Things are going to look a little different this season. But that is not a surprise by now. AHS and other governing bodies rules and regulations require us to have teams in cohorts and officials to physically distance themselves where possible, and wear masks when not possible.
With this in mind here is what we are doing this winter to keep everyone safe on, and off the ice.
OFF ICE PROCEDURES
- The off-ice official (Time Keeper, TK) will have no contact with players and all players that have to enter the penalty box for an infraction must stay as far away from the TK as possible.
- The timekeeper will no longer open or close the gate for a penalized player. It is the responsibility of the player to ensure the penalty gate is securely closed upon re-entering the ice surface.
- Your team is required to provide a copy of your roster with any player adds, jersey number changes, and so on, to the referee at the start of warm up.
- The TK will verify your roster against the printed copy of the game sheet and both will be submitted at the end of the game.
- All rosters are final at the end of the game so please ensure your rosters are accurate when handed into the referee.
ON ICE PROCEDURES
- The on ice officials (Referees) will physically distance themselves as much as possible from the play, and will limit interactions with players.
- You will notice that officials will no longer go to the net when there is a crowd, instead they must stay towards the corner of the ice to make calls. When it is not possible for the officials to physically distance themselves, they will wear a face covering.
- Officials will not enter the circle for face-offs until players are set and ready for the puck to be dropped. The official will wear a mask for puck drop.
- Officials will no longer stay on the boards when required to be near the player benches instead they will distance themselves from the boards or move into the zone sooner to avoid lingering amongst players.
- Referees will also dump pucks onto the ice to start warm up and pick them up after. Please make sure your players are GENTLY passing the pucks to the officials from a safe distance. A penalty can be assessed to your team if a referee is hit with a stray puck that is carelessly shot towards them during this period.
We will adapt our procedures as required throughout the season and communicate any changes to you.
Lets play hockey this winter in a safe and fun environment.
Thank you from all of us at the NCHL.
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