Return to Ringette (COVID-19) (Mississauga Ringette)

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Return to Ringette

Updated October 27, 2020


COVID-19 Safety Committee

Contact Name:  Nadia Hirani – COVID Safety Leader

Email: [email protected]


Alternative Contact:  Joseph Pate

Email: [email protected]

The MRA Executive would like to extend our thanks to Nadia and Joseph for volunteering to be the main points of contact with respect to COVID-19 and return to play.  We appreciate their dedication to our safety and to the sport of ringette.


RO return to play stages

There are five (5) stages in the RO return to play guidelines.  See Return to Ringette Updated-August-10 for details on all stages.


As of September 2, 2020, Mississauga Ringette Association was approved to enter RO Stage 2


RO STAGE 2 – Return to Modified Training

This progression allows ringette activities to begin once the association has completed their own Return to Ringette Activity package and had it approved by Ringette Ontario.


This progression is focused on individual training and practicing but does allow participants to get back on the ice, if ice is available, under the facilities restrictions on number of participants and local health regulations.


This progression should emphasize small groups and focuses on development of fundamental skills.



Working with the Province, the Region and Ringette Ontario

Mississauga Ringette will follow the provincial and regional guidelines.  Please see below for all the pertinent links.  We encourage all families to familiarize themselves with the guidelines, so you know what to expect.

·        Symptoms of COVID-19

Ministry of Health - COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptom


·        Provincial Health Guidelines will be monitored and administered


·        Ontario Ringette Return to Play Guidelines will be monitored and administered


·        Peel Public Health Unit Guidelines will be monitored and administered

·        Safe Sport Guide

Safe Return to Community Sport: A True Sport Guide for Parents and Caregivers



City of Mississauga Protocols


Mississauga Ringette is working closely with the City of Mississauga and will continue to monitor the evolving situations.

Please see COVID-19 arena protocol for the most recent arena protocols.  These protocols must be reviewed prior to your first on-ice session. 


We will remain flexible and follow all guidelines communicated by the facility.  This includes the following:

·        Entries and Exits to the facility will be used and enforced as labelled.

·        No dressing rooms will be available. Groups will meet at the entrance, players will come to practice already dressed, with the exception of skates and helmet which will be carried in a separate cloth bag.

·        Hand Sanitizer will be provided by the facility at the entrance to the arena and must be used by all entering.



Working with Parents & Players – Personal Hygiene and Player responsibilities

RO Participant Protocols

RO Ringette Bag Essentials

It is the responsibility of all player and parents to understand and respect the rules and adhere to the health guidelines. Not complying will result in players not being able to participate in activities.


·        In order to attend practice, the player must confirm attendance at least 48 hours in advance using TeamSnap with the group COVID leader for the practice group. Upon arrival or up to 8 hours in advance, the player will complete a COVID health questionnaire using the Team Snap Health Check and be tracked on the COVID tracking spreadsheet.

·        Players are required to arrive at the arena with equipment already on. Rink benches are marked off, 2 metres apart where the players can put on skates/gloves/helmets. There are only two rinks open; everyone is to enter and exit as a group 20 minutes before ice time.  If a player is not present when the team is admitted to the arena, they will not be allowed to enter the arena. 

·        All players and parents will wear masks while inside the arena until full ringette gear is on (ie helmet and cage). Any person entering without a mask will be asked to leave immediately.

·        Players will bring their own water bottles and water bottles will not be shared.

·        Individual player equipment should be cleaned regularly at home by the player after each practice.

·        Anyone entering the arena must be tracked by the COVID tracking spreadsheet and complete a COVID health questionnaire via Team Snap Health Check. If a player has been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 or anyone who is suspected of having Covid-19 or travelling outside of Canada, they must be identified and leave immediately.

·        Parents and spectators are permitted in the building but should be limited where possible. Only 1 parent per child is allowed per practice.  Spectators must complete the COVID health questionnaire, be signed into the COVID tracking spreadsheet and wear a mask while in the facility. For sessions with players 11-year-old and older, we do not encourage any spectators.

·        There is no use of garbage/waste containers in the arena: players are expected to clean up after themselves.


Working with Coaches & Bench Staff – Practice Protocol  

RO Team Staff Protocols

The support and participation from coaches and bench staff to ensure protocols are followed and successfully communicated will be key.  The following are key focus points for our bench staff:

·        Each team will be required to name a group COVID leader designate as the main point of contact for COVID tracking and signed requirements for each practice.

·        All Bench Staff will wear masks on the bench and ice unless dressed in full helmet and ringette protective gear

·        Physical Distancing on the ice must be maintained including a focus on drills, and skating. The instructors are encouraged to prepare skill development plans to minimize gathering.

·        In order to attend practice, the bench staff must confirm attendance at least 48 hours in advance using TeamSnap with the group COVID leader. Upon arrival or up to 8 hours in before practice, the bench staff (parent/guardian if under 18) will complete a COVID health questionnaire using Team Snap Health Check and be tracked on the COVID tracking spreadsheet.

·        Any off-ice activities need to be reviewed with the COVID Safety Leader for approval including details of how social distancing will be accomplished.

·        Bench Staff will keep the rings and shared equipment clean.  Sanitizers will be provided by the MRA.

·        A trainer must be at all activities with the provided first aid kit. The following supplies will be added to the first aid kits:  hand sanitizer, gloves, non-medical grade masks, and solutions to clean the equipment.


Group COVID Leader Responsibilities

Each group must assign a Group COVID leader and set-up Team Snap as a way to track practice attendance and Health Checks. We suggest this person be a Coach or trainer.


· Set-up Team Snap to track all practices and responses from players and bench staff for attendance and Health Check.

· 48 hours prior to each practice, send an email to the Coach and Association COVID Leader stating the # of players/coaches attending and # of players/coaches absent.

· COVID tracking sheet at the beginning of each practice including players/coaches. If someone arrives that did not respond they were coming, they are not allowed on the ice.

· Ensure all players/coaches complete the COVID Health Questionnaire before each session. Keep all records for 4 weeks and destroy by shredding after 4 weeks’ time.

· Be aware of the reporting protocols and report any COVID concerns to the Association COVID Safety Leader (CSL) as soon as you are notified.

· The Association COVID Safety Leader is required to immediately report any incidents to the Iceland Arena facility (staff working at the customer service desk), Public Health Unit and Ontario Ringette.  If the COVID Safety Leader is not present for the session, the group COVID Safety Leader will immediately report the incident to the arena facility staff and the COVID Safety Leader.  The CSL will then notify Ringette Ontario and the Peel Health.

Communication & Reporting

Communication will be completed through our website, Instagram and Twitter. We also use member emails for important messaging.

·        Each practice group will have a designated group COVID leader to communicate to the practice group and be responsible for COVID protocols (Team Coach or trainer).

·        The Ringette Ontario Participant and Team Protocols and Ringette Bag Essentials will be sent via email to all members before the first practice.





First Aid Kit Communication

This page is to be added to every First Aid Kit provided by the Association. One first aid kit per team.


Peel Public Health Unit – 905-799-7700

Iceland Arena Facility – 905-615-4680

Ringette COVID Safety Leader – Nadia Hirani, 437-881-8387



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