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Sno-King Update: Phase 2

By Sno-King Staff, 01/28/21, 6:45PM PST

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Sno-King Youth Hockey Families,

This afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee announced changes to the state’s reopening plan, Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery.  More specifically, the Puget Sound region we reside in (Snohomish, King, Pierce) is now eligible to enter Phase 2 beginning this coming Monday February 1.  There are several new operational changes including increased building capacity and moderate risk sport competitions/games now permitted.  Staff is quickly pivoting to evaluate these new details and determine next steps.  This includes engaging with other local associations to discuss re-starting league game play as well as reviewing all ice schedules with the hopes of adding back other Sno-King programs such as our Adult Hockey League. We’ll share more information as we work through these important changes while also considering managing future Phase setbacks.   

For the immediate short term, there will be NO CHANGES to the existing youth hockey practice schedule for the week of Feb 1-7. Our Hockey Director, Doug Kirton will work with coaches to provide relevant hockey updates as they apply to practice format and game play. Please check Sports Engine for up to date schedules and reach out to your coach if you have any questions.

While moving to Phase 2 is exciting news for many, the safety of our players and families remains our top priority. Staff and coaches are working diligently to set positive examples for our players and teams. We recognize wearing masks on the ice is a new adjustment and we thank you for your cooperation. Please ensure to follow the preventive measures and guidelines so we can continue to operate responsibly and keep everyone healthy and safe. 

Important COVID-19 safety guidelines REMAIN in place:

  • All players, coaches, staff and guests entering the building must wear a mask at all times (INCLUDING while on the ice). 
  • Players will be allowed to enter the building one at a time (or one family at a time). Please form a line outside spacing 6ft apart upon entering the building. Please do not gather outside the building or in the parking lot.
  • Players will be allowed to enter the facility 10 minutes prior to their scheduled ice session.  (15 minutes for goalies)
  • All players must be fully dressed in all equipment upon entry and exit.* There will be a designated "SKATES ON" and "SKATES OFF" area for optional use. We encourage all skaters to arrive with skates and skate guards on whenever possible. All locker rooms are CLOSED. (*Goalies may enter the building 15 minutes prior to their ice session to put on their skates and leg pads in the designated area if needed)
  • Please ensure to fill water bottles before entering the facility. There is no sharing of water bottles and they cannot be refilled inside the arenas.
  • One (1) parent/guardian per player 18 years of age or younger are permitted in the facility
  • Players should not remove equipment after their ice session while still inside the rink. There is a designated “SKATES OFF” area for optional use. Goalies can use this area to remove skates and large pads. We request all players to remove their gear outside of the facility.  (Outside of your car, inside of your car or at home)

Thank you for your continued support as our hockey season continues to evolve.

Clayton Rodgers, Executive Director