Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do I need to show my vaccine passport to view a practice or assist my player in the dressing room?
- No, proof of vaccination is not required when you are assisting your player in the dressing room or spectating a PCMHA team practice. Generally, the number of spectators (50+ people excluding players and team officials) do not exceed in a practice scenario. As a result, vaccine passports are not required. Should the number of spectators increase to 50+ people, vaccine passport validation is mandatory.
- When do I need to show my vaccine passport?
- When attending a PCMHA game, you are required to show your vaccine passport along with a valid government-issued photo ID. See below for list of accepted government-issued photo IDs.
- Do I need to be fully vaccinated to watch a PCMHA game?
- Since the anticipated number of spectators (excluding players and team officials) are over 50, starting September 13th, you will be expected to show proof of at least one vaccination dose. You must have your second dose by October 24th. This requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier.
- Where do I show my vaccine passport?
- A team volunteer will check your vaccine passport, when entering the Arena.
- What if I have forgotten or do not have my vaccine passport with me?
- You are not allowed to enter the arena. However, you can still enter the facility as vaccine passports are not required in the facility lobby.
- Do the team officials and players required to be vaccinated?
September 29, 2021 - ViaSports - Proof of vaccination is NOT REQUIRED:
- Youth (21 years of age and younger) sport programming.
- Adult supervisors (includes coaches, officials, team managers, and volunteers who help the delivery of youth sport) of youth sport programming.
- Does we need need to wear a mask?
- Yes, everyone attending a PCMHA event needs to wear a mask. Players and team officials are not required to wear a mask when on the ice.
- What are some of the ways we can reduce exposure to COVID-19?
- Stay home if you are not feeling well.
- Sanitize your hand when entering the arena and when leaving.
- Wear a mask when not on the ice.
- Avoid sharing equipment.
- Avoid sharing water.
September 11: (Sept. 13, updated)
The BC vaccine passport comes into effect as of Monday, September 13th. Here is the information that you will need going forward.
The Port Coquitlam Community Center and the Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association is committed to supporting the Province of British Columbia as it implements its COVID-19 proof of vaccination requirements.
All spectators entering the facility for ALL GAMES, 12 years and older, must show proof of vaccination along with government ID. If you are not able to produce a vaccine passport, entrance into the arenas will not be permitted.
The Government of British Columbia order states those under the age of 19 do not need to be vaccinated to participate in sports activities. This youth exemption ONLY applies to participation in sporting activities. We will not be checking the vaccine passports for players (updated Sept. 13, 2021).
Starting September 13th, you will be expected to show proof of at least one vaccination
dose. You must have your second dose by October 24th. This requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier.
From September 13 to September 26, along with a government-issued photo ID, the following proof of vaccination will be accepted:
● Wallet-sized immunization record card (given out at vaccine clinics)
● Printed immunizations record from Health Gateway
● Immunization record from your pharmacy (AstraZeneca/SII COVISHEILD)
● National Defence Canada COVID-19 vaccine record or card
● Provincial Immunization Registry record (used by Interior Health and others)
● ImmunizeBC record (used by First Nations Health Authority and others)
● Health authority immunization records:Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health,
After September 26, you will be required to show your BC Vaccine Card.
The Province’s official vaccine card is now available digitally through the Health Gateway. A paper copy may also be obtained by contacting the BC Services Centre
support line at 1-833-838-2323 or visiting a BC Services Centre.
Before entering the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination to one of the door attendants. You will need to provide proof of vaccine every time you attend a game.
Even with proof of vaccination, face masks must still be worn while inside the facility.
- Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association is adhering to the “BC's Stage 3 Covid-19 Restart Plan”
- Please take a moment to review the link https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart#step-three
- Masks are mandatory for those born in 2009 or earlier within the Recreation Facilities. This means that masks are to be worn within the facility until participants go onto the ice.
- Spectators will be limited to 50% of the arena capacity.
- For Arena 2, the seating available for 178, therefore the max. spectator capacity will be 89 moving forward.
- For Arena 3, the seating available for 45, the max. seating capacity will be set at 50.
