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PSO UPDATE from HNS regarding today's press conference

Good evening Whalers   please see below message sent out earlier this evening from Hockey Nova Scotia with updates after today's press conference   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Earlier today, the province announced that the move to Phase 5 of the provincial reopening plan will be delayed until Oct. 4.   Sport Nova Scotia has provided an update on today’s announcement. You can find it at the bottom of this email.   To read the province’s press release, please click here.   As stated in Sport Nova Scotia’s update below, “Starting Oct. 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. While the policy is not yet final, it will apply to participants and spectators for indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments as well as indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports.”   We all need to do our part to ensure we get to Phase 5. As part of this effort, we once again strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to do so.   From now until Oct. 4, we would like to remind you that we remain in Phase 4 of the province’s reopening plan. During Phase 4, players, coaches, and officials can practice, train, and compete with up to 59 people in the field of play without social distancing. You are reminded that the field of play refers to the ice surface, team benches, penalty box, timekeeper’s box, and dressing room.   Hockey Nova Scotia applied for and received special exemption from the province and Sport Nova Scotia to allow for a group of this size to be permitted in the field of play during Phase 4. It allows for competition between two teams. To learn more about Phase 4 and what it means for hockey, please click here.   We know you will likely have a lot of questions about today’s announcement, the implementation of this policy, as well as the exception policy that the province is still developing. We will continue to work with Sport Nova Scotia and the province to seek clarity around these issues and we will update you as we receive more information.   As always, we would like to thank you all for your hard work and continued support.   Yours in Hockey,   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia       Garreth MacDonald Communications & Special Events Director Hockey Nova Scotia   259 Commodore Drive Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1 902.454.9400   hockeynovascotia.ca   From: Sport Nova Scotia Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 3:55 PM Subject: COVID-19 Update: September 14, 2021   COVID-19 Update: September 14, 2021 Today the province announced that Nova Scotia will delay moving into phase 5 of the reopening plan until October 4. Starting Oct. 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. While the policy is not yet final, it will apply to participants and spectators for indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments as well as indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports.  We will continue to update you as more information about the details of the vaccine policy become available to us.    Quick Notes -An exception policy for people who cannot get vaccinated because of a valid medical or behavioural reason is being developed.    -Children who turned 12 between January 1 and October 4 this year will have until December 31 to attend events and activities while they get vaccinated; children who turn 12 after October 4 will have three months from their birthday.    Link Province of Nova Scotia Press Release: September 14   Regards, SNS Communications
Sep 15, 2021

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UPDATE from Hockey NS on Provincial announcement last week

Please see below email that was sent out from Hockey Nova Scotia earlier today.   We ask that all players still register before this week's cut off, if you are unsure if the province's new policy announced last week may affect your player being able to participate this season. please still register but select etransfer for now and hold off paying till more info is released. We can very easily remove/ cancel a players registration for hockey or for tryouts after September 16th, BUT WE WILL NOT BE ADDING players to tryouts after September 16th and registration cost goes up after the 16th and you will be charged the late fee of $50 additional cost.   NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE Stay tuned for more updates.... ---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Garreth MacDonald Date: Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 9:50 AMSubject: Re: PSO Update: September 8, 2021To:   Good morning everyone,  We want to provide an update regarding the province’s proof of full vaccination announcement last week. Over the weekend, we received the following communication from Sport Nova Scotia:  FROM SPORT NOVA SCOTIA: We wanted to provide a quick update about last week’s announcement concerning COVID-19 immunization for sport activities. We have received word from the province indicating that there will be further review about participant vaccine requirements in sport. We expect to hear back early next week with a final decision about the logistical details (including potential age requirements) that go along with the vaccine policies. We will update you as soon as we have more information.  Hockey Nova Scotia will continue to work with the province and Sport Nova Scotia to determine what these vaccine requirements will look like for our membership this season.  We will communicate this information to you as soon as we have it.  Yours in Hockey,   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia      

Sep 13, 2021

Interested in officiating?

Interested in officiating? Did you know that officials are the most valuable member of the team during a game? If you are interested in becoming a hockey official, this might just be for you! New Officials must be a minimum of 14 years of age as of December 31, 2021. All new officials must complete the below application form. DWMHA Referee in Chief will reach out regarding the application once submitted.  If a spot is confirmed for you, you will need to take the necessary HNS officiating courses (see below) and any new officials will be required to purchase all necessary equipment required to officiate. All new officials must first take the HU Course ($20) Must be taken before you can register for any courses.  Under 16 you must take the Level 1 Course ($130) Over 16 must take the Level 2 Course ($145)   DWMHA New Referee Application Form (click Here)

Sep 11, 2021

DWMHA believes in investing in their coaches and volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any successful minor hockey association and the DWMHA board recently passed a unanimous motion to cover the cost of a criminal record check through a new partnership with backcheck.net   This decision was made to reduce the cost, turnaround time, administrative burden, and to make the entire process much easier for our coaches and volunteers for the 2021-2022 season and beyond.    If your criminal records check has to be renewed this season (CRC are valid for 3 years and show on your HC Profile) go to http://www.backcheck.net/hockeynovascotia/   PLEASE NOTE - The DWMHA decision covers record checks on a go forward basis. The DWMHA will not be reimbursing for any previous record checks obtained, nor will the DWMHA be reimbursing for checks done at any of the local law enforcement agencies.  The DWMHA’s goal is for this benefit to be permanent thus, over time, most coaches will be able to access this benefit.    How do I check to see if my CRC is expired   If you have not already done so, you will need to create a new Login for HCR 3.0 as all past logins no longer work in the new system.  To set up a new login profile and link your HCR profile click on the below step by step how to    HCR 3-0 Guide - Setting Up Your Account (click here) Once your login profile is set up and your HCR profile is linked, you must be in your HCR profile to see your qualifications Once you login, in the menu on the left side choose Members.  You will see at the top of the screen circles with Initials, these are the members linked to your account.  The first one is your Login profile, this will not have anything attached to it under Qualifications, this is just for you to login.  The second one with the name in all Caps is the HCR profile that has all your past courses, clinics and CRC's attached.  Go to Qualifications, and scroll down to view them all.  Starting 2021-2022 Season, all updated CRC's will show under the CRC tab, past ones show under Qualifications. If you are on your mobile device, scroll down to where you see the tabs, general, Schedule, swipe your finger to the left to move the screen over till you see Qualification and then click on it and scroll down See below for example For more info on Coach and volunteer certifications, please go to our website and click on Volunteer Certifications under Risk/ Safety on the menu or by clicking here https://whalers.org/l/42/DWMHA/pages/1926/RISK--SAFETY---Coach--Volunteer-Certification-Information/    

Sep 10, 2021