the front doors of the Memorial Sports Centre.

Entering the building Guidelines - for games on the Ice for Kids Arena

A designate from each team/organization will make an appointment to be let into the building with front desk staff at the MSC.

All other participants/coaches/parents/members will enter the building through the 52 Canadians doors and not the main MSC doors.

The designate(s) will be responsible for screening their teams/group at the 52 Canadians Entrance and ensure Contact tracing forms have been obtained from every person who enters the Building.

The “home” team for a game will be required to have the referees and time keepers on their list of screened individuals and ensure they are asked the screening questions in accordance with the COVID guidelines.

The designate will be required to ensure that they are not letting anyone into the building prior to the designated time. (if the ice time is scheduled for 7:00, admittance into the building will happen no sooner than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled ice time or beginning at 6:45 in this instance.)

One team will be assigned the Lakers hallway and the second team will be assigned the borderland skating hallway.

The participants will be allowed to put on their skates, helmets and gloves on in these areas and there will be chairs set out to aid in putting on skates and adhere to social distancing requirements.

Once a parent/guardian has assisted in lacing up the skates if required, they must immediately leave the facility through the main lobby and out the front doors of the MSC

All users will exit the building through the front doors of the Memorial Sports Centre.

Entering the building Guidelines - for referees/linesmen/scorekeepers/penalty box operators

Referees/linesmen/scorekeepers/penalty box operators will all enter the building through the 52 Canadians entrance.

They will not be allowed to enter the facility any earlier than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled ice time.

Referees/linesmen/scorekeepers/penalty box operators must have their information provided to the home team and will be part of the home teams intake process. They must complete their screening prior to entering the building.

Scorekeepers/penalty box operators will be required to leave the facility within 15 minutes after the conclusion of the game and exit through the main Memorial Sports Centre Doors.

Referees/linesmen will be required to leave the facility within 15 minutes after the conclusion of the game and exit through the 52 Canadian’s Hallway north exit door. Please be advised that you must be mindful of Zamboni traffic in this area.

Referees/linesmen must come dressed and ready for the games. They will be allowed to put their skates/helmets on in the building but must be otherwise dressed for the game.

Referees/linesmen will use the referee’s room in the Lakers hallway area between the two ice surface

Media Release

The FFMHA would like to thank everyone again for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times as we work with the Town to determine what our options are.

Following the FFMHA board meeting held on Tuesday September 15th, we have the following information to pass along:

- The Town has scheduled for ice to be in both rinks by October 5th.

- The recommendation regarding the Town’s Ice in Plan is being sent back to the Community Services Executive Committee for review on Monday, September 21st and will be re-examined by Council on September 28th that will hopefully provide more clarity.

- Beginning the week of October 5th, all divisions with the exception of U9 and U7 will begin. We will be starting with a 4on4 format initially.

- After 2-3 weeks, the Town should have a plan where spectators will be permitted in the stands. U9 and U7 will commence their seasons at this time to allow for spectators.

- Due to the Ice in Plan being sent back to Council, payments can be deferred until that time.

- Registration will be opened up again when we have more clarity on numbers in each division, there will likely have to be a waiting list format in some divisions.

Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Link to September 15th board meeting

meeting begins at 6pm
 

https://meet.google.com/jvn-unfa-znw

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENTS

Further to the earlier post this evening, we would like to add some information.

While the registration deadline will remain as Sunday Septermber 13th at 5:00PM, we will allow registrants to defer payments until Wednesday September 16th. This will give families time to discuss the outcome of the Town Council Meeting on Monday and decide (hopefully) to remain with minor hockey this year.

As well, for those who have paid, if a refund is requested after the Meeting it will be issued.

Again, we thank you for your understanding and patience.

UPDATED INFO

The FFMHA would like to keep you posted! Under the Reopening Ontario Act - Stage 3 we are planning the following for the Hockey season around the corner :

- levels U7 (IP) - U18 Midget will start early to mid October

- limited spectators will be allowed in the stands but at least one per child for the U7 & U9 programs. We anticipate that all programs will be allowed limited spectators early in the season pending Town approval

- at this stage, players will have to arrive mostly dressed, everything but skates & helmets - goalies can don pads and chest/ arm protection at the arena

- leagues (cohorts) will be at most 50 participants

- at most 4 teams per cohort

- 5 on 5 hockey will be played

- the deadline to register is Sunday, September 13th

Again, this situation is fluid and keep watching for updates and news. As always, thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

2020/2021 SEASON INFORMATION

FFMHA is aware and has read document from the  Town of Fort Frances entitled “Ice In Plan and Participation Requirements.”  

Without question there are things contained within this document that could have a significant impact on the upcoming 2020/21 minor hockey season.

We are working diligently towards solutions that will be of most benefit and in the best interest of participants of minor hockey.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding and when more information is available we will post on Facebook and our website.

