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November 17, 2020

IceCat Hockey Club Families:

As we are sure you are aware, our Governor has relegated the entire state to Tier 3 mitigation.  As such organized group recreational activities (sports, indoor sports and activity facilities, etc.) have the following mitigation requirements:

  • Pause all indoor group sporting and recreational activities including youth and adult recreational sports, individual training may remain (with facility reservation)
  • Includes park districts and travel leagues
  • Outdoor sports and recreation allowed
  • Participant groups and practices outdoors limited to 10 persons or less with social distancing
  • Face coverings required for all activities at all times
  • Locker rooms should be closed

While we understand this is not what anyone desires, we will get through this moment in time as seamlessly as possible.  Per the Governor's press conference all regions will be individually re-evaluated in 14 days.  To comply with the Governor’s order, we will pause all Icecats activities from November 20th to December 4th.  In the best-case scenario, our rinks would re-open on December 4th.   We are aware that this pause will affect committed ice slots. Our intent is to make adjustments, such as additional ice slots, extending the tail end of the season.

As you can imagine, we are doing our best adjust to the news today. Our intent is to continue to assess the situation and return to hockey activities as quickly as possible. Our hope is to be back on the ice in some shape or form in the near future.  Our plan is to re-evaluate and provide further guidance as we approach December 4th.

Wishing every family a wonderful holiday and please stay safe.

IceCats Hockey Club Board of Directors



IceCat Hockey Club Families:
 
This letter is a follow-up to our parent meeting held last Saturday during which we promised to convey
the outcome of our meeting with D128 and any additional steps we’ve taken as a result.
 
Members of our board met with both D128 Athletic Directors in person on October 9th at Libertyville
High School, where we sought to clarify the communication they sent to our organization on Friday,
October 2nd. Through those discussions, our team understood that D128 recognizes that the current
situation is unprecedented for all of us. They explained that they will continue to provide the IceCats
Hockey Club with the recognition and support they have historically (i.e., school yearbook, 8th grade
orientation, activity fair, school announcements, game dates/times/locations posted on school website,
etc.). In addition to the AHAI and USA Hockey guidelines we’re already following, D128 asked our club
to implement some additional measures aligned with other district sports programs and to follow their
interpretation of IDPH guidelines, which go beyond those recommended by AHAI and USA Hockey. Due
to perceived risks, if our club were unable to adopt their additional guidelines, the district would need to
end their relationship with the club.
 
Yesterday, the IceCats Board held a special meeting to discuss these additional requests. As a Board,
while we believe our relationship with D128 is valuable for our players and the future of the club, as well
as a key differentiator from other competing programs. The Board then voted and approved the
following changes to our policies, effective immediately:
 
1. The IceCats Hockey Club will continue to focus on non-contact practices and training in the State
of Illinois. We will not cross state lines to practice or actively seek to engage in competitive play.
Practice slots in Wisconsin have all been canceled and the board will seek to recoup those costs
through a direct refund or selling those ice slots.
 
2. While the IceCats Hockey Club has been following AHAI guidance for on-ice activity, D128 has
also requested the club adopt the district policy to use of face-coverings during indoor activities.
As such, we will expand our face covering requirements to include all on- and off-ice activities
while indoors. The board has approved and purchased CCM Face Masks for all players that
covers the face, but also secures to the helmet in a way that does not obscure players’ vision
while on the ice. We wanted to ensure that every player had the latest mask designed for our
sport, but did not want to burden families with an additional expense. Use of this specific mask
is not mandatory, but is being provided as an additional option for families. These masks were
pre-ordered and are not publicly available until October 21st, so until they arrive, players will
need to utilize a mask of their choosing. Again, while indoors any participant in our program will
not be able to participate in team activities without wearing a face covering.
 
Our relationship with D128 has been built over many years and we look forward to continuing to
strengthen that relationship as we move forward. COVID-19 has created a fluid and ever-changing
environment. We will continue to partner with the district to resume activities in a safe and responsible
way.
 
IceCats Hockey Club Board of Directors

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IceCats' Plan for the Fall/Winter 2020-21 Season

IceCats Players and Families,

We are extremely grateful for your continued faith and support, as we plan for the upcoming season.  The IceCats organization is excited to create a memorable high school hockey experience for all our players.  We recognize that as an organization we have communicated only minimum information regarding Governor Pritzker’s orders, but we have been working diligently in the background trying to explore all possibilities for a way to play competitive hockey.

