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COVID-19 Protocol

(Updated 1/9/21)

 

Rules for Players, Parents and Rye Ranger Families

 

Happy New Year!  We want to thank our membership for the continued efforts to comply with our COVID-19 protocols.  As we have done throughout the year, we have updated our COVID-19 protocols to reflect current accepted standards.  The updated rules and procedures below have been established to help maintain as safe an environment as possible during Rye Rangers hockey sessions and to comply with the rules imposed by the Department of Health and the rinks where we practice and play.  Remember, we are guests at the rinks where we play, in particular Rye Country Day School, and our strict adherence to these Rules will ensure that we continue to have the opportunity to use these facilities. 

 

Coaches will continue to enforce these protocols, but please do not wait for coaches or others to call out non-compliance.  Every member of the Rye Rangers community is empowered to help us enforce these rules.  If you see a player or coach not following our policies, please say something to them immediately.  Each player's and family's compliance with these rules will go a long way to ensuring that we can continue to play hockey.

These rules apply no matter the rules of the rink where the Rye Rangers are playing.  We understand that, in some cases, these rules are stricter than those of the host rink, but these rules continue to apply to all Rye Rangers activities regardless of the rules of the host rink.

 

The Rye Rangers Hockey Club reserves the right to suspend any player for violations of these rules, including for the remainder of the 2020-2021 season.

 

THE RYE RANGERS HOCKEY club reserves the right to change or modify these rules at any time.
 

Rules for Players, Parents and Rye Ranger Families

 

Health Monitoring & Overall Procedures

  • On a daily basis, parents will monitor their players and other family members for COVID-19 symptoms.  Parents/caregivers will be required to submit a COVID-19 questionnaire on the Team Snap app, including temperature check, prior to each practice and game.  We cannot alter the TeamSnap questions and in answering the TeamSnap question regarding travel, it should be read per the Rye Rangers’ protocols below. As long as the player and/or coach satisfies the Rye Rangers protocols on travel, they may click “no” to the travel question. 

 

  • Anyone who is sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including body temperature of 100.0 degrees F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, headache, fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle or body aches and/or sore throat must not come to the rink.  Please refer to CDC guidelines for COVID-19 symptoms.

 

  • If any player or coach is waiting for test results from a COVID-19 test or has plans to take a COVID-19 test during the next two days (other than a regularly scheduled school or other regularly scheduled COVID-19 tests) that player or coach should not participate in any Rye Rangers sessions until results of the test are obtained and are negative.

 

  • Upon request of the Rye Rangers Hockey Club, parents and players will provide truthful and complete information with respect to their and others’ compliance with these rules and, if requested, will agree to contact tracing and testing.

 

  • Basic health procedures, including frequent hand washing for 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer regularly and proper respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette should be followed.

 

  • Social distancing of at least six feet should be observed whenever feasible.

 

  • If a player or sibling of a player is sent home from school for a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, they should not attend practice. Their siblings and other household contacts should not attend practices either.

 

Travel Policies  

  • All members of the Rye Rangers community are expected to follow the latest travel advisories issued by New York State and the CDC.

 

  • Rye Rangers members who travel to a non-neighboring state (outside of NY, NJ, CT, PA, VT, MA) for more than 24 hours MUST
    • Obtain an individual COVID-19 diagnostic test within 3 days of departure from that state.
    • Quarantine upon return to New York.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, obtain another individual COVID diagnostic test.
    • Remain in quarantine until both tests are negative. 
    • If an individual chooses not to obtain testing as outlined in this travel policy, they must quarantine for the full 10 days.

 

  • Rye Rangers members who travel to a non-neighboring state (outside of NY, NJ, CT, PA, VT, MA) for less than 24 hours MUST: 
    • On day 4 after return, obtain an individual COVID-19 diagnostic test.
    • During this 4-day period, the Rye Ranger player may participate in Rye Rangers activities.
    • If an individual chooses not to obtain testing, they must quarantine for 10 days.
    • Individuals traveling for less than 24 hours should carefully assess their own risk. If you feel that your activities are higher risk (i.e. larger group gatherings, contact with symptomatic individuals, places with very high prevalence etc.), you should quarantine until the 4 day test is negative.

