Return to Ringette Updates (Mississauga Ringette)

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October 15, 2020
 
We wanted to provide you with an update on the next return to ringette session. 
As you are aware, on October 9th, due to the increasing number of COVID cases in the region, the Ontario government moved Peel Region into a modified stage 2 in the Covid recovery plan.  At the time, the city did not expect the number of participants allowed in the arenas to change as a result of the announcement.  However, after further consultation with the Ontario government, the City of Mississauga announced on October 13th that the maximum number of participants (including coaches) would be 10, with no spectators allowed.  In order to maintain the rule of two, that means that a maximum of 8 players will be allowed on the ice at one time.  All planning done to date was no longer feasible. 
As a result of the announcement, the cost of each session will be borne by 8 participants, therefore, in order to break even, there will be an increase in the cost per hour of running each session.  We do not yet know how this announcement will affect the tentative ice allocations we were given last week, so we cannot yet determine what the price of the new program will be.  However, we anticipate that the session will run for 3-4 weeks and for practice ice and 2 power skating sessions, the program will cost an average of approximately $35 to $40 per hour. 
As you can imagine, this new policy will also require a massive overhaul of our practice cohorts.  As a result, we will have to push the start of the next session to after October 24th.  The new start date will be confirmed once we have more information from the city.  
At this point, we plan to keep the session short, so that once Peel region moves back to stage 3, we can change our next session accordingly. Based on the information and tentative pricing above, if you do not plan to return for the next session please let us know by October 18th 2020 so we can update our plans. 
As we know more, we will keep you posted.
The MRA Executive Team 





September 26, 2020

We are now at the end of September.  While this season is definitely not the season that we are used to, we are hoping that it will be enjoyable for everyone.  It has been great to see all the smiling faces at the rink.  The kids even seemed thrilled to be going to power skating!
 
As the September session draws to a close, we have a few updates that you should be aware of:
 
Spectators
 
Several parents have asked why they are not allowed in the arena.  We would like to explain our reasoning.
 
When we prepared our submission to Ringette Ontario, the City of Mississauga did not allow any spectators into the arenas.   We were approved based on this submission, and don’t want to jeopardize our sanctioning.
 
The City of Mississauga and Ringette Ontario require that we (the MRA) provide tracking for everyone entering the arena. This is not just for players and coaches, but for parents too.  We are also responsible for ensuring that we are not over the maximum capacity per rink as specified by Peel Health and the City of Mississauga.  This is a lot of extra work that would fall onto our coaches and would distract them from their primary job of teaching ringette and life skills to our children. 
 
In addition, the city includes spectators in our bubbles.  Currently, we are allowed a maximum of 50 people in a bubble.  For every spectator that is allowed into the arena, we are allowed one less player.  This isn’t a big deal when we are running skills in our small groups.  However, when we move into modified game play, spectators will reduce the number of players that we can have within our league bubble.   The executive is committed to making this season as much fun as we can, given the restrictions that we have to work with.  As such, we put our focus on maximizing the number of players who can participate, and feel that having the ability to have more players in our league bubble will be more fun for the players. 
 
Most importantly, we want to do our part to minimize gatherings to help prevent the spread of this horrible virus.  By asking the parents to remain outside, we are minimizing the potential exposure for all participants.
 
We understand that this is frustrating for parents.  We all get joy (and the occasional heart attack) from watching our children play.  Please know that we have the best interest of the players in mind when making our policies. Now that we have been given permission to return to ringette, we want to do everything we can to preserve that privilege and stay on the ice.
 
 
October session
 
We have not yet received ice allocations for October.  However, the City of Mississauga told us that there will be some changes moving forward.
  1. There will be a half hour between each ice rental in order to minimize the number of people in a facility at one time and to allow more time for cleaning between rentals.   While we will not be charged for this half hour, it will have a profound impact on the amount of ice available for rent.  This means that we can expect to receive ice times that are earlier or later than we are used to.  We recognize that this is not optimal, but we will work as best we can with the ice we are given.
  2. Some facilities may open their change rooms for limited use.  When we made our submission to Ringette Ontario, the change rooms were closed.  We were approved based on this submission and don’t want to jeopardize our sanctioning.  In addition, we feel that In order to help prevent transmission of COVID-19, it is critical to minimize the close contact between players.  Therefore, we will continue to ask all players to arrive at the arena in full equipment (less skates and helmets), and will not make use of the change rooms.
  3. Some facilities many not allow any spectators. Some facilities will have rink capacity of 25 people, while others will be 50.  We do not yet know what the capacity at each rink, or which rinks we will be allowed to rent. 
Given the increasing trend in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, we have made the decision to continue with physically distanced skills and drills for the month of October.  We know that this is disappointing, but we feel it is prudent given the current environment. Details of the October session will be released once our ice times have been confirmed.
 
 
 
Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding as we maneuver these uncertain and unusual times. Thank you to our COVID committee,  Nadia and Joe, who helped put together our submission to obtain approval from Ringette Ontario and are responsible for monitoring our compliance with the regulations.   Thank you to the parents and players who are following the guidelines that we have been given.  And last, but not least, a huge THANK YOU to the Coaches.  Without you, none of this would be possible! As National Coaches week draws to a close, please take a minute to thank your coaches, past and present, for all they do for Mississauga Ringette.
 
The MRA Executive Team
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