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COVID-19

EYH - Program Updates and Actions

Date: 10/6/2020 @ 3:30pm

EYH Community,

On October 6, 2020 the following changes to Governor Inslee's Safe Start Washington plan Phase 2 Sporting/athletic activities guidance K-12 schools and non-school youth and adult were released based on Moderate Level County COVID Activity defined as >25-75 cases per 100,000 cases per 14 day trend and < 5% positive test results. These will take effect on Tuesday October 6, 2020.

Changes going into effect Tuesday October 6, 2020

1. No spectators allowed except one (1) adult parent/guardian for each minor-aged participant allowed inside building during scheduled ice time. Parent/Guardian must maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person.

2. All individuals must wear masks while inside the building. Masks required for athletes/participants directly before and directly after sporting activities and strongly encouraged whenever not engaged in strenuous activity. Parent/Guardian must wear facial coverings per the Department of Health facial covering order. Coaches, referees/umpires, trainers, managers, spotters, and any other paid or volunteer staff must wear face coverings at all times, with an exception for referees that need to run in the field of play.

*EYH coaches must wear masks at all times - including on-ice (unless strenuous activity makes it difficult to breath).

3. Team sports specific training guidance: Guidance applicable to ALL sporting activities at ALL county risk levels: Ice Hockey has been defined as a medium risk sport within the Washington Safe Start Plan.

 - Stay home when sick or if a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
 - Six (6) feet of distance should be maintained among athletes when not engaged in sporting activities, huddles and team meetings must be physically distanced.
 - Athletes should not share water bottles, uniforms, towels, or snacks and should not spit (saliva, sunflower seeds, etc.)
 - Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games allowed for both low and moderate risk sports. More information forthcoming as local leagues develop and release plans.
 - No tournaments allowed.

EYH will maintain the current practice schedule and team assigned ice times in an effort to minimize risk of exposure to all.

All Angel Of The Winds arena procedures and processes for entry, use of, and exiting the rink will remain unchanged.
The Angel Of The Winds Arena webpage is update with all the rules and regulations for usage during this COVID-19 Phase 2 re-opening. There is a video that has been created too. All is on this page: https://www.angelofthewindsarena.com/ice-rink
 - Players should plan to use the restroom at home before leaving for the rink.
 - Players/Parent or Guardian should arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled ice time.
 - Players must arrive dressed in as much equipment as possible.
 - Players/Parent or Guardian must wear a mask to enter the building and while in the rink and not on the ice. Parent/Guardian must maintain 6 ft social distancing space from others, except their player while in the building .
 - Player and Parent or Guardian will sign-in at the entry to the rink and be assigned an individual seating pod to complete getting ready for going on the ice.
 - At the completion of the ice time, players must return to their seating pod, remove their gloves & helmet, put on their mask, then complete their removal of skates and exit the building as quickly as possible to allow for required cleaning by the rink staff.
The specific link for the video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaPYVUGLyfY&feature=youtu.be

All above are subject to additional changes from Governor Inslee's office. EYH and Angel Of The Winds Arena will continue to monitor these updates and communicate updates as needed.

Stay well,

Christopher Raub, EYH Director - 425-239-7499 (voice & text)

Email: cmraub@comcast.net

www.everettyouthhockey.com

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Date: 8/8/2020 @ 3:45pm

EYH Community,

On August 3, 2020 the following changes to Governor Inslee's Safe Start Washington plan Phase 2 indoor recreation were released and will take effect on Monday August 10, 2020.

Changes going into effect Monday August 10, 2020

1. No spectators allowed. Only participants may enter the facility. In certain instances, one parent/guardian will be allowed to assist their child finish getting ready for their ice session, then must leave the facility. After the ice session, the parent/guardian will be allowed back into the building to help their player remove their skates, helmet and gather their belongings to exit the building.

*EYH participants in the 10U and younger age division will be allowed 1 parent/guardian to help them finish getting ready, and then leave the building. They are not there as spectators but to help their children be able to participate. 

2. Greater emphasis on mask wearing: All individuals must wear masks while inside the building. Masks should only be removed on ice if conducting strenuous physical activity and then need to be put back on immediately after. 

*EYH coaches must wear masks at all times - including on-ice (unless strenuous activity makes it difficult to breath).

3. Team sports specific training guidance: High and medium contact sports such as hockey, soccer, cheerleading, dance, and basketball are limited to practice, with no games or competitions allowed. Practice is limited to groups of five, not including the coach or trainer, if applicable, with no contact and a minimum of six feet of physical distance between participants at all time. No spectators are allowed for practices.

*EYH will expand the number of players per pod at the 12U and younger ages to 5 players plus a coach. 14U and older will remain at 4 players plus a coach.

