COVID questions and notifications may all be sent to Tena Mahoney.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds' recent COVID-19 proclamation issued Monday, November 16, on sporting activities caused some confusion about how it affects the MHSHL. After officials from the Midwest Affiliate contacted the Governor's office, it was confirmed that the proclamation considers the League to be recreational and is therefore prohibited from gathering. The proclamation, starting on Tuesday, November 17, will end at midnight, Thursday, December 10.
Therefore the League is pausing all MHSHL games until Friday, December 11. Practice is also paused for all Iowa teams during this period. Kansas City can continue to practice. Lincoln and Omaha can begin practice after their quarantine and shutdown periods are lifted. Hopefully the league can resume play December 11 and follow the current schedule, concluding with the Varsity and JV year-end tournaments in Ames March 4-7.
By Executive Order of Governor Reynolds, effective November 17, 2020 all QCHA youth hockey activities are being temporarily suspended. Suspended activities including games and practices apply to all house league, select, and travel teams. This order is in effect through December 10th, 2020.
In an emergency board meeting held this evening, the board discussed the potential extension of the regular hockey season to account for the time lost. The intention of the QCHA is to complete a full season of hockey for all members. At this time, we see the suspension of activities to be temporary however, we will evaluate the refund policy if the suspension continues beyond the 10th of December. All travel and select teams must withdraw from any previously scheduled tournaments and games through at least December 10th.
Please note that the Blues will continue on with their season as the high school hockey team for the QCHA. Although Governor Reynolds proclamation allows for 2 spectators per player for all high school sports, the River’s Edge is not allowing any spectators as per the prior communication.
I want to thank everyone for their support of the QCHA during this unprecedented and challenging time. Please understand that due to the volume of emails from members, it may be 10 days or more before you get a response. Please check the website, our Facebook page or our Instagram account for the most up to date information in the coming weeks.
Governor Reynolds’ Proclamation:
Today, we were notified by the city of Davenport that the River’s Edge facility will no longer be allowing spectators of any kind beginning Monday, November 16th. Parents must drop off their player and may not enter the facility. The exception to the restriction is any player squirt-aged or younger may be accompanied by 1 individual to assist with getting dressed. Once dressed, the individual must exit the building.
The restrictions are in place through December 1st. At that time, the city will re-evaluate the ability to allow limited spectators based on “significant reduction of cases in Scott County.” These restrictions apply to all practices and games, including those teams traveling from out of town. Team Managers will be responsible for communicating these new restrictions to visiting teams. If there are cancellations, please notify Todd Mahoney and teams will not be charged for the ice. The city also reminds everyone that drinking is not allowed in the parking lot.
I realize this update comes quickly after the last guidance that was communicated. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will keep you apprised of any updates as soon as possible.
As many of you are aware, Governor Reynolds issued further guidance on November 10th, 2020 to reduce the spread of COVID in the State of Iowa. Similar to other parts of the country and the world, Iowa has experienced a surge of positive cases and we are updating our restrictions to support the effort to slow the spread.
Effective immediately, only 1 spectator will be allowed in the rink for their child’s practice. For all home games, a maximum of 2 spectators will be allowed per child. Siblings are included in the spectator limit. (One Goal and Mini-Mites will be allowed to have 2 spectators per practice.) It is imperative that families adhere to this guidance in an effort to avoid more drastic steps. Team Managers must contact all visiting teams to advise them of the spectator limits for games. All off ice activities were suspended as of November 2nd with the exception of the Blues and any team gatherings should be strictly avoided. When traveling to hotels, we encourage families to avoid gathering in large groups for extended periods of time.
As a reminder, our COVID guidelines are posted on the website and include, but are not limited to, measures such as:
I want to thank everyone for their support of the QCHA during this unprecedented and challenging time. We understand that the reduction in spectators will be difficult for our membership but we must do our best to ensure everyone remains healthy and safe.
