BC Hockey and ViaSport hosted a meeting to discuss what Phase 3 will mean for minor hockey players on Friday.
We are excited to announce that all Admirals teams will be permitted to play games. Each team, in both Recreation and Representative divisions, will be grouped in cohorts of 4 teams. That means that as the season starts, our teams will play games against three opposing teams. We will be working on the details of what that will mean for each team at each level over the coming weeks, but we are pleased that this will engage our players in a fun and competitive start to the season.
For representative U15 and U18 divisions, the cohort grouping announcement also means that contact hockey will be permitted within the cohort groups including during representative assessments. To ensure all players registered for representative tryouts are ready for the contact component, the mandatory checking clinics will be incorporated into Rep Prep sessions that begin on September 8.
For recreation teams, cohorts will allow for some internal balancing games to occur.
This is great news because it will facilitate the sharing of ice-times for some teams that are grouped together, particularly for our youngest Admirals, and allow more ice time for our players.
The total 50-person maximum for the arena will still need to be observed. So, due to the number of players, coaches, safety personnel, managers, and referees, at all levels of hockey, we will not be permitting spectators at any events – practices or games – that involve two teams.
We appreciate that not watching games may be disappointing for some families, and not what was expected. Parents wanting a more active role in the season are welcome to volunteer as for their teams! Qualifications and responsibilities for these positions are outlined on the website.
We will continue to share updates and keep you informed about the start of the season, including dates for representative assessments.
Thank you for your patience, and stay healthy.