COVID-19 Information and Updates


October 8 Update

SPS Fuzion has been receiving requests for information or details on how Covid-19 might impact the season, and/or what the season could look like. The simple answer is that things are changing weekly, if not almost daily.

The purpose of this page is to answer as many of your questions as possible with the information that we have to date, and to provide timely updates as more information or details become available.

Below we have included links to relevant guidelines and protocols that may be of interest to you.

If you have a question that is not covered below, feel free to send it to presidentspsfuzion@gmail.com  and if applicable, we will add it to this page. We understand that our membership is looking for details and we thank you for your patience as we try to navigate this difficult time.


Frequently Asked Questions

Use of Masks, dressing rooms and spectators

We are following the guidelines form Strathcona County in all the recreations centers.   As such everyone entering the recreation facilities are required to wear masks (10 years and older).

Hockey Alberta is requiring all players to wear masks, until the time they put on their helmets.

Below is a link from Strathcona County as to what players can expect.  This may vary slightly form rink to rink:

https://www.strathcona.ca/recreation-events/recreation-centres/before-you-go/know-you-go-arenas/

In addition, below you will also find the County of Strathcona’s Guideline for Arena Users (updated September 11th) and Spectator and Dressing Room Capacity. As the facility operator, Strathcona County is responsible to set the rules under which hockey programs will be entitled to operate in their facilities.

Contact tracing

Alberta Health services is no longer requiring contact tracing for teams under Hockey Alberta.  However, all parents and volunteers must completer the Alberta Health Daily Checklist on the day of participating in any Fuzion ice times.   If a participant can answer YES to any of the questions, they are not to attend.

Coaches and managers have been asked to keep track of who is on the ice for every session.  Some teams may want to use the Team Snap for availability to track this.  So please contact your team manager to see what process the team is following.  You must follow the manager or Head Coach decide regarding contact tracing.

Daily Checklist (day of ice session)

All parents and volunteers need to review the Alberta Health Daily Checklist on the day of participating in any Fuzion ice times.   If a participant can answer YES to any of the questions, they are not to attend. As part of this new requirement Fuzion must still keep accurate lists of participants for each ice time.  As such we will not be allowing players to change groups for Condition camps and Evaluations once they have started. 

Although there is health check on the Team Snap app it not required to be completed.  Fuzion is following the AHS and Hockey Alberta guidelines that requires all participants to complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist

What is SPS Fuzion doing now to plan for the upcoming season?

The Edmonton Federation Hockey League has communicated a seasonal rollout plan to allow for game play between interlock partners/associations, subject to approval by Hockey Alberta. We are preparing to accommodate this proposal. I thought it important to communicate some critical dates for each division. Note that these dates are subject to change at the discretion of AHS, Hockey Alberta, the EFHL and/or SPS Fuzion.

U9/U11/U13

October 9-22: Cohort games with local teams: (Fuzion to arrange)

October 22 - November 6: Isolation period (practices only)

November 7: EFHL Tiering Rounds begin

January 2: EFHL League play Begins

 

*U15

October 3: Team formation

October 3-16: Isolation period (practices only)

October 17-29: Cohort games with local teams

October 30-November 13: Isolation period (no games)

November 14: EFHL league play begins

 

*U18

October 7: Team formation

October 7-21: Isolation period (no games)

October 21-29: Cohort games with local teams

October 30-November 13: Isolation period (no games)

November 14: EFHL league play begins

*Isolation period and league game start dates may change as U15 and U18 play in all female leagues.

 

What is the refund policy for registration?

We can appreciate the increased concern regarding hockey-related expenses given the varying experiences that our members have had over the past several months. We believe that we cannot over-communicate enough our stance on refunds.. If there is a cancellation after evaluations and prior to season start, prorated refunds will be provided based on the amount of season completed.  Our full refund policy can be found in our SPS Fuzion Policies and Procedures document.  Registration fees account for a variety of items including ice allocation, administration, development, equipment, officials and league & membership fees. We will complete our due diligence as details evolve and will be ready to address financial implications as we encounter them. We appreciate your patience and ask that you trust that we will communicate information as we have it.

Is COVID-19 covered under our Hockey Canada Insurance?

