• RETURN TO PLAY: updated information regarding training in Phase 3

    Posted on Sun 4th October, 2020

    The EIHA have published a single-page guide to what activities are currently permitted in the Return to Play protocols, including  a list of teams operating at each level of the guidance.

    Since the most recent government restrictions came into force impacting indoor team sports, we have three distinct groups of teams with varying rules and regulations.

    • Under 18s who are not impacted at all and continue to follow the full Phase 3 guidance, ie up to 30 players on the ice with no restriction on player movement and no social distancing on the ice.
    • Seniors (18+) not in the elite criteria – the ‘rule of six’ applies for groups on the ice, however multiple groups of six players up to a total of 30 players can be on the ice but the different groups MUST not mix during the session.  Additionally now we can confirm that competitive scrimmage/contact in the sessions can take place in the groups of six which must not change for the duration of the session.
    • Seniors (18+) in the elite criteria – rule of six does not apply, up to 30 players involved per full Phase 3 guidance.  Clubs eligible for elite criteria must have submitted information required in DCMS guidelines and be authorised by the EIHA to operate under this level.

    Our website now shows all teams at each level of the protocols. The latest guidance and team lists can be found at www.eiha.co.uk/covid19/ and will be updated regularly as guidance changes and teams are authorised for the elite criteria.

    The EIHA are grateful for the help and support of our partners in this ever-changing environment including Matt Lloyd at Planet Ice and the Ice Rink Managers Association.