Important Update

Capital City Vipers COVID-19 Policy and Updates

Updated Sep 2, 2021

The Capital City Vipers continually monitor COVID-19 guidelines of the CDC, USA Hockey, the Delaware Valley Hockey League and local schools to maintain a policy to keep our players as safe as possible. The following are the procedures and guidelines for the Capital City Vipers to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The Capital City Vipers reserve the right to change procedures and guidelines from time to time to address new state and local regulations or CDC recommendations. Parents and players must adhere to the Vipers and Twin Ponds procedures and guidelines at all times.

At this time, we have not yet received guidance from the USA Hockey Atlantic District or the Delaware Valley Hockey League on guidelines for the 2021-22 season. Both are monitoring the situation with vaccination and the delta variant to understand the risks and mitigation strategies. We will email updates to the club as we learn more.

Health Screening

A health screening is required for every player and coach attending a Vipers practice or game. The screening will be administered by your team’s manager which is your designated team COVID contact. If for whatever reason, you or your player can not pass the screening questions, please let your team manager know immediately - the sooner the better. The details of your particular situation will be held in confidence and will be tracked discretely by our club COVID coordinator, Rob Yates.

Return to Play

If a player/coach can not pass the screening questions, then they can return to play based on the following guidelines:

Contact with positive COVID-19

If the player/coach had contact with anyone that is positive with COVID-19, then the player may return to team activities:

  • After day 10 of quarantine without testing
  • After day 7 of quarantine after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
  • Immediately if the player/coach has been vaccinated and is showing no symptoms (the CDC recommends getting tested 3-5 days after exposure and wearing a mask while indoors, but this is not a club requirement)
  • Immediately if the player/coach has had the COVID-19 illness in the last 3 months and has recovered and has no symptoms

Note: The incubation period of COVID-19 remains at 14 days and those with contact with anyone that is positive should continue to monitor symptoms up to 14 days after contact.

Positive COVID-19 test result

If the player/coach received a positive result from a COVID-19 test and has no symptoms, they may return to player after 10 days past when the test was administered

COVID-19 Symptoms in household (including symptoms in household)

If the player/coach has symptoms as indicated on the health screen or is in close contact with someone with symptoms (e.g. household member), then the player may return to play after at least 10 days since the start of symptoms AND no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving. Players can return earlier with a note from a doctor indicating that they may return to play or a negative COVID test.

Communications

The club will directly notify players, coaches and parents if they have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive on their team or in the facility. For DVHL teams, the league is tracking all COVID cases within the league and is notifying clubs appropriately for either 1) game postponements/cancellations due to opponent teams being quarantined or 2) teams that have played opponent teams within 14 days since finding out an opponent team had tested positive. At this time, the league is trying to reschedule any games that have been postponed, but not all league games may be rescheduled depending on ice and time availability.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have questions or concerns not addressed here, please reach out.

Contacts

Club COVID-19 Coordinator
Rob Yates
president@capitalcityvipers.org

Team COVID-19 Coordinator
Your team manager is your COVID coordinator.

Twin Ponds Guidelines

Below is a summary of Twin Ponds Guidelines. The latest guidelines can be found on their website and supersede what is listed below.

Masks: All patrons ages 2 and above must wear a mask while inside the building unless fully vaccinated. Upon entering the ice surface, skaters may remove their masks.

Spectators: There are currently no restrictions on spectators.

Locker Rooms: There are currently no restrictions on locker rooms.

What Can I do to Help?

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We recognize that players and parents alike are passionate about hockey and will be disappointed about the impact of COVID-19. As coaches, directors and parents alike, we too are extremely disappointed for the need to restrict activities. That said, for us to be able to get back to normal play as quickly as possible, we ask that you heed the recommendations of the club, local government and the CDC.