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Mite Blue Upcoming Games
by posted 09/21/2020

Hello All,

 

We are off to a quick start with two games which were just scheduled for this weekend!

 

To kick off the season we have a 7am game this Saturday, 9/26 versus New Canaan 8U B.  This game is at Darien Ice House.  Coach David Choi will be handing out jerseys prior to the game.  

 

Please note, matching game socks are not provided, but are available for purchase at Wesco Sports in Stamford Twin Rinks.  Please pick up a set of both blue and white.

 

Our 2nd game is this Sunday 9/27 at 7:15am versus the CT Riverhawks at Stamford Twin Rinks East.  Hopefully we can make it a 2-0 start!

 

Reminder if  you have not already, please complete the COVID WAIVER prior to this weekend.

 

Please let the coaching staff or I know if you have any questions or cannot attend.

 

I hope I get the chance to meet you all this weekend.

 

Best Regards,

Joe Cortese

 

 

 


 
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DYHA COVID Protocols
by posted 09/11/2020

DYHA Mite Blue Parents,

 

I'd like to introduce myself as the Team Manager for Mite Blue.  I am looking forward to having a great season and watching our kids improve their hockey skills. 

You will see some emails from me this week and throughout the season to keep you informed and updated.  As a sign of the times, I have been asked to remind parents of the policies and procedures that have been in place to keep parents and kids safe and healthy this season.

 

As we all received over last weekend, Dave Kreppein sent out an email with covid follow up and reminders.  We want to emphasize a few items that are important for today...

  •  There is a state mandated requirement of only ONE parent per child allowed in the rink at this time. This limitation has been in place since the opening of rinks in June. No siblings are allowed in the rinks. Please make sure to be in compliance with this restriction. We understand this could be difficult.

  •  Masks must be worn at all times in the rinks. The only time your player should remove his/her mask is when they are putting on their helmets to get on the ice. 

  • Players must come dressed to the rink until further notice. You are allowed to enter the rink 20 minutes before practice/game times. Goalies have a more difficult getting dressed at home I know so please be safe and distance while getting dressed and wear a mask. 

  • Locker rooms can be used in accordance with rink guidelines. STR has marked all locker rooms with tape to ensure proper spacing. Unfortunately, this results in less children being allowed in the locker rooms. However, there are sufficient accommodations on both the East and West rinks to ensure safely being able to get dressed/undressed

  • On the West Rink, there are chairs in the hallway outside of the locker rooms that are 6 ft apart for dressing as well as children can use the bleachers as long as they stay 6 ft apart. 

  • On the East Rink, The 4 locker rooms can be used as well as ALL of the meeting rooms in the main viewing area. There are also benches further down the hallway on the east rink that can be used. We do not want all the players to get dressed/undressed in the main viewing area of the East Rink as there is insufficient spacing for everyone. 

As Dave said, We know this is a strange time but if we work together and follow these protocols, we will have our best shot at a successful season. 

Some of these rules will take time to get used to, especially wearing masks and distancing but please make every effort to comply. 



 

Explanation for young kids on when to take off your mask for pre and post game coach talk

  1. Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times in the rink and the locker rooms.  

  2. Players must adhere to the social distancing markers on the benches in the locker room. This will mean that not all players will be able to put their skates on in the locker room. Use the chairs in the hallway and west stands/east party rooms, etc to put on skates if needed.  Players and parents must space out as much as practical. 

  3. All players should be in the locker room with masks on (no helmets) 15 minutes prior to the game start time for the coaches talk. (the new DYHA guidelines allow us to be at rink 20 min before game time, but please still come dressed)

  4. After the coaches pre-game talk, players' masks can come off and helmets should be put on for players to immediately exit the room to get on the ice for the game.

  5. After the game, helmets come off immediately and masks go on immediately.

  6. During the post-game coaches talk no players should be getting undressed, all should have masks on, and everyone should be paying attention.  With all players listening attentively (and not messing around) it will keep the post-game talk shorter.  

