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General Situation (Updated July 17, 2020)

 

  • Based on recent engagements with Mount Vernon management, NVHC has low confidence in our ability to predict when we will get ice, how much will be available, and what restrictions will apply for ice usage at Mt. Vernon or Ft. Dupont, our two primary rinks.  While we have medium confidence we can secure ice at Haymarket and Laurel in amounts similar to past seasons, we do not believe this is enough to serve as the sole ice for the Club and we do not believe it’s feasible or wise to operate from two geographically distant rinks that also run their own programs. We are not currently considering use of these rinks as the potential sole source of ice for Aug-Oct for any of our programs.
  • We have low confidence in our ability to determine the size and cost of our program. Rink guidance across the DMV on how many players can skate on a sheet is constantly changing (along with the restrictions on activities that can be performed on the ice). Other rinks from which we have rented ice in the past have either increased their costs, limited the number of players we can put on the ice at once, or both. 
  • We have low confidence that the CBHL and CCHL will be able to support having games in the fall based on current Virginia Phase III recreational sport guidelines.
  • We have low confidence that we will be able to execute a normal weeknight practice schedule due to the recently published Fairfax County school schedule that includes a 4:50 pm release time for some elementary students.  

Facilities Update (Updated July 10, 2020)

  • Mount Vernon: Closed but planning to reopen on the 27th of July. They are currently NOT planning to rent ice until early September (likely after the Labor Day weekend). We are continuing discussions with the Rink Manager to determine the additional public health restrictions that will be in place. 
  • Fort Dupont: Closed and not planning to open until after September 1st. We are working to schedule ice with them now.
  • Haymarket: Open. We have secured ice for CBHL supplemental tryouts on July 26th. We can put 40 skaters on the ice at one time.
  • Gardens Ice House: Closed but planning to reopen in early August, pending additional guidance from Prince George County.

COVID FAQs

# Question Response
1 Some parents are concerned that COVID-related regulations and restrictions are overly strict while others are concerned that we will not be stringent enough. The Club will continue to follow the best available guidance provided by USA Hockey; the CDC; and VA, MD, and DC. Please keep in mind that requirements related to protecting public health, including distancing and health checks, are anticipated to be conditions of use for our rink partners and governing bodies.
2 What happens to the dues we pay should the season get cut short? Will we lose that money or get credit towards a following year? If a second wave of COVID shuts down the season in December what happens to the money we spent? The Club will collect fees for the 20/21 season on a monthly basis to reduce the risk of season cancellation affecting either Club or household finances. Money paid at the beginning of the month will not be refunded if play during that month is suspended due to public health concerns.
3 Tryouts: what happens if we missed spring selects? Additonal details on CBHL tryouts have been provided on the NVHC website's Travel Tryouts page
4 Facilities: how will locker rooms, bathrooms, water, spectators be handled? Each facility will be responsible for following the public health guidelines of their respective jurisdictions. These are anticipated to include periodic shutdowns to clean and disinfect public, high touch areas. Locker room facilities will likely not be accessible and players will be expected to dress prior to entering the rink. Water fountains will be turned off and each player is expected to bring their own water bottle. We also anticipate sharp limitations on spectators due to capacity caps within facilities.
5 What are the face mask requirements for players and coaches, both on and off ice? Cloth masks will be required for all individuals within the facilities where we play. Players will be required to wear cloth masks until they put their helmet on. Coaches will wear cloth masks while on the ice as well.
6 If we register (no fee) now, but don't feel comfortable moving forward in August / Sept, can we withdraw our registration? If you withdraw before paying the initial fee for being rostered to a team there is no penalty. After payment of the initial fee, you will not be refunded if you wish your player to be removed from the team to which he/she was assigned.
7 1 - What are the face mask requirements for players and coaches, both on and off ice. 2 - Will face shields (rather than cages) be required on helmets? 3 - If we register (no fee) now, but don't feel comfortable moving forward in August / Sept, can we withdraw our registration? 1. Cloth masks will be required for all individuals within the facilities where we play. Players will be required to wear cloth masks until they put their helmet on. Coaches will wear cloth masks while on the ice as well. 2. See recent guidance from USA Hockey on the use of faceshields (link at bottom of page) 3. If you withdraw before paying the initial fee for being rostered to a team there is no penalty. After payment of the initial fee, you will not be refunded if you wish your player to be removed from the team to which he/she was assigned.
8 I am puzzled by the 16/18U team. What does this mean? Will it be one combined team of 16U and 18U players? If so, it will need to play in the 18U level, correct? Or does it mean that it will field just one team, either a 16U or a 18U team? If that is the case, when do we find out which one? We are currently planning to field one CBHL team that combines 16U and 18U players and plays in the 18U Age Group. If registration numbers support fielding a team at each age group, we will revisit this decision.
9 We have a really unusual set of circumstances. We want our son to continue hockey but will likely be in UK in September & October, so he will only be able to play in November & December. We do not want a discount but just hoping this can be accommodated. Please send an email to scott.richard@novaicedogs.org to discuss directly.
10 My son was on house 10U this past fall/winter. We signed up and paid for spring season which was canceled. What is the plan for the upcoming fall/winter season for 12U boys? Thanks We plan to field two 12U CBHL Coed teams and two 12U CCHL Coed teams. Money paid for spring hockey will be credited back to cover fall/winter fees. Additional details on the application of credits will be provided shortly.
11 Will you publish your safety protocols for practices and the season before the travel registration date? We were wondering if full face masks will be required? And what if any modifications will be made to practices and games to support social distancing where practicable? Specific safety protocols will be provided once we receive additional guidance from our partner rinks. We will continue to strictly adhere to USA Hockey, and other public health guidance during the season.
12 Does registration for tryouts bind me to a team? No. Acceptance of a roster spot after tryouts and rostering decisions are made does.
13 What Registrations are Open Now? Registrations for CBHL Youth Travel Hockey, Girls Hockey, and 8U are open now. Even though we are taking advantage of no-tryout team placement where possible, treat this registration like you were registering for tryouts.
14 Given the uncertainity of NVHC Rinks, we are planning to have our player try out elsewhere as well. Will they still be able to register for consideration after the 13th or 20th of July? We understand the sense of uncertainty and there are opportunities at higher levels of play with other clubs in the DMV. We will consider additional registrants up until our rosters are full for our planned teams. However, low registration numbers could lead us to drop teams at certain age groups due to lack of interest so not registering now to show interest becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Register now but communicate with us your plans so we can can accurately track registrants.
15 This tryout without a tryout is unusual. What can we expect the team and the season to look like? We don't know either. You are registering for whatever hockey looks like when hockey returns. USAH doesn't know, the leagues don't know, and we don't know. But we do have a high confidence we will be able to get players on the ice and offer them a fun experience that furthers their development.

Forward VA Phase 3 Guidelines

See pages 18 (Recreational Facilities) and 23 (Recreational Sports)

Fairfax County Parks Association Reopening Details

FCPA controls operations of all RECenters (including Mount Vernon)

District of Columbia Phase 2 Guidelines

DC Guidelines affect Fort Dupont’s operating status

Prince Georges County Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines

Laurel Ice Gardens operate under Prince Georges County Guidelines