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AVHA and BHC COVID-19 Information

updated 1/14/2021

Changes: Updated information Return to Play Phase 5, including MN hockey and District 8 Facility documents

Return to play: Phase 5

Minnesota Hockey's 'Return to Play' Phase 5 begins today (1/14/2021)!

Please become familiar with the information on this page! It will be updated regularly to reflect the most current information.

  return to play faq (updated 1/14/21)   

Q:  Do all players need to wear masks while on the ice? 
A:   Yes, unless a player has obtained official documentation from a medical professional stating that wearing a mask poses a health risk to the player. 

Q:  What masks are allowed to be used? 
A:  Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth to be approved for use. These can be a cloth mask, a disposable mask, a neck gaiter, a scarf, a bandana or a religious face covering.

Q:  How will players wear a mouthguard with a mask? 
A:  Minnesota Hockey has modified its mouthguard rule for this season only. Mouthguards are now recommended for all players but are only required for players that are Peewee/12U and above, which aligns with USA Hockey Rule 304(f).

Q:  Do we still need to report COVID-19 positive tests? 
A:   Yes. Continue to notify your COVID-19 team manager and/or association manager. We must continue contact tracing to manage exposures during the pause and also be prepared for when the pause is ended.

Q:  How many spectators can attend games?
A:   A maximum of two spectators are allowed to attend games. Firehawk teams are required to use the RSVP check-in feature via the SportsEngine app and add names of spectators in the notes field.

Q:  What will the COVID policies be for games/scrimmages? 
A:   Much of this is under development at this time. It is expected that spectators will not be allowed and that no on-ice officials will be available for scrimmages. Stay tuned for further updates.

Q:  Are there penalties if directives are not followed? 
A:   Yes.
Failure to follow the directives could result in severe sanctions to a team or coach, including loss of privilege to participate in post season play including District, Regions and State tournaments.

Q: Can we use the training centers?
A: The Apple Valley Training Center remains closed. The Burnsville Training Center is open with the following restrictions: 

  • Only one team allowed in the facility at a time
  • Masks must be worn by all players, spectators and coaches
  • No spectators for 10+, one spectator for mite/U8 age groups
  • Weight area is off limits

Q:  Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns related to my child or to report an illness?
A:  Firehawks and Valkyrie U12 players should contact Nicole Jenne directly with COVID related questions and reports of illness.

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