  7. After the post-game talk – coaches leave and players can get undressed based on what their parent is comfortable with (fully or partially) in their socially distanced place.  Again, this will mean that not all players will be able to take their skates off or get undressed in the locker room. Use the chairs in the hallway and west stands/east party rooms etc as needed.  

  8. All players and parents out of the rink per DYHA guidance promptly (within 10-15 minutes) after the game.

 

All the best,

Joe Cortese

 


 
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DYHA COVID Protocols
by posted 09/11/2020

DYHA Mite Blue Parents,

I'd like to introduce myself as the Team Manager for Mite Blue.  I will be sending out a couple of emails this week with information about the season and to keep you informed this year.  To kick things off and, as a sign of the times, I have been asked to remind you of the procedures for keeping us and our kids safe and healthy this year. 

 

As we all received over last weekend, Dave Kreppein sent out an email with covid follow up and reminders.  We want to emphasize a few items that are important for today...

  •  There is a state mandated requirement of only ONE parent per child allowed in the rink at this time. This limitation has been in place since the opening of rinks in June. No siblings are allowed in the rinks. Please make sure to be in compliance with this restriction. We understand this could be difficult.

  •  Masks must be worn at all times in the rinks. The only time your player should remove his/her mask is when they are putting on their helmets to get on the ice. 

  • Players must come dressed to the rink until further notice. You are allowed to enter the rink 20 minutes before practice/game times. Goalies have a more difficult getting dressed at home I know so please be safe and distance while getting dressed and wear a mask. 

  • Locker rooms can be used in accordance with rink guidelines. STR has marked all locker rooms with tape to ensure proper spacing. Unfortunately, this results in less children being allowed in the locker rooms. However, there are sufficient accommodations on both the East and West rinks to ensure safely being able to get dressed/undressed

  • On the West Rink, there are chairs in the hallway outside of the locker rooms that are 6 ft apart for dressing as well as children can use the bleachers as long as they stay 6 ft apart. 

  • On the East Rink, The 4 locker rooms can be used as well as ALL of the meeting rooms in the main viewing area. There are also benches further down the hallway on the east rink that can be used. We do not want all the players to get dressed/undressed in the main viewing area of the East Rink as there is insufficient spacing for everyone. 

As Dave said, We know this is a strange time but if we work together and follow these protocols, we will have our best shot at a successful season. 

Some of these rules will take time to get used to, especially wearing masks and distancing but please make every effort to comply. 



 

Explanation for young kids on when to take off your mask for pre and post game coach talk

  1. Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times in the rink and the locker rooms.  

  2. Players must adhere to the social distancing markers on the benches in the locker room. This will mean that not all players will be able to put their skates on in the locker room. Use the chairs in the hallway and west stands/east party rooms, etc to put on skates if needed.  Players and parents must space out as much as practical. 

  3. All players should be in the locker room with masks on (no helmets) 15 minutes prior to the game start time for the coaches talk. (the new DYHA guidelines allow us to be at rink 20 min before game time, but please still come dressed)

  4. After the coaches pre-game talk, players' masks can come off and helmets should be put on for players to immediately exit the room to get on the ice for the game.

  5. After the game, helmets come off immediately and masks go on immediately.

  6. During the post-game coaches talk no players should be getting undressed, all should have masks on, and everyone should be paying attention.  With all players listening attentively (and not messing around) it will keep the post-game talk shorter.  

  7. After the post-game talk – coaches leave and players can get undressed based on what their parent is comfortable with (fully or partially) in their socially distanced place.  Again, this will mean that not all players will be able to take their skates off or get undressed in the locker room. Use the chairs in the hallway and west stands/east party rooms etc as needed.  

  8. All players and parents out of the rink per DYHA guidance promptly (within 10-15 minutes) after the game.

 

All the best,

Joe Cortese

 


 
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