All above are subject to additional changes from Governor Inslee's office. EYH and Angel Of The Winds Arena will continue to monitor these updates and communicate updates as needed.

Thank you,

Stay well,

Christopher Raub, EYH Director - 425-239-7499 (voice & text)

Email: cmraub@comcast.net

www.everettyouthhockey.com

Date: 7/30/2020, 6:32 am

EYH Community,

The announced rollbacks to Phase 2 fitness guidelines originally set to take effect today 7/30/2020 have been delayed.

There are no changes at this time but we expect guidance next week. 

In the meantime, EYH will continue to schedule practice ice times using our current "Practice Pods" plan. Information regarding player assignments for upcoming ice times will be communicated directly to players/families.

See news article below:

https://www.goskagit.com/news/local_news/inslee-delays-restrictions-on-gyms-fitness-centers/article_ed537ada-ef7f-54f1-bbda-6552b5b3bad8.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

Stay well,

Christopher Raub, EYH Director - 425-239-7499 (voice & text)

Email: cmraub@comcast.net

www.everettyouthhockey.com

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Date: 7/27/2020, 10:35 am

EYH Community,

Governor Inslee announced Phase 2 rollbacks to some activities on Thursday July 23, 2020.

https://coronavirus.wa.gov/news

EYH and Angel Of The Winds Arena are waiting for official guidelines to be posted and will make any required adjustments at that time.

In the meantime, The Angel Of The Winds Arena and EYH will continue to operate under the current Phase 2 plan. EYH ice times planned for Tuesday 7/28/2020 and Wednesday 7/29/2020 will be held following the current EYH Phase 2 plan in place. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have around this potential change.

Stay well,

Christopher Raub, EYH Director - 425-239-7499 (voice & text)

Email: cmraub@comcast.net

www.everettyouthhockey.com

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Date: 7/15/2020, 5:00 pm

EYH Community,

The Angel Of The Winds Arena webpage is update with all the rules and regulations for usage during this COVID-19 Phase 2 re-opening. There is a video that has been created too. All is on this page: https://www.angelofthewindsarena.com/ice-rink

The specific link for the video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaPYVUGLyfY&feature=youtu.be

Please read and watch the video to be prepared when you arrive at the rink.

Thank you.

Stay well,

Christopher Raub, EYH Director - 425-239-7499 (voice & text)

Email: cmraub@comcast.net

www.everettyouthhockey.com

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Date: 07/11/2020, 9:20 am

EYH Community,

The opening of the Everett Community Ice Rink at Angel Of The Winds Arena has been delayed due to technical issues getting the ice installed. As a result the opening date will be Thursday July 16, 2020.

The rink will open under phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Washington Safe Start program. EYH and the Everett Community Ice Rink have developed plans for a safe opening under phase 2 to ensure the health and safety of all players, coaches, families and arena staff.

EYH will invite registered players to participate in scheduled ice times during July through mid-August to allow everyone the opportunity to learn and understand the new procedures and behaviors while inside the arena both on and off the ice. EYH encourages players/families to register as soon as possible for the 2020-2021 season as there will be a limited number of players per ice time able to participate during these early pre-season sessions. Players and Coaches must be registered with USA Hockey for the 2020-2021 season, then register with EYH for the 2020-2021 season. EYH will host virtual meetings to review these plans and address questions and concerns. There will be a meeting for parents/families prior to the return to the ice. 

Registration for the EYH 2020-2021 Youth Hockey Program is now open. The link to the registration website can be found at the top of the "2020-2021 Program Overview" page on the EYH website.

https://www.everettyouthhockey.com/program-overview

The COVID-19 pandemic and the regulations around it are based on the current infection rate of the area and as a result can change rapidly. Please visit the COVID-19 webpage on the EYH website and/or the Washington State Coronavirus website for the most current information.

https://www.everettyouthhockey.com/covid-19

https://coronavirus.wa.gov/

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Date: 06/28/2020, 4:18 pm

EYH Community,

We are excited to announce that the Everett Community Ice Rink at Angel Of The Winds Arena is in the process of readying the building for a planned re-opening date in mid-July. The re-opening date is in coordination with Governor Inslee’s Washington Safe Start program and Snohomish County’s plan to apply for Phase 3 during early July. The re-opening means that EYH will be returning to the ice too. EYH plans to open registration for the 2020-2021 season on Wednesday July 1, 2020. The health and safety of all players, coaches, families and arena staff are of the utmost importance to EYH and the Angel Of The Winds Arena. EYH is making plans to start the 2020-2021 season as early as possible to maximize the ice time opportunities for all registered players under the current COVID-19 regulations and requirements. EYH will start the 2020-2021 season as soon as the rink re-opens. EYH will invite registered players to participate in scheduled ice times during July through mid-August to allow everyone the opportunity to learn and understand the new procedures and behaviors while inside the arena both on and off the ice. EYH encourages players/families to register as soon as possible for the 2020-2021 season as there will be a limited number of players per ice time able to participate during these early pre-season sessions. Players and Coaches must be registered with USA Hockey for the 2020-2021 season (link) to successfully register for the EYH 2020-2021 season. EYH and the Angel Of The Winds Arena have “Return to the Rink” plans in place. The plans will be shared through the EYH website after the 2020-2021 registration is open. In addition, EYH will host virtual meetings to review these plans and address questions and concerns. There will be a meeting for coaches and a meeting for parents/families prior to the return to the ice. 

