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Notice of Immediate

ASHA COVID POLICIES

Updated Covid Policy for ASHA dated 7.17.2021

Notice of Immediate

AHO COVID POLICIES



4/25/2021 update:

ASHA will update this policy to address guideline changes made by the CDC in reference to mask wearing, vaccines and social distancing.

If a person has been fully vaccinated from Covid-19 and they are determined to be a close contact of a positive Covid case, they must refrain from hockey activities if they show symptoms at which time, they must follow all ASHA/CDC guidelines for quarantining and return to activity. If they are not exhibiting any symptoms then they are not required to quarantine and can return to activities.

If rink/local policy allows, teams may use locker rooms for dressing and undressing. Teams may only enter 15 minutes before their ice time and must exit the building 15 minutes after their ice session ends. NO showers are permitted. Masks are required off ice while in the rink, including locker rooms.

Dear Alaska Hockey Community:

In October, 2020, we the ASHA Executive Committee, as subsequently ratified by our full Board, issued our ASHA COVID Mandate Policy.  The purpose of these mandates was to do our part to ensure the safety of not only our participate in hockey, but the safety of those who come into contact with our Alaska Hockey participants.  The mandates really boil down to adhering to three simple things: (1) social distancing whenever possible; (2) wearing masks at all times relevant, and (3) eliminating the possibility to spread by way of shared space and water bottles.  As such, to promote social distancing, we prohibited use of locker rooms unless exceptions are granted via a request with justification with Anna Culley, we limited the gathering before and after games, and we limited spectators.  Regarding masks, we mandated that they be worn before, during and after games. 

I am certainly well aware of the fact that we as a state are top on the lists of states regarding getting is population vaccinated.  I know we are all growing tired of the restrictions and limitations COVID and governing bodies’ have placed on all of us, and the ASHA COVID mandates are no exception.    That said, we cautioned all of our membership when issuing these mandates that if we were not proactive, and if we elect to not adhere to the safety measures contained in our COVID Mandate Policy, then those who hold the keys to the rinks, especially in Anchorage Municipality, may elect that we can not be trusted to adhere to the current basic safety measures, and restrict access to the indoor ice.   We took the position then and take the position now that we are less interested in punishing the bad actors, meaning those who elect to ignore the safety protocols in place, and that we, as the governing body for hockey in the State of Alaska are far more concerned about keeping everyone safe.  Recently, in our local efforts to persuade the Acting Mayor of Anchorage and the Anchorage Assembly to lighten up on the local Emergency Orders and the restrictions contained in them relating to hockey, many of us in a position of leadership represented that our hockey community can be trusted.  We let them know that ASHA had been proactive and adopted good and proper COVID Mandated Policies, and that we as a hockey community are doing a good job adhering to our own COVID 19 policies and that are number are low, which for the most part is and remains to be a true statement.  But perceptions can become reality, and the actions of a few can affect all of us.

Unfortunately, as we all know from recent press releases, the MOA Code enforcement has been visiting the local Anchorage rinks and assessing fines.  Maybe it is an administration flexing their muscle because the conflict between the Assembly and the Administration regarding Hockey; or maybe it is happening now because they are taking an interest in policing rinks to undermine representations made of all the good work and adherence to our own polies so many of you have demonstrated for these many months and to assess fees or make some kind of a political statement.  The motives really are not relevant at this time.  What is relevant is that they are showing up, and assessing fines.  They are assessing fines because many have elected to let their guard down; parents not insisting their children comply; programs perhaps not policing their own coaches and teams; coaches not policing their own players; and adult teams wearing face masks like chin guards.  We as a hockey community can and must do better.  

