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RiverHawks - CHC Neckguard Requirement

Effective March 1, 2022, all players registered to a CHC member program are required to wear an unmodified, BNQ Certified, neck protector specifically designed for the purpose of preventing or lessening the severity of lacerations to the neck. This requirement applies to any participant in any sanctioned on-ice event, including but not limited to games, practices, tournaments, jamborees, etc. In simplest terms, our players must wear a certified neck guard any time they take the ice.  This rule was just implemented by the CT Hockey Conference board of directors and will be mandated for 100% of the CT organizations.  Thanks for your time and understanding.

Last updated 2/26/2022

RiverHawks - Update to Isolation/Quarantine Covid Guidelines Per Recent CHC Guidance

Procedures for quarantine if exposed to a covid positive individual:

Any player who is unvaccinated and is in close contact with a covid positive individual at hockey, at school or at home should be quarantined for 5 days. 

  • Day 0 is the day of contact.  
  • IF no symptoms develop - they can return on day 6.
  • No testing required to return as long as symptoms have not developed. 
  • If symptoms develop, the player should test and follow the directions listed below if positive for covid. 

Fully vaccinated players are not required to quarantine if in contact with a covid positive individual. Any player who is vaccinated and is in close contact with a covid positive individual at hockey, at school or at home should closely monitor for symptoms for the next 10 days and should NOT come to practice or to play if they are not feeling well in any way. 

  • If symptoms develop, the player should test and follow the directions listed below if positive for covid.

Procedures for players that test positive:

Any player who tests positive for Covid must isolate for 5 days.  

  • Day 0 is the day of a positive test or day when symptoms begin.  
  • The player may return on Day 6 IF all of their symptoms are improving and have no fever for a minimum of 24 hours without medication.
  • A doctor's note is still required to return to play in athletics as per CHC rules

Masks

Mask requirements on and off the ice will continue to be enforced for all players and coaches regardless of vaccination or covid status- until the CHC tells us otherwise.

Last updated 1/9/2022

 

RiverHawks - COVID Policies & Return to Play

  • All players, coaches, and families are required to be fully masked at all times once inside all CT rinks.
  • No one should attend a practice or a game if they test positive or are experiencing ANY COVID symptoms (coughing, runny nose, sore throat, headache, fatigue....).
  • If your player has had CLOSE CONTACT with a COVID positive person in your personal life, please use responsible judgment in assessing the risk your player may pose to teammates and coaches. Using caution and judgment might allow our teams to better withstand this new wave.  
  • Current CHC protocols require any player that tests positive to isolate immediately for a 10 day period and can return with a signed doctor's note.  We count Day 0 as the date of the positive covid test or the onset of symptoms.
  • Players ( who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated)  that are exposed to a covid positive individual during Riverhawk activities will be required to quarantine. The player can test out of quarantine after day 8 with a lab test and are eligible to return on day 10. 
  • If an unvaccinated player chooses/does not test, they can return to play on day 14.
  • Please note that per CHC guidelines, home tests are no longer accepted for opt out purposes.
  • Players that are fully vaccinated (defined as having received their second vaccination shot 14 days prior to exposure) are not required to quarantine.

Last updated 1/3/2022

RiverHawks - CT DPH Mask Update

The Connecticut DPH has provided updated guidance on masking requirements, regardless of vaccination status, effective as of 12/23/21, in which they advise all  participants wear facial cnverings.  Please click here to read the full release.

 

Last updated 12/23/2021

 

RiverHawks - CHC Mask/Facial Covering Clarification

An update to the policy as of 11/16/2021 - CHC voted to lift the mask mandate. At this time, for anybody who enters a CHC rink only those who are unvaccinated are required to wear a mask/facial covering, which includes spectators.

 

On top of traditional cloth masks and neck gaiters, the Connecticut DPH has approved the CCM Game-on Mask (for both skaters and goalies), and the Bauer Concept III Face Shield (must have the Bauer Splash Guard applied). The CCM and Bauer products were not approved for the 2020-2021 season, but are now accepted facial coverings for this season.

 

Please note that no other face shield can be used as a face covering, so a traditional bubble shield must be accompanied by a cloth mask or gaiter.

 

As a reminder, the purpose behind the previous adoption of such strict measures by the CHC such as a mandatory mask mandate across the board was to do everything in our power to avoid another hockey shutdown by the State. Do not hesitate to reach out if there are any questions regarding the information presented here.

 

Last updated 11/16/2021

RiverHawks - CHC Summary of Protocols

MASK POLCY

  • All unvaccinated individuals / participants MUST WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING AT ALL TIMES WHEN INSIDE A FACILITY HOSTING CHC / USA HOCKEY SANCTIONED EVENTS (PRACTICES, SCRIMMAGES, GAMES, ETC.)
  • RINK, TOWN, OR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT POLICIES DO NOT SUPERSEDE THIS MANDATE
  • THE DEFINITION OF PARTICIPANTS IS ALL PLAYERS, COACHES, ON-ICE OFFICIALS, OFF-ICE OFFICIALS (SCORREKEEPERS & TIMEKEEPERS), AND SPECTATORS.
  • THE FOLLOWING PENALITES WILL BE IN-FORCE FOR THE 2021-2022  SEASON:
  • FIRST OFFENSE: $ 500 charged to the program.
  • SECOND OFFENSE: $ 1,000.00 charged to the program.
  • THIRD OFFENSE: $ 1,000.00 charged to the program + disqualification from all CHC tournaments.

 

QUARANTINE PERIOD 

  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated (most of our players) who are identified as a close contact of a known COVID-19 case quarantine away from sports for a full 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the case, or for 10 days with a negative test at day 8 or later. Even if players are allowed to return to school or other activities earlier than the timelines listed above, they should not return to sports until 14 days or 10 days with a test.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals (Some PW’s and Midgets) do not have to quarantine away from sports at all, as long as they do not have any symptoms. It is recommended that fully vaccinated individuals get tested between day 3-5 after their last exposure to a case and wear a mask when around others at all times until they receive a negative test result or for a full 14 days.
  • When someone becomes infected, that person must go into “isolation” (vs. contacts who go into quarantine). Isolation lasts for a full 10 days from the time symptoms started or the positive test was administered if the individual did not experience symptoms prior to the positive result.

 

   RETURN TO PLAY 

  • After an infected player’s isolation period ends, they should confirm with their medical provider that they are cleared to return to athletic activities. Those players, in consultation with their medical provider or the team trainer/physician, should follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Return to Sports and Physical Activity guidance and procedures, including the multi-day progression of physical activity as indicated.  A written note from the players pediatrician is required to be presented to Return to Play.

 

The full link to the CHC letter can be found here.

Last updated 8/24/2021

 

The Rinks - Facility COVID Protocols and Policies

Please check back for any applicable protocols or policy updates as we will keep this updated throughout the season.

 

Last updated 8/17/2021

 

Special Note on Spit Guards and Masks

At a national meeting of district Referee-in-Chiefs last Thursday night 11/12, it was confirmed that an unapproved spit guard attachment invalidates the HECC certification of a helmet unless it is reviewed and approved by the manufacturer and certified by HECC. As of 11/12 no spit guards were certified, however, since then some now are. Here is the list of approved spit guards, this is an evolving list that may change every few days: http://hecc.org/certsplashguards.html

A cloth mask that attaches to the players head (not helmet) is still required even if a splash / spit guard is also used.

Last updated 2/4/2021