- For Arena 1, the seating capacity is set to 300
- Players, coaches, refs and other team personnel do not count towards the numbers above. In other words, there are no limits on the numbers for players, coaches, etc., but we would hope that these numbers can be kept within reason.
- There is to be no gathering in the Arena Lobby after a group has concluded.
- Once the group is in the arena entrance door is closed.
- Team personnel will be monitoring the door when the groups arrive to ensure numbers are not exceeded and outside people are not accessing the facility.
Dressing Room and Player Access to the Facility
- Staff will open the Main Arena door 30 mins before the scheduled booking.
- Dressing Rooms will need to be vacated 15 minutes after the conclusion of the booking.
Additional safety protocols are in the works by ViaSports, BC Hockey, and City of Port Coquitlam. Please check back as new information becomes available on regular basis.
PCHMA - Return to Hockey - Phaes 2 (November 10, 2020)
PCMHA - Return to Hockey Protocol (compact version) – (September 30, 2020)
PCMHA - Return to Hockey Plans - (August 31, 2020)
PCMHA - Season Start Up - (August 12, 2020)
Hockey Canada Free Planning a Safe Return to Hockey online course click here.
Health Questionnaire QR Code. For the link to the for click here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER
Updated January 7, 2021
1. Which viaSport Phase is sport currently operating in?
Answer: The current Public Health Order (updated December 24, 2020) stipulates that all sport is restricted to operate under viaSport Phase 2 guidelines. The current Public Health Order has been extended to February 5, 2021.
2. When might game competition start?
Answer: It is too early to know, but the current restrictions will likely not change until at least February 6, 2021. If there is any change between now and then, BC Hockey will provide essential information on next steps.
3. What are the primary guidelines within viaSport’s Phase 2 that are important for hockey?
Answer: Most of the viaSport Phase 2 guidelines remain the same as in the previously outlined. Below is a summary of the primary aspects and their applicability to hockey.
Participants must maintain 3–metres physical distance at before, during & after sport activity.
No non-essential travel should occur. Participants are restricted to participating within their home club. ‘home club’ is defined as ‘activity occurring with your primary club team, program or minor hockey association.” Individual travel to and from your primary home club team, program or minor hockey association is permitted for the purpose of participating in Phase 2 activity.
Small groups of essential participants only. No group gatherings over 50 people are permitted.
Fundamental movement, modified training, skills & drills. No game play or contact should occur (maintenance of physical distance at all times). 3 on 3, 4 on 4 or scrimmages are not permitted because physical distance cannot be maintained. For the purposes of Phase 2 sport activity ‘contact’ is defined as ‘being within 3-metres personal proximity of another participant.’
Please see #4 regarding age restriction updates provided December 24, 2020. Additionally, adult team activity remains prohibited but Intercollegiate & Varsity activity is permitted if delivered through the Post-Secondary institution & in alignment with youth activity guidelines.
4. What are the current age restrictions?
Answer: The Public Health Order prohibits adult participation. At this time participants that are 22 years or older are not permitted to participate. Team officials (sport activity leaders) are permitted to deliver youth sport programming. Currently, teams that have players both above and below the age of 22, may only include those under 22 years old in sport activity.
5. Are masks required?
Answer: Masks are required in all indoor spaces under the current Public Health Order. However, for the purpose of sport, a mask is not required while on the field of play (e.g. ice surface, players’ or penalty benches). Regardless of the use of a mask, 3-metres distance must be maintained at all times.
6. What are the maximum numbers of participants that can be on the ice during an activity?
Answer: Phase 2 activity should be limited to ‘essential participants’ for training and skill-based activity. On-ice participants should be limited to Hockey Canada’s maximum team roster size or a lesser amount, if 3-metres physical distance cannot be maintained.
Junior and U18AAA teams active roster limit is 25 players and five (5) team officials*.
Minor hockey teams’ active roster limit is 19 players and five (5) team officials*.
o *Team officials include:
· 1 Head Coach
· 3 Assistant Coaches
· 1 Hockey Canada Safety Person (HCSP)
o On-ice helpers: They may be permitted if deemed necessary for the activity and if the collective group can maintain 3-metres physical distance at all times.
o Physical assistance: Dedicated caregivers that are essential to a participant’s ability to be involved in sport activity are permitted.
