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COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Youth Programs

What should I do about... symptoms, exposure, test results... Use caution with the reference here about "close contact" as MDH determined hockey to be high risk and as a result close contact rules do not apply in practices, games, and scrimmages.

Preparedness Plan

Prior Lake/Savage Hockey Association

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

August 2020

The date of this document is August, 2020, and is posted to demonstrate the original plan and policies in place at the time of registration. At times, this had needed to be used as a reference. For current information regarding MDH quarantine requirements, Minnesota Hockey rules, and how to report, please view the other resources on this page. 

[Current MDH standards and Minnesota Hockey rules may not be reflected in this document; please review your association communication, parent meeting video/updates, or consult with a COVID Manager.]


Prior Lake/Savage Hockey Association (PLSHA) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our athletes, coaches, and spectators. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PLSHA Board of Directors,coaches, team managers, parents, and participants are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace and our community, and that requires full cooperation among our players, coaches, and spectators. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain a healthy and safe environment. 

Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey recommendations standards related to COVID-19 and Executive Order 20-48, and addresses: 


• Hygiene and respiratory etiquette

• Communications on plan implementation

• COVID-19 protocols

o Mandatory temperature checks daily during tryouts for all participants 

o Administrative controls for distancing during tryouts, practices and scrimmages/games according to the rink guidelines

o Player controls and protections for drop-off and pick-up

o Prompt identification and isolation of sick persons

• Quarantine Rule of 3

• Refund policies


Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
Basic infection prevention measures are always being implemented at our facilities.


Coaches and/or PLSHA participants are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their event, prior to any mealtimes and after using the toilet. All visitors to the facility will be required to wash their hands prior to or immediately upon entering the facility. Some areas may have hand-sanitizer dispensers (that use sanitizers of greater than 60% alcohol) that can be used for hand hygiene in place of soap and water, as long as hands are not visibly soiled. 

Respiratory etiquette: Cover cough/sneeze 

Coaches and PLSHA Participants are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve into the corner of their elbow when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette will be supported by making tissues and trash receptacles available to all workers and visitors.

Housekeeping Items

Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented pursuant to State of Minnesota Infection Control including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and areas in the work environment, at the beginning and end of each day including locker rooms, and bathrooms. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, door handles, railings, surfaces, and equipment. These infection control issues will be handled by the arena facilitators at Dakotah Ice Arena. All sanitizing and disinfecting shall be done with EPA approved disinfectant. 

Face Coverings Required

In general, as of July 25, 2020, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses, per Executive Order 20-81.

DakotahI Ice Center Guests must wear face coverings: When walking into the facility, walking through the facility to the rink, in the locker rooms (where applicable), in all common areas when not skating, walking out of the facility. 



This Preparedness Plan was communicated via email to all PLSHA 2020-21 registrations (participants), posted on PLSHA website, and is subject to change. Additional communication will be ongoing as needed as changes per the State of Minnesota dictates.  

PLSHA Board of Directors, team managers and coaches are to monitor how effective the program has been implemented by being present at the arena during their scheduled practice and/or event. PLSHA Board of Directors, team managers and coaches are to work through this new program together and update participants as necessary.  Further instructions will be communicated to PLSHA participants to ensure social distancing between the PLSHA participant, and the arena families.


COVID-19 Protocols for PLSHA participants and coaches

Protocols specific for Pre-Season (Tryouts/Mite Evals):

Traveling parents will not be allowed to enter the arena.  Allplayers are to enter via the side sliding door for check-in.  Your player is not to arrive prior to 15 minutes before their allotted time.  It is recommended players arrive as dressed as possible.   Volunteers will be on hand to tie skates.  

Mite Parents will be allowed one parent to enter the arena.   Mite check-in will take place outside (weather permitting).   All players are to enter via the side sliding door.  Your player is not to arrive prior to 15 minutes before their allotted time.  It is recommended your player arrives as dressed as possible.  Parents are asked to return to their cars once their player is ready, bleacher space will be limited to allow for COVID-19 social distancing.  

All participants will have their temperature checked upon arrival by PLSHA and athletes who have a fever of 100.4 or above or other signs of illness related to COVID per CDC Guidelines will not be admitted to tryouts and will not be allowed to return until cleared by a medical doctor following the appropriate testing procedures and timelines.  We will encourage parents to be on alert for signs of illness in their children and keep them home when they are sick.  Should a coach or player begin to feel ill or show signs of illness outside of tryouts they are asked to report their symptoms to the level liaison or PLSHA Board.  Upon arrival each day, parents are to ask their athletes the additional screening questions below, therefore;


By allowing your child to participate in PLSHA events, you are confirming that neither your child, anyone in your immediate household, nor anyone your child has been in immediate contact with in the past two weeks has exhibited any of the following COVID-19 identified symptoms:


• Fever or chills

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Fatigue

• Muscle or body aches

• Headache

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

Protocols specific to In-Season

All PLSHA Board of Director, parents, coaches, team managers, and participants have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess attendees’ health status prior to entering the arena or team event to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.

All coaches and players will be asked to self-temperature screened prior to arrival at the rink and/or team event prior to the beginning of each event. Should any coach and/or playerhave a temperature above 100.4 or any sign of illness they will be sent home and not be allowed to return until cleared by a medical doctor following the appropriate testing procedures and timelines.  Should a coach or player begin to feel ill or show signs of illness while attending team event they will report to the Team Manager of their condition.  Coaches and/or Players will need to leave the premises immediately and their team area will then be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. 

PLSHA has also implemented a policy to inform PLSHAfamilies and coaches if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at a PLSHA event. Should anyone be exposed directly to the COVID-19 virus they will be notified immediately of exposure.


Player/Team Quarantine

PLSHA Association and each team will work with a 1-2-3 COVID-19 approach when PLSHA participants report a positive COVID-19 testing.


➢ 1st player is confirmed positive they must self-quarantine for 14 days

➢ 2nd player is confirmed positive they must self-quarantine for 14 days

➢ 3rd player is confirmed positive the entire team must quarantine for 14 days


➢ 1st team has 3 confirmed players with positive COVID-19 testing must self-quarantine for 14 days

➢ 2nd team has 3 confirmed players with positive COVID-19 testing must self-quarantine for 14 days

➢ 3rd team has 3 confirmed players with positive COVID-19 testing the entire association must self-quarantine for 14 days


Refund Policies


Following the guidance established by the State of MN, MN Hockey, USA Hockey and District 6, the Prior Lake Hockey Association is currently planning to have a hockey season in 2020-21, despite the significant uncertainty that still exists with regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


PLSHA COVID-19 Registration Fee Refund Policy: 

➢ If the season is cancelled prior to starting tryouts/mite evals; a small portion of your regular registration fees (estimated to be 5%) will not be refunded.  (PLSHA incurred operational costs that are fixed in nature such as website, insurance, etc.).  

➢ If the season is cancelled or temporarily stopped after it has started, PLSHA will calculate a refund amount based on costs incurred by PLSHA. Any refunds will be calculated and distributed within 60 days of the official end of the season.  


PLSHA COVID-19 Positive Player Refund Policy:   

➢ In the event that PLSHA is informed of a player testing positive for COVID-19, that player will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.   Said player will be responsible for incurred costs during the 14-day period.   If the period extends beyond 28 days, the team will be asked to cover/absorb said player’s costs.  

➢ In the event that 3 or more players on a team test positive for COVID-19, the entire team will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.  PLSHA will work with other teams and Dakotah to re-assign ice.  Teams/players will be responsible for any future ice and/or tournament costs that PLSHA is not able to re-assign.