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Update 01.04.2021

Update 1.3.21 - Masks

Masks

We have received a lot of questions from parents wanting to modify a mask to attach to the helmet. At this time, you cannot modify a mask and attach it to the helmet. The only "attach to helmet" mask approved is the CCM Game on Mask. See guidance below.  Please remember that these rules will need to be enforced by coaches, and refs - please abide by the rules. 

Quick update for you on two things:

1: Masks for Players 5 Years old and Under:  We were waiting for official confirmation from the MDH that we were interpreting the order correctly on masks for 5 and under.  We did get word. Players 5 and Under are not required to wear a mask while on the ice.  Here's the note I got from MDH yesterday: According the mask executive order, kids 5 and under are not required to wear masks (kids 2-5 can wear masks, but they’re not required)  

2: Bauer Splash Guard update: We continue to meet with the State and MDH on getting Bauer Splash Guards approved as a face covering.  We are inching closer, but nothing official to announce yet.  If we do get word that these do in fact get approved as a face covering, I'll let you all know asap.  (Important note/reminder on these is that for us as a governing body to approve a face covering it has to be approved by HECC as well as the State.  So far HECC has only approved CCM Game On and Bauer Splash Guard.)

Season Update

December 31, 2020

Association Members, we wanted to provide you with another update as we resume practices January 4th, 2021. Please reach out to a board member if you have any questions or need clarification.  Here is a condensed version, the guidelines and updates are attached.

  • Practices: Practices begin January 4th, 2021. The calendar is up to date, however, it is fluid – please check it daily as there will be changes. Players and coaches – do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the practice time. No bags. Players must come fully dressed – goalies can bring a bag but please come as dressed as you can. Players must provide their own water bottles.
  • Masks: Per MN Hockey Guidelines, masks must be worn by coaches and players at all times while at practice and during games. The masks must cover your nose and your mouth. Further guidance and explanation can be read as the guidelines are attached. Coaches and players will not be allowed in the arena without a mask.
  • Spectators: We are currently in Phase 4, during this phase there is NO spectators at any practices; parents will need to drop their child off and return to pick up at the end of practice. Mites: ONE parent per family spectating if you feel your child needs you there, if they do not, then please do not stay.
  • Games: Games begin January 14th – teams, your coaches and team managers will have the most up to date schedules and will get those out when they can. Please be patient, this is a lot to schedule. More guidance around games will be sent out when Phase 5 guidelines come out from MN Hockey. All home tournaments for the season, except District tournament have been canceled. Traveling tournaments depend on MN Hockey and/or hosting association. The District and year-end tournaments have been pushed back by MN Hockey to allow for a longer season.
  • COVID Symptoms: If your child is having any symptoms as outlined by the CDC/MDH, has tested positive, a household member has tested positive, or player is exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID, they must stay home from games and practices. In addition to this, promptly notify AYHA COVID contact, Ryan Vossler at AYHCOVID@gmail.com. Your child will not be penalized for missing games or practices.
  • Check - In: Families will still be expected to use the QR code to check their player in, coaches will also need to use this. The QR code for each arena will be available on the website and at the arena.
  • Refunds: We understand that this pandemic has put strain on multiple families, and in multiple ways. With that being said, we also understand that for various reasons families may choose to forego the rest of the season. All refunds, regardless of reason, will be evaluated at the end of the season.
  • Concessions: At this time, concessions are not being allowed in the arenas. We will continue to evaluate this as guidelines change. No family will be penalized if concession stands cannot open this season.

For some of the older teams, you are going to see some late night practices. This isn’t ideal, and while we understand that, we are working with what we have been given.

Please be patient as we navigate this season. We understand that there are a lot of opinions about masks and it is perfectly acceptable for everyone to have their opinion, however, whether we agree or disagree with the rules, please do your part to help make sure ALL the rules are followed. It is difficult, and not much fun to have to have a discussion with people who are not following the rules, especially when we are such a small community. We are all aware of the rules, and we all need to follow the rules.

Upcoming Board Meeting

January's Board Meeting d will be held virtually on Wednesday, January 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89141883245  

LiveBarn Now Streaming at Packer and Riverside

AYHA is now a LiveBarn Venue.  

If you can’t make it to the rink, you can still stay connected by watching all events Live and On-Demand.

For a limited time, LiveBarn is offering a promo code for discounts on their subscription service:   10% DISCOUNT - PROMO CODE: 55bf-yq49

  •  Live stream events from any LiveBarn venue
  •  Watch On Demand for 30 days
  •  Save and share 30-second highlights
  •  Download entire games/practices
  •  LiveBarn is available via a monthly or annual subscription:
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For more information, visit livebarn.com. Download the LiveBarn iOS App for easiest mobile viewing on Apple devices (Android App coming soon).


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Austin Youth Hockey 2020 Policy & Procedures

Covid Policy 2020-2021

The Covid Policy is currently being updated to include the Phase 4 Guidelines that were put forth by Minnesota Hockey on 12.28.20. Please refer to those for the most up to date guidelines. 

 

Thank you!

Packer Covid check in QR

Packer Covid check in QR

Riverside Covid check in QR

Riverside Covid check in QR

Try Outs

AYH Apparel Information

Hello AYH families –

Austin Youth Hockey apparel can be ordered through Games People Play.  Orders placed by October 18th will be ready for pick up by November 6th.  Orders placed between October 19th – December 4th will be ready for pick up by December 22nd.  Visit https://austinyouthhockey2020.itemorder.com or at www.gppaustin.com and selecting “online stores”.  Lots of new apparel & logo options! 

Team warm up’s are available for purchase through South Central Athlete.  Order forms need to be brought to South Central by November 1st. The order form is attached to this e-mail or you can pick one up at the store.  Make sure to check out their great selection of hockey equipment while you’re there!

Thank you for continuing to shop our local businesses who support Austin Youth Hockey.

All apparel information and handouts will also be available to pick up at practices this Saturday for traveling teams. 

Please feel free to reach out to Ashley McLaren (auxiliary) with any questions.  amclaren87@gmail.com or 507.438.7519

Thank you!

2020-2021 AUSTIN YOUTH HOCKEY REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!

Click the REGISTRATION tab above for details and to register!

Home Tournaments 2020-21 are CANCELED

https://austin.pucksystems2.com/tourneys

District 9 Bantam  B - TBD

 

SCRIP Information

SCRIP is a great way to earn money throughout the year towards the cost of hockey. SCRIP is a program that allows you to buy gift cards to hundreds of locations such as Old Navy, Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings, Target, Walmart, Delta Airlines, and Home Depot to name a few.  

We had several families who paid less than $50 for hockey each season. There is so much opportunity with this program. 

Sign up is easy at https://www.shopwithscrip.com/ and click "Join A Program", you will then need to enter the AYH enrollment code: to access the enrollment code, please contact Lacey.  Once you are registered you will have to contact Lacey Rector at laceyboelman@gmail.com or 507-440-4086 to complete the enrollment. 

Payments will be via PrestoPay which is set up right through your personal checking account. 

Giftcards can be e-giftcards (accessed through your phone) or printed out. The association does try to do one physical gift card order per month if there are members whom have ordered.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lacey via email, call or text - rectorlacey@gmail.com / 507-440-4086


Association Colors

The association is working to become more consistent with team colors.  Use the following guidelines when purchasing new equipment.

- Required -

Breezers and gloves-Red

Helmet - White

Socks- will be sold at South Central

 

Mailing Address

Austin Youth Hockey

PO Box 111

Austin, MN 55912

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