Now is not the time to engage in the debate as to the “science behind mask wearing” or the political debate that being forced to wear masks infringes someone’s freedom-those debates are for a different time.  Failing to comply, letting down our guard in this the third period of the COVID fight will ultimately infringe on the rights of everyone who wants to continue to enjoy and participate in the game for the short run.  It would be one thing Code enforcement assessed fines only as against the individuals who actually ignored the MOA Mask mandates (also our ASHA Mandates).  Then perhaps the power of the penalty and the purse could have a sufficient motivation to ensure future compliance by those who choose to let their guard down and not comply.  However, Code Enforcement has elected to fine the rinks, specifically The O’Malley Ice Center for our failings as a community to comply. ASHA and hockey community is dependent upon a strong partnership with our rinks, particularly our only Anchorage based private rink.  It has been hit hard due to COVID.  It has lost the opportunity to host actual “games” for months, it had State Hockey Tournaments moved from its venue due to local restrictions, and the monetary loss and the economic strain on the O’Malley Center due to COVID has been tremendous.   The unwillingness of a few of our membership to comply with the mask mandates is costing our partner in hockey more economic loss.  This is no way to treat our partner in hockey.  These actions are “infringing” on the rinks rights, and run the real risk of ruining our ability to remove restrictions on our local rinks in the near future.    

I urge all of us to do better and we must do better. To those have shown the willingness to adhere to our ASHA COVID policies and been willing to make the necessary sacrifices so that all of us can continue to enjoy the game, I want to express my gratitude and sincere thanks.  To those of you who may be letting up your guard, please think about how your actions affect others, and mask up!  

 

Darryl L. Thompson, Esq.
Alaska State Hockey Associaiton, President
880 N Street, Suite 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 272-9322 Phone
(907) 277-1373 Fax
(907) 227-4865 Cell

Alaska State Hockey Association

COVID Update 12.5.2020

 

According to new information and guidelines released by the CDC ASHA’s policy will changes effective immediately in concern to players/coaches/parents who are deemed to be close contacts of a positive case of Covid-19. The updated policy will read as follows:

  • If a participant has been in close contact with someone (participant, family or community member) diagnosed with COVID-19, and he/she choosing to get a Covid-19 test, he/she may be able to end the quarantine period after 7 days of quarantine, on the 8th day. He/she should take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior when they hope to end the quarantine (on day 6 or 7). They must continue to quarantine until the test comes back negative, which may be longer than 7 days. Even if the test is negative and he/she ends quarantine, they must continue to wear a mask when around others and monitor for symptoms for the full 14 days. If they develop any symptoms or their test result is positive, they must self-isolate. If he/she chooses not to take a Covid-19 they should quarantine for a full 10 days after date of exposure.  They may end the quarantine on day 11 if he/she do not develop symptoms. They must continue to wear a mask when around others and monitor for symptoms for the full 14 days. Self-isolate if you develop symptoms and get tested.
  • Change in policy that states Associations should continue to record and maintain their records of all Covid related cases but they no longer need to send that information to Anna Culley within 24 hours. They are asked to send the information monthly for informational purposes only. If Associations have questions on the policies or procedures for isolating or quarantining they can contact Anna.
October 17, 2020
 
To: Alaska Hockey Community:
 
As you all may be aware of by this time, unfortunately, the state hockey community has recently experienced a cluster of positive tests for COVID-19. While it is difficult, if not impossible, to ascertain the origin of exposure, it is clear that, moving forward, if we as the Hockey Community do not take every possible measure within our control to slow or avoid the transmission of this infectious disease, we run the real risk of continued transmission and further outbreaks within the hockey community.  Additionally, if we as a Hockey Community do not do better, we run the real possibility that local or state public health officials will take matters into their own hands and greatly restrict or stop our ability for continued play.  In a concerted effort to make the hockey experience safe and minimize risks for everyone, and to try to assure continued play, the ASHA Executive Committee has conferred and implemented a series of protocols that are hereby mandated, or recommended, for its affiliate members and associations. These protocols are hereby implemented and are to be enforced immediately until further notice and regardless of, and in addition to, protocols that may be required by the local governing authorities and facilities where practices and games are held. 
 
