Roles and Responsibilities – Officials/Bench Staff

Bench Staff:

  • Register with their Home Association.
  • Be familiar with federal guidelines, as well as your public health authority guidelines, and adhere to them.
  • Review the Return to Ringette plan from Ringette Canada and your PSO.
  • Ensure all relevant National and Provincial Coaching requirements are updated.
  • Managers must be registered and meet applicable Ringette Manitoba/Ringette Canada criteria.
  • If participants are minors or vulnerable adults, the Rule of Two must be adhered. The second adult should be able to easily hear and see all interactions of the coach / session leader. All must have completed and on file current Child Abuse Registry Checks.
  • The team staff of U14 and older should send activity plans to participants at least 12 hours in advance to avoid close gatherings around white boards and to make the most of limited ice time.
  • Be familiar with facility guidelines and requirements specific to the prevention of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 conditions are different across the country. It will be important to assess the current situation in the province/territory to help to build programming that fits.
  • Host an initial meeting with parents/guardians/participants to review how programming will look and allow them to ask questions (can be done virtually if required).
  • Team staff are responsible for ensuring participants are adhering to physical distancing protocols during on and off ice sessions, including while on, at, or near the bench.
  • To minimize large groups in the facility as much as possible, players can meet family in vehicles if their age permits to follow physical-distancing requirements of the public health authority and local facilities.
  • Minimize congregation in areas of the facility, such as the lobby, as much as possible.
  • If there are multiple entrances to the ice surface, split the players into groups and have them space appropriately to meet physical-distancing standards at each entrance.
  • When entering the ice surface and leaving the ice, coaches should stagger players one-by-one in an orderly fashion to ensure athletes are given appropriate time to enter / exit the ice surface without congregating. Adequate time should be planned within the practice to ensure this can be done.
  • Encourage participants to minimize their time in or around the facility. Have participants put on their shoes or skate guards so that they can leave quickly.
  • Remind players and parents to follow physical-distancing guidelines when leaving.
  • Dressing room use, if available, will be controlled by the facility. It will be important to respect all facility controls so adequate cleaning and disinfecting can be done.
  • When public health authority protocol and facility guidelines allow use of dressing rooms, have players appropriately physically distanced (using multiple dressing rooms could help).
  • Players should not shower at the facility. Follow facility guidelines specific to the use of showers. If showers are used, physical distancing must be followed.
  • For age groups where parents need to assist players with equipment, limit the number of parents in the dressing room/change area at any one time to one per player. Parent entry should be controlled to meet physical-distancing requirements.
  • Follow Ringette Canada guidelines for best practices related to on- and off-ice activities.
  • All participants must adhere to public health authority guidelines. Remember to review guidelines for any province/territory that will be visited.
  • In the event that a coach needs to attend to a participant they will need to follow any facility first aid requirements and the coach attending to the injury should wear a mask and latex/non equipment gloves since they will be in close contact with the participant.
  • All team first aid kits must have hand sanitizer, gloves and masks for coaches and trainers to use.
  • All teams must carry wipes, hand sanitizer, and pump soap in their equipment bags and make available.
  • Team staff must sanitize coaching equipment, cones, rings, etc, after every session.
  • The coaching process, plan – do – review, is a critical tool in getting organized and creating a safe and enjoyable environment for all, both physically and emotionally. Coaches should continue to take time to plan out their sessions, taking into account the restrictions that may be in place. Coaches will need to be creative to ensure that the sessions outcome may be achieved in different ways. The reflection can be as important as the planning, and taking the time to reflect upon what went well and what can be improved upon next time, will help build foundations for the players to continue to want to return and stay involved.

Trainer:

  • Register with their Home Association.
  • Ensure the health and safety of the players and help to create a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Advise players and parents that a prevention kit, as identified in the Hygiene section, is a good idea.
  • Educate parents and players on the need for each player to have their own water bottle labelled with their names. Players should take their water bottles home and wash them before the next session.
  • Emphasize to players the importance of washing their hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Carry extra hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in the first-aid kit.
  • Emphasize to players the importance of keeping their equipment clean.
  • Be familiar with the Hygiene section of this document, as well as the Return to Ringette plan from the PSO, and emphasize to players and parents the need for total cooperation concerning hygiene.
  • Work with coaches to support physical distancing, hygiene and return to play after illness.
  • Until further notice, the registered Trainer must wear a at least a non-medical mask or cloth face covering and medically recognized gloves for the duration of the in-person sessions. This will enable the trainer to attend quickly and safely to anyone requiring assistance. The registered trainer must be educated on how to correctly wear a non-medical mask. Please note, medical masks are not to be sourced for ringette specific activities as they remain essential for health care providers and others providing direct card to COVID-19 patients.

Players:

  • Register with their Home Association.
  • Always respect and listen to team staff as they create a safe environment.
  • Be familiar with facility guidelines and requirements specific to the prevention of COVID-19.
  • Minimize going in and out of doors, including dressing room doors. Facility doors are considered high-risk touchpoints. Use the elbow to open.
  • Absolutely no sharing of water bottles, equipment, food or drinks.
  • Assist the coach in establishing required guidelines during ringette activities while on or off the ice.
  • Bring a kit bag filled with recommended items (see Hygiene section).
  • Do not come to a ringette activity if you are feeling ill or unwell
  • When coughing or sneezing:
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of the arm, not the hand.
    • Dispose of any used tissues as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash hands.
    • Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Put all trash (including tissues) in the garbage or taken with you when you leave
  • Keep their equipment clean at all times
  • Do not shake hands
  • Regularly disinfect their phones

 

Parents:

  • Be familiar with federal guidelines, as well as your public health authority guidelines, and adhere to them.
  • Be familiar with facility guidelines and requirements specific to the prevention of COVID-19.
  • Learn and follow the guidelines put in place by the PSO, association and team staff.
  • Talk to kids about the importance of preventing COVID-19 in the ringette environment, including physical distancing guidelines.
  • Stress washing of hands before leaving for ringette, before going into facility, after using the washroom, after the ringette activity and after leaving the facility.
  • Stress to kids not to touch their faces while at the ringette activity.
  • Make sure kids let parents know if they are not feeling well.
  • Do not TAKE your child attend a ringette activity if they are unwell
  • Report any illness to your coach or ringette association.
  • Make sure kids have their own clean water bottle, labelled clearly with their name, and stress the importance of not sharing water bottles.
  • Review public health authority guidelines for any province/territory that will be visited.
  • Travel with family to all ringette activities, including away events.
  • If staying at a hotel, consider the recommendations outlined in the Hygiene section.