Thank you for your dedication to ensuring the game is safe for our participants. Your dedication helps to provide in a safe and fun environment for everyone. As we embark on a new season, albeit in a different fashion than we are used to, Hockey Alberta would like to introduce the first Safety Newsletter of the season.
Return to Hockey
Ensuring a safe environment is the foundation of a successful return to hockey. As part of Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan, Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada have developed specific guidelines related to ensuring that all participants remain safe upon their return to hockey. A successful return to hockey will require commitment from all participants in the game. As a team safety person, some specific things that can be done to ensure this include: educating players and parents on proper hygiene, working with coaches to support physical distancing and cohort practices, communicating the importance of staying at home should someone experience symptoms, and ensuring someone has tracked attendance for all team activities. In addition, communication is key as this plan is evolving with the changing COVID-19 situation, so designating a person to act as a central communicator at the association and team level is very beneficial. Section three of Hockey Alberta’s Return to Play Plan outlines more information regarding protocols and safety, section four outlines communications, and section five outlines facility and spectator considerations. Check back regularly to Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey page as the Return to Hockey Plan is updated frequently.
Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey can be found by following this link - https://www.hockeyalberta.ca/members/return-hockey/
Once again this season Hockey Alberta will be offering the Hockey Alberta Concussion Presentation. This two hour interactive presentation delivered by industry professionals is designed for parents, coaches, administrators, and athletes to provide a consistent message on concussions and concussion management. Key topics covered include: recognition of a concussion and its causes, what to do if a concussion is suspected, how to properly recover from a concussion, and the expected return to play protocols. This presentation will be offered virtually for the 2020-21 season.
Information on the presentation and how to book one can be found by following this link - https://www.hockeyalberta.ca/concussion-safety-seminar/
Vereburn First Aid Kits
One piece of equipment that can become neglected are First Aid kits provided to teams by the association. Outdated, expired, or missing supplies can hamper your teams safety person or trainer from being able to manage a situation appropriately. Hockey Alberta is proud to announce a partnership with Vereburn Medical Supply to provide Hockey Alberta members with the opportunity to buy first aid kits at a discounted price. The goal of this partnership is to provide our members the opportunity to access the appropriate first aid kit to meet their team’s needs. Vereburn Medical Supply has created two packages to choose from. The elite package is designed to meet the needs of our elite teams, while the basic package will meet the needs of our tiered and recreational teams. In addition, Vereburn can provide restocking options for these kits as supplies are used.
Information on the kits and how to order them can be found by following this link - https://www.hockeyalberta.ca/members/safety-management/medical-kit-orders/
Hockey Alberta has created a central location for all safety related information on our website. Here you will find information and resources on a number of topics including concussions, on and off ice safety, and insurance. In addition, resources dedicated to the Minor Hockey Association Safety Person role can be found here, including last year’s presentation on leading within your association. As Hockey Alberta continues to collect and develop information and resources, it will be added to this section of the website.
The Hockey Alberta safety section can be found by following this link - https://www.hockeyalberta.ca/members/safety-management/recent/
Based on the feedback received at the end of last season, Hockey Alberta has decided to change some aspects of the Safety Newsletter. This season, rather than a biweekly newsletter that covered one topic, the newsletter will now be a monthly feature with more topics covered. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions that you would like to see as topics for this newsletter please do not hesitate to contact Jeremy Haluschak ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta office.