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Message From CYA Regarding COVID-19

June 27, 2020


As Illinois moves to Stage 4, we can now bring the groups together for the remainder of the Spring Program.  All the guidelines set forth at the beginning of the Spring Program are still in place. The only changes are the ice times and amount of participants on the ice.  

We appreciate and thank everyone for abiding by the rules and guidelines for the Spring.  We ask that you continue to follow all the rules and guidelines through the remainder of the Spring program.   

Please  visit the Spring page on our website for new ice times beginning June 29th. The Bantam level will receive a separate email with their group assignment.

As soon as we have information on the Fall Trouts we will update everyone. 

Thank you again for your cooperation and patience as we navigate through this process.

Thank you,

Chicago Young Americans

March 20, 2020

Parents and Players,

We hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy. As Illinois enters Phase 3, which allows small gathering up to 10, we
are gearing up to open the Spring Program on June 1st which will be followed by tryouts for Fall 2020-21. We are following the
guidelines published by USA Hockey, Returning to the Rinks (see attached), along with recommendations made by the CDC and our
state and local guidelines. We will be updating these guidelines as needed, as this is a very fluid situation. Our main focus is the
safety, health and well-being of everyone.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we prepare to return to the rink.

Thank you and Welcome Back!
Chicago Young Americans

Player Drop Off and Pick Up
Player arrives at the rink fully dressed including skates and helmet.
Parent drops player at the door and player enters the rink, removes skate guards and immediately goes on the ice.
Parents and Spectators are not allowed in the rink at this time.
Once the session concludes, the player will put their skate guards on and immediately leave the rink.
Parents must practice social distancing in the parking lot at the Orbit Ice Arena. Please do not congregate in the parking lot.

On Ice Sessions
The rink will be divided into two sections, North and South.
Player will enter and leave through the door designated for his/her section only.
Each section will have 1 coach and 9 players.
There will be no contact between players and coaches.
Players will be instructed to stand safely apart in drill lines.
Players must keep their helmets on at all times.
All coaches will wear a medical mask at all times.
Parents and spectators can watch on-ice session on Live Barn.

Player Safety
While not mandatory, it is highly recommended that all players replace the cage on their helmet with full-face shield such as
the Bauer Concept III Full Face Shield.
Each player needs to bring his or her own water bottle already filled up and labeled with his or her name. Under no
circumstances may players share a water bottle.

Ice Times
Spring Session ice times will be posted to the CYA website. Each level will be divided into groups to accommodate the
maximum of 10 per group.

Orbit Ice Arena
Locker rooms, bathrooms, and restaurant are closed.
The lobby is also closed except to coaches and players during their scheduled ice time.
Rink staff will be sanitizing and cleaning the rink throughout the day.

March 23, 2020

In regards to  Spring Hockey and Tryouts, there will be a 5 week spring program. Start dates for Spring and fall tryouts are being pushed out based on the state guidance for the COVID timeline.

Please continue to check both the website and your email for updates.

March 12, 2020

As news of coronavirus (COVID-19) hits closer to home, the Chicago Young Americans are committed to the health and well-being of our players and their families. We ask that our CYA skaters and guests follow these preventative guidelines as suggested by USA Hockey.

- Stay home when you are sick

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

- Use individual water bottles; do not share

- Quarantine anyone who is sick (players, parents)

- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

CYA will continue to follow the guidance and expectations established by the CDC, USA Hockey, and other health organizations throughout the coming weeks.

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