 

  • Rye Rangers members who travel internationally to a level 2 or level 3 country MUST:
    • Obtain an individual COVID-19 diagnostic test within 3 days of departure from that country.
    • Quarantine upon return to New York.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, obtain another individual COVID diagnostic test.
    • Remain in quarantine until both tests are negative. 
    • If an individual chooses not to obtain testing as outlined in this travel policy, they must quarantine for the full 10 days.

Close Contact

  • If a player or coach has had close contact (as defined by the Westchester Department of Health) with someone with COVID-19 who is not living in their household:

 

  • Parent/guardian or coach will immediately notify Steve Ketchabaw, the Rye Rangers COVID-19 Coordinator.

 

  • Player/coach with close contact to COVID-19 will not be allowed on ice and must follow Westchester County DOH quarantine requirements.

 

  • Rye Rangers may consult with local health authorities for an appropriate action plan, but, at a minimum, will require a 10 day quarantine period.

 

  • Rye Rangers will notify all impacted players/coaches on the affected team(s) of any such action. Once the Rye Rangers learn of a positive COVID case or exposure to such a case, RCDS will be promptly notified.

 

  • Family members of individuals quarantined because of close contact with someone with COVID-19 may continue to participate in Rye Ranger activities provided appropriate quarantining is maintained from the exposed family member and ALL family members remain asymptomatic.
  • A Rye Ranger player or coach who is exposed to an individual with COVID-19 residing in their household must quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Positive COVID-19 Test

  • If a coach or player, or any member of their household, tests positive for COVID-19:

 

  • Parent/guardian or coach shall immediately notify Steve Ketchabaw, the Rye Rangers COVID-19 Coordinator.

 

  • Player/coach will not be allowed on ice and must follow Westchester County DOH policy of isolation.

 

  • Rye Rangers will consult with local health authorities for an appropriate action plan before allowing the player/coach to return to Rye Rangers activities.

 

  • Rye Rangers will notify all impacted players/coaches on the affected team(s) of any such action. Rye Rangers will provide prompt notification to RCDS.

 

Arrival Procedures

  • Other than as discussed below, players must come fully dressed in equipment (including skates if they have the proper skate guards).

 

  • If permitted by the facility, players may arrive earlier and teams may meet earlier and remain masked and socially distanced outside the rink facility (e.g. in the parking lot a good distance from the building entrance for a team warm-up).  If this is the case, the players may dress outside, masked and socially distanced.  RCDS does not allow players to get dressed or undressed in the parking lot.  

 

  • Enter rink facilities only at designated entrance points, in single file and socially distanced no more than 15 minutes prior to the start.

 

  • Bags should not be brought into rinks, unless authorized by a coach (which will only be done if a rink provides sufficient non-locker room space where bags can be stored in a socially distanced setting). Players can carry skates, gloves, and helmet into the rink.

 

  • A coach will be at each entrance and each player’s attendance and temperature will be checked prior to entering the rink.  Players must stay no less than 6 feet apart while waiting in line for a temperature check. Players with body temperatures of 100.0 F or higher will not be allowed to enter the rink.

 

  • Goalies may enter rinks 20 minutes prior to an ice session and dress in the rink, but must remain masked and socially distant. At RCDS the coach must take the goalies’ temperatures prior to entry.

 

In-Rink Procedures

  • Locker rooms will not be used by the Rye Rangers at any time even if permitted by the host facility. 

 

  • After attendance and temperature check, players should remain masked, socially distant and proceed to their designated area (while remaining socially distant) and wait to enter the ice.

 

  • A face mask must be worn at all times, including while on the ice surface RCDS also requires athletes to wear masks at all times.

 

  • No food should be brought into rinks.

 

Departure Procedures

  • Upon exiting the ice, players should keep their mask on and remain socially distanced.

 

  • Players will depart masked and fully dressed other than gloves, skates (if no skate guards) and helmets – this applies even if players think they can get undressed “quickly” – only gloves, skates and helmets are removed– and then exit the rink.

 

  • Players should depart immediately after their session and not congregate in or near the rink facility.

 

  • It is recommended that players/parents should disinfect helmets, sticks, skates after each session

 

  • It is recommended that players/parents should wash all jerseys, pants (shells), socks, and gloves after each session.

 

 

On-Ice Procedures

  • Masks are required to be worn during on-ice activities by players.

 

  • Observe social distancing guidelines at all times, including on the bench or waiting in line.

 

  • Players should bring and label their own water bottles – there will be no sharing of water bottles.

 

  • Coaches will be required to wear a face covering at all times while in the rink facility, including while on the ice or bench.