The latest science informs us that the greatest risk of exposure occurs while in close contact with others for more than 15 minutes at a time. A recent article regarding learned data from a transmission of COVID as a result of an adult hockey game in Florida, and the guidance from public health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has all aided in informing the adoption of these polices.  Those tools within all of our control to reduce the likelihood of COVID spread and transmission are: (1) wearing masks; (2) proper sanitization; (3) maintaining social distancing; and (4) limiting the size of gatherings to prevent the opportunity for community spread.  The tools within our control to allow the local associations and teams to act proactively upon discovering a positive COVID exposure are: (1) each association having a COVID Mitigation Plan in place; (2) maintain proper contact tracing; (3) provide timely notification; (4) follow the CDC quarantining and testing before returning to play.  
 
COVID Mitigation Plan and Reporting.
 
All local associations must adopt a COVID Mitigation Plan and must submit that plan to Anna Culley, Chairman of the ASHA COVID Ad-Hoc Committee.  The development and presentation of a COVID Mitigation Plan is not discretionary and it must be completed and presented to remain in good standing.  If an association has not yet completed or presented its plan to Anna Culley, it must do so within Five (5) days of this policy statement (no later than October 22, 2020).  Anna has previously provided the minimum guidelines as to what each Mitigation Plan must address. 
 
It is also mandatory that each positive case be reported to Anna Culley no later than 24 hours after discovery of a positive COVID test result.   If you have any questions regarding development or presentation of your association’s Mitigation Plan, or regarding reporting and proper protocols consistent with the public health officials mandates upon discovery of a positive exposure, please contact Anna Culley immediately.  She can be reached at akregistrar@live.com or (907) 322-7633. 
 
Locker Rooms.
 
Regarding locker rooms, until further notice, unless your association has obtained an exception by providing a locker room use policy which has been approved by Anna Culley locker rooms are closed.  Except for those associations with an approved Locker Room Use Plan, continued locker room use shall be prohibited at all rinks for both practices and games until further notice. Players are to come to the rink pre-dressed. Goalies can get dressed at the rink but should socially distance while wearing a mask.
 
Player and Coach Masks and Social Distancing.
 
All players and coaches must wear masks and should maintain proper social distance. All players and coaches must wear masks when entering the facility and while putting on skates.  All participants must wear masks until it is time to take the ice and put the masks back on immediately upon getting off the ice and removal of helmets.  Masks can be removed before putting on helmets to go on the ice. Masks must be put on immediately after the removal of helmets after the ice session and must continue to be worn leaving the facility.  To the extent possible, areas where players can stretch and put on skates will be made available and designated that provides proper social distancing.
 
Players and coaches are not permitted to arrive any earlier than 15 minutes before the ice session. At games, players and coaches can arrive no more than 25 minutes before
games to allow players to stretch for a few minutes. Once the session is over players must leave the facility immediately after taking off their skates and in no event more than 10 minutes after the session.
 
Water Bottles.
 
Every player must have an individual water bottle that is clearly labeled and is not to be shared with others.
 
Contact Tracing/Limited Gatherings/Health Questionnaire/Temperature Checks.
 
A member of the Team Staff must keep attendance logs to know who was at practice and maintain the logs in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.  Spectators, including family, are discouraged from attending practice. At all games, the home team is responsible for designating a team representative to make sure that all spectators sign-in to the facility and answer the qualifying questions. These logs should be maintained by the facility or home team Association for contact tracing.
 
It is strongly recommended, but not required, that every spectator entering the facility for games and all players and coaches at practice submit to a temperature scan. Those with temperatures exceeding 100.4 degrees should be asked to leave and not participate.
 
Spectator Limitations/Masks
 
Spectators, when allowed, must wear masks and socially distance from all except immediate family members. Immediate family members mean:  those family members who have been members of your hockey family’s “bubble” during this pandemic.  ASHA encourages that the families limit spectators to one family member per player. 
 
