For the 2020 – 2021 hockey season, each team in Manitoba is required to appoint a Communications Officer who will be responsible for ensuring all individuals in and around the team are equipped with updated and relevant information regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.
This appointed individual is ideally a parent volunteer OR a team staff member and is responsible for monitoring all relevant updates from the public health authorities and Hockey Manitoba.
The Hockey Manitoba Communications Officer Toolkit will clearly outline the roles and responsibilities of the Communications Officer and provides information to help guide the Communications Officer throughout the hockey season. Through the cooperation of all participants, hockey will return safely and provide a positive and fun experience for everyone. Responsibilities The Communications Officer is an important position that must be taken seriously to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
The Communications Officer will be responsible for the following:
1. Reviewing and following updates from the Province of Manitoba
2. Ensuring compliance of Hockey Manitoba’s Return to Play Protocols
3. Completing Hockey Canada’s “Planning a Safe Return to Hockey” course (free of charge) → An E-Hockey account is required to access this course. A new account can be created if one does not already exist.
4. Holding a Parent Meeting prior to the regular season starting, either in person or virtually. Be sure to refer to Hockey Canada’s Parent Meeting Guidelines
5. Tracking attendance at all team events (practices, games, off-ice meetings, etc.), click here for Hockey Manitoba’s Player Tracking Form → Ensure all participants have completed the screening tool before each session and are actively self monitoring for symptoms. Screening can be completed online here or in Interactive Voice Response (IVR) format at 1-877-308-9038 → Ensuring protocol(s) for participants that are feeling unwell are followed and any COVID-19 cases are reported immediately.