SJHA Game Protocol/Procedure

 

Seattle Junior Hockey Association Spectator Policy Updates- Phase III

 

The following is the Seattle Junior Hockey Association’s updated Spectator Policy in accordance with Phase III of the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan.

 

As of Monday, March 22nd, 2021 spectators will be allowed in both the Olympic View Arena (OVA) and Lynnwood Ice Center (LIC) under the 25% capacity limit of the buildings. Spectators will be allowed to view all team events including practices and games following the specific rules listed below:

 

- Spectators must enter the building through the designated entrance door after the entire player group has descended to ice level. The door to the rink will close five minutes after the session begins*. Wristbands will not be needed to enter the rink.

- Spectators must move directly to the bleacher section of the rink. Loitering in the lobby areas of the rink will not be allowed.

- Spectators must wear state approved masks covering their nose and mouth at all times in the building.

- Spectators must remain six feet apart from one another and remain in the bleachers for the entirety of the ice session. No one will be allowed to watch at the glass or on the floor.

- Spectators will be responsible for all small children for the entirety of the event. Small children will not be permitted to run through the rink, enter the lobby area, or watch from the glass or the floor.

- Spectators will not be allowed to open the rink door for other spectators. The only people permitted to open rink doors are rink staff.

- ALL spectators will exit the rink through the rink’s specific exit door immediately after the ice session. Players will not be allowed off the ice until the spectators have cleared the building. If a spectator is planning to attend another session, they must enter the rink once again and follow the entrance policy with all other spectators.

*Please note that between sessions, rink staff will be working extra hard to ensure all surfaces are sanitized. Should a spectator arrive at the door after it is closed, there will be no guarantee that a rink staff member is present to open the door. Please remain patient, someone will be there to open the door eventually.

 

Players will continue to follow the same entrance and exit protocols as Phase II. SJHA will not be able to offer locker room space or extra dressing time for players, goalies, or officials.

 

Players are expected to be socially distant in the parking lot and outdoor dressing areas prior to entering the rink. Players will enter rink 15 minutes prior to ice time. Goalies will be allowed an additional 5 min before ice time to enter building if needed. Players will enter the rink area fully dressed except for skates, helmet, and gloves.

 

Mask must be work in the facilities at all times by players, coaches, and spectators.

 

Only three coaches will be allowed on the benches. This is non-negotiable.

 

LIC: For game events, home team enters rink lobby first, must go to far section of the dressing area. Visiting team enters rink lobby second, must go to near section of the dressing area. Once Zamboni is off the ice, visiting team will enter ice surface first. Visiting team will descend stairs and go to the left towards the penalty boxes. Visiting team may enter ice using door near penalty box. Home team will wait for visiting team to descend before entering ice surface. Home team will descend the stairs and go to the right towards the exit door. Home team may enter ice through door near home bench. After game, both teams will wait on respective blue lines until spectators clear out of rink. Home team must exit ice first and move towards seats closest to exit door. Away teams must exit ice last and move towards seats closest to penalty boxes. Home team must clear out of rink first. Away team must clear out of rink last.

 

OVA: For game events, home team enters rink lobby first, must go to far section of the dressing area. Visiting team enters rink lobby second, must go to near section of the dressing area. Once Zamboni is off the ice, visiting team will enter ice surface first. Visiting team will descend stairs and go to the left towards the far end of the ice sheet. Visiting team may enter ice using door near penalty box. Home team will wait for visiting team to descend before entering ice surface. Home team will descend the stairs and go to the right towards seats behind the net. Home team may enter ice through door near home bench. After game, both teams will wait on respective blue lines until spectators clear out of rink. Home team must exit ice first and move towards seats behind net near the lobby. Away teams must exit ice and move towards seats closes to exit door. Away team must clear out of rink first. Home team must clear out of rink last.

 

Only one person will be in the clock box. Home team will have penalty box attendant. Home team penalty box attendant will also be scorekeeper. Visiting team will have penalty box attendant. It is highly suggested that penalty box attendants are team’s additional coaches.

 

SJHA DISCLAIMER:

 

ALL RINK STAFF AND OFFICIALS HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO SHUT DOWN ANY GAME/EVENT IF PROTOCOLS ARE VIOLATED. NO REFUNDS WILL BE AWARDED AND ANY FUTURE GAMES/EVENTS WILL BE REEVALUATED.