Registration Info

Registration has opened.  Please be sure to read the welcome message on the first page!  We are taking e-transfers for all payments unless arrangements are made with the registrar.  E-transfer address is:

treasurer.ffmha@outlook.com

 

REGISTRATION AND 20/21 SEASON INFO

REGISTRATION AND 20/21 SEASON INFO

The FFMHA Board would like to thank everyone for their patience as we navigate through the safest return to hockey within the Hockey Northwestern Ontario Framework that was released this week and has been endorsed by regional health authorities. Here is what we have for seasonal planning so far:

- Registration for the 2020/21 season will open September 1st (10:00AM CST) and close September 13th (5:00PM)
- Late registrations will NOT be accepted due to league restrictions on numbers as per the HNO Return to Play Framework
- 5 on 5 hockey is being planned
- AA teams are being planned - see below
- we require the number of athletes by the deadline to appropriately and effectively design and plan the various age groups

The season registration fees will be:
U7 - $350
U9 - $400
U11 - $400
U13 - $400
U15 - $400
U18 - $400
Additional children - $350
Goaltenders - $250

It has been decided that there will be AA programming this year and while the makeup of the AA season is yet to be determined, at the very least, the AA teams will play up an age category and be a member of that house league division on a regular basis ie.  U11 AA will play U13 HL.  There will be the opportunity to register for AA tryouts on the registration page.  The tryout fee for AA is $50.

If you require any further information or have questions please refer to the HNO Return to Play Framework linked below or contact a FFMHA board member.

HNO RETURN TO PLAY FRAMEWORK

Hockey Northwestern Ontario Release Return to Play Framework - link below.

MEDIA RELEASE - “The FFMHA is meeting and communicating extensively to fit the start of our 2020/21 season within the HNO framework.  As soon as we are able, we will be releasing information that will be posted to Facebook and our website www.fortfranceshockey.com regarding start dates, league/ division makeups, AA programs, conditioning camps, safety protocols as well as any other pertinent information related to season start up.  We appreciate your patience during this time.”

http://www.pointstreaksites.com/files/uploaded_documents/3493/HNO_Return_to_Hockey_-_August_26_2.pdf

MEDIA RELEASE

MEDIA RELEASE – AUG. 18, 2020 - FFMHA

The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association would like to announce to all players, coaches, and parents that we are planning to open registration for the upcoming hockey season on September 7, 2020. Although we are still in the wake of a global pandemic, the FFMHA board expects a framework from Hockey Northwestern Ontario in the coming weeks that outlines a safe return to hockey with endorsement from regional health authorities. This should yield greater certainty so that we are able to inform parents, coaches, and players when a return to hockey may be expected and what it may look like.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS

As nominated, voted and elected to the FFMHA board of directors at the July 21/2020 meeting, congratulations to the following new members:

President: Jason Kabel
Vice-President: Greg Latter
Registrar: Kim Kirk
U7 Director: Nathan Degagne

Thank you to Jason, Greg, Kim and Nathan for stepping up to fill the vacant positions. We are still looking for a U9 director for the 2020/21 season. If interested please e-mail Lori at secretary.ffmha@outlook.com prior to the August 18/2020 meeting.

2019/ 20 Player Awards

As we all know, the 2019/20 year end banquet was cancelled and awards could not be handed out at that time.

Thank you to all players, parents and coaches for making the 2019/20 FFMHA season a success. 

Congratulations to all the players for a great year. Below are the trophy recipients.

FFMHA will be in touch with the players to discuss getting trophies to them. Midget awards to be posted shortly.

Novice
Most Valuable Player - Mason Hebert/ Maverick Dal
Most Valuable Defence - Brett Dolyny
Most Sportsmanlike - Tanner Young
Most Valuable Goalie - Declan Scott/ Jesse Homer

Atom
Most Dedicated - Henry Redford
Most improved - Chase Sinclair
Most Valuable Defence- Frankie Jo Smith
Most Sportsmanlike - Sophie Tanguay
Most Valuable Goalie - Koda Wilson
Most Valuable Player - Kolton Joyce

Peewee
Rookie of the Year- Keifer DeGagne 
Most Sportsmanlike - Graeme Coats
Most Valuable Goalie - David Morrison
Most Valuable Defence - Peyton Cousineau
Most Valuable Player- Ziigwan Smith

Bantam
Rookie of the Year - Madison Bliss
Most dedicated - Holden Dvorak
Most Valuable Defence - Evan Strain
Most Sportsmanlike - Reed McKinnon
Most Valuable Goalie - Madison Bliss
Most Valuable Player - Grayson Burnell

Atom AA
Aarne Hahkala Perseverance Award - Matthew Egan
Sheldon Mosbeck Most Dedicated Award - Connor Wilson

Peewee AA
Aarne Hahkala Perseverance Award - Nico Ruppenstein
Most Dedicated - Alex Booth
Most Valuable Player - Lucas Bailey

Bantam AA
Aarne Hahkala Perseverance Award - Thomas Haugo

HOCKEY CANADA LETTER TO CANADIANS

Please click to read Hockey Canada’s latest update on COVID-19 in an open letter to all Canadians.

