COVID Return to Play (Stratford Rotary Hockey League)

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Modified Season due to COVID 19

The Stratford Rotary Hockey Season for 2020-2021 will be modified based on current recommendations and measures put in place by Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) and Hockey Canada (HC) to help control the spread of COVID 19.  This will see the Rotary Hockey season split into 2 sessions.  The Initial Session will run from November 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  The Second Session will run from January 2, 2021 to March 20, 2021.

Hockey Canada and the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) have released a Return to Hockey Framework which the Stratford Rotary Hockey League (SRHL) has used as a guide to model our 2020-2021 season.  The entire document can be read at the following link -


Team Roster Numbers

Further to the current recommendations and measures put in place by HPPH & HC, teams will be limited to 9 players (8 skaters and 1 goalie) for the Initial Session.  Based on recommendations made by HPPH & HC, the Second Session may or may not see team rosters increased in size and more players added to the player pool. This will be totally dependent on further guidance and rules set forth by HPPH & HC.


Divisions & Team Selection

For the Initial Session, divisions will be made up of 4 teams in one age group (ie the U13 division will be made up of players born in 2008 only).  Based on recommendations made by HPPH & HC, the Second Session may or may not see more teams added to each division.  Based on registration numbers and skill level, players may be placed in a division higher or lower than their age group.  Recommendations to move a player up or down a division will be made at the sole discretion of the Rotary Hockey Team Selection Committee. Player/Parent request for specific teammates or coaches cannot be granted especially with the team size restrictions in place. 


Modified Game Play

For the 2020-21 season only, game play will be modified to a 4 on 4 format.  Games will be played using the Continuous Play format (ie Shock/Hurricane Hockey) as recommended by HC and the OHF.  For full details on this play format, please visit the following link ohf-return-to-hockey_-_4_on_4_rules.pdf


Bench Staff - Coaches, Trainers, & On/Off Ice Helpers

For the Initial Session, each team will be limited 3 bench staff during games.  This must include a Certified Coach and a Trainer.  Bench Staff are required to wear a mask on the bench during game play.  During practices, all participants are required to wear a helmet, gloves and skates.   This is includes all coaches, trainers and/or on ice helpers.

All Bench Staff and Volunteers are required to complete the courses/check/certifications as prescribed by Hockey Canada and the OHF.  See checklist at the following link for details ohf-return-to-hockey_-_Coaches_checklist.pdf


Payment & Registration

For the Initial Session, all players must pay a $250.00 fee to register.  This will cover all practices and game up until December 31, 2020.  Fees for the second session will be calculated and posted at a later date based on future recommendations for team roster size and ice costs as prescribed by HPPH & HC. The fees for the second session will range from $250-$350 as determined by division.Players registered for the Initial Session, will automatically be enrolled in the Second Session and will just need to pay the additional fees.  If additional players can be added for the Second Session, registration will re-open.  Priority for registration for the Second Session will be given to players signed up on the Waiting List.


Waiting List

SRH expects the divisions to fill up quickly. Once the player limit in an age group has been reached, registrants will automatically be placed on our waiting list. Therefore, a waiting list will be posted for those players wishing who were not able to secure a spot in their age group, but wish to be considered if spaces open up and/or for the Second Session if team rosters sizes increase.



For the 2020-21 season only, Stratford Rotary Hockey will be permitting withdrawals on a “no questions asked” policy.  Refunds will be given out on a pro-rated basis based on number of ice times scheduled prior to the withdrawal.



The City of Stratford has policies and procedure in place for entering all arena.  The entire document, can be found at the following link ENTERING_CITY_OF_STRATFORD_ARENAS_2020_-_COVID-19_(002).pdf 

Most notable points relating to Stratford Rotary Hockey:

- Participants are strongly encouraged to arrive fully dressed except for skates, helmet and gloves.

- All participants are to arrive with no more than 1 parent or guardian to assist the player.

- Coaches & players are to arrive no more than 15 minutes before their ice time.

- All participants are to vacate the dressing room no later than 15 minutes after the game or practice

- Enter through the lobby; vacate the facility through the side exits (do not reenter the lobby to exit the facility)

- a waiver must be signed by all persons entering the facility (or parents/guardians or persons under 18) – copy of the waiver can be found at the following link City_Waiver_2019.pdf


Suspension & Cancellation of Season Due to COVID

Based on recommendations made by HPPH & HC, Stratford Rotary Hockey reserves the right to order temporary suspensions of specific players, teams or divisions to isolate under public health guidelines.  In a severe outbreak, Stratford Rotary Hockey may order specific or all divisions cancelled for the season.

In the case of either a temporary suspension or a cancellation, players will be reimbursed for time missed on a pro-rated basis based on number of ice times scheduled prior to suspension or cancellation.

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