 

  • No sharing of equipment.

 

  • No spitting.

 

  • Coaches will reinforce to players the need for physical distancing and adherence to these rules, including when standing in line or part of a smaller station. 

 

Spectator Attendance – Practice

  • For practice (other than 8U/10U discussed below), no parents/guardians will be permitted to enter rinks or stand in line for temperature checks even if permitted by the host facility.

 

  • For 10U and 8U, if necessary and permitted by the facility, one parent will be permitted to enter the rink to assist their player in preparing for practice.  For 10U, that parent should exit immediately after getting their player who required assistance ready. For 8U players only, a maximum of 1 immediate family member/caregiver will be allowed entry for their player’s session, as long as it is allowed by the facility. In this circumstance, the immediate family member/caregiver must wear a face covering at all times (with zero exceptions) and adhere to 6-feet distancing guidelines. Any immediate family member/caregiver may be asked to leave the premises for any reason.

 

  • RCDS does not allow visitors, including parents, to enter any buildings at any time.

 

Spectator Attendance – Games

  • If permitted by the host facility, one parent/guardian, may enter the rinks to watch games.

 

  • The spectator parent/guardian must be masked and observe social distancing.

 

  • RCDS does not allow visitors, including parents, to enter any buildings at any time.

 

Coaches WILL be authorized to require that a player leave a practice or game if they are showing any signs of illness during a session or for any violation of these rules.

 

 

 

Rye Rangers Goalies: What We Offer

 

 

In recent years, the Rye Rangers have emerged as a premium destination for goaltenders. Through an expanding partnership with Pro Crease,the largest instructional hockey organization dedicated solely to goaltending in the Connecticut, New York & New Jersey, our goalies get a playing and coaching experience tailored to the specialized nature of the position.

 

In 2020-21, we will be improving and expanding upon that experience by adding or enhancing the following features:

 

Personal Goalie Coach:  Our goalies have mostly benefited from working with the same goalie coach at each of their “goalie specific” weekday practices.  In 2020-21, the Rye Rangers will increase the focus on this to create a tighter 1:1 bond with their goalie coach than in the past. The goalie coaches will be available to discuss with their goalies not only their skill development, but also their game experiences, including select video analysis.

 

Webinars:  Throughout the season, Pro Crease offers "live" webinars on relevant goaltending topics.  Some of the webinars will be exclusively for Rye Rangers goalies, and the Rye Rangers goalies will have access to these and other live webinars for real-time interaction, and the webinars will be available for download to watch at your goalie’s convenience.

 

Pre-Season Goalie Tune-Up Clinics:  Early Season “Goalie-Only” weekend ice sessions will continue to be offered in September-October to ensure our goalies are in top form early in the season

 

Ice allocation for weekly goalie sessions: As in past years, our teams allocate enough ice for our goalies to benefit from a wide range of goalie-specific training drills, generally with a Goalie:Coach ratio of 2:1

 

 

 

 

 

Team Placement and What Our Goalies Can Expect From a Training and Game Standpoint

 

Rye Rangers Teams span from “AA” competition to our internal Rye Rangers League.  This spectrum of opportunity ensures goalies will be placed in both a challenging and fun environment that suits their specific experience and level of commitment.

 

--AA Teams to compete in the Hudson Valley Hockey League as well as a very challenging regional AA non-League game schedule.

--A/A1/B Teams to compete in the Hudson Valley Hockey League along with a full complement of non-League travel hockey schedule and/or Rye Rangers League action.

-- More “local” teams that compete in the highly successful WestConn League complemented by games in the Rye Rangers League.

-- Regardless of their team, each goalie participates in a weekly Team practice PLUS a specific goalie skills practice every week from November into March as described above.

-- In addition, Rye Rangers Teams participate in various tournament play, ensuring a high number of games each season for our goalies

 

More information on Pro Crease

 

Pro Crease is led by founder Jared Waimon,who is also Assistant Coach at Quinnipiac University, Regional Mentor for the USA Hockey/Warren Strelow National Goaltending Program, USA Hockey Goaltending Coach/Evaluator; New England and Atlantic Districts and goaltending instructor/consultant for several nationally ranked elite travel teams and prep schools including the Mid Fairfield Youth Hockey Association, Avon Old Farms, Salisbury School, Taft School and Westminster

 

 

For more information on our program for goalies, contact

(Photos by Aileen D. Brown)


by posted 04/16/2019