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Hockey practices re-start tonight. Masks Required ON the ice

By Sno-King Staff 01/25/2021, 2:00pm PST

Sno-King Hockey Families,

A friendly reminder that youth hockey practices for all 8U to 18U teams re-start beginning tonight at all of our rinks. Please check Sports Engine for up to date schedules and reach out to your coach if you have any questions. The safety of our players and families is our top priority as COVID-19 remains a serious threat to public health.  Please ensure to follow the preventive measures and guidelines every time you enter our facilities so we can continue to operate responsibly and keep everyone healthy and safe.  Below are the guidelines for your review:

  • All players 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
  • COVID safety and cleaning guidelines are posted HERE
  • 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)

We need your support in adhering to the above guidelines and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Looking forward to seeing you on the ice!

Clayton Rodgers, Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sno-King Update: READY to RE-OPEN

By Sno-King Staff 01/20/2021, 1:45pm PST

Great news Sno-King Hockey Families! 

We are ready to safely welcome players back on the ice following the Phase 1 Healthy Washington plan on Monday January 25. Please read below for important info about our re-opening plans for youth hockey including available Stick n Puck sessions and Ice rental slots available at all three of our facilities Thursday through Sunday this week.

Important re-opening details for Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association:

  • Youth hockey practices will resume on Monday, January 25 following the same practice schedule that was in place before the November 15 closure. Please check Sports Engine as a refresher for your team’s schedule. 
  • All skaters and coaches are REQUIRED to wear masks AT ALL TIMES while on or off the ice. Please ensure to find a comfortable suitable mask to wear at all times while inside any facility
  • Skaters will be allowed to enter the facility 10 minutes prior to their scheduled ice session
  • All skaters 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.
  • One (1) parent/guardian per player 18 years of age or younger are permitted in the facility             
  • There are no scrimmages allowed in Phase 1
  • Sno-King COVID safety and cleaning guidelines are posted HERE
  • We plan to extend the youth hockey season for the weeks missed during the recent closure. We will discuss this further with coaches in the coming days and will provide more details soon to help keep you informed.
  • Scheduled Coaches Call: Please look for a Virtual call invite from Doug Kirton to review practice expectations and discuss extending the season in the coming days.  
  • Learn to Skate, Learn to Play Hockey 1 & 2 and Adult Learn to Play will also resume as early as next week. If you have any skaters interested or were previously enrolled please check your email or our website for specific program updates from program Directors. More details will be communicated in the coming days.
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We also have ICE TIME available beginning tomorrow! All three locations will have both Stick n Puck sessions and Private Ice rentals available Thursday January 21 through Sunday January 24. Advance online registration is required. Space is limited so please sign up soon to secure some additional ice time this weekend. Visit www.SnoKingIceArenas.com for more information. 

The safety of our skaters and families continues to be our top priority. We need your support in adhering to the above guidelines to ensure we can continue to operate responsibly and keep everyone healthy and safe. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

See you at the rink!

Clayton Rodgers, Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 update: Re-opening planning process

By Sno-King Staff 01/08/2021, 3:15pm PST

Hockey Families,

Thank you for joining us Wednesday night at our most recent Sno-King Community virtual call.  With over 225 families in attendance, we hope you found the information valuable as our staff strives to keep families up to date on how we are working to navigate through this week’s most recent COVID-19 state guidance. We wanted to recap the information that was shared to ensure all members and players are aware of what we discussed.  We know many families are eager and excited to get back on the ice and we are doing everything we can to make that happen in the safest and most responsible manner.

The immediate update for all Sno-King families is that we will NOT be re-opening on Monday January 11th. We have however activated many preliminary steps to prepare rink readiness such as re-leveling the sand floor base as well as adjusting temperatures.

There are three important elements we are evaluating before we announce if we can re-open in Phase 1:  

  1. More clarity regarding the interpretation of re-opening with practices only under Phase 1 guidance for indoor moderate risk sports
  2. Evaluating how we would manage potential Phase 1 to Phase 2 bi-weekly transitions should the new COVID-19 guidance metrics change over time
  3. Learning if masks required for all players while on the ice

While staff are preparing to put the ice back in our three facilities we are taking the necessary steps to ensure we can welcome everyone back without having to shut down again and incur high expenses of doing so. 

Lastly, we also announced our intent to extend our youth hockey season to make up for lost time during this recent closure.  Nationally, USA Hockey has pushed the schedule out until end of Apr/early May, to give time to play and have a season, but not push too far into other sports. More details will be shared after we finalize our re-opening plan.  

The earliest our Sno-King youth hockey teams could return to the ice is January 18th. This is entirely dependent on clarity of the above elements 1 and 2.  

We plan to share another update mid next week.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Clayton Rodgers, Executive Director