ASHA has received reports of our parent/spectator groups not complying with the mandates of wearing masks, proper social distancing and limiting the size of gatherings.   While we cannot ascertain if this activity has contributed to the recent reports of a cluster of Hockey COVID cases, we as a community cannot continue to publicly disregard the most basic health advice we are receiving from the public health officials and expect the rinks to remain open for our kids to be able to play.  Sacrifices must be made to provide our youth and adult players the continued opportunity to enjoy playing the game of hockey during this COVID pandemic.  The ASHA Executive Committee urges all of us in the Alaska Hockey Community to come together, to do better,  and to do everything within our power to adhere to the most basic guidelines so that our  kids and adults may have the continued privilege to pay this game we all love and enjoy. 
 
ASHA appreciates that some of these mandates and recommendations may seem “harsh” or unnecessary. Obviously, the goal is to reduce exposure and transmission to the virus to the greatest extent possible for the safety and health all of our players, coaches and spectators. Still, our success in reducing exposure and transmission will only occur if each of us is vigilant about compliance with the protocols. Member organizations and teams face the potential for sanctions if the mandates are not enforced. ASHA also recognizes that one-size does not fit all circumstances and that there may be a need for certain exceptions to these mandates.  In that event, please contact Anna Culley, to seek out and have exceptions approved before unilaterally exercising exceptions.
 
Of course, if there is someone who is symptomatic and/or tests positive for the virus, please follow your organization’s mitigation plan and any other state or local protocols. All positive tests must be reported to Anna Culley immediately, and if you have any COVID related questions or concerns, please contact Anna Culley as she is running point on all things COVID for ASHA.  Anna is in contact with public official officials, and she is extremely knowledgeable as to our mandates, and public official and CDC guidelines.   
 
 
Yours in Hockey,
 
 
ASHA Executive Committee.

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TRAVEL ADVISORY

All teams (players, parents, coaches) traveling outside of Alaska will commit to adhering to all Alaska State Covid-19 travel regulations before participating in any on ice activities upon return to Alaska. 

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COVID-19 Rink Guidelines

Starting Friday, February 12, 2021


Anchorage COVID 19 Testing will be:

Tuesday’s 4:00 pm -6-00 pm
Ben Boeke

 

Testing will be inside the venue, please enter on west side of building

534 East 16th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

 Friday’s 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
 O’Malley Sports Center Parking Lot
 Now known as
 Royal Business System Ice Center 
Testing will be inside the venue.

 11051 O’Malley Center Drive
 Anchorage, Alaska 99515

Also, testing is free for all youth AND adults! 

Dear Alaska Hockey Community:

In October, 2020, we the ASHA Executive Committee, as subsequently ratified by our full Board, issued our ASHA COVID Mandate Policy.  The purpose of these mandates was to do our part to ensure the safety of not only our participate in hockey, but the safety of those who come into contact with our Alaska Hockey participants.  The mandates really boil down to adhering to three simple things: (1) social distancing whenever possible; (2) wearing masks at all times relevant, and (3) eliminating the possibility to spread by way of shared space and water bottles.  As such, to promote social distancing, we prohibited use of locker rooms unless exceptions are granted via a request with justification with Anna Culley, we limited the gathering before and after games, and we limited spectators.  Regarding masks, we mandated that they be worn before, during and after games. 

