Due to Covid-19 ( Gathering restrictions along with Bar & Restaurant current limitations ), a decision was made by the Green Lea Golf Course and the Hockey Golf Committee to cancel this year's annual event.
Try again next year - Sat. Aug 28th, 2021.
Minnesota Hockey announced today it is advancing to Phase 2 of its Return to Play beginning Wednesday, June 24, per the updated guidance for organized sports released by the Minnesota Department of Health (“MDH”) on June 19.
Below is a summary of the changes, how they impact hockey and updated Return to Play guidance. For the full Minnesota Hockey Return to Play Phase 2 guidance document, click here.
For the complete MDH guidance document for organized sports, click here.
Minnesota Hockey established these guidelines in an effort to provide recommendations and ideas to consider when evaluating and planning your programs in the context of COVID-19. Please know these are not requirements, but they are designed to assist associations in keeping their members safe.
The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, Minnesota Hockey encourages all affiliates to stay up-to-date on state and local government guidelines and recommendations from the CDC. Minnesota Hockey will also continue to provide updates and adjust these guidelines as more information develops.
We at Minnesota Hockey want to send our best wishes to everyone in the hockey world as they are navigating this challenging and difficult time. Please be safe, and stay healthy.
As rinks begin opening and players return to the ice, there are more questions coming in about next season and what it will look like. Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.
Will there be a regular season of Minnesota Hockey this fall and winter?
That is the focus of Minnesota Hockey right now, and it is advised that associations begin preparing for a full season. While we don’t know what restrictions will be in place from the government and the Minnesota Department of Health, our Plan A is to have a full hockey season with practices, games and tournaments.
Will I be able to watch my kid play this coming season?
During Phase 1, which is our current phase, players aged 10 and under are allowed one parent/guardian in the rink to help with equipment needs. Players aged 11 and older should be dropped off at the rink and picked up after practice. Looking ahead, current indications from the Minnesota Department of Health are games will likely return before spectators are allowed to watch. More information should be available as we get closer to the season.
What changes are being implemented to keep my kid safe at the rink?
Each arena and association should have its own preparedness plan, but many of the best practices are going to be consistent from rink-to-rink. Here’s a look at some of the most common precautions being recommended by Minnesota Hockey and the Minnesota Ice Arena Manager’s Association: See Link Below. Dean Mulso ( Albert Lea Native ).
Will players be allowed in locker rooms?
The availability of locker rooms varies by rink right now. Kids should come to the rink fully dressed with the exception of skates and helmets. Exceptions may be made for goalies. Players are encouraged to use the restroom at home before arriving at the rink if possible. Players should also bring their own beverages in clearly marked re-sealable containers. No matter where players sit – locker rooms or common areas – they should always maintain six feet of social distance when not on the ice.
How are coaches going to maintain social distancing on the ice?
Coaches will have special procedures and guidelines, including practice plans to maximize space, keep kids engaged and focus on skills. During Phase 1, rinks are allowed two pods of 10 people or less, including coaches, volunteers and participants. Drills should be non-contact, player benches should not be used, and coaches should avoid contact/talking face-to-face with players at this time. Players should be dismissed from the ice one at a time through different exit points upon the completion of practice.
When we advance to Phase 2 and games start up again, there should be no more than two coaches allowed in the bench area during games, and coaches on the bench should be wearing masks.
What happens if the state experiences another shutdown at the beginning, middle or end of the season?
Members should be aware that there is a potential for further restrictions placed on youth sports, in particular if there is a surge of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Minnesota. All members should be aware and understanding of this possibility.
The best way to prevent this from happening is consistently adhering to recommendations by health experts to slow the spread such as social distancing, safe hygiene habits, staying home when sick, etc. Limiting the spread and preventing outbreaks of COVID-19 in our communities will play a key role in sustaining the activities we love in the coming weeks and months.
Will tournaments be allowed this winter?
Minnesota Hockey is planning to sanction tournaments as it has in the past. These tournaments are important to participants, associations and communities throughout the state. Minnesota Hockey will be providing additional updates as we get closer to the season, but associations are being told to plan on hosting their tournaments as usual.
