Important Update

Capital City Vipers COVID-19 Policy and Updates

Updated Feb 11, 2020

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.

For game-day protocols, for DVHL games and non-DVHL home games, we are following the Delaware Valley Hockey League’s (DVHL) protocols available on their website and are included below. Twin Ponds also has specific guidelines covering masks, locker room usage and spectators that may change from time to time and are available on their website.

Health Screening

A health screening and temperature check is required for every player entering Twin Ponds. 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)

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 14 days after 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 10 days after the start of symptoms AND no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms should be dramatically improved. 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.

DVHL/Vipers Game Day Protocol

Players

  • Locker rooms are not available for players to use. Players must get addressed by their vehicle outside or in areas designated by the rink as dressing areas.
  • All players and staff must be screened through a temperature check and a health questionnaire prior to
    games. If an individual has symptoms, they cannot participate in activities.
  • Players cannot enter the ice until given the OK by the rink staff that all sanitation has been completed.
  • Activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva must not be allowed including chewing gum,
    spitting, licking fingers, and eating sunflower seeds.
  • Avoid shaking hands, fist bumps, or high fives before, during or after games and practices. Limit
    unnecessary physical contact with teammates, other players, coaches, officials, and spectators.
  • No handshakes are to be made between the coaches, players or officials.
  • At the end of the game, teams will line up on blue lines and do a stick salute before exiting the ice. There
    will be no handshakes.
  • Teams must use separate doors to enter or exit the ice.
  • Teams must use their own pucks for warm-ups.
  • Players must not share water bottles, towels or personal items. Team water coolers for sharing through
    disposable cups are not allowed. Fixed water fountains should not be used.
  • Players should come to or leave the rink dressed as much as possible to avoid being in the rink longer than necessary prior to/after the game.
  • Players must wear face masks to, during and from the dressing area
  • When players leave the dressing area to go to ice or vice versa, the player must wear their helmet and
    maintain social distancing.
  • The locker room showers will not be available for use.

Coaches

  • All players and staff must be screened through a temperature check and a health questionnaire prior to
    games. If an individual has symptoms, they cannot participate in activities.
  • Coaches will confirm with team managers that all questionnaires and temp checks are completed and
    that the game can begin
  • Will report to designated team Coordinator any concerns of players who may be displaying symptoms of
    COVID-19 or any information heard from the players of the possibility of any player/family contact with
    regard to COVID-19.
  • Coaches will wear face masks during the entire time they are in the rink including while on the bench.
    GAME DAY PROTOCOL
  • Teams cannot enter the ice until given the OK by the rink staff that all sanitation has been completed.
  • No handshakes are to be made between the coaches, players or officials.
  • At the end of the game, teams will line up on blue lines and do a stick salute before exiting the ice. There
    will be no handshakes.
  • Teams must use separate doors to enter or exit the ice.
  • Teams must use their own pucks for warm-ups.
  • Players must use their own water bottles. Team water coolers for sharing through disposable cups are
    not allowed. Fixed water fountains should not be used.
  • Coaches and players must maintain appropriate social distancing at all times possible, including in the
    field of play, locker rooms, benches, and workout areas. During down time, players and coaches should
    not congregate.
  • Coaches and staff must screen and monitor athletes for symptoms prior to and during games and
    practices. If individuals participating in activities show symptoms, have a temperature of 100.4 degrees
    or higher, or are sick, they must be sent home.
  • Coaches must insure that benches are left clean at the end of each game. All trash and empty water
    bottles must be removed.
  • Officials will encourage players to refrain from any interaction with opponent during a stoppage in play.
    Players and coaches must understand the seriousness of the potential for spread of the virus and
    conduct themselves with the utmost sportsmanship and class at all times.
  • Team off-ice warmups are not permitted within a rink facility. We ask that you use outdoor areas for
    warmup purposes.

Scorekeepers

  • Scorekeepers will wear face masks during the entire time they are in the rink including while in the
    scorekeeper’s box.
  • Scorekeepers will bring their own pens for usage.
  • Scorekeepers will use hand sanitizers while in the box as well as providing for referees.

Officials

  • Officials will abide by USA Hockey and AAHA regulations.
  • Recommended electronic whistles to be used.
  • Use hand sanitizers as provided by scorekeepers prior to game, after each period and at end of game.
  • Do not shake hands with off ice officials, players or coaches.

Spectators/Parents When Permitted In The Facility

  • On-ice activities (games and practices) are currently limited to one spectator per player.
  • Parents/Spectators who are aware of any team players, family members, etc. who are sick or have had
    exposure to someone with the virus should inform the designated team COVID Coordinator, who will
    inform the designated club COVID Coordinator.
  • Parents/Spectators will commit to checking their own, as well as the players temperature and assessing
    their own as well as the players symptoms on a daily basis. Parents, Children and athletes who are sick
    or showing symptoms must stay home.
  • Parents/Spectators will wear a face mask entering the rink, attending the DVHL games and departing the
    rink (at all times while in the rink).
  • Parents/Spectators will practice social distancing.
  • Parents/Spectators will abide by all rules/protocols set by the rink and DVHL.
  • Parents/Spectators understand that by not abiding by the rules/protocols set by the rink and DVHL will
    result in the parent/spectator having to leave the building.
  • Parents/Spectators understand that by not abiding by the rules/protocols set by the rink and DVHL can
    result in the parent/spectator’s player not being eligible to play in the game and could jeopardize their
    player’s participation for the remainder of the season.
  • It is highly recommended that all players’ equipment be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
  • Nonessential visitors, spectators, and volunteers should be limited when possible, including activities with
    external groups or organizations. Parents should refrain from attending practices, or volunteering to assist
    with coaching

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 at all times inside the building. Upon entering the ice surface, skaters may remove their masks. Once exiting the ice surface, skaters must put their masks back on. Non skating patrons must wear their mask the entire time that they are inside the building.

Entering and Exiting the Building: All patrons must enter and exit the building using the front doors.   The doors are clearly labeled for entrance and exit. Skaters/players are permitted to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled ice time.   Anyone arriving earlier than that, must wait outside the building until the appropriate time.

Social Distancing: All patrons are expected to maintain at least a 6 foot distance from each other at all times. Under no circumstances are there to be any gatherings or congregating anywhere in the building.

Spectators: In order to comply with the new occupancy limits issued by the State of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, October 6, Twin Ponds will be allowing 1 parent/spectator per athlete to attend events. Spectators are responsible to self-monitor this rule. Twin Ponds will be periodically checking compliance with this rule. Parents/spectators should not come into the building until 5 minutes prior to their athlete’s scheduled ice time. They should go directly into the bleachers and should social distance from any other parents/spectators. All parents/spectators should leave the building as soon as their event is concluded. You can wait for the athlete outside. MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES WHILE YOU ARE IN THE BUILDING. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO WEAR A MASK – DON’T COME!

Locker Rooms: There are no locker rooms available for use by youth players. All players should come to the rink dressed or dress in the parking lot. We have provided benches in the front of the building. Parents/players MUST observe social distancing when using the benches. Take turns!

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 to be able to get back to the rink as quickly as possible, we ask that you heed the recommendation to limit exposure to groups of individuals as much as possible.