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Welcome to the Inaugural Jr. Amerks Season

By Jr Amerks, 09/01/20, 12:45PM EDT

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The 2020-21 season will look different than past seasons, but we are committed to providing every player the opportunity to play hockey this year in the safest way possible.

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The 2020-21 season will look different than past seasons, but we are committed to providing every player the opportunity to play hockey this year in the safest way possible.  For complete information please visit our COVID-19 page at https://bit.ly/3lC6TXk.

Last week Governor Cuomo announced that higher risk sports, including hockey, were cleared to conduct non-competitive practices. This allows our teams to finally get back on the ice. While teams are not yet permitted to play games in New York state, under certain conditions teams may be able to travel outside of the state to participate in USA Hockey sanctioned activities, including tournaments and games. We hope to see game play come back to New York state at some point this fall and will keep you updated as we learn more.

We know the health and safety of our kids while they’re in our rinks is more important than ever. Visit jramerks.com/covid19 to see our plan for a return to hockey, including our COVID-19 risk mitigation plan. Please take the time to read it, as there are several policies and procedures that our organization and our rinks expect every Jr. Amerks family to follow. When returning to the rinks, we ask players and families to:

  1. Take your player’s temperature before coming to the rink. If your player has a fever greater than 100 degrees or feels sick in any way, keep them at home 
  2. If you—as a parent, coach, or manager—are sick, stay at home
  3. Wear a mask when inside our rinks
  4. Maintain six feet of distance from others whenever possible
  5. Arrive partially dressed in equipment (except skates, gloves, helmet) when possible 
  6. Respect the health and safety policies outlined by our rink partners
  7. Set expectations with your player about responsible locker room behavior, including physical distancing
  8. Do not share equipment or water bottles

 

In addition, the Jr. Amerks have added a special advisor to our board of directors. Dr. Felix Yarovinsky works for the Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at University of Rochester Medical Center. He’s also a member of the Jr. Amerks family. Dr. Yarovinsky will advise us as the season gets underway and help ensure we provide the safest environment possible for our players and their families.

Thanks for all of your support throughout this unusual time. We can’t wait to get back to hockey.