The OWHA held a conference call on May 5th to provide the member associations an update on the current situation. In an effort to keep our membership advised of these ongoing updates, we've posted them on our website.
Please click here to see the meeting notes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Information is subject to change for a variety of reasons. Please watch the OWHA web site. The priority of the OWHA is the health and safety of our members and participants and for all people and we urge everyone to keep themselves informed of the requirements issued and updated by various levels of government and health professionals.
The 2019/2020 hockey season came to a hard stop back in March with the State of Emergency imposed upon all aspects of our lives. We are now two months into the pandemic and we are seeing some positive signs of things returning to normal which is a welcome change.
The OWHA held a briefing this past week and provided an update on the upcoming 2020/2021 season. Unfortunately, at this time there are still many unknowns.
In terms of return to play the FGHA is planning for a 2020/2021 season and will provide updates and information as soon as possible. Registration for the next season is on hold indefinitely until we have more information to provide.
Hockey Canada will direct the return to hockey when they are ready to do so. At this point, we are in a holding pattern as we wait for further updates from Hockey Canada and the OWHA.
The OWHA advised that they will send out a written update in the near future. Once we receive the update we will pass it on to the membership and update the FGHA website.
In regards to the FGHA AGM, this was originally scheduled for May 2nd in conjunction with the awards day.
At this time, should the current restrictions be lifted, we are considering holding the AGM and election of a new board of directors in September 2020.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available. In the meantime, please feel free to contact any current board member should you have questions.
FGHA Board of Directors
The health and well-being of all members of the FGHA community remains our primary concern. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress, Hockey Canada and the OWHA continue to provide direction to member associations. On March 16th, the OWHA released a statement regarding spring tryouts.
The full text of the OWHA Statment is below or can be viewed by clicking here.
As you may have seen, the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA), issued a statement March 12 in support of the Hockey Canada Statement quoted below referencing the 2019-20 season.
HOCKEY CANADA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
CALGARY, Alta. – The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Without question, this is an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada.
After much consultation with the Hockey Canada membership, our chief medical officer and public health officials, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.
We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game. Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.”
The health and safety of all participants in the sport is of the utmost importance to the OWHA. As such, tryouts for the 2020-21 season will not be conducted this Spring. Instead the OWHA will provide guidance on when the introduction of the 2020-21 season will begin, subject to the Hockey Canada Board of Directors’ future decision when to reinstate all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities. Such introduction will take into consideration ice availability, capacity and other logistics involved in organizing hockey programs.
The OWHA will be in direct contact with all members to establish when sanctioned activities can resume.
Further information will follow as it becomes available.
Please note that all OWHA players, as well as their parents/guardians (for players under 18), coaches, trainers and other rostered individuals MUST review the OWHA Concussion Awareness Resource annually. Click here to access the Rowan's Law Document.
The content of this document MUST be read by parents and players before a player will be eligible to play any games. Additionally, all required individuals must have signed and returned the Acknowledgement Form before they can play in a game.
Please take the time to review this content before the evaluation skate and return your signed acknowledgement form when signing in. More information is available here. Completed forms should be handed to your team's coach for collection and recording. Once all required forms are gathered, they should be provided to the appropriate Director (House League or Rep) for retention by the FGHA.
Rowan’s Law was named for Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed). Rowan is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches.
Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety.
The OWHA in conjunction with Hockey Canada has crafted new policy for developing hockey players at the youngest of ages. They will be implementing the new policy attached below mostly in the 2019/2020 season.
Please take a moment to review the new policy if your daughter would be within this age group when this takes effect.
This year, we want to see lots of photos of our Falcons in action! To have photos added to the site, please send them in.
Attach your photos on the email, and be sure to tell us who's in them and what team they're on! We'll capture the best of them and add them to the website. Please ensure that #fgha2020 is in the subject line of all submission emails.
Please ensure that any photos submitted are appropriate, and by submitting photos, you are giving the FGHA permission to post these photos on our website.
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