COACHES INFORMATION

FFMHA is in need of 3 Peewee House League Head Coaches.  Without these coaches in place by the weekend we cannot move forward with Peewee evaluations and team selections.  Please consider volunteering as Head Coach.  If you can coach please contact Kim Nicholson the Peewee Director at nicholsonkimberly@gmail.com

House League evaluations are this weekend.  If you are coaching novice - bantam you must attend unless discussed with your league director.  It is imperative that coaches are present to assist with on-ice activities as well as with the player rankings.

There will be a MANDATORY coaches meeting on Monday September 30 at 7PM in the IFK conference room.,  The meeting will be approximately 1 hour.

Due to the influx of requests at local police stations for background checks it is recommended that you start the process of obtaining your vulnerable sector check if you haven't had one done.  As of tomorrow, Sept 26 there will be a letter on file at the local OPP and Teaty 3 stations for you to pick up the forms and fill them out.

COACH 1/2 CLINICS OFFERED

Coach 2 - Wednesday October 2nd
Coach 1 - Wednesday October 9th

Registration Link is below.

https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca/ehockey/ClinicGroupList.aspx?OID=7

COACHING CLINICS BEING OFFERED

Registration is now open for coaching clinics being offered in Fort Frances. The clinics and dates are:

Development 1 - October 19
Skating Skills 1 - October 18
Checking Skills 1 - October 19
Goaltending - October 3

We are also finalizing dates for a coach 1/2 clinic.

Please register through e-hockey at the link below.

https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca/ehock…/ClinicGroupList.aspx…

 

 

REFEREES NEEDED

 

FFMHA is in dire need of Senior Referees (18+). 

For the upcoming 2019/20 season we have an extreme shortage of senior referees. If enough referees are not found the amount of games played in all divisions will be much lower.

FFMHA offers new referees reimbursement of certification costs, mentorship program with current referees and ongoing training. 

If you are interested in refereeing please contact Matt McLellan at 807-271-4411

Please share widely

FFMHA BOARD MEETING

Next FFMHA Board meeting is Tuesday August 20th - 6PM in the IFK Conference Room

BOARD MEMBER NEEDED

FFMHA is currently looking for one director position to sit on the board for the 2019/20 season. If you are interested please email your interest by July 30th to ffmhawebmaster@outlook.com

2019/20 FFMHA Board of Directors

As elected at the FFMHA Annual General Meeting the board members for the upcoming season are:

President - Jason Kabel
Vice President - Chris Wielinga
Treasurer - Travis Enge
Registrar - Kim Nicholson
Development Coordinator - Ron MacKinnon
Webmaster - Adam Scott
Ice Scheduler - Dave Coats
Secretary - Lori Flinders
Referee-in-Chief - Matt Mclellan

Directors - Steve Chown, Shane Bliss, Greg Latter, Neil Cooper, Tim Spence 

Please note that we are looking for a director position to sit on the board for the upcoming season.  If you are interested please contact an elected board member.

INFORMATION FOR PLAYERS NEW TO HOCKEY

Please find below a great link to a Hockey Canada document entitled "Hockey 101". In this document you will find helpful information about equipment requirements, basic rules and respect in the game.

All players will also need a hockey jersey and socks for the evaluations for house league. If you cannot supply these, please contact FFMHA and we will assist you.

Respect in Sports


The Respect in Sport Program for Parents is a unique, in-depth 1 hour online program geared to providing the parent with information on how to evaluate and understand:

  • Parental influence over a child
  • Coach and leader roles in sport
  • Role of the parent and coach in ensuring a child’s enjoyment of a sport
  • Protecting your child when outside of your immediate control
  • Concussion awareness & Return to Play guidelines
  • Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) model

The program is a proactive, educational program that empowers parents with the tools to ensure the game is enjoyable and respectful for themselves, their children and all other stakeholders in the game.

Beginning with the 2016-17 minor hockey season a minimum of 1 parent/guardian from each family with players at the Novice or Atom level will need to take the program along with 1 parent/ guardian from any players entering Hockey Canada programming for the first time in the peewee to midget age groups.

The cost of the one hour online program is $12.00+HST and you can complete the course at the link below:

Please note if you are a coach with the Respect in Sport, than the other parent/spouse must take the Parent Respect in Sport.

 

Respect in Sports Link Information

If you the information you are looking for is not on the "Home Page" please go to the "News Page" section to see if the information you require has been added to this area of the website. The "Home Page" will be used only for the initial information and updates as they become available and then moved to the "News Page".  

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