2021 SEASON UPDATE

UpdatedMonday March 29, 2021 byOMBHL.

We hope your family and friends are staying safe and in good health and spirits during the situation we are all in today. 

The Oakville Minor Ball Hockey League (OMBHL) has been hoping and planning for a potential return to play for the 2021 season and we wanted to provide you with an official update. The league has been in communication with the Town of Oakville, and we always want to make sure that we receive the complete and accurate information before we communicate to our membership in order that everyone receives the proper information.

The Town of Oakville is presently in the Red (Control) Zone of Public Health measures in the Province of Ontario. Although the league is not able to operate as Team sports playing games are restricted under the Sports and Recreational guideline for this colour zone, we are hopeful that the Town of Oakville will eventually be moved to the Orange (Restrict) Zone of Public Health measures in the future. This would allow Team sports playing games under various modifications. The Town of Oakville would have to be in either the Orange (Restrict), Yellow (Protect) or Green (Prevent) Zone of Public Health to be able to facilitate a ball hockey season.

Should the Town of Oakville move to the Orange (Restrict) Zone in the future, the league could anticipate a start date in early May, pending Town of Oakville Public Health approval. Even if the Public Health colour zone moves to Orange later in the spring, the league could begin in mid-late May as well as the Town of Oakville along with the league have all the safety protocols in place to ensure a safe return to playing.

The OMBHL will be providing more information regarding the upcoming season as we receive clear updates from Public Health and the Town of Oakville.

The safety and health of all the participants, staff, families, and friends are the highest priority, and the league has been and will always follow the guidance of Public Health authorities.

The OMBHL has also developed a ‘Play Safe Manual’ for the anticipated return to play of the sport of ball hockey. This document is continuously being updated to reflect any changes. These guidelines are subject to change with any new information or updates from either the Public Health Authorities, the Provincial Government, the Ontario Ball Hockey Federation (OBHF) and its governing bodies.

In the ‘Play Safe Manual’, guidelines have been put in place for all aspects of a safe return to playing ball hockey including pre-game, in-game and post-game guidelines and protocols. The league has always placed an emphasis on safety for our members.

Some of the key initiatives in our ‘Play Safe Manual’ are:

  • Smaller rosters to encourage safe play and follow maximum participant guidelines.
  • Playing modifications for the sport to encourage safe play.
  • Clear entry and exit guidelines to follow Public Health guidelines.

As soon as updates and details are confirmed with Public Health and the Town of Oakville, the ‘Play Safe Manual’ will be available for everyone to review on the league website at www.oakvilleminorballhockey.com .

The Oakville Minor Ball Hockey League (OMBHL) is a member of the Ontario Ball Hockey Federation (OBHF). The OBHF is a member of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA). The CBHA is an Associate Member and Partner of Hockey Canada.

The OBHF has worked in conjunction along with the Ontario Government as one of its recognized Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO) to ensure the safety of all Players, Coaches, Officials, Administrators and Volunteers are the focus of the plans and decision making. The OBHF, along with guidance from the CBHA (the National Governing Body for ball hockey) and Hockey Canada (the National Sport Organization (NSO) for hockey) is focused on making the return to ball hockey safe and is committed to enhancing the experience of ball hockey for all members.

There will be limited spots available when the league returns to play and the league will have registration available on-line for the 2021 season in the future. Again, due to the on-going restrictions in place due to Covid-19, there will be limited spots available.

Please stay safe and healthy and look forward to seeing everyone at the arena in the future to enjoy the sport of ball hockey.

Thank you for your support of the Oakville Minor Ball Hockey League.

OMBHL

Proud Member of the Ontario Ball Hockey Federation and Canadian Ball Hockey Association (Associate Member and Partner of Hockey Canada)