Governor Reynolds’ Proclamation:
The Mayor of Davenport has issued an executive order for all City of Davenport facilities to limit the spread of Covid 19. Masks are required to be worn at all times. Parents, coaches and players need to wear masks as soon as they enter the building, throughout the lobby, watching area and locker rooms. Only players on the ice are exempt. Thank you for your full cooperation.
Tena Mahoney QCHA Covid Coordinator
We are very excited to get our 2020/2021 season started! We wanted to follow up on our recommendations for the fall.
First and foremost, I hope this letter finds everyone healthy and well. We are in unprecedented times and it seems appropriate to provide some information related to COVID-19 and what the QCHA is doing to ensure the well-being of our players, members and spectators.
The city has issued guidance for the opening of the River’s Edge that includes a phased approach. We are currently in the first phase, which includes social distancing measures, restricted viewing areas, additional cleaning/sanitizing efforts, no food service and no locker room usage. Although requiring players to dress at home is highly unpopular, I ask that we support the rink in their quest to be abundantly cautious. Please take a moment to read the plan and familiarize yourself with the expectations.
Additionally, the QCHA is placing Tena Mahoney as the COVID Coordinator that will be the main point of contact for all members. She will work with the rink, answer parent questions related to COVID safety measures, follow reporting and communication protocols in the instance of a positive COVID case, and ensure timely feedback to the association as a whole. Tena will act as a resource for all and will collect feedback as it relates to safety measures.
I have received numerous questions from members about what summer and fall look like for the QCHA. Barring any governmental directives, both summer and fall hockey will proceed as planned with details to come soon. I ask everyone to be flexible as the situation is fluid, given the fall may bring with it re-instated restrictions.
Critical in our effort to reduce the risk for all is to keep your child home if he/she is feeling ill. I know everyone is excited to return to the rink after the past several months. I hope to see you there soon!
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help protect our membership, the following changes are being instituted for the Summer 2020 Season and potentially the Fall 2020-2021 Season.
Locker Room Changes
At this time, no locker room use is permitted.
Players should try to avoid congregating at the rink doors prior to practice.
Any necessary coaching instruction related to drills will be done on the ice and not in the locker room.
To the maximum extent possible, drills will focus on individual skills to keep players spaced apart.
Coaches may use small groups that remain together and work through stations, rather than switching groups or mixing groups.
Encourage social distancing when not actively engaged in play (avoid tight line forming).
At the end of practice, release half of the players at a time to avoid crowding at the door.
Players must bring their own water bottles and must not share. Coaches will not be providing team water bottles.
Players should not share equipment or loan equipment at any time.
Practice social distancing when waiting to get on the ice.
While on the bench, players should attempt to remain as far apart as space allows.
Locker room monitors should assist in ensuring the players social distance to the maximum extent possible both before and after practice.
Masks must be worn in the penalty box and at the score table.
No bake sale fundraisers or homemade items for fundraising efforts will be allowed.
If your player is ill or is experiencing any symptoms that are indicative of COVID-19, your player cannot attend practice or a game. There are no exceptions.
If you or your player is required to self-quarantine due to exposure, do not bring them to practice during this time, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms. CDC guidelines for quarantining should be reviewed and followed.
Viewing practices will require social distancing in the spectator area.
Notify the QCHA COVID-19 Coordinator in the instance that you or your player tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed and had direct contact with someone that tested positive.
If you or your child is at high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19, please limit your exposure by avoiding activities that put you in close contact with larger groups of people.
The health and well-being of our hockey community is of the utmost importance for the Quad City Hockey Association. We are instituting these measure as a means to protect everyone, while still enjoying the great game of hockey. Although we hope that the Fall brings the possibility of loosening these restrictions, we are prepared to adjust our season to fit the environment. This may impact travel, select and house league teams in various ways and we are closely monitoring guidance from the CDC, the state of Iowa, and the federal government along with USA Hockey. This may lead to delayed decisions with regard to League play, clinics, tournaments, and overall hockey programming. We will have a 2020-2021 season, but it may require adjustments along the way. We will be placing a COVID-19 coordinator and will provide their contact information should you have any questions.