IHSHL Hayes Suburban Clubs,
Everyone at Hayes Suburban would like to convey that we are as enthusiastic for the 2020- 2021 high
school hockey season to drop the puck as you are. Please understand that our ability to start this
season is based on guidelines and regulations pertaining to COVID-19 from Federal, State and Local
governments as well as protocols being implemented at all ice rinks, whether municipal, park
district or privately owned.
As we have all witnessed since March 2020, these guidelines and regulations are fluid and ever
changing. The Hayes Suburban COVID-19 response committee continues to monitor and further develop
and adapt our own guidelines based on the ever-changing public health mandates that are released.
Here at Hayes, we made a concerted effort to drown out the rumor mills that are constantly swirling
and be guided by the state and local mandates. Please remember that rumors are not guidelines and
do not help any of us gain insight into when hockey will return. The following information is
presented as a recap to all clubs and offer some guidance on how Hayes Suburban will proceed as we
maneuver “Return to Play”. Keep in mind, what is presented
below regarding the current state applies to all youth hockey, not just high school hockey.
State of Illinois Mandate:
Please see https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/youthsports.pdf for the complete Illinois State "All Sports Policy" document which goes into effect on August 15, 2020. The policy is jointly issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (schools) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (private operators).
The four levels of play are as follows:
Current Conditions Allow for the Following Types of Play per Sport Risk Level:
To complicate this, Illinois also has 11 Emergency Medical Health Regions. Looking at the clubs that play within Hayes Suburban, we cover 6 of the 11 regions and play games in Indiana.
Based on the Illinois COVID-19 2020 ALL SPORTS POLICY released on July 29, 2020 and effective August 15, 2020, Hockey has been classified as a Higher Risk sport, and the State's
assessment of Current Conditions restrict our sport to "Level 1: No-contact practices and trainings only." No competitive play or games of any sort are allowed.
Whether we agree or disagree with this classification, Governor Pritzker an IDPH have not changed it despite several petitions to do so.
What does this mean?
As shared above, clubs can offer on ice practice and skills without any contact. No games can be scheduled at this time. This goes for all youth hockey organizations in Illinois.
When will hockey move to Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4?
This decision will be determined by the State of Illinois. Hayes Suburban, AHAI and USAH have no bearing or ability to make this decision and it rests solely with IDPH, Governor Pritzker and
the State of Illinois. There are no clear guidelines or measurable statistics in the mandate currently.
At Level 2, intra-team scrimmages will be allowed, with parental consent for minors; but no competitive play.
At Level 3, intra-conference or intra-EMS-region or intra-league play/meets only; state- or
league-championship game/meet allowed for low-risk sports only. Again, please remember that
Hayes has clubs located in six of the eleven regions, so this would continue to be very limiting regarding games schedules.
At Level 4, tournaments, out-of-conference/league play, out-of-state play allowed; championship games allowed. This level would allow all clubs to return to normal play within Hayes Suburban. Clubs could move between health regions as well as play out of state games.
Only at this level could Hayes Suburban, or any other Youth Hockey league in Illinois, put together an unrestricted season.
IHSHL Hayes Suburban Plan:
The Hayes Suburban Board will adhere to the “All Sports Policy” as mandated by the State of Illinois (IDPH). For games to be scheduled, hockey must move to Level 3 status, preferably
Level 4. Our goal is to stay informed of all updates with the “All Sports Policy” and continually advise our clubs.
We recognize the season will start later and could either be shortened or extended based on guidance from AHAI (if offered).
Hayes Suburban is in constant communication with AHAI, the
Illinois High School Hockey Committee and many of the ice rinks that our clubs utilize. If we all work together to prepare our clubs and condition our players, we should be ready to start the
season as soon as the State of Illinois moves hockey to Level 3 and 4.
At this time, Hayes Suburban will not be scheduling any games, but we will continue to prep and be ready to do so as soon as the State allows. In regards to league fees, it is challenging to set the fees at this time, but rest assured, we will do our best to stay at or below last years fees based on length of season allowed.
We will be scheduling a Zoom call for next week to address any questions that you may have. We all understand how frustrating this is with the lack of metrics and no understanding of how
or when hockey could move to Level 2, 3 and 4, but we do ask for everyone’s patience while we all work through this together.
We strongly encourage all clubs to complete the following:
A few notes about rosters:
We are all very hopeful hockey can navigate the levels quickly and we see our players enjoying the game they dedicated so much time and effort to over the years.
Board of Directors
IHSHL Hayes Suburban
We know everyone are eager to get back on the ice and start preparing for the upcoming high school hockey season.
With the State of Illinois moving to Phase 3 of Restore Illinois, we are preparing for the Fall 20-21 season. In Phase 3, we will start to see rinks open with very strict guidelines that must be followed based on state, local and rink mandates.
Please use the following link for an explanation of Restore Illinois and each Phas:. https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-introduction
Please use the following link for AHAI Restore Illinois Phase 3: https://www.ahai.org/
As we navigate Phase 3 and approach Phase 4, please know that the Hayes Suburban Board of Directors will be planning the upcoming fall season and will continue to communicate with AHAI and USAH to understand how we can safely proceed.
We will soon be sending out an update email and advise that everyone watch this space for updates. We encourage all clubs to continue to stay in contact with their players and parents to assure them we are all working together to get back on the ice. All hockey clubs, private and high school, are guided by the same standards.
First and foremost, the safety and health of our players, parents, coaches and volunteers is paramount to a successful return to league play.
Thank you and please contact us if you have any questions regarding summer or fall hockey.
This tab will provide your team with the necessary information to enter the rink prior to your scheduled game. These guideline will be provided to the Hayes Division by each home team.
THANK YOU FOR AN OUTSTANDING SEASON
On behalf of the Hayes Suburban Division, I'd like to thank all the skaters, parents, coaches, team managers, club administrators from our member clubs and the Hayes Suburban Board for contributing to an exciting season with some excellent games in pursuit of the Cougar, Hayes and Burton Cups!
The Hayes Suburban board is committed to growing and evolving as a division to continually offer a competitive and fun hockey division for the high school hockey clubs and their players.
Along with the players and coaches listed below, I'd like to recognize LINCOLNWAY JV 2 and NAZARETH NORTHSTARS with our SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD for fewest penalties this past season.
Congratulations to Ed Urban and Steve Silvey for being recognized as our Hayes Suburban Distinguished Service Award recipients. Both contributed heavily to the success and continued existence of the division over the years. The board wishes to thank each of you for all your contributions over the years and continued assistance in the future.
Have a great spring and summer, we look forward to seeing everyone again next fall! Thank you!
Illinois High School Hockey League
2019-2020 COUGAR CUP CHAMPIONS: AWFM RENEGADES
2019-2020 COUGAR CUP RUNNER UP: MARIST REDHAWKS
2019-2020 HAYES CUP WINNERS MARIST REDHAWKS
2019-2020 HAYES CUP RUNNER UP CROWN POINT BULLDOGS
2019-2020 BURTON CUP CHAMPIONS: COBRAS JV
2019-2020 BURTON CUP RUNNER UP: NEUQUA VALLEY JV2
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