 

I am certainly well aware of the fact that we as a state are top on the lists of states regarding getting is population vaccinated.  I know we are all growing tired of the restrictions and limitations COVID and governing bodies’ have placed on all of us, and the ASHA COVID mandates are no exception.    That said, we cautioned all of our membership when issuing these mandates that if we were not proactive, and if we elect to not adhere to the safety measures contained in our COVID Mandate Policy, then those who hold the keys to the rinks, especially in Anchorage meaning the municipality of Anchorage, may elect that we can not be trusted to adhere to the current basic safety measures, and restrict access to the indoor ice.   We took the position then and take the position now that we are less interested in punishing the bad actors, meaning those who elect to ignore the safety protocols in place, and that we, as the governing body for hockey in the State of Alaska are far more concerned about keeping everyone safe.  Recently, in our local efforts to persuade the Acting Mayor of Anchorage and the Anchorage Assembly to lighten up on the local Emergency Orders and the restrictions contained in them relating to hockey, many of us in a position of leadership represented that our hockey community can be trusted.  We let them know that ASHA had been proactive and adopted good and proper COVID Mandated Policies, and that we as a hockey community are doing a good job adhering to our own COVID 19 policies and that are number are low, which for the most part is and remains to be a true statement.  But perceptions can become reality, and the actions of a few can affect all of us.

 

Unfortunately, as we all know from recent press releases, the MOA Code enforcement has been visiting the local Anchorage rinks and assessing fines.  Maybe it is an administration flexing their muscle because the conflict between the Assembly and the Administration regarding Hockey; or maybe it is happening now because they are taking an interest in policing rinks to undermine representations made of all the good work and adherence to our own polies so many of you have demonstrated for these many months and to assess fees or make some kind of a political statement.  The motives really are not relevant at this time.  What is relevant is that they are showing up, and assessing fines.  They are assessing fines because many have elected to let their guard down; parents not insisting their children comply; programs perhaps not policing their own coaches and teams; coaches not policing their own players; and adult teams wearing face masks like chin guards.  We as a hockey community can and must do better.  

 

Now is not the time to engage in the debate as to the “science behind mask wearing” or the political debate that being forced to wear masks infringes someone’s freedom-those debates are for a different time.  Failing to comply, letting down our guard in this the third period of the COVID fight will ultimately infringe on the rights of everyone who wants to continue to enjoy and participate in the game for the short run.  It would be one thing Code enforcement assessed fines only as against the individuals who actually ignored the MOA Mask mandates (also our ASHA Mandates).  Then perhaps the power of the penalty and the purse could have a sufficient motivation to ensure future compliance by those who choose to let their guard down and not comply.  However, Code Enforcement has elected to fine the rinks, specifically The O’Malley Ice Center for our failings as a community to comply. ASHA and hockey community is dependent upon a strong partnership with our rinks, particularly our only Anchorage based private rink.  It has been hit hard due to COVID.  It has lost the opportunity to host actual “games” for months, it had State Hockey Tournaments moved from its venue due to local restrictions, and the monetary loss and the economic strain on the O’Malley Center due to COVID has been tremendous.   The unwillingness of a few of our membership to comply with the mask mandates is costing our partner in hockey more economic loss.  This is no way to treat our partner in hockey.  These actions are “infringing” on the rinks rights, and run the real risk of ruining our ability to remove restrictions on our local rinks in the near future.    

 

I urge all of us to do better and we must do better. To those have shown the willingness to adhere to our ASHA COVID policies and been willing to make the necessary sacrifices so that all of us can continue to enjoy the game, I want to express my gratitude and sincere thanks.  To those of you who may be letting up your guard, please think about how your actions affect others, and mask up!  

Darryl L. Thompson, Esq.
Alaska State Hockey Associaiton, President
880 N Street, Suite 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 272-9322 Phone
(907) 277-1373 Fax
(907) 227-4865 Cell

Starting Friday, February 12, 2021


Anchorage COVID 19 Testing will be:

Tuesday’s 4:00 pm -6-00 pm
Ben Boeke

 

Testing will be inside the venue, please enter on west side of building

534 East 16th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

 Friday’s 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
 O’Malley Sports Center Parking Lot
 Now known as
 Royal Business System Ice Center 
Testing will be inside the venue.

 11051 O’Malley Center Drive
 Anchorage, Alaska 99515

Also, testing is free for all youth AND adults!