7. What are the restrictions on spectators?
Answer: NO spectators are permitted in accordance with the current Public Health Order.
8. What kind of hockey activities can be done during viaSport Phase 2, while maintaining 3-metres physical distance?
Answer: The focus during viaSport Phase 2 is on skill development, training and drills. Appendix A (pgs. 34-53) of the Hockey Canada Seasonal Structure resource provides many skill sequences that can be delivered during viaSport Phase 2. Additionally, BC Hockey developed an off-ice resource with skill sequences that can be found here.
PHO Health Order Alert
We have received a notification from the city this afternoon regarding updated Health Order signed by Dr. Bonnie Henry on October 9, 2020. Please select the link to read the full order. This is to address the recent COVID-19 exposures linked to sports and recreation and the subsequent closing of some facilities. PCMHA in partnership with the city is doing everything to ensure our members can safely continue to participate our regular on-ice scheduled events.
Due to the updated order, city will no longer allows spectators to have access to the facility. This means that parents or guardians will no longer be able to attend a game or a practice session. Access to the facility will be limited to the players, team officials including, team managers, coaches, referees, clock operator, scorekeeper. Team officials to assist players requiring assistance with tying their skates. However, it would be recommended for players to have their skates with skate guard on when entering the facility.
1-What is a cohort?
Answer: In accordance with viaSport’s Return to Sport guidelines each Provincial Sport Organization
(PSO) may implement cohorts during Phase 3 that will allow for participants to be involved in contact
activity and breach the 2-metre physical distance guidelines. A cohort can consist of either fifty (50)
people or four (4) teams, whichever is deemed most appropriate by the PSO. BC Hockey’s Board of
Directors has endorsed the four (4) team cohort model, which allows for up to four (4) teams to
participate in Phase 3 activity as a group, which in the case of hockey allows for more than 50
participants, based upon active roster sizes.
2. What are the parameters regarding transitioning cohorts?
Answer: A participant may be part of only one (1) sport specific (hockey) cohort at any single time. A
participant may transition to a new / different cohort as an individual participant or as a member of a
team, granted that a 14-day wait period has occurred prior to participating in Phase 3 activity within the
3. How do cohorts operate regarding tryouts and evaluations?
Answer: If a tryout/evaluation consists of Phase 2 based activity only (observance of physical distance
/ 2-metres & non-contact) this will not to be considered a cohort environment. Therefore, a 14-day wait
period prior to beginning Phase 3 activity within any cohort would not be required following the
completion of the try-out / evaluation stage.
If a tryout/evaluation includes Phase 3 based activity of any kind, all players will automatically be
determined a member of that tryout cohort. Therefore, upon the conclusion of the tryout/evaluation all
participants will be required to complete a 14-day wait period prior transitioning to a different cohort with
that team or any other team (in the event that the player is not selected for the team they are trying out
Please note, during any 14-day wait period, a participant is permitted to participate in any Phase 2
based activity, regardless of their previous or active participation in a cohort.
4. What are the maximum numbers of players on a team?
Answer: Junior, Senior and U18AAA teams’ active roster limit is 25 players, of which a maximum of 18
skaters and 2 goaltenders are eligible to play in any scheduled game.
The minor hockey active roster limit is 19 players with a maximum of 17 skaters and 2 goaltenders
eligible to play in any scheduled game.
These parameters align with Hockey Canada regulation E 2 and Hockey Canada playing rule 2.2.
