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Updated Feb 11, Government of Alberta allowsl Team Sports requirements updated.

Updated Dec 9, Government of Alberta requires all Team Sports suspended for 4 weeks until TBA to be evaluated at that time, masking requirements updated.

Updated Nov 24, New Government of Alberta requirements, all Minor Hockey activities suspended effective Nov 27 - Dec 18, 

Updated Nov 13, Arena capacity lowered as per town directives

Updated Nov 11, Parent game arrival times updated.

Updated Nov 4, updated to new symptom flow chart 

Updated Oct 19, added link to symptom flow chart 

Updated Sept 4, 2020 - Aligns wording to align with HA Return to Play model (Italics)

Updated Aug 13, 2020 - Initial



Update Feb 11, 2021 - The below requirements are put in place now.


As of Monday Alberta Hockey has updated their Path Forward, which I will attach to this email, and the Town of Taber has decided to keep the ice in.  With that
TMH will be returning to our existing practice schedule on Wednesday Feb 10th.  The practice schedule is on TMHs website.  Now schedules could change, rules could change,
unknowns could come up.  TMH with the help of coaches, managers, parents and players will strive to get the best development for all the players for the remainder of the season.  
So please if you have questions call me and hopefully this turbulent year can end on a great note.
Please see the below notes from the Town of Taber 
- ice will be left in until March 28th to allow as much time as possible 

-I finally received confirmation from the Province that states that user groups can split the ice into two and have two separate groups of 10, one on each side. Groups need to maintain 3 meters apart and participants all need to maintain 3 meters from other players in their group.

-Each group of 10 includes the coach

-Participants should arrive as dressed as possible and no sooner than 15 minutes before their ice time and leave immediately after. There should be no socializing in the dressing rooms or lobby after the ice time.

-Coaches can arrive 30 minutes before the ice time

-We will give a change room for each group of 10

-The stands will be closed at this time, except for 1-on-1 rentals.

The Town will send out the updated list of guidelines for our facility. Most of it has not changed.



Alberta Hockey Return to Hockey Guidelines state:

Parents and Players play a key role in the return to hockey. Their responsibilities include:

  • Stay home if experiencing symptoms
  • Become educated on the safety protocols and procedures prior to attending session and adhere to them while attending
  • Ensure each player has his/her own water bottle which is sanitized prior to each session, and his/her own sanitizer for use while on the ice.
  • Ensure equipment is dried, cleaned, or sanitized following each session
  • Arrange for appropriate transportation to and from the session.
  • Refrain from cheering and yelling as it presents a high risk of spreading droplets
  • Do not spit, blow nose freely or release any bodily fluids anywhere in the facility due to an extreme risk of virus transfer




Participants should proactively and regularly monitor for symptoms. Symptomatic individuals are prohibited from participating. 

Participants, coaches, instructors, officials or volunteers who become symptomatic during an activity are required to isolate from others immediately. A Health Check screening will be on Team Snap which will need to be filled out the day of practice or games. If this is not completed or if the answer is yes to any of the screening questions, the player will be unable to participate.


Arrival at the Arena:

Participants should not arrive no more than fifteen (15) minutes prior to scheduled ice time. Coaches and Participants should leave the facility as soon as possible after completion of skating activities. 


Locker Room and Change Room:

Although we do have access to dressing rooms, it is requested that participants come as dressed as possible considering their age group. As well as undress at home. Washing and or Sanitizing hands upon entering or exiting the change rooms is necessary.

Younger (U9 and below) children are expected to be fully dressed, except for their skates, prior to coming to the arena. Only one adult is allowed in the dressing rooms to assist with skates. No siblings will be allowed access to dressing rooms for any reasons. 

If is recommended that participants do not use shower facilities and be mindful of limiting skin contact in the dressing rooms.

All garbage must be collected and disposed of in the trash bin in the dressing room after use.


Physical Distancing:

Coaches and participants shall limit all physical contact (i.e there shall be no handshakes or high fives).

Coaches and participants must use individual water bottles- sharing of any drink or food items is prohibited.

On-Ice equipment such as nets should only be moved by coaches or Ref's.


Large Ice Spectators: 0 Person capacity

No Spectators 

Small Ice Spectators: 0 person capacity

No Spectators


Sanitation, Cleaning and Disinfecting:

Hand sanitizer stations will be located at the entrances/exits of the arena.

Hand sanitizers will be located in each dressing room.

Every dressing room will be completely sanitized between each use.

If a member of the operating staff was to test positive for Covid-19, it could impact the facilities ability to continue with activity.



Option to drop out and get full refund must be sent in to registrar by Feb 14, 2021

Registration Refund/Withdraw Policy states-

Refund will only be considered when a written request is submitted to TMH board.

Pro-rated refunds for time missed in the hockey season due to season ending injuries will be given to players whose injury prevents them from playing or practicing for more than 2 months of regular season. 

Refunds due to lack of interest in the sport will not be given after November 15.

When a refund is granted before August 31, your full fee will be refunded minus the non-refundable late fee if applicable. After August 31, there will be a $50.00 player insurance fee as well as a $30.00 administration fee deducted before the refund if pro-rated based on the amount of time remaining in the season.


When regulations on the number of people gathering, physical distancing and travel are lifted, regularly scheduled 5 on 5 hockey operated by leagues will be eligible to return. 


Additional Resources:

Hockey Alberta Return to Play Guidelines



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