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Representative (Rep) - Rep Update - FALL SESSION
Submitted By Mark Dubeau on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
I hope you are all healthy and your children have adjusted well to their return to school.  The health, wellness and safety our Panther families is always our number one priority.  Giving our athletes an opportunity to get some physical activity while continuing to play hockey should help with their physical, mental and emotional well-being.


Establishing safety protocols with each municipality and facility is extremely important and has been one of the biggest challenges we’ve encountered.  We wouldn’t be moving forward unless we were confident in the procedures that are being put in place for everyone’s protection.   This will be unlike any other season we’ve ever had to manage.  Ice time is very limited.  Some municipalities are operating at 50% capacity. 


The fall session is going to follow the protocols and procedures as established by the OWHA Return to Play documentation.  This includes player registration in RAMP, team formation without tryouts, practice groups for skill development sessions and extended groups (bubbles) of up to 50 internal and external players for game play.  The primary focus will always be player development.  Modified game format will be 3v3 or 4v4 - pending OWHA approval and introduction at a later date. 


FEES : Players must complete the registration process for the fall session and pay the competitive fee.  

                - Fees collected represent a deposit for the competitive program.

                - Fees include all Hockey Canada and OWHA registration and insurance (You can be confident that this is a Hockey Canada/OWHA  sanctioned program)

                - Any additional program fees will be assessed for each team by late October (if applicable).

                - Teams will manage their own budgets as they did in prior seasons, but with fewer expenditures.

                - Fees include a PantherWear hoodie only.  Other PantherWear items and jerseys/socks are optional.  You can use last year’s jerseys if you wish.

                - In the unfortunate event that there are COVID-related shut downs, the refund policy will be on a pro-rated basis for variable costs like ice and league administration.


TEAM FORMATION :  Team formation will follow the procedure from the OWHA.  

                - All players must be rostered to a team for insurance coverage to take effect.

                - Players will be placed on rosters based on coach selections, previous teams, prior evaluations from the CYGHA skills sessions and spots available.  

                - Tryouts are not allowed.  

                - Rostering will start on September 21st and be completed by September 24th.  You should receive notice of placement prior to the end of that period.

                - All rosters are subject to executive approval.  

                - Rep team formation policies still apply (residency rules, staff selection, roster size, etc.).

                - We will do our best to place all players that registered in the competitive program, however, due to OWHA Roster size limitations and the limited amount of ice we have this season, we will not have spots for everyone.  If your player does not get a spot, their registration will defer to House League and fee difference will be refunded.  You can opt-out of this transfer by contacting the office.

                - From a team placement perspective, coaches have been advised to try and group players based on friendships, prior team-mates, familiarity and ultimately girls that will have the most fun together.


Important note: It is understandable that team placement will create unneeded stress at this time.  Please keep in mind that there are no leagues, no tournaments, no championships or awards.  The concept of “team” at this point is required administratively, but in order to optimize the usage of the limited ice we have, practice groups will likely consist of players from more than one team.  For example, half of the “A” team may practice with the “AA” team one week - the other half the following week.  Half of the “AA” team may practice up with the older “A” team - and so on...  Games will likely take place with smaller groups of 8-10 players on each side to give players more ice time in 3v3 or 4v4 games.  


Our dedicated Panther coaches are committed to giving players a fun and memorable year of hockey in spite of the current challenges we are dealing with in the world.  We have a lot of resources and great coaches in place to make this a great year for our Panthers.  We will continue to implement our coach and player development strategy by introducing a skill development plan for each level.  We are looking long term and into 2021 and just need everyone’s support and faith through this.


FINALLY…  We have an initial ice allocation this week from the municipalities and we are instructing to coaches to split up the player lists and make sure every registered player is invited to at least one development skate before the end of the weekend.  Please expect an email from one of the coaches in the next day or two informing you of your ice time if you haven’t already.  This is an informal skate, meant to be fun, to build on the prior development skates from August and September.


If you have any concerns that can’t be addressed by one of the coaches, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Thank you for your patience throughout this process.



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