5. What is the maximum number of players that can be on the ice?
Answer: Patron capacities are at the discretion of each individual facility, in accordance with the
Provincial Health Authority. Capacity for building occupancy may vary from facility to facility. Other than
the roster limits outlined in question #4, there is no hockey specific maximum number of participants
allowed on the ice, granted that all participants can adhere to either Phase 2 or Phase 3 guidelines and
the facility capacity parameters. The Hockey Canada Seasonal Structure document ‘Appendix A’
provides guidelines regarding number of participants on the ice that can safely participant in physically
6. Defining cohort / participant interaction
Answer: Any participants within a single cohort, can participate in full Phase 3 activity with any other
participants within the same cohort (e.g. games, training, activities and contact skills). If a participant is
part of a cohort, they are still permitted to participate in any programming that meets Phase 2 guidelines
with any other participants regardless of cohorts because physical distance is maintained during Phase
7. What are the definitions of ‘Region’ and ‘Community’ regarding Return to Sport?
Answer: The definition of ‘Community’ for the purpose of Phase 3 activity is the individual cohort a
participant or team is part of. A cohort essentially becomes the community based programming and
may be made up of teams from the same member association or in some cases participants from
surrounding or neighboring associations, based upon the particular program structure or ability to
provide reasonable competition.
‘Region’: For the purpose of forming cohorts, participants within the Province of BC are restricted to
participating in cohorts with other members of the BC Hockey membership within the geographical
Province. Similarly, BC Hockey participants in Yukon Territory are restricted to participating within the
BC Hockey Membership within that Territory. However, it is highly recommended that cohorts be formed
as locally as possible; within an MHA first, then within a District MHA / League (inter-Association) or
potentially within the Province or Territory if it is the only means of coordinating reasonable competition.
8. Will there be rule adjustments?
Answer: BC Hockey is reviewing enhancements to existing procedures, rules and protocols to assist in
delivering Phase 3 activity. Any adjustments will be curated and communicated to the membership for
implement during Phase 3. This process will include an education period for all participants, including
officials. BC Hockey requests that officials not be integrated into Phase 3 activity until these measures
have been confirmed and delivered. Please, note officials are not part of a cohort and therefore must
maintain 2-metre physical distance during activity.
9. Can coaches participate in more than one (1) cohort?
Answer: Coaches are not considered part of the cohort model, as long as they can keep physical
distance (2- metres) and wear a mask during Phase 3 activities. Therefore, a coach can serve as a
team official with teams in multiple cohorts if required.
10. What are the restrictions regarding player benches?
Answer: Currently any participant in Phase 3 activity must either maintain social distance (2 metres
from any other participant), wear a mask or be separated by a barrier from other participants while on
the players’ or penalty bench. BC Hockey is working on this item with viaSport. We recognize the
urgency of the issue and can confirm it will advance to the Ministry and related health officials ASAP.
Updates will be provided once clarifications have been obtained.
Well the world is certainly a different place today than it was when our 2019/2020 season was nearing completion, and we are all in unprecedented times.
Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey now joins these unprecedented times.
As we all do our part to lessen the exposure to COVID-19, we are now quite aware of the significant sacrifices involved to “flatten the curve” and of course, we do not know how long this will be the case.
Hockey season ended early, we are lucky many of our teams finished up in time, but some did miss tournaments and wind ups.
Our facilities that we use are now closed in effort to stem the spread of the virus. These “interruptions” are having a real effect in terms of our members’ ability to earn a living, run their businesses, take care of their families and other priorities.
In the meantime, this is what we will do to help our members.
This will be made available by May 5/2020. Please continue to register your player for the 2020/2021 hockey season. If you cannot make the payment due to these unstable times, that is okay. If you can, please do. We would rather get members registered in order to plan for the season – however that may look.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
We will still hand out our awards and scholarships, obviously at later dates, when we can gather as a group again.
As in the last email sent out earlier please hold onto gear until we can gather again.
PLANNING FOR THE 2020/2021 SEASON
We will continue to plan for a regular season. We will work together as an executive via email to get programs and procedures together for our hockey community; hopefully we will be back on the ice in September.
Practice our motto PASSION, PRIDE, PLAY.
PASSION: for the game we love and want to get back to playing, practice social distance to flatten the curve.
PRIDE: for the game of hockey in Port Coquitlam, make our community proud, wash our hands and do not gather in groups (ideally try to interact only with people in your immediate family and homes) .
PLAY: practice your shot, practice safe social distancing – one hockey stick apart and practice great hand washing.
We will get through this. PCMHA is built on caring, compassionate people, and we will need to look out for each other.
Stay safe & well.
PCMHA Hockey Executive.