DARIEN PHANTOMS COVID-19 POLICIES
The Darien Phantoms Hockey Club is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment to all of our members. Of primary importance this year is our effort to mitigate the potential for the transmission of COVID-19 within our Club and the community. Not only will this effort require full cooperation from our members, but it will also require flexibility as the circumstances surrounding this virus are constantly changing.
Ultimately, despite our best efforts, we cannot completely eliminate the risk that COVID-19 presents. If you have an underlying health condition or a specific health concern about participating in hockey this season, you should work with your health care provider to determine the best decision for your family.
Please review the following policies regarding COVID-19 that will be in effect for the 2021-2022 season. In the event any of this information changes, we will notify all members at the email address that is registered to your SportsEngine account and on our website.
Positive Tests - Quarantine - Notification
The primary cost for any hockey organization is ice rental. Once we complete tryouts and assign players to teams, those teams will use the same amount of ice that they would have any other season. The level of instruction and development will be the same as well. By maintaining the amount and high level of training that we have offered in the past, our teams will be in the best position to succeed once we are able to play league games.
As you know, we are offering a six-payment plan to help lower and spread out the payment of fees. If we are forced to stop training due to a governmental directive or the closure of the Sportsplex, members will not be responsible for payments beyond their most recent SportsEngine billing. Members who elect to pay in full at the beginning of the season will receive a proration similar to those members on the payment plan.
Further, in the event that your team is unable to play any league games, we will return the fees associated with those games (league fees and estimated referee expenses). Teams will not establish a “slush fund” until we are able to play games.
If your league extends its season due to a delay in start or interruption, the Club will incur additional expense for ice rental and instruction. Members will not be charged additional fees for the expense related to an extended season.
Other Items To Be Aware Of:
At The Rink:
Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the inability to participate in Phantoms-related activities.
Any team that wishes to participate in any out-of-state activities must receive approval from the Board of Directors in advance.
Members will be responsible for coordinating their own travel this year. If teams are able to travel out of state for games, the Club will not coordinate any airline travel or busses and/or incur that expense.
Mandatory Volunteer Safety Coordinator
Managers will secure a safety coordinator volunteer for each team activity for the year. Each family must volunteer to serve as the safety coordinator for their team on a rotating basis. This is mandatory. A player whose family does not participate in this requirement will not be allowed to participate in Phantoms-related activities. Teams will not be permitted to engage in a practice or game if a safety coordinator is not identified and present for each activity.
Responsibilities of the safety coordinator include:
Our ability to remain on the ice will be directly related to the efforts we put forth to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We have spent a great deal of time working as a Board, consulting with our governing bodies, and meeting with representatives from area clubs to develop reasonable policies for this season. We know that this season will not look like previous seasons at the Phantoms, but our commitment to providing a quality program to our players remains strong. We are thankful for your support and will continue to work hard on behalf of all Darien Phantoms Families.
Melissa Surrette President Darien Phantoms Hockey Club
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