The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) continues to monitor issues related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and will provide direction as rink operations throughout the state are able to resume. We acknowledge that a return to activity may include guidelines and restrictions mandated by the State.
Since April 2020, we have collected a number of articles, documents, and relevant resources which provide direction in our planning process. As part of our commitment to transparency, we wanted to share this collection of resources with our hockey community. Below you’ll find a collection of resources that have been influential to developing our approach to preparing for the 2020-21 season. This includes additional guidance and updates from USA Hockey, as well as the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS).
With the reinstatement of ice hockey activity in February 2021, you will find MAHA's Return to Play Standards - established for a safe return to hockey activity, while we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This also includes documents and information related to the April 2021 MI Safer Sports Testing Program, rolled out by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.
The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) expects that all ice rinks, leagues, associations, coaches, players, volunteers and parents will abide by all USA Hockey and MAHA rules, policies and procedures related to the current COVID-19 crisis. This encompasses all mandates and restriction from the State of Michigan, including those communicated by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) Epidemic Orders.
The MAHA cannot respond to each and every instance of an actual, or perceived, violation but reaffirms that it does not sanction any activities that are conducted contrary to these mandates. Parents should not hesitate to question their local association representatives, should they become aware of any activities that may be in violation of any mandate, and report any violations of State mandates to the appropriate government authorities.
MAHA is committed to providing a safe environment for its participants/spectators, consistent with all applicable mandates and best practices.
Once again, we thank our membership for its patience and support – and we look forward to seeing you again at the rink very soon!
May 7, 2020 - USA Hockey president Jim Smith and executive director Pat Kelleher provide an update, to the USA Hockey family, on returning to rinks.
May 21, 2020 - Olympic gold-medalist A.J. Mleczko hosts a roundtable discussion centered around returning to rinks with USA Hockey executives.
Project Play is developing webinars for parents, coaches, and leaders to answer questions related to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth sports and physical activity.
April 1, 2020 - The Aspen Institute's Project Play initiative explored what could lie ahead for youth sports as the Coronavirus pandemic unfolds.
April 22, 2020 - An interactive discussion with young athletes and their coaches, as well as leading professionals with resources related to physical, social, and emotional well-being.
May 13, 2020 - Ready or not, America is gradually reopening. When and how community sports join in is a topic that will play out in the coming weeks and months. Discussion on return to play...
April 15, 2020 - Our second webinar explored how youth sports leaders in non-profits, for-profits, and parks and rec departments are tackling issues during the pandemic.
April 29, 2020 - Former Major League Baseball star Omar Vizquel joined medical experts and parents to discuss free play and organized sports during the pandemic.
May 27, 2020 - After COVID-19, youth sports will never be the same. So what do we want the next model to be? Executive Director Tom Farrey shares his vision with panelists.