The MDHHS order of May 24 (Gatherings and Face Mask Order) includes:
3. Organized sports gathering restrictions.
(a) Gatherings for the purpose of sports practice and competition involving persons ages 13 to 19 are prohibited unless all such persons comply with a testing program as specified in the MDHHS publication entitled “Interim Guidance for Athletics” issued May 24, 2021.
This order extends through July 1, 2021, at 11:59pm
Under the updated MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order, individuals (i.e., athletes, coaches, team officials, spectators, parents/guardians, etc.) are no longer required to wear facial coverings during outdoor activities regardless of their vaccination status. While facial coverings are not required outdoors, MDHHS strongly recommends that individuals who are not fully vaccinated remain masked during outdoor organized sports activities.
While indoors, fully vaccinated individuals (i.e., athletes, coaches, team officials, spectators, parents/guardians, etc.) are no longer required to wear facial coverings, but those who are not fully vaccinated, must continue to wear facial coverings. The updated MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order expires May 31, 2021. However, a recent press release from Governor Whitmer indicates that the broad indoor mask mandate will expire after July 1, 2021.
Weekly testing (SARS-CoV-2) of all unvaccinated athletes (ages 13-19) is still required for participation in organized sports, including ice hockey. Unvaccinated participants (ages 13-19) can only participate in organized sports with proof of a negative diagnostic test (antigen or RT-PCR) on at least a weekly basis. Fully vaccinated persons are not subject to the weekly testing requirements set forth in section 5(d) of the Emergency Order, unless they have COVID-19-like symptoms. ‘Fully vaccinated persons’ means persons for whom at least two weeks has passed after receiving the final dose of an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Participants who have recovered from confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months (and who remain symptom-free) are also not subject to these weekly testing requirements, if they can provide the appropriate ‘proof’ or doctor’s letter as described in the MDHHS Interim Guidance for Athletics.
Through “MDHHS April 16, 2021 Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order”
And “MDHHS Interim Guidance for Athletics issued April 16, 2021”
All participants ages 13 – 19 participating in contact and non-contact organized sports must test for SARS-CoV-2 on a weekly basis. These requirements apply to both school and non-school sponsored sports.
The existing test requirement is extended through May 24,2021.
As I’m sure you all heard this morning, Governor Whitmer provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and response in Michigan. Among the items she talked about was a request for all youth sports to voluntarily suspend games and practices for two weeks. We believe that continuance of play needs to be a team decision and families and players need to do what they are comfortable with and feel safe with. Unfortunately, this is a very ambiguous statement from the Governor that virtually gives no guidance on youth athletics. At this point, Compuware Youth Hockey is not requiring a mandatory pause in play. We do ask that you follow the protocols that we have established and that for all players 13-19 years of age you complete the mandatory weekly testing program. Please continue to adhere to strict social distancing standards, as outlined by the CDC. This is particularly outside the rinks. We encourage you to speak to your athlete about specific situations to avoid. This includes team dinners, sleepovers, carpooling, gym time, and other social gatherings outside the home. As you are also aware from previous communications, Compuware Youth Hockey is a member of the MAHA. As a member of the MAHA, we are required to follow any directives regarding the sport of ice hockey in Michigan. We may or may not receive conflicting guidance from MAHA which may or may not impact our plans. As always, we will continue to communicate with you the latest protocols.
The March 19, 2021 MDHHS Epidemic Order requires a testing protocol for athletes (ages 13-19) that begins Friday April 2, 2021. The order affects contact sports including ice hockey, soccer, boy’s lacrosse, basketball, etc. Please know that all youth sports organizations in Michigan must participate in the MI Safer Sports Testing Program in order to keep teams playing for the remainder of the 2020-21 season and Spring 2021.
We want to remind everyone of the procedures at USA Hockey Arena and Compuware Youth Hockey. We really do appreciate your understanding and following the protocols and rules. We know it is not easy.
1. USA Hockey Arena Health Check Form: The form must be signed and filled out every time somebody enters the Arena. This is how the Arena will be able to contact trace if a problem occurs. Click here to get a hard copy of the form to complete and bring to the Arena. Alternatively, you can complete the form and submit electronically for each entry. Click here to complete the form electronically
You can also use the QR code below to reach the electronic Health Form.
2. Parking Directions: Please note that guests are being asked to park on the side or in front of the Arena. The back door will be closed. You can drop off on the bridge, but we ask that if you are waiting to pick up, you wait in the side/front parking lots. You will enter GVN at the door in the rear of the building near the GVN garage door. Please watch your speed in the parking lots and drive safely.
