On Thursday, May 7, the Governor of Michigan extended the state’s “Stay At Home Order” through May 28, 2020.
As a result, all rinks in Michigan will continue to suspend all activities until the Executive Order is lifted. Per the MAHA Executive Committee, all tryouts, formation of teams, offering of contracts, recruiting, etc., for ALL USA Hockey Members programs in the Michigan Affiliate remain prohibited until further notice.
MAHA will continue to monitor issues related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and will provide direction once the Executive Order is lifted and operations are able to resume. We acknowledge that a return to activity may include guidelines and restrictions mandated by the State.
Since April 2020, the MAHA Task Force has been assembling weekly to develop a comprehensive plan to return to hockey activity. Throughout this process, we have collected a number of articles, documents, and relevant resources which provide direction in our planning process. As part of our commitment to transparency, we wanted to share this collection of resources with our hockey community.
Below you’ll find a collection of resources that have been influential to our Task Force. We will continue to monitor the reopening processes across North America, as well as research the guidelines and support provided by USA Hockey. We will continue to provide updates to this compilation, as they become available.
Once again, we thank our membership for its patience and support – and we look forward to seeing you again at the rink very soon!
MAHA, USA Hockey, USOC, and others are working hard to ensure we have a plan to open hockey back up once we get the word that it is safe to do so.
Fall Registration will be open soon, watch your emails for more information.
Novice equipment rental return is still pending. We will notify you once we are able to safely get this organized.
Please stay safe and healthy.
April 24, 2020 MESSAGE FROM GCHA PRESIDENT
Good Evening Everyone,
We just wanted to reach out to you to give everyone an update on what has been going on with the plans to get you all back on the ice…
USA and MAHA meet regularly for updates and then these updates are shared with association presidents. We have been having bi-weekly meeting up to this point as there has not been much news because we were all under the stay home stay safe order. In anticipation of this order gradually being lifted, MAHA has formed 5 subcommittees that will be meeting weekly to get a strategy together for how hockey will be reopened in the state. Tryouts, seasons start dates, ect
The five committees consist of MAHA board members, district directors, rink managers, members from other hockey leagues, and association presidents, and we are all tasked with coming up with a plan that is in the best interest of our athletes in regards, to development, competitions, and above all the safety of their health.
We also attend the Project Play webinars and hope to get something together on this to share with you soon.
Here are the updates I have.
The Krazy Kops Poker night that was scheduled for next weekend has been cancelled and the state has transferred our license to our August event.
The Picnic scheduled for June 6th has been cancelled – we can look at doing a welcome back picnic if there is an interest.
We will be purchasing a license for Zoom so we can do online meetings or activities.
The last item is fall registration.
I will be opening fall registration once it is completed. We are going to do something a little different with this registration. I will be opening registration up to all fall players and those that were registered for Spring first. This registration will be open for two week and then will be opened for anyone to register.
The registration will not be our typical registration in that we will not be collecting money when you register. Because of the uncertainty of fall hockey, We want you to know that you have a spot if your skater wants to play, but you will not be asked to pay for the registration until we know for sure that we will have a season. This will be a “sign up to register”. Once we are sure there will be a season, a notice will go out to the first 20 that are registered in our limited age groups, and everyone in the 6U, 8U, and LTP groups letting you know that you will be invoiced for the fall registration. You will have a set amount of time in which to pay your registration or your skater will be removed from the registration.
We felt this would be easier for families at this time, this way you know you have a place to play, if we can have a season. Also, you will not have to spend money, at this time, to secure your spot. It is important that we get good numbers out of this registration, as this will determine the amount of ice we will need to secure and how the ice will need to be allocated. More to come on this.
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