Hockey is back!
Even with some new modifications this year, it is still exciting to get the season started. The foundation of a successful year starts with good planning. Just like how coaches build a season plan, the team safety person should also be building a season plan to ensure that our participants remain safe and enjoy this great game. This month’s safety newsletter focuses on planning your season from the safety perspective.
Emergency Action Plan
One of the most important plans your team will make this season is your emergency action plan. This plan is vital in ensuring that if and when an incident should occur, your team is prepared and efficient while managing the situation. Both Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta have prepared a number of resources to help the team safety person prepare a plan for his or her team, including descriptions about the plan and required roles, templates for planning, and an informative video showing the execution of an Emergency Action Plan.
Information on the Emergency Action Plan can be found under the “Emergency Action Plan” tab on Hockey Alberta’s Team Safety Person page >
Preparation is an important factor that leads to a successful team environment. Coaches use the team’s preseason meeting to communicate philosophies and set expectations. Part of this meeting should be dedicated to discussing how the team will create a safe environment for the players. Key topics that should be covered include the roles and responsibilities of the Team Safety Person, your team’s Emergency Action Plan, expectations around injury management, and the collection of medical information. Hockey Alberta has created resources on preseason preparation, including videos from last year’s Minor Hockey Association Safety Leader training day that covers things to consider in your preseason meeting.
Information on preseason safety preparation can be found under the “Preparation” tab on Hockey Alberta’s Team Safety Person page >
First Aid Kits
A sometimes neglected part of the team safety person’s arsenal is a properly stocked medical/first aid kit, which is key to help manage the wide range of injuries that may occur during a game. As an association, it is important to review the contents of your kits prior to them being assigned to your teams, and ensure that there is an adequate number of supplies and that they have not expired. Some of the more common items that should be reviewed include: bandages, sanitizer/wipes, and gloves, as these are the most common items used during the season. Hockey Canada has provided a checklist that identifies the contents of a properly stocked medical kit. If your association is lacking stocked medical kits Hockey Alberta has partnered with Vereburn Medical Supply to provide members preferred rates on first aid kits.
A first aid kit checklist can be found under the “Preparation” tab on Hockey Alberta’s Team Safety Person page >
Information on the first aid/medical kits provided by Vereburn Medical Supply and how to order them can be found on Hockey Alberta’s Medical Kit page >
Hockey Alberta has compiled numerous resources in one spot to help our members build a safe and fun environment for all of our participants. Hockey Alberta’s Safety Management page is designed to provide the required information to ensure that both the association and team safety person can fulfill his or her role successfully. In this section you will find information on such topics as concussions, the Hockey Canada Insurance Program, risk management and Hockey Alberta created content such as the Hockey Alberta Concussion Presentation and safety videos. Check back regularly for new content as the season goes on.
Safety resources can be found on Hockey Alberta’s Safety Management page >
Information on Hockey Alberta’s Concussion Presentation can be found under "Resources" on Hockey Alberta’s Concussion page >
Return to Hockey
With new guidelines in place, this is a reminder of the important role the team safety person will play in ensuring the game continues to operate safely this season. As a team safety person, some specific things that you can do 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, the Return to Hockey plan is continually 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 updated Return to Hockey plan can be found HERE >