3. Directional Maps: Use the pathways identified inside USA Hockey Arena.
4. Ice Contracts: Days and times of skates will be provided by USA Hockey Arena.
5. GVN Performance: The entrance to GVN will be through the back of the building. There is no cutting through the Arena to reach the ice surface and vice versa. You will need to check in twice when you arrive; once at GVN and once at the Arena; please be prepared. On days when a team is skating first and then doing GVN, players can be escorted in a group by a coach directly to GVN; no stragglers. GVN has their own health assessment form that must be completed prior to entry/participation.
6. Pro Shop: The Pro Shop is open. The shop will be sharpening dry skates only.
7. CJ’s Brewing Company: Is open with restrictions. Click here for the latest information on days/times/menu.
8. USA Hockey Arena and Compuware Youth Hockey Protocols: The ice surface can be used for contact drills. Use of the ice surface may be for individualized training. (Example: 16 kids, 8 stations, 2 kids to a station, one kid doing a drill, then switch.) Group or team related training is allowed; contact drills are allowed. You may work on a power play, a penalty kill, or a break out. You may work on individual spaced drills, stick handling, shooting, skating, and agility. Small area games or battle drills are allowed; scrimmages/games are allowed. Face coverings are required at all times including on the ice surface for both players and coaches.
9. Video Analysis: On practice day’s only, teams will be allowed to do video analysis in the area behind the Pro Shop. Teams will be allowed to enter the building before their skate only if preplanned. They will be allowed to use the area behind the Pro Shop and then go to their locker room area before their skate; all must wear a face covering; all must socially distance. There will be a TV on a stand in the closet that your team will have access to. You must reserve this time the day before, and it is first come first serve; only one team at a time. Please e mail Mike Sikora at email@example.com if you would like to reserve and get details on when you can enter the Arena. This is the only location where video will be allowed. This does not mean the building is opening up to warming up in the building; this allows a social distance environment to be able to review video.
10. Game Protocols: All spectators (home and away) must complete the health check upon entering the Arena. The opposing teams will be allowed in the building 30 minutes before game time. Please pass along our policies and procedures to the visiting teams. There will be no team warmups or other activity in the Arena. The Health Check form is at: CLICK HERE or use the QR code posted at USA Hockey Arena or on the Compuware Youth Hockey home page. Family members/viewers must exit the Arena immediately after the game through the front lobby; no congregating in the lobby waiting for players. Face coverings are required of all spectators, coaches, and players (including on the ice). All games at USA Hockey Arena will be broadcast on HockeyTV.
11. Locker Rooms:
a) For the OLY rink, skate rental has been turned into locker rooms 5 and 6. Our other two rooms will be located in the rink itself to use as rooms 7 and 8. These rooms will only be used if necessary. We know it is cold, so we will avoid that as much as possible.
b) For the NHL rink, we will use the four private rooms as rooms 5-8.
c) There are no showers available to individuals.
d) The Arena will allow teams to utilize one locker room, when the schedule does not allow for two; teams must do their best to social distance and face coverings are required at all times.
e) Tenants of private locker rooms will be allowed to use those rooms for practices and games; however, teams will not be allowed to leave any equipment in these rooms as they will need to be cleaned after each use.
f) The Youth Coaches Locker Room remains closed.
12. Arena Information:
a) There will be no team warmups or other activity in the Arena. You may warm up outside the Arena. Please be aware of parking lot traffic patterns.
b) Family members/viewers must exit the Arena immediately after the ice activity through the front lobby; no congregating in the lobby waiting for players.
c) Players should not bring any valuables into the building as the temporary locker rooms will be unattended.
d) Face coverings are mandatory at all times inside USA Hockey Arena, including on the ice and benches. All individuals and guests must wear a face covering at all times while in the facility, including during on the ice and maintain 6 ft social distancing off the ice.
e) Please do not remove any red tape on the seats in the NHL rink and avoid sitting in those areas.
f) Individuals should bring their own pre-filled water bottles. All drinking fountains are shut off.
g) Individuals will be allowed to enter the building 30 minutes prior to their ice time.
h) Individuals must exit the facility within 15 minutes of completion of their ice time.
j) All guests must check in at the main lobby. All other entrances are closed.
j) And or any other protocols supplied by the Arena.
All activities are governed by the MDHHS orders and the MAHA ‘Return to Play Standards’ and subject to change. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions on progression. Thank you for all your help and support through these times. We really appreciate everyone’s cooperation.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
All players and coaches (including skill coaches) must wear a face covering at all times inside USA Hockey Arena.