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SJHA Covid-19 Update

By SJHA Staff, 10/31/20, 8:00AM PDT

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Greetings SJHA Families,

With the weather changing and Covid-19 numbers on the rise we wanted to touch base with our membership with some reminders and updates.  Seattle Junior Hockey Association and its facilities continue to monitor ever changing protocols and adapt as necessary while striving to operate as we have well within the limits of allowed participation handed down by State Officials.  On top of State and Local guidelines we are also following all regulations placed on us from USA Hockey, PNAHA and our local leagues.

As you are surely aware in early October the State presented new guidelines pertaining to sports at which point Hockey was classified as a moderate risk sport.( Moderate risk sports: softball, baseball, t-ball, soccer, futsal, volleyball, lacrosse, flag football, ultimate frisbee, ice hockey, cricket, gymnastics, crew, field hockey, school bowling competitions.) Within each sport we must operate county to county based on location of our facilities, where we are classified as either high risk, moderate risk or low risk counties based on provided numbers on the State’s Covid-19 dashboard.  Our guidelines from the state have each hockey association in the State operating on numbers provided on the State dashboard on the 1st and 15th of each month.  On those days, with the provided numbers, we operate the following two weeks accordingly and within the limits of provided guidelines for risk levels within each county. 

With numbers on the rise in Snohomish county we will likely move to the High-Risk County category and will operate as such until new numbers are provided on November 15th.  As a high-risk county, we can continue to run practices where members on the ice will operate in smaller groups within their teams.  Games, home or away, cannot be played within the State. 

Below you can find excerpts from the document provided to us regarding what we are and are not able to do within each risk category.  The full document can be found by visiting You can also find the link to the State Dashboard that we are ordered to use to determine our counties risk level on the 1st and 15th of each month.

HIGH LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

Team practices and/or training can resume for low, medium, and high-risk sports if players are limited to groups of six in separate parts of the field/court, separated by a buffer zone. Brief close contact (ex: 3 on 3 drills) is permitted. It is preferable for the groups of six to be stable over time. Attendance rosters should include group contact information. Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan. Any practice or training activities that can be done outdoors should be done outdoors.

Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games or competition allowed for low risk sports but are discouraged if school is not conducting in person learning.

No tournaments allowed.

No spectators allowed except for one parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant allowed. Spectators must maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person. No spectators allowed for participants 18 and older.

MODERATE LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

Attendance rosters should include group contact information. Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan. Any practice or training activities that can be done outdoors should be done outdoors.

Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games allowed for both low and moderate risk sports. Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, but no competitions of any kind against other teams, allowed for high risk sports.

No tournaments allowed.

No spectators allowed except for one adult parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant allowed. Spectators must maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person. No spectators allowed for participants 18 and older.

LOW LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

Attendance rosters should include group contact information. Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan. Any practice or training activities that can be done outdoors should be done outdoors.

Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games allowed for low, moderate, and high-risk sports.

Tournaments allowed. All teams and individuals participating in tournaments must reside in low level COVID activity counties.

Spectators to follow current gathering size limit in the Safe Start Plan.

A prohibition on tournaments for sporting activities does not include postseason, playoff, state, or regional championship competitions sanctioned by a statewide interscholastic activities administrative and rule-making body that oversees competition in all counties in the state.

To view the full document, CLICK HERE.

As we continue to move forward and navigate our regulations our local leagues are working together to build schedules and safely operate league play as allowed by each county within each two-week segment.  We understand the frustration and anxiety that comes with constant changes and unknowns and appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding and cooperation as we work through this season and do what we can to continue to safely operate and give our kids the opportunity to keep playing the sport they love.

Please remember to closely monitor your child’s health and heavily err on the side of caution prior to bringing your child to the facilities.  We also ask that you report any concerns or possible contacts that may effect your player’s and our team’s ability to participate directly to covidconsultant@sjha.com so we can take all necessary action in accordance with our provided guidelines.