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EYHA COVID-19 Safety and Action Plans


EYHA President:  Frank Parisi

EYHA Player Safety Coordinator:  Joe Baird

EYHA Player Safety Committee:  Joe Baird (Player Safety Coordinator)

                          Sean O'Connell (VP of Travel)

                          Rick Villamil (VP of House)

                          Josh Pepin (8U Coordinator)

                    Dominic Cloud (Equipment Coordinator)

EYHA Player Safety Team Coordinators:  Head Coach of each team


Essex Youth Hockey will be practicing/hosting games in the following rinks for the 2021-22 season:







Health/Safety Guidelines for each of these rinks will be posted on the EYHA website.  It is expected that families familiarize themselves with the guidelines and follow them.  Families will be given blank copies of player screening forms and will also be able to print them off of the EYHA website.  In addition, coaches will be given extra copies of forms if needed.  Families will be in charge of making sure forms are filled out and ready to hand in as players enter rink for practices/games.  Families will also be directed to go to websites of home teams for away games to read home rink guidelines and obtain proper paperwork for entrance into rink.  


Expectations for Families:

  • Read guidelines and follow protocol for rinks where child is skating

  • Make sure child and anyone entering rink has mask

  • Clean/disinfect player’s equipment regularly

Guidelines for parents :

          Cleaning/disinfecting equipment:

  • Most equipment can be washed in a household washing machines with regular detergent.  Use the gentle/delicate cycle for shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin pad liners and gloves.  Allow equipment to dry completely, which may take up to 24 hours.  You can use a spray disinfectant daily and thoroughly wash at least every other week.

  • Helmets, skates, sticks and shin pad coverings can be cleaned with disinfecting wipes after each use.

  • Jerseys, socks and undergarments should be washed after each use.

  • Take equipment out of your hockey bag and air dry after each use. 

  • Disinfecting wipes and sprays can be purchased in your local grocery stores or markets. These products meet the EPA List N for use against SARS- CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19

           Symptoms:  If your child has any of the following symptoms, keep                                   them home:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

         COVID Positive

  • Inform your team head coach and/or association if your child tests positive for COVID-19, if someone in their household tests positive or has been exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Stay home for a minimum of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and until there is no fever for at least three days without medication AND improvement of other symptoms.

  • Siblings and household members should also stay home for 14 days and follow the VDH Quarantine Guidance on when to return.

Expectations for Head Coaches:                                                                 

  • responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns on team and passing information on to Player Safety Committee regarding positive COVID-19 cases on team.

  • Carrying PPE in Med Kit.  This includes gloves, hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and extra masks.

  • Helping players to follow safety guidelines on and off the ice.

  • Collaborating with assistant coaches to create practices that allow for social distancing.

Expectations for Assistant Coaches:

  •  Each team will designate an assistant coach who is responsible to taking attendance at practices and games.  

  • Communicate any concerns around COVID-19 with Head Coach and/or Joe Baird.

  • Helping players to follow safety guidelines on and off the ice.

  • Collaborating with head coach to create practices that allow for social distancing.

Expectations for Essex Youth Hockey Association Board/Player Safety Coordinator:

  • Joe Baird has been designated at the Player Safety Coordinator.  He will be responsible for responding to COVID- 19 concerns and will help coordinate with association members and local health authorities regarding positive COVID-19 cases.

  • Board will send communications/updates to members and post signage at the Essex arena requesting that people who have been symptomatic not enter the building and should not participate in any hockey-related event.

  • Board will update website with COVID-19 plan, guidelines for rinks, and blank screening forms for rinks.

  • Have a plan in place and an established area for people who become symptomatic while at the arena (see below:  Action Plan)

  • Joe Baird and Frank Parisi will consult with VT DOH and local health officials and be prepared to communicate to any players, coaches, officials and volunteers who had close contact with that player notifying them of a positive test.  EYHA board will give their best efforts to maintain confidentiality.

  • Frank Parisi will notify the arena of the positive test and close off areas used by the sick person within the last 24 hours and do not use these areas until after cleaning and disinfecting them.

  • Joe Baird will log and track any positive cases in accordance with Vermont Department of Health guidelines.

Action Plan Steps for Person with COVID-19 symptoms:

  1. If an individual begins to show/feel symptoms while in the rink, they will notify a rink attendant, as well as a coach, before leaving rink.  Individuals who are not players must provide rink attendant with contact information.  Contact information must then be given to Joe Baird.

  2. If a player begins to show/feel symptoms while in the rink, they will notify a coach.  The parents will then be contacted to come get player.  Player should be brought to an empty space to be isolated while waiting for parent.  

  3. Rink attendants must be informed immediately so that they can begin disinfecting and make decision on whether to close rink for deep cleaning.

  4. Coach and/or rink attendant will notify Joe Baird.  He will be in touch with individual to determine whether COVID-19 test is done and whether a positive test resulted.

  5. If positive test, Joe will notify Frank Parisi and Player Safety Committee.  They will then take the following steps:

    1. Notify rink.

    2. Joe will contact VT DOH and local officials.

    3. Following VT DOH guidelines, using contact tracing, families who may have been in contact with individual will be notified.

    4. With the help of VT DOH, decision will be made on possible temporary closure of rink as well as possible temporary suspension of practices/games.

    5. If individual who tested positive has family members who are part of EYHA, VT DOH will determine if family must quarantine before returning to EYHA/rink.

In addition to the EYHA COVID-19 Safety and Action Plans, our organization will follow the following guidelines:

In addition, all Coaches, Volunteers and Board Members will complete:  VOSHA Training