Northumberland Minor Hockey Association players need to pre-register before this Friday, Aug. 21 for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.
There is no cost at this time to sign up, but the association needs to know how many players intend to play house league or rep hockey.
“We need our numbers for the facilities to justify them opening up,” said Northumberland Minor Hockey president Bill Woodman, noting that so far only one ice pad at the Cobourg Community Centre will be available. “As of right now, the CCC bowl is the only one opening so unless we have confirmed numbers of registrations, they’re not going to open any other facilities.”
Woodman said the association also needs the smaller pond arena at the CCC, the Jack Burger Sports Complex in Port Hope and the Baltimore Recreation Centre to use for games, practices and development sessions.
“We definitely need those facilities to open because we don’t have the ice time as it sits right now,” he remarked.
Visit www.northumberlandminorhockey.com to pre-register.
Payments can’t start until Sept. 1 at the earliest and are expected to be due in four-week increments rather than paying for a full season before it starts, like in a regular year.
Around 450 players are currently pre-registered. Rep tryouts weren’t able to be held in the spring and still aren’t allowed. There’s no travelling allowed yet as well so the rep hockey season won’t proceed yet.
Woodman said the association can start to offer some development sessions and eventually 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 games in a tiered house league format until rep hockey can return, possibly November or December at the earliest.
For now, previous rep players would compete locally in house league.
“If they played rep last year then they’ll be playing Tier A hockey and any house league kids that played last year are allowed to play Tier B,” Woodman said.
Currently, no spectators will be allowed in the facilities, there will be no physical contact allowed and players are expected to arrive to the arena dressed (except for skates) and there is a limit of 25 individuals allowed on the ice at a time.
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