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.
Hockey Canada, as a result of Covid-19, and in support of player and participant safety has cancelled all Hockey Canada sanctioned activities, including National Championships until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.
All OWHA games, practices, tryouts and sanctioned activities have been cancelled until further notice effective 12:01am on Friday March 13, 2020.
The 2020 OWHA provincial championships have been cancelled.
League playoffs have been cancelled.
OWHA Sanctioned Tournaments have been cancelled.
Exhibition games and practices have been cancelled.
Tryouts are not to take place until such time as approval is posted on the OWHA web site.
The OWHA appreciates the magnitude of this situation and sincerely thanks the many stakeholders for their support as we all work through the logistics of this cancellation. We encourage everyone to keep themselves informed of information available through the various health departments as the medical community works diligently to manage the Coronavirus. We thank you for your attention to this bulletin and sincerely wish you well.
Both FGHA U18 (formerly Midget) A Teams - A1 and A2 - have roster spaces open for next year's competitive season.
Tryouts are coming up in April and more information and information on how to register for tryouts will be posted soon. If you'd like more information or would like to be a part of these teams, please reach out to Rodney Burke (A1) and Jason Bonneville (A2) directly.
It should be noted that all of our FGHA teams will have roster spaces available, and if you'd like more information, feel free to contact the head coach. Tryout registration will start soon, please continue to watch the website for tryout details and be sure to sign up!
If you have questions about the Rep program overall, please reach out to Rep Director, Neil Richer.
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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