Safety Ambassador Role

We will need support from our parents this year to step as Safety Ambassadors. Please see job description here.

Part 1: Safety at the Rink

As minor hockey parents and players are asking questions about safety protocol at the rink, I will share some information on our website
every 2-3 days leading up to start up. Feel free to send email at if you have any questions. Just be aware things are changing as
we move along to start up.

Entering the Shaw Centre:

We will have tables set up outside for check-in and to ensure all parents have completed their Covid and Medical forms. Please make sure you
have forwarded the completed forms to your respective division manager. E-mail addresses can be found on our website. At this time, doors will be opened
to allow one parent and one player into the building approx. 10 minutes before ice time. Players…please come fully dressed in your hockey gear. If you can have
your skates on (with skate guards), it will be much faster to head onto the ice. There is a sanitizing station just as you enter. Check out the t.v. monitor to find what
dressing rooms will be used by your group. Parents will head straight up to Spectator Rink and the top row is designated with social distancing seating clearly marked.
Players…bring your own labelled water bottle (fill up at home). At the conclusion of the ice session, players will leave the ice surface and head out in the designated
exit doors in Hucul lobby area.

All board members, division managers, head coaches and arena staff are all working together to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere under the conditions we are working under.

Thanks to all!


Safety Update Part 2:

SAMHA had a safe and successful opening in Sicamous Arena last week. All players, parents, helpers along with our coaches did a great job ensuring all safety protocols were followed.

SAMHA will have a volunteer Safety Ambassador at the door just prior to allowing the players/parents in the building. The doors will remain locked so please be on time. Reminder that
we expect all players and parents to self screen prior to arrival. If you have any of the following symptoms, please do not attend…Coughing, sneezing, fever, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath. Please contact your coach and advise him/her, you will not be attending.

The dressing rooms at Shaw have the following capacity at this time: Spectator Rink allows 12 seating places in each dressing room while Hucul Pond has 10. At this time, parents are not allowed in the dressing rooms or hallway. Coaches will be on hand to assist. It is expected that The Maximum Sport Shop located at Shaw Centre will be open from 12 pm to 4 pm daily when minor hockey starts up.

At this time, benches in both rinks are not to be used but we expect more news on this as we move along.

Please enter and exit the rink promptly as soon as your child’s event is over. Do not congregate in Hucul lobby area please. Wait outside. Enjoy the fresh air!!! Thanks to all for your co-operation.


September 19 Update From Roy:

We are just completing our second week of hockey everyone and all has been a very positive first step. Many many thanks to all our coaches, on ice volunteers, division managers, risk manager, equipment manager, safety ambassadors and board members who give so much to making this start up successful despite the Covid conditions.

A few items of interest…congratulations to Yeiko Menzies as she was awarded the OMAHA Volunteer of the Year for 2019-20 and Roderic May who was selected as MVP midget rep player of the year as well. Updates from the Shaw…we continue to register all parents and parents outside of Hucul Pond. Ensure you have sent in your Covid form and medical form to your respective division managers. Stewart Taylor is the central gatherer of all this info and will disperse accordingly. We are still within the“50” total for each event gathering which includes players and parents. Hucul Pond at this time has seating capacity of 14 and other standing spots are indicated as you enter the Pond. We are unable to use the benches on both rinks but hopefully will get the green light very soon.

Cohort hockey…so far we know that we can have cohorts of 4 teams or 50 players. Coaches, officials and timekeepers are not included in the cohorts but are included in the “50” gathering. Once we get well underway, the board will be looking at some type of inter house play within our recreation divisions. Rep teams are hopefully scheduled to start cohort hockey within OMAHA associations in November. Our female teams are expected to play in some form of cohort group within OMAHA as well. We have female teams in U-11 rec, U-13 rec and U-15 rep.

Schedule up to Oct. 4th will be updated this week. The regular weekly schedule is still being worked on. Please understand that there will be changes to this as well as other user groups come on board. The Silverbacks anticipate starting exhibition games in October.

Coaching and Referee certifications….Jeremy Menzies will be updating the requirements for coaching staffs as well as how clinics will be delivered this year.
At this time Scott Lachapelle, our RIC, has continued to update our officials. At this time, teams are unable to call upon our officials for their scrimmages.
We expect on line clinics to be announced soon. All coaching staff and officials must do a new requirement this year…A Safe Return to Hockey. It is approx. 15 to 20 minutes long and is available on our SAMHA website. Click on the icon and it will take you to the clinic. No charge. You can also go right to BC Hockey website and click on Clinics. Once done, it will process a certificate for you and will be added to your Hockey Canada profile. This is a must!!! Thanks to Mark Delleman who is adding all the information as needed on our website and Hannah Spencer is looking after our Facebook entries.

Finally, to all parents and players…thanks for being patient. Our main goal is to get your children on the ice as safe as possible under the present conditions. Be respectful to all safety rules. Take time to thank our volunteers for their time and effort. Hockey is back!!!