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COVID-19 Information and Plan


Below are the guidelines that will be implemented for the 2020-21 hockey season. The NRYHA Board of Directors will continue to evaluate the safety guidelines as the season progresses and will provide necessary updates to all of our members if they change.

NRYHA Shall Follow New CDC Options to Reduce Quarantine



Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work [or in our case, play hockey]. A shorter quarantine period also can lessen stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are rapidly rising.

Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine

  • On day 10 without testing
  • On day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

After stopping quarantine, you should

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash their hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations as needed. See Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing for guidance on options to reduce quarantine.

Thus, if your child has close contact, they must quarantine for a minimum of 7 days after the contact .  If they have a negative test on day 5 or later they may return to hockey after day 7.  If they do not have a negative test on day 5 or later they must quarantine for 10 days.  All of these criteria also require NO SYMPTOMS and NO POSITIVE TEST by your child.

All prior COVID-19 Policies not hereby modified remain in full force and effect.

NRYHA Mask Info

1. We require compliance with WAHA and USA Hockey directives meaning each player must wear a mask.

2. Each team must comply with the host association/rink's rules when playing in another rink.  

3. Visiting team must comply with their home associations rules unless less restrictive than NRYHA rules, then NRYHA rules must be complied with. 

4. Check in procedures for tracing purposes will be communicated to provide to opposing teams.

5. All prior COVID-19 procedures remain in full force and effect. 

-- NRYHA Covid 19 Policies and Procedures --

- If your child is sick, he or she cannot come to practice or a game.
- If your child stays home from school, he or she cannot come to practice or a game.
- Please contact your child's coach immediately if they are sick and/or unable to attend practice or a game.
- If your child gets tested for COVID, they cannot come to practice or a game until they get negative results.
- If the result is positive (detected) your child must stay home for the time the County health department mandates.
- If your child is positive, please contact your child's coach as soon as possible so the appropriate contact tracing can be done as is required of the association by the County Health Department.
We understand this is going to be a difficult year and no one wants to miss games or practices. But for the health and safety of all of our hockey families, we have to do our part.
(The same rules apply for all coaches who have close contact (locker room or coaches' room) with others at the rink).
We have been advised by the County Health Nurse that locker room contact is the close contact we have to monitor. (The nature of on-ice contact is not the close contact that will require quarantine).
There will be sign up sheets outside of each locker room for players and coaches to use to go in each locker room so we can keep track of who is in each locker room for games and practices.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Board President, Angela Olson, 763-370-7848 or

Who to notify if your child is positive for COVID-19

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, after contacting the County Health nurse, please contact Board President, Angela Olson or your Board Rep (listed on the website).  

The County Health Nurse will determine whether there were any close contacts at hockey requiring additional quarantines.  

The Association, however, must have contact with the schools to be sure the appropriate protocols are followed.

If your child is quarantined, just let your manager and coach know and follow the quarantine dates from the school and public health, please.

If your child has been tested, and is waiting on results, they cannot come to hockey until they have their negative results or out of quarantine. (Negative results do not shorten your return to ice time if you are in quarantine already).

Also, a friendly reminder: Kids need to use only their own water bottles, no sharing please.

We appreciate your assistance!

NRYHA COVID-19 Guidelines/Safety Procedures

While things may look a little different as the season gets started, the New Richmond Youth Hockey Association is working to help create a great season for all of our players and families. Safety is our top priority and New Richmond Youth Hockey will continue to work with our USA Hockey partners and local health officials to implement policies for on-ice activity centered around a safe and fun environment.

We are here to support and make your transition back to the rink as easy as possible. Our Board of Directors and Rink Staff have, and continue to work diligently to follow national and local healthcare recommendations. (This includes following CDC guidelines).

We are utilizing the below resources that have been made available through USA Hockey to encourage best practices, in addition to helping answer questions you and your family may have: 

USA Hockey Player Safety

1. Masks:

Masks/Face Coverings are required for all individuals over the age of 5 (players, coaches, parents, and spectators) when inside the New Richmond Sports Center. This includes entering/exiting the building, and for the duration of the time you are in the arena. Masks are required of players, coaches, and referees at all times unless they have a doctor's note verifying they fall into an exception as outlined by the CDC.

2. Rink Entry/Exit:

Players are allowed to enter the arena 10 minutes prior to their scheduled start time, fully dressed with the exception of skates. Goalies will be allowed to enter 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start time. Players will have 10 minutes after their practice/game to leave the facility. 

The front door will be the main entry/exit point. Traffic flow around the rink will be clearly marked with separate doors for entry/exit. 

3. Parents/Guardians/ Spectators:

For practices/activities (non-games), parents or family members will not be allowed to enter the arena. Coaches can help assist with skates and equipment. The only exception will be for mite parents where only one adult will be allowed to enter and stay in the arena for the duration of the ice session to help assist.

For games, we prefer a maximum of 2 adults/family members/members of the player's household to attend (per player).  The shooting corner is closed for recreation and may be used for getting skates/helmets on.

Any family members who are sick are not allowed to enter the rink.

The NRYHA will continue to monitor these guidelines as the season progresses and will provide additional updates as it relates to rink accessibility.

4. Player Safety:

If your child is sick, they must stay home. If your child is ill for tryouts contact the Board President, Angela Olson, immediately. If your child is ill for a game or practice, contact your child's coach or manager immediately.

Either wash hands or use hand sanitizer as you enter/exit the New Richmond Sports Center.

Individual water bottles with names clearly marked. No team water bottles or sharing of water bottles.

Locker room assignments will be posted on the whiteboard in the concession area. Locker rooms are only to be used for games and are closed for practices. Additional seating will be stationed around the arena to help provide additional space for players to get ready.

Locker rooms will be sprayed (by the rink attendant) after every team leaves.

Keep gloves on after skates are tied, through the duration of the event.

Each team will have their own set of practice pucks

Practice social distancing while in the New Richmond Sports Center.

Bathrooms will be available, but we encourage athletes to limit bathroom use as much as possible. 

5. Concession Area:

Concession stand will be open during games and weekend events.

The concession stand will not be open during practice times.

All concession volunteers must wear masks and gloves.

Plexiglass shields have been installed at the counter area.

High touch areas (door handles, counters, etc.) will be cleaned every hour.

6. Bathrooms:

Automatic hand washing faucets have been installed in all bathrooms.

Daily cleaning by rink attendant.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to NRYHA Board President Angela Olson,

Wishing everyone a great 2020-21 season!

NRYHA Board of Directors

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