Can I participate with my summer team that is not affiliated with Minnesota Hockey?
Players can participate with summer teams that are not affiliated with Minnesota Hockey. Those teams are not required to adhere to Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey rules, but they should be aware that they are not covered under USA Hockey insurance policies and are not able to participate in USA Hockey sanctioned events.
Participants in all sports should still be mindful of government restrictions and should not be taking part in games or tournaments until allowed by the state of Minnesota.
Can my offseason team get an Offseason Affiliate Agreement to participate in tournaments outside of Minnesota?
Currently, Minnesota Hockey will not allow for any Offseason Affiliate Agreements for teams looking to travel out of state. Minnesota Hockey will revisit this policy when it is advised games can safely be played.
Will the Little Wild Learn to Play Program be taking place this year?
Due to circumstances related to COVID-19, the 2020 Little Wild Learn to Play Program scheduled for this fall has been postponed until the spring of 2021. The Minnesota Wild is hoping to offer two Little Wild programs in 2021, one in April, followed by the regular fall program in September 2021.
Will Minnesota Hockey be requiring players to wear clear plastic facemasks as opposed to cage masks?
As of now, there is no scientific evidence produced that says clear plastic masks are safer and more effective at preventing the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. However, it can be assumed that they may be more effective. Currently, Minnesota Hockey does not have plans to require players to wear any particular type of mask for the 2020-21 season.
Given the evolving and uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, all events are subject to change according to city, state and national regulations and developments.
City of Albert Lea Arena's Covid-19 Preparedness Plan - Being Developed.
In order to comply with new requirements from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (“USOPC”), USA Hockey implemented a national level background screening policy, beginning on April 1, 2020.
Effective March 15, 2020, Minnesota Hockey's screening policy and procedure will no longer accept new background screens.
All background screening will be conducted by our national background screen vendor, NCSI, and information on background screening will be included following your registration.
If you were screened after April 1, 2019 for the 2019-20 season, your screen is valid for the 2020-21 season, and you will not need to be screened under the new system until prior to the 2021-22 season. If your most recent screen is from prior to April 1, 2019, you will need to be screened under the new system, after April 1, 2020, in order to participate in the upcoming season.
All new screens submitted through the new NCSI national screening program will be valid for two seasons. For example, a screen submitted and approved on May 15, 2020 will be valid through the end of the 2021-22 season, which is August 31, 2022.
Background screens through NCSI under the national program will cost $30 for all domestic screens. For international screens (members who have lived outside of the US for six consecutive months in any one county during the past 7 years) the flat rate fee in $150. If that country is solely Canada, the flat rate fee is $75.
Please note that all coaches, officials, board members, employees, volunteers, billets, and anyone else who will have regular contact with, or authority over, minor athletes are required to submit to a background screen before any such contact with minor athletes.
Lauren Tesler Harless
USAH SafeSport Compliance and Legal Administrator
Phone: (719) 538-1145
City Arena Users
Update on the status of the Albert lea City Arena Ice Events.
The City Arena will be not having any ice events tentatively Until Fall of 2020. The ice will be not be in for ice events for spring and summer of 2020. Currently the Arena is closed to the public and will be until local and state government has lifted restrictions. Spring and summer Dry floor events or non-ice events are subject to restrictions by local and state government restrictions. Please keep informed on the restrictions by going to City of Albert Lea website cityofalbertlea.org of to the state of Minnesota web site MN.gov.
I will do my best to keep in contact with you all about the Status of the Albert Lea City Arena in the future as things change.
Thank you and stay safe
Ice Arena and Recreation Coordinator
City of Albert Lea
10 % of all Food & Drink Sales from Oct 2019 to Oct 1st 2020 will go back to the Albert Lea Hockey Association. Open to anybody connected with Hockey ( Mites to High School - Payers, Coaches & Board Members ). You need to present your card ( see attachment ) to your server each time to get the credit. Top Sales Card #'s ( 1st, 2nd & 3rd ) will receive a Gift Card to Wedgewood Cove Golf Club. If you didn't get your card at Fall Registration in Sept, Connect w/ Brad Loch ( 507-363-2916 ).