This is an unprecedent time and we recognize that it is a fluid situation and that we will need to adjust as government, AHAI and USA Hockey provides recommendations and policies that need to be followed.  Currently, we believe there will be a season with games and decisions are being made based on this belief.  The State of Illinois has a mandate regarding game play and at this time we are not allowed to have games, but that we can continue with practices and conditioning.  Our commitment is to provide the same amount of ice time that we have had in previous seasons and that we will utilize the ice time for practices and skill development until we can have games.  The coaches will work together to provide a competitive, controlled environment that helps each player grow.

We have had several questions asking why the fees continue at the same rate if there are no games.  As a reminder, the IceCats is a non-profit organization, and club fees go towards our top-level coaches and the cost of ice. These costs are fixed and do not change if there are / are not games being played.  No fees go towards administrative costs and everything is put towards making a great high school hockey experience.  Within the IceCats’ fee there is a $300 charge for volunteering which will be refunded to each family if there are no volunteering needs this year.  Also, if the worst-case scenario happens and we are required to stop practices and/or it is determined there will no games played this season, we will determine what type of refund may be provided to parents.

As an organization, we need to be as flexible as possible moving forward.  Our intentions are that we will have a season and that until we are allowed to play games, we will continue with our program and the coaches will design practices to position our organization to be game ready and to push our players to continue to develop their skills.  We believe that allowing the players an outlet for physical activity and some normalcy is of great benefit, along with the comradery, fun and friendships they develop while on the ice.

As government policies change, we will reevaluate and communicate to parents and players any changes.   We all need to work together to ensure that our players can have the best season possible in the current circumstances. The IceCats Hockey Board and coaches take the health and safety of all the players very seriously.  We are looking forward to an awesome year and can’t wait to get the players back out on the ice.  If there are any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at: icecats@d128.org

Thank you,

LHS/VHHS IceCats Board of Directors

Governor Pritzker's Sports Safety Guidance
IceCats Families,

As many of you are aware, the Governor and his administration announced a new set of parameters that youth sports need to abide by starting on August 15th.  These new guidelines limit hockey to skill sessions and practice with no contact/competitive drills, scrimmages or games.  At this point in time we are waiting for further guidance from AHAI (the governing body under USA Hockey for the state of Illinois) as to the potential impacts to the upcoming season.  As soon as we have additional information, we will provide further communication.

Thank you.
IceCats Board of Directors

 

 
There have been at least two petitions being circulated asking the governor to reconsider the classification of hockey as a high risk sport.  If you would like to review the petition and consider adding your support to it, follow the link below.  

https://www.change.org/p/governor-j-b-pritzker-restore-youth-hockey?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_23789654_en-US%3A2&recruiter=1136609454&recruited_by_id=1cd5feb0-d204-11ea-b9cb-377961ab4cba&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi

 

Sports Safety Guideline Note

Based on updated Illinois guidelines the IceCats will transition to skates with no-contact, skill based practices and trainings when the Illinois guidance is implemented on August 15th. We will continue to follow Glacier ice rinks safety requirements stated on their website which include wearing masks while not on the ice. All Hockey below college is under the same guidance including high school and travel. More information from AHAI and the league is expected next week and the IceCats will provide an update as soon as we have more information.

Thank you

IceCats Board of Directors

For more information on the new Governor Pritzger sports guidelines, follow this link.

Social Distancing Required

Players and parents,

Please remember that we are still in Phase 4 of our governor's COVID-19 plan.

Social distancing is still required and expected at the Glacier Ice Arena.

  • Masks are required to be worn by ALL players, coaches and parents entering and exiting the rink. Players may remove their masks when heading out to the ice if they would like.
  • Social Distancing while dressing is mandatory for our players
  • ALL players MUST bring their own water bottles and may only drink from their own. There is no sharing of water bottles allowed. Players wouldn't hit the ice without skates or a helmet, a water bottle is now part of their required equipment.

Please remember that we are renting our ice from Glacier and we MUST abide by the rules or we may be asked to leave the rink. We all want to have a fun and productive summer program and if we follow the rules we will.

Most importantly, we do not want to see any of our players, staff or parents test positive for COVID-19. This is for all of our safety.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

See you at the rink.

Thank you.

IceCats Board of Directors

 

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