Dear Parents and Players,
The province has declared Hamilton will go under the Grey Zone starting Monday March 29, 2021 and the City of Hamilton has informed us that City arenas will be closed on the 29th. Additionally they will be removing the ice that week. What does that mean for our membership? See below.
Is the 2020-2021 season over?
With the announcement by the City on the arenas, the AAGHA 2020-2021 programming is essentially complete. Note that the season is not over as the OWHA extended the season to August 31, 2021.
What does the extended 2020-2021 season mean?
It means the team or development group that you are currently rostered to stays “together” throughout the spring and summer. Your coach can decide to do extra ice or dry land training, in accordance with OWHA rules and mandated COVID protocols. This is up to each coach/team to decide. The AAGHA asks that the coaches keep us informed on their intended activities in case further approvals are required by the OWHA. There are NO transfers allowed between teams or associations during the extended season time period.
Will there be tryouts for 2021-2022 season?
No, at the moment tryouts are not permitted by the OWHA. The new season starts September 1, 2021, which is when releases or transfers can be requested if you choose to move to a different assocation. The OWHA will inform if/when there will be tryouts for the 21/22 season.
How do we register for the 2021-2022 season?
The OWHA is allowing us to open registration in April 1, 2021 for all of our existing membership and any “new to hockey” families not currently rostered at another assocation. Our system will send out a message to our current membership on April 1st to inform you when the registration portal will be ready.
We understand that this was another stressful and different year of hockey. Based on the information and instructions from the OWHA we can expect similar COVID programming this Fall. We all want to get back to a “normal” hockey season. We are hopeful that perhaps that in 2022 we will see some improvement.
The AAGHA thanks all of our players, coaches, trainers, volunteers and parents in helping us all get through another year of COVID hockey and keeping the girls safe while allowing them an opportunity to skate, develop and connect with friends.
The AAGHA wishes you all a safe and happy spring and Easter holiday. Please stay safe.
AAGHA Board of Directors