The purpose of the DVHL is to promote, govern and improve organized hockey in the Delaware Valley area by authority of USA Hockey, Inc.: to foster among its members, supporters and teams a general cooperative spirit; to maintain and increase interest in the game of hockey; to have and exercise a general care, supervision and direction over the playing interest of its teams and players.
October 23, 2020
From: Glenn Hefferan, AAHA President
It should be clear to all our Leagues, Clubs, participants and families that COVID-19 is on the uptick. Two New England states (New Hampshire and Massachusetts) completely shut down ice hockey for at least two weeks. If we want to keep ice hockey safe and open in the Atlantic District, we must be vigilant in doing all that is required under State requirements and then do more. League & Club leaders along with Coaches and Managers must amplify the previously issued guidance and requirements, and demand strict adherence.
LOCKER ROOMS – NEW REQUIREMENT: The use of ice rink locker rooms is strictly prohibited for all AAHA activities until further notice. Yes, we know it's a bit of hassle, but the alternative is worse. Players should arrive at the rink needing only to put on skates, helmet and gloves. Dressing in the car can be difficult but its manageable.
New Jersey: Prohibits spectators/parents during competition/games. This must be strictly followed. For age levels of 8U and below, the AAHA recognizes that 1 Parent/guardian shall be deemed “Necessary” and may attend during games, however the Club and or rink may impose a stricter requirement.
Pennsylvania: buildings are limited to a percentage of lawful occupancy. However, the AAHA is now limiting spectators to no more than 1 person per child, and this AAHA imposed requirement does not authorize exceeding the percentage allowed under State requirements. If your rink is obtaining written guidance on spectator management from Local, County or State Departments of health, please contact me directly.
Delaware: Rules for Delaware have been managed by the Division of Health, on a rink by rink basis.
Every Club has the responsibility to ensure that health checks or temperature checks are performed at the entry points of your facility, including the visiting teams.
Use of masks, social distancing and following all requirements issued by each State and the AAHA, will play a definitive role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
The AAHA has built a good relationships with State officials and advised them we would work diligently with our members and rinks to follow all the best COVID mitigation protocols. Being 100% in these efforts does not mean that ice hockey won’t experience another interruption like New Hampshire and Massachusetts, but not following them will get likely get ice hockey shut down faster. It only took one State inspection to do so Massachusetts.
To our players: you can help by doing everything practical to social distance, wear your mask, do not put yourself in unnecessary risk of exposure. Do your part to KEEP HOCKEY OPEN!
LIMIT BUILDING ACCESS. WEAR THE MASK. STAY OUT OF LOCKER ROOMS. DO THE HEALTH CHECKS
October 22, 2020
To Our DVHL Families and Friends:
We are now starting our third weekend of our league season. We cannot stress enough the importance of our players and families abiding by the rules of the CDC, Atlantic District and the DVHL to help keep the spread of the COVID virus down!
We are trying very hard to keep our kids on the ice and keep our rinks open. Without your help, this will be an impossible task!
As always - thank you for your support and cooperation.
Colleen Marinari and the DVHL Executive Committee
Below please find our COVID 19 Protocol and Game Day Protocol that was approved by our clubs on September 9, 2020