Stay well,

Christopher Raub - EYH Director

425-239-7499 (voice & text)

cmraub@comcast.net

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Date: 06/02/2020, 6:50 pm PDT

EYH Community,

We are planning for a return to the rink, however there are several things to consider in developing a return to hockey in the context of COVID-19. EYH’s and the Angel of the Winds Arena’s first consideration is the health and well being of everyone, including arena staff, players, coaches, parents and all the extended families. Any plan to return to on-ice activities will follow state and local government guidelines, recommendations from the CDC in addition to any guidance from USA Hockey and the Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association (PNAHA).

The Safe Start Washington program calls for a 4 phase approach to re-opening activities.

https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/SafeStartWA_4May20.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Use this above link to learn more about the Safe Start Washington re-opening plan.

On June 1, 2020 Snohomish County applied for a variance to enter Phase 2 of the Safe Start Plan. The Washington State Secretary of Health must approve the Snohomish County waiver before a move into Phase 2 is official. Once in Phase 2, the county must sustain the Phase 2 requirements for three weeks before being allowed to apply for Phase 3. The earliest phase in which the arena will open is Phase 3. When Phase 3 is reached in Snohomish County, the arena plans to begin the opening for business process within the Phase 3 guidelines. Any opening would be on a limited use basis and as a result EYH’s use of the rinks in the arena would be limited too.

When EYH is allowed to return to the rink, things will be different. There will be changes that will effect almost every aspect of everyone's use of and interaction within the arena. These changes will affect each family's preparation before leaving for the rink, while at the rink, and leaving the rink. EYH and the arena are currently developing a plan for a return to the rink. Once a date is set for the opening of the arena, the return to the rink plan will be completed and shared. 

Thank you,

Christopher Raub, EYH Director - 425-239-7499 (voice & text)

Email: cmraub@comcast.net

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Date: 03/29/2020, 9:17am PDT

EYH Community,

Due to the continuing developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, the EYH Advisory Committee has made the following updates in addition to previously communicated EYH planned programs and events.

Here are the updates:

  • The 2020 EYH Spring League has been cancelled (full refunds will be made to all players/families who registered)
  • The 2020 EYH Spring Clinics have been cancelled. (full refunds will be made to all players/families who registered)
  • EYH annual awards and player achievement awards will be mailed in early April through the USPS to each individual player.

EYH will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and work closely with the Angel of the Winds Arena management team to assess the need for any additional changes to the EYH programs going forward.

Any additional communications will be sent through the EYH website email system.

Resources:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.pnaha.com/page/show/1271448-pacific-northwest-amateur-hockey-association

https://www.usahockey.com/playersafety

https://snohomishcountywa.gov/5589/COVID-19-Response

Thank you,

Christopher Raub, EYH Director - 425-239-7499 (voice & text)

Email: cmraub@comcast.net

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Date: 03/12/2020, 9:34am PDT

EYH Community,

As you are aware the COVID-19 virus has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Local, State and National governments have issued directives and guidelines for everyone to follow to mitigate the spread of this virus and to protect the health and well-being of all.

As a result, USA Hockey and the Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association (PNAHA) have cancelled all festivals, tournaments and national championship events for the 2019-2020 youth hockey season.

Based on these directives, guidelines, and actions and out of an abundance of care for all, EYH is taking the following actions:

  • All scheduled ice times starting 3/12/2020 through 3/31/2020 are cancelled
  • The EYH 8U Tournament and 6U Jamboree are cancelled (3/21-22/2020)
  • The EYH Skills Competition is cancelled (3/28/2020)
  • The EYH Season Celebration is cancelled (3/29/2020) (awards will be announced via email)

EYH will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and work closely with the Angel of the Winds Arena management team to assess the need for any additional changes to the EYH programs going forward.

Any additional communications will be sent through the EYH website email system.

Resources:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.pnaha.com/page/show/1271448-pacific-northwest-amateur-hockey-association

https://www.usahockey.com/playersafety

https://snohomishcountywa.gov/5589/COVID-19-Response