Spring Update - April 4, 2020, News (King Township Minor Hockey)

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Spring Update - April 4, 2020
Submitted By Penny Ralph on Saturday, April 4, 2020
Hello Hockey Families!

We hope that you are all doing well, staying healthy, and finding a way to keep active. Hopefully, the silver lining of spending time with our families provides a bit of comfort in these otherwise uncertain times.

Unfortunately, what we had hoped would be a short battle is looking more and more like it will be a lengthy one. Needless to say, this has made a significant impact on the current and upcoming season.

We are doing our best to plan ahead to make sure that when we do return, we will provide the best hockey experience that we can. Here are some updates:

This week, your hockey board came together "virtually" for our monthly board meeting. We discussed next steps to officially close out the 2019/20 season, and preparations for the 2020/21 season. Below are some answers to questions we feel you may have. We will continue meeting "virtually" in the coming weeks and months to provide more answers and continue preparations for the upcoming season. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email Julie at [email protected] and she will direct them to the appropriate people.

So That's It? The Season Is Really Over?

Yes, the 2019/20 season is officially cancelled. There will be no further playoffs or champions crowned. All league awards, medals, hats etc. will be held and used next season.

What About Our Pictures/Plaques?

We have asked the photographer to hang on to all of the plaques/pictures. It is not safe for us to organize distribution at this time. We will work with the photographer to pick up and handle distribution when it is safe to do so.

What About The Player/Coach/Volunteer Awards For The 2019/20 Season?

We are proud of all our award recipients and want to ensure we recognize them at a future date when it is safe for us to do so.

What About The Annual General Meetings?

Hockey Canada and the OHF recently released some information and guidance to help minor hockey associations navigate the rules for handling annual general meetings in a Covid-19 world. We are reviewing the information and hope to post an update soon. As it stands now, we have postponed all three AGMs until a later date, likely in summer. The hockey boards will continue to meet virtually to ensure day to day tasks still get completed.

With The Season Ending Early, What Happens With All The Ice That Was Not Used?

With the facilities closed, the Township is refunding ice that we did not use. Every year, minor hockey reduces the ice as of March break as teams get eliminated from playoffs and more families choose to go away during March break. Any ice that was purchased by the teams, we will be refunding directly to the teams so they can reconcile their team budgets. We will then finalize our end of season costs. As a Not For Profit organization, we try to budget to break even. Once all our costs come in, we will evaluate our finances and update members.

What Is Happening With Tryouts For The 2020/21 Season?

All tryouts have been moved to the fall. We have completed interviews and selected our coaches for next seasons rep teams. We will be organizing the local league coach selection process over the coming months.

What About Registration And Permission To Skate Info?

Once we have finished closing out the 2019/20 season, we hope to have registration for the 2020/21 season available to our members. We will update all members on our social media and website.

As for Permission to Skates and Non Resident Passport forms, they will become available closer to tryouts in the late summer (August/September).

For now, Stay Active! Stay Safe! Stay Healthy!

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