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Revised COVID Policy and Protocols - December 10

The Wilmette Hockey Association (WHA) takes the health and safety of its players, coaches and families very seriously. The following procedures and policies are based on CDC guidelines, USA Hockey and input from medical professionals. These procedures and policies have been put in place to mitigate the risk of exposure to and of contracting COVID-19 while participating in hockey activities. These policies are likely to evolve as the season proceeds and national, state, and local guidelines evolve. The goal remains the safety and health of our players, coaches, families and community.   

Player and Family Responsibilities

  1. Players and coaches shall not participate in hockey activities if they have a temperature greater than 100.4 or experience other symptoms related to COVID-19. Parents are responsible for evaluating their players before leaving for the rink. Our hockey director and coaching staff prefer that you err on the side of caution when a player does not feel well.
  2. Players and coaches shall not participate in hockey activities while awaiting the results of any COVID-19 test.  For example, if a player or coach takes both a rapid and molecular/PCR test and receives a negative rapid test result, then the player or coach shall not retake the ice until the molecular/PCR test is returned negative. 
  3. A player or coach who takes a rapid COVID-19 test shall not participate in hockey activities until they receive a negative molecular/PCR test
  4. Player’s equipment should be checked, cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. A spray bottle containing 40% water and 60% isopropyl alcohol can be utilized to sanitize equipment and dry overnight. 
  5. Players shall bring their own water bottles and fill them at home. Bottles should be marked with the player’s name.
  6. Players are encouraged to wash their hands frequently and have hand sanitizer in their equipment bag.
  7. Players at the U12 age level and younger should come to the rink dressed for all practices. Players at the U14, U16 and U19 age levels are encouraged to dress or partially dress before arriving at the rink.
  8. If a player starts to feel ill while on the ice, they shall immediately notify their coach so they can be removed from hockey activities and leave the rink.

Rink Policies

  1. Rinks have different policies for wearing face coverings while on the ice, locker room usage and spectator attendance. The WHA’s two primary rink facilities are North Shore Ice Arena and Wilmette Centennial Ice Arena. These facilities have different policies and shall be followed.
  2. Players shall arrive at the rink no more than 30 minutes prior to practice activities.
  3. Face coverings shall be worn by all players, coaches, family members and spectators while inside rink facilities in accordance with state and local regulations. 
  4. Face coverings shall be worn for on ice activities when required by the rink facility. A full plastic face shield satisfies the face covering requirement.
  5. Team warm-ups shall be conducted outside and follow physical distancing guidelines.
  6. Spectators should follow guidelines for physical distancing when inside rink facilities.

Return to Play Protocols for Coaches and Players

Return to Play after a Coach or Player Tests Positive

  1. Please follow all current national, CDC, state, and local guidelines regarding COVID-19 quarantine for the player who tests positive for COVID-19. 
  2. Email the head coach and WHA Hockey Director Tim Benz with information regarding the diagnosis, date of onset of symptoms (if any) or if the coach or player was asymptomatic (experiencing no symptoms) and potential contact with other team members. All information is confidential.
  3. If the coach or player was experiencing COVID-19 symptoms along with the positive COVID-19 test, the coach or player must satisfy the following requirements before resumption or participation in team activities:
    1. Must wait at least 10 days from the first sign of symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, aches, chills, headache, sore throat or a loss of taste and/or smell).
    2. Must be free of fever for 24 hours without any fever reducing medication.
    3. Must provide a note from the coach’s or player’s physician or health care professional stating it is safe to return to participation in team activities.
  4. If the coach or player was asymptomatic at the time of the positive COVID-19 test, the coach or player must satisfy the following requirements before resumption of participation in team activities:
    1. Must remain free of symptoms for at least 10 days from the date of the first positive test.
    2. Must provide a note from the coach’s or player’s physician or health care professional stating it is safe to return to participation in team activities.

Return to Play After a Coach or Player Is in “Close Contact With a COVID-19 Positive Person”

  1. Email the head coach and WHA Hockey Director Tim Benz with information regarding the diagnosis and potential contact with other team members. All information is confidential.
  2. The coach or player shall remain out of all hockey activities for either 7 or 10 days as outlined below from the last date the coach or player was in “Close Contact with a COVID-19 Positive Person” (as defined below) and watch for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, aches, chills, headache, sore throat or a loss of taste and/or smell) even if the coach or player has a negative COVID-19 test during that time, unless the coach or player tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 3 months, has fully recovered from COVID-19 at the time of Close-Contact Exposure, and is and remains without COVID-19 symptoms during the quarantine period.    

Based on CDC guidance, under the strict condition the coach or player has exhibited no symptoms during the entirety of the quarantine period, quarantine can end for a coach or player:

-  After 7 days, returning to team activities no earlier than day 8, only after receiving a negative Covid-19 test result with no further test results outstanding.  The test must occur on or after day 5 and the coach or player may not end the quarantine period if there are test results outstanding. 

- After 10 days, returning to hockey activities no earlier than day 11, without receiving a Covid-19 test.

Regardless of the length of quarantine, the coach or player should monitor for symptoms for a full 14 days after an exposure.  If any symptoms develop after leaving quarantine and prior to the end of the 14-day period it is recommended the coach or player immediately self-isolate and contact their local healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status & adhere to recommended symptomatic protocols. 

