CHC Return to Hockey: What to expect and do
Last updated: 23rd August 2020
The first step for ALL players is to sign the England Hockey Participation Agreement. Those under 18 will need a parent / guardian to complete it. If you intend to play please complete this as soon as possible.
It must be signed at least 48 hours before the first time you intend to train or play or unfortunately you will not be able to play. It would be excellent if you might do this now so we can be ready to go as soon as we have pitch availability. You can find the online form here: https://forms.office.com/FormsPro/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=NvkYmuiQxU–asEa8eSc6g-NqKCAUipGoe_luyiEaiZUMlE4NUVKRDZENzJGNUtNVEE5NVlXME9ETC4u
Before coming to train, play or coach all players, officials, volunteers, and spectators must undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19- symptoms. That is: no-one should leave home to participate in any form of hockey if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following: • A high temperature (above 37.8 o C); • A new, continuous cough • A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste.
You should be changed and ready to play wherever possible. Do make sure you bring your own equipment, water bottle and hand sanitiser. We are recommending adult / development players use their own face masks for this season (the club has ones which can be assigned if there is any problems here). Toilet facilities onsite may be limited at some venues. Wash your hands on leaving home, use hand gel regularly and wash your hands on return to your home.
Arrive promptly not early or late as we have staggered entry times. If you arrive early please wait in your car or outside the ground. There will be clear signage to help you negotiate the new set up. Late arrival may mean you cannot take part.
We will be using a QR code scan for every session for track and trace purposes. As with many restaurants and public services details will be stored for 21 days. Please come ready to scan in as you enter the pitch. Parents / guardians should scan for juniors. As a club we are relying on individuals to be responsible to make sure everyone is kept safe. QR code scanners can be downloaded free of charge from the app store. If you have any issues, please contact a Covid officer. It is strongly recommended a parent / guardian stays for training sessions / matches.
Before any training or match there will be a short briefing reminding participants of their responsibilities aligned to the England Hockey guidance
Prior to and after the session, during team talks and, in any training breaks, all participants should practise social distancing. Any spectators at training sessions or matches must be restricted to six person gatherings and spread out, in line with wider government guidance. This will be outside of the pitch at all venues.
During play or training, players should avoid picking up hockey balls – using their sticks instead. Players should avoid spitting, excessive shouting, handshaking / high fives / physical contact in celebrations. Players should not take gumshields in and out excessively. Players as always should respect the opposition and umpires. In play, they should take Penalty Corners and free hits around the D promptly.
Players and coaches will be asked not to congregate after matches but rather to leave in a timely manner. All players will be advised to disinfect their own equipment after each training session or match and leave it for at least 72 hours.
There is also clear guidance as to how to travel to away matches and this will be shared via your captains. When travelling in cars to games it is suggested that where players are in a social bubble they should be in face masks. Players should not face each other in the vehicle. Windows must be open for ventilation. You should consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle. Handles must be wiped, and surfaces cleaned after the journey is complete.
If after taking part in any hockey session you display any Covid symptoms you must contact Vicky on 07775745507 / email@example.com This allows us to inform other participants who may have come into contact with you. The Covid Officer alerts your team, the opposition, the match officials and the venue. You would not be named. You also need to inform NHS Track and Trace(https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/) and follow government guidelines to self isolate. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/).
Some of you may wish to return to hockey but require some help. For instance, if a young player is nervous we could ensure a Covid officer, coach or captain could meet them and talk them through the changes. Some may feel the time is not yet right to return to hockey and that is perfectly understandable. It is a very personal choice.
If you need any further information do contact:
CHC Covid Officers
Vicky Dennett Fiona Von-Hinten
Link to England Hockey guidance documents: http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/page.asp?section=2633§ionTitle=Covid%2D19+Club+Support