Yes. Unlike most other insurance policies available to sports organizations, as a sanctioned member of Hockey Alberta & Hockey Canada, any participant of our program is covered for infectious disease (inclusive of COVID-19) under our collective insurance policy through till at least September 1st, 2023.  For more information on the Hockey Canada Insurance program, which is only available to sanctioned Minor Hockey Association participants, CLICK HERE.

Can players utilize dressing rooms?

Yes, players and coaches will be allowed to use the dressing rooms to the maximum capacities as directed by Strathcona County. No showers are allowed. All players must home dress and only put on skates, helmets and gloves in the dressing rooms.  Goalies can put on all pads, skates and chest protectors on in the dressing rooms.

See below link for that can be expected at the rinks.

https://www.strathcona.ca/recreation-events/recreation-centres/before-you-go/know-you-go-arenas/

There are also dressing room capacities that can be found at:

https://cloud.rampinteractive.com/spsfuzion/files/Arena%20capacity%20-%20Sept15%20Update.pdf

What is the impact on teams if someone on the team tests positive?

In the event we experience a positive COVID test from any of our participants we will follow the guidance of Hockey Alberta and AHS as may be required, including testing of participants/coaches and quarantine protocols as may be required to safely return that participant and/or team to play.

As with most of the COVID rules, guidelines and regulations, ours are based on families self-regulating and abiding by these guidelines. 

What is the impact on teams if someone in their family or school tests positive?

Family members or other people in the household who had contact with a family member or student while they were infectious (had symptoms) are required to quarantine for 14 days from the last time they were exposed to the sick student.

What if a player Test Positive for COVID 19?

If a player tests positive COVID-19 they must isolate and follow the instructions from Alberta Health Services. And advise the President of SPS Fuzion.

What if I am returning after being sick or showing symptoms?

A player is required to isolate due to symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat) for a minimum of 10 days from when symptoms started or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.  

A player who is required to isolate due to symptoms may also return if they test negative for COVID-19, and symptoms are gone, as long as they have not been identified as a close contact of a case of COVID-19.

We are going to follow the AHS return to school procedure which can be found at:

https://www.alberta.ca/k-to-12-school-re-entry-2020-21-school-year.aspx#symptoms

If a player is not allowed at school due to Covid 19 exposure or symptoms, then they must not participate in SPS Fuzion activities until they are allowed back at school. 

The complete How Long to Stay Home from School AHS document can be found at by clicking here.

What happens if a family does not want to travel for a tournament or attend any other team event? 

Based on current guidelines it is highly unlikely that there would be any tournaments or other travel-based team events until at least January. However, in the event those guidelines change, as with any team event, no player is obligated to attend anything that they do not wish to.

How many parents of family members are allowed at practices and games?

We are requesting that families try to limit the number of fans coming to watch players to one per participant.  This excludes parents who are coaches. If a parent is a coach the parent-coach is not included as the one family member.  While we know this may be a problem for single parents and those with little children, we ask that you try your best.  Maximum capacity for Strathcona County facilities can be found at:

Strathcona County Arena Spectator and Dressing Room Capacities 

When having a full ice practice, the capacities should not be a problem but when it comes to shared ice practices and games capacities may become an issue.  It’s also important to note that capacity and number of parents per player may vary depending on where the games are played.

 

Please remember that this situation is very fluid and constantly changing. SPS Fuzion is committed to returning our players to the ice in accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of the governing authorities in a safe manner.  As more details become available, questions posed, or guidelines are amended we will update this page accordingly.

 

Resource Links

Return to Play Guidelines

Strathcona County Arena Guidelines - Updated September 11th

Strathcona County Arena Spectator and Dressing Room Capacities - Updated September 15th

Strathcona County - Face Coverings in County Facilities

Hockey Alberta COVID Chart 

Hockey Alberta Return to Hockey Guide - Updated October 2nd

Hockey Alberta Return to Hockey Guide - Updated September 3rd

Hockey Alberta Return to Hockey Guide - Updated August 21st

Alberta Health Services Return to Sport - Phase 2 Guidelines

Hockey Edmonton Return to Play Guidelines

Hockey Canada Return to Hockey Guidelines

 

 

 

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