OGHA Prez Communique July 12 (excerpt)
All OGHA families:
Bottom Line Up Front: OGHA Hockey is returning in September with OWHA's Return to Hockey and Ottawa Public Health protocols guiding a revamped start to the season. Getting our players on the ice and back with their age groups/friends is the primary objective in Phase One but advancing to more team-oriented activities has no timeline amidst the COVID-19 uncertainty.
I hope that this Communique finds all of you well, safe and healthy. With one of the hottest summers on record so far, hockey may not be on the radar screen, but the "dog days" have a habit of flying by and before we know it...Labour Day...and the question of Returning to Hockey will arise. I have already fielded many ??? about how female hockey is aligned with public health guidelines and the restrictions that have been implemented due to COVID-19. In a snapshot, here is what we know so far for the 2020-21 season based upon direction from Hockey Canada, the OWHA's Return To Hockey phased approach and the City of Ottawa:
For OGHA, we are in the process of signing ice contracts and planning the overall framework for 2020-21. If there is an extended Phase 1, OGHA is segmenting the Sept-Dec time period into: 1. Sept - Thanksgiving; 2. THanksgiving - Remembrance Day; and 3. Remembrance Day - end Dec. At each stage, the relevant guidelines will be evaluated with our ice allocation and registration numbers. Some other key points for OGHA: