Please note this list of frequently asked questions will continue to change as we learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on sports and facility use.

Last updated on September 7, 2020.

 

Pre-Registration

Will the $150 non-refundable deposit be refunded if ringette gets cancelled due to COVID-19?

Only in the event that the City of Ottawa closes the arenas and refunds the associations the ice cost, as they did previously, will the deposits be refunded on a prorated basis.

If we pre-registered, but decide not to register for the 2020/21 season, will we be obligated to pay the remaining balance?

No. If you pre-registered, but chose not to complete the full season registration, you are not obligated to pay the remaining balance. The deposit will not be refunded.

How will the pre-registration deposit be deducted from our registration fee?

In the new registration system, there will be two options to choose from for each division. One for members that paid the pre-registration and one for those who did not pre-register. If you pre-registered, you will select the pre-registration option and the cost reflects the remaining balance.

I missed pre-registration, can I still register?

Yes! If you missed pre-registration, you will still have the opportunity to register for the upcoming season. If you did not pre-register, you will not be entitled to the pre-registration rate of $575, and will be required to pay the full registration rate of $590.

 

Friend Requests

Are friend requests still being accepted?

At this time, we are no longer accepting friend requests.

Why are friend requests only for U10 and younger?

Similar to previous seasons, friend requests are only accepted for U10 and younger.

Could WORA make an exception this season and accept friend requests at all ages, in order to keep players that already hangout together or go to school together?

Unfortunately, this option would not be feasible. With so many schools in our region, and friend groups outside of school, it would be extremely difficult for the directors to try to accommodate the requests, along with making sure that groups are created based on age and skill set.

 

Out of Association Players

Will Out Of Association (OOA) players be required to register with their home association?

Players are required to first register with their home association. The player must then contact their home association to request a release to their desired association. The home association will then submit a request to ERRA for approval. If approved, WORA will assign the player to a group with similar skill level once all fees are paid.

 

Financial

Will the budget be shared with the membership, prior to registration?

The breakdown of the registration cost for those who pre-registered is shown in the slide deck that was sent to all members on August 25th. The $15 increase for those who did not pre-register, is used to cover the cost of additional ice needed in order to form additional groups.

Is the current fee structure based on one hour a week for the whole season or does it account for the increase in required ice once we are allowed to game play?

The current fee structure is based on one hour a week for the whole season. If and when we are able to return to game play, the extra ice cost will be added to the team fees.

Did WORA consider following the same registration process as other associations, for example, having two registrations, one for the first half and one for the second?

WORA is following guidance from the ERRA. All associations have been instructed to do what is best for them and their membership, as each association is facing different challenges, such as, membership return rate, ice availability in their area and current financial state.

Is the goalie rebate program still in effect, or has it been removed to help reduce costs?

The goalie rebate program has not been removed, but the refund of the registration fees has been deferred to next season.

 

Health and Safety

What will the ice time experience look like, from start to end of the sanctioned activity?

As of August 28th, WORA has been given the following guidelines from the City of Ottawa Facilities Services Department:

Properly fitted masks, that cover the nose and mouth, are to be worn at all times except when on the ice OR when an athlete is on the bench (e.g. during a scrimmage). Volunteers (Coaches/Trainers) will not have to wear a mask while on the ice but will have to wear one on the bench.

Specific details on entering and exiting each facility will be provided after September 8th.

Participants will be given access to the facility 20 mins before and 20 mins after their scheduled ice time. Although change rooms will be available, participants are asked to arrive dressed to the full extent as possible to reduce the amount of time spent in these change rooms. Skates, helmets and gloves can be put on in the facility. Occupancy limit in the change rooms will be between 7-10 individuals, depending on the facility.

Washrooms will be available but some change rooms will not have access to water.
Water bottles must be labelled with the participants first and last name, and washed properly after every activity. WORA also recommends that athletes bring an extra ringette stick as there will be no sharing of sticks if one breaks.

Although cohorts/bubbles are not required to social distance during the activity, athletes will not be permitted to intentionally have contact with each other. This includes huddling, handshaking and high fiving.

More detailed information on facility protocols will be available after September 8th.

Will parents be able to watch the players practice?

If the city gets approval to advance their opening process on September 8th, they will be allowing spectators into the facilities. If approved, up to 25 spectators will be permitted per booking at a 1:1 (participant:spectator) ratio. Spectators will also be required to wear a mask at all times and maintain the 2m physical distancing from others. There will be bench markers for spectators in the stands.

Are players required to wear a mask on and off the ice?

Properly fitted masks, that cover the nose and mouth, are to be worn at all times. The only exception will be when players are on the ice OR on the bench (e.g. during a scrimmage, when permitted). Volunteers (Coaches/Trainers) will not have to wear a mask while on the ice but will have to wear one on the bench, and in the facility.

Will WORA be providing members with PPE?

No. Members are required to provide their own PPE.

Will WORA consider requesting players to wear full face shields instead of cages to help reduce the spread of droplets on the Benches and ice?

At this time, Ringette Ontario hasn’t planned to implement face shields as part of the required equipment.

Do participants have access to the changing rooms?

Although change rooms will be available, participants are asked to arrive dressed to the full extent as possible, to reduce the amount of time spent in these change rooms. Skates, helmets and gloves can be put on in the facility. Occupancy limit in the change rooms will be between 7-10 individuals, depending on the facility.

What if I am sick or my child is sick but does not have COVID-19?

If a participant is not feeling well or has symptoms of COVID-19, the participant is advised to follow up with their physician and/or Ottawa Public Health for instructions. There will be a daily health assessment form that each individual will have to fill out prior to every activity and/or entering a facility to determine if the individual can participate.

What should I do if I or my child is displaying signs of COVID-19 but have not been tested?

If a participant is not feeling well or has symptoms of COVID-19, the participant is advised to follow up with their physician and/or Ottawa Public Health for instructions. There will be a daily health assessment form that each individual will have to fill out prior to every activity and/or entering a facility to determine if the individual can participate.

If someone in the group tests positive for COVID-19, will the group be allowed to continue to play ringette?

If someone in your cohort tests positive for COVID-19, the Ottawa Public Health authority will determine communication protocol, contact tracing and isolation/quarantine requirements. It is possible, therefore, that one diagnosis in a cohort could lead to that cohort being required to pause all ringette activities until the public health authority determines it is safe to return.

If a team is unable to return to ringette activities, due to someone in the group testing positive for COVID-19, what will happen with the unused ice?

We hope with all the safety measures put in place that this does not happen, but in the event that it does happen, the WORA executives will deal with it on a case by case basis.

Will a player/coach health check form be required at the start of the season or at the start of each and every on ice session?

Multiple waivers must be signed during the registration process for players and bench staff. All participants will have to verify their attendance to an activity at least 48hrs in advance. As well, within 8hrs prior to the activity, each participant will have to fill out a daily health attestation form.

How will WORA make sure parents, players and coaches are following the rules? Will there be a code of conduct and consequences if rules are not followed?

All participants of any sanctioned activity are to follow the protocols in place. Any misconduct is to be reported immediately to the Covid Safety Leader (CSL) and the WORA executives.

How are you going to ensure that coaches enforce the rules? What will the consequences be if those rules are not enforced? Can members trust that the board will address appropriately? Or should members report directly to Ottawa Public Health?

Ringette Ontario has required all of their associations to appoint a Covid Safety Leader (CSL). WORA’s CSL and the Covid Safety Team will be providing all bench staff, players and parents the necessary information and rules for the upcoming season.

It is extremely important that the protocols put in place by WORA, Ringette Ontario and the City of Ottawa are followed by everyone, as any misconduct puts WORA Return to Ringette plan and city contract at risk for the entire association, as well as poses a serious risk to our members health and safety. Any misconduct is to be reported immediately.

How was the Covid Safety Leader selected?

The Covid Safety Leader was to be selected in a very short period of time. Penny MacGregor has been WORA’s training coordinator for the last 2 years, and the executives felt that she was a good fit as she was already very knowledgeable with respect to Ringette Ontario’s existing safety requirements. Penny will likely be asking for a Covid Safety Rep from each group to ensure Covid-19 safety related information is communicated efficiently.

 

Coaches / Bench Staff

When will coaching applications start being accepted?

We are accepting coaching applications on the West Ottawa website.

How will you choose the coaches for each of the groupings? Will you solicit applications?

Coaching applications are still being accepted on the West Ottawa website. Members of the bench staff will only be allowed to participate on one bench this year.

 

Group Formation

What is the difference between bubbles, groups, cohorts and teams?

The definitions can be found in Ringette Ontario’s updated RTR Guidelines – please see page 4.

How will groups be formed?

As of August 20th, the city of Ottawa is only allowing 25 participants on the ice at one. Depending on the players division, it will determine how much coaching staff will be required. If a division requires 3 coaches to be on the ice, there can only be 22 skaters on the ice, including goalies. The group selection committee will use these numbers to determine how many groups will need to be formed. Players will then be placed in their respective groups based on their age and skill set.

Will regional and competitive players be mixed in the same group?

Players will be placed in groups based registration numbers, on their age, level played last season and skill set. There is the possibility that a player could be placed in an older or younger age group if the player has a similar skill set. There will be no regional or competitive teams until tryouts are able to take place.

How will you know a player’s skill set without holding sort outs or tryouts?

A player’s skill set was determined based on the player’s previous Ringette history, as well as last season’s player’s assessments.

Will the groups be the same as the teams once teams can be formed?

No. Once teams are allowed to be formed the groups will be dissolved, then tryouts and sort outs will take place to form teams.

Will goalies be placed in a separate group?

No. Goalies will be placed with players in a group. Goalies will also be placed in groups based on age and skill set.

Will WORA be creating cohorts with other associations?

At this time, WORA does not plan to create cohorts with other associations. Only in the event that our participant numbers require us to do so, will we contact other associations.

Will extra ice be fairly divided amongst all groups?

Each group is guaranteed one hour of ice per week. If a group would like more ice time, the group will be required to notify WORA and extra ice will be purchased and invoiced to that group, pending there is extra ice availability.

 

Player Development

With players only guaranteed one hour of ice per week, are we able to purchase more ice if desired?

We would have hoped to have all of our players on the ice twice a week, but with the current ice limitations and ice costs increase, we were only able to guarantee each group one hour of ice per week. WORA is working on a model to allow groups to purchase more ice pending ice availability through the city. This is still being finalized. It is very important to keep groups together and avoid groups mixing by purchasing private ice.

What is WORA’s plan to help players develop and stay interested during the first half of the season, while there are no games?

WORA has created a committee, that contains experienced coaches, who will create practice plans for the first half of the season, that will be used by coaches from each association during practice. There will be specific practice plans created for each division and different skill sets.

Will goalie clinics be taking place this season? How will goalies be supported in each group?

Unfortunately, WORA will not be able to host goalie clinics this season. The goalie clinic would create a cross between groups and that is not allowed by Ringette Ontario or WORA. Goalies will have access to instructive videos from last season’s goalie clinics. WORA is also working on practice plans that are goalie specific.

Will WORA be hosting power skating this season?

No. WORA is unable to host power skating this season, but Goulbourn Skating Club is still offering power skating for Ringette players. If members register for GSC power skating, they must be aware that it is not a ringette sanctioned event, and is not covered by WORA’s insurance. They will be required to follow all of GSC’s policies and procedures.

 

 

Don’t forget to check out Ringette Ontario’s FAQ page.