 “Close Contact with a COVID-19 Positive Person” means:

  • (a) any contact (with or without a face covering) within 6 feet of a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for cumulative of 15 minutes or more over the course of a 24-hour period during the period of time starting two calendar days before the onset of symptoms in the COVID-19 positive person (in symptomatic cases) or the date of the COVID-19 test (in asymptomatic cases) and continuing until that person is isolated; or
  • (b) in extremely close contact (with or without a face covering) with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (e.g., kissing, hugging, falling over players while battling for the puck or ball, tackling, etc.) regardless of duration during the period of time starting two calendar days before the onset of symptoms in the COVID-19 positive person (in symptomatic cases) or the COVID-19 person tests positive for COVID-19 (in asymptomatic cases) and continuing until that person is isolated; or 
  • (c) lived in the same household with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 during the period of time starting two calendar days before the onset of symptoms in the COVID-19 positive person (in symptomatic cases) or the COVID-19 person tests positive for COVID-19 (in asymptomatic cases) and continuing until that person is isolated.
  1. You are encouraged to take your player to a medical professional for additional guidance.

Notification When a Coach or a Player Tests Positive for COVID-19

You will be notified that a case has been found on your team. All personal information will be kept confidential. You will be advised further depending on the situation, but it is always recommended that you watch your player for symptoms.

You will not be notified if a Coach or Player is in Close Contact with a COVID-19 Positive Person.  That person will, however, be required to quarantine under this Policy.

Junior Braves (Mite/U8) House League Registration is Now Open!

Follow the registration link above for the Junior Braves Mite/U8 House League program.

Please note that the Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club is now part of the Wilmette Hockey Association.  The Tribe will now compete as the Junior Braves!

The Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club's House program is focused on fun, competitive, low-­stress team play. The program's goal is for young hockey players to develop a foundation of skills and love for the game so they play for a lifetime.  Hockey is a game of both skill AND passion.  Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club members come to the rink with energy and an edge that let's everyone know--they are a hockey player and they love the game!

Key Features of Wilmette Tribe House Program:

  • House League Director Tim Benz
  • House League Coaching Education Session - featuring WHA coaches and our Hockey Director Tim Benz
  • The return of the popular Parent Hockey Educational Session
  • Saturday Skills Sessions for Devo and Junior Mites that develop skills, speed and hockey sense to help players take their game to the next level
  • Saturday Group Skills Sessions for Senior Mites which gets players sharp and ready for the big game. This group session will be organized around player skill levels and teams.
  • Sunday Games: Devo/ Jr Mites have games on the Studio Ice and Snr Mites have a mix of Cross Ice and Full Ice games on the NHL ice.  Benefits of Cross Ice Games include: 
    • More cross ice and small space games means more ice time and puck touches
    • More ice time and puck touches means more battles, more chances and more fun
    • Be ready and fully prepared for full ice game events where players can show their stuff

Ice Rental Available!

Attention: There are some great deals on ice rental over the next weeks...please click here for more details.

Lateral Edge Information

ADDRESS -  North Shore Ice Arena, 2111 Founders Drive Northbrook, IL 60062
ATTIRE - All players required to wear athletic gear for working out. Please provide your own water bottles. We can count on the water fountains being out of commission. No food or drinks other than water allowed in the studio.
SESSIONS -  Will start with a warm up, dynamic movements, and then move onto breaking the team up into two groups. SAQ (Speed, agility and quickness) will be incorporated on some level for all ages.  With the older groups there will be a lot of focus on strength until we have more games in sight.

Fall Conditioning and Tryout Schedule/Coaching Lineup

See document below or go to the "Programs" tab for the upcoming Fall conditioning and tryout schedule as well as the coaching lineup.

Fall 2020 Special Education Hockey Registration is Open!

Go to this link for details!

Midget Announcement

The Wilmette Braves are pleased to announce that we will be having a Midget team for the upcoming 2020-2021 season!  The team will be led by Head Coach Bill Martin and compete in the NIHL U16 Elite division.  We will also have a midget house team that will participate in the NWHL (as long as we have player numbers to support a team). We are very excited to announce the great opportunity, please feel free to reach out to Hockey Director Tim Benz with any questions or concerns.

Thank You 
Tim Benz
Wilmette Hockey Director
847-502-4399
tjbenz12@gmail.com

Wilmette Girls Hockey

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Fall 20/21 House Fees

HOUSE HOCKEY FEES
NON-GOALIE GOALIE
SQUIRT 1200 1200
PEEWEE 1200 1200
BANTAM 1225 1225
MIDGET 1250 1250

WILMETTE HOCKEY 2019-2020 Highlights


Wilmette U19 Girls win the Championship in Madison CAN AM Cup!


Peewee 1 Champions at Rosemont!!


Wilmette U12 wins 2nd place at Sarnia International Silver Stick


Bantam AA defeated Saint Clare Shores, MI 2-0 to be the 2019 Motown Cup Champions


Braves Bantam A wins Great Lakes Fall Classic


U10 Girls Champions at the All American Girls Tournament in Blaine, MN

 


U14 girls Champions at the 2019 Girls West Michigan Classic


Pee Wee 2 Celebrating a Goal at the 2019 Great Lakes Columbus Day Clash in Holland


Wilmette Central States Pee Wee Minor Head Coach Brad McMahon and Assistant Coach (and former Chicago Blackhawk) Jeremy Morin introduce themselves to prospective Wilmette competitors.

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