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Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

get a gaiter style mask.

Very simple to pull up over mouth and nose once your gloves are off. Will need to allow an extra second for centers to pull it up prior to faceoff and it will inevitably fall down almost immediately after the faceoff for the centers, which is good.

On the bench you pull it up, when you want it down cause you're jumping on the ice you simply stretch your neck and look to the sky, the mask will fall down.

It's really simple guys, lets not make a mountain out of this.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon
get a gaiter style mask.

Very simple to pull up over mouth and nose once your gloves are off. Will need to allow an extra second for centers to pull it up prior to faceoff and it will inevitably fall down almost immediately after the faceoff for the centers, which is good.

On the bench you pull it up, when you want it down cause you're jumping on the ice you simply stretch your neck and look to the sky, the mask will fall down.

It's really simple guys, lets not make a mountain out of this.
Putting your kids health at risk to comply with a policy that is ineffective at preventing the spread of a virus is not the answer.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon
Anon
get a gaiter style mask.

Very simple to pull up over mouth and nose once your gloves are off. Will need to allow an extra second for centers to pull it up prior to faceoff and it will inevitably fall down almost immediately after the faceoff for the centers, which is good.

On the bench you pull it up, when you want it down cause you\'re jumping on the ice you simply stretch your neck and look to the sky, the mask will fall down.

It\'s really simple guys, lets not make a mountain out of this.
Putting your kids health at risk to comply with a policy that is ineffective at preventing the spread of a virus is not the answer.
I am certainly not qualified to expound on the effectiveness of the policy. I am not a scientist.

As of today, the policy does not exclude gaiter style masks.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon
get a gaiter style mask.

Very simple to pull up over mouth and nose once your gloves are off. Will need to allow an extra second for centers to pull it up prior to faceoff and it will inevitably fall down almost immediately after the faceoff for the centers, which is good.

On the bench you pull it up, when you want it down cause you're jumping on the ice you simply stretch your neck and look to the sky, the mask will fall down.

It's really simple guys, lets not make a mountain out of this.
OP here. Thanks for actually answering the question (unlike the others that once again are hijacking the thread to yap about whether or not masks actually work). I couldn't care less if masks or gaiters work. He's a mite. I just hope he actually gets to play some games and not spend the whole season skating around cones and lose interest.

So right now he uses a mouth guard attached to the cage. Should I give him a freestanding mouth guard then? That could be a disaster as he's going to drop that constantly. I could poke a hole in the gaiter and put the mouth guard cord through that. Not sure if that'll work.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon
Anon
get a gaiter style mask.

Very simple to pull up over mouth and nose once your gloves are off. Will need to allow an extra second for centers to pull it up prior to faceoff and it will inevitably fall down almost immediately after the faceoff for the centers, which is good.

On the bench you pull it up, when you want it down cause you\'re jumping on the ice you simply stretch your neck and look to the sky, the mask will fall down.

It\'s really simple guys, lets not make a mountain out of this.
OP here. Thanks for actually answering the question (unlike the others that once again are hijacking the thread to yap about whether or not masks actually work). I couldn't care less if masks or gaiters work. He's a mite. I just hope he actually gets to play some games and not spend the whole season skating around cones and lose interest.

So right now he uses a mouth guard attached to the cage. Should I give him a freestanding mouth guard then? That could be a disaster as he's going to drop that constantly. I could poke a hole in the gaiter and put the mouth guard cord through that. Not sure if that'll work.
Have him lick the crossbar while you are at it Dad. Go take a bath in hand sanitizer you clown.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon
Anon
get a gaiter style mask.

Very simple to pull up over mouth and nose once your gloves are off. Will need to allow an extra second for centers to pull it up prior to faceoff and it will inevitably fall down almost immediately after the faceoff for the centers, which is good.

On the bench you pull it up, when you want it down cause you\'re jumping on the ice you simply stretch your neck and look to the sky, the mask will fall down.

It\'s really simple guys, lets not make a mountain out of this.
OP here. Thanks for actually answering the question (unlike the others that once again are hijacking the thread to yap about whether or not masks actually work). I couldn't care less if masks or gaiters work. He's a mite. I just hope he actually gets to play some games and not spend the whole season skating around cones and lose interest.

So right now he uses a mouth guard attached to the cage. Should I give him a freestanding mouth guard then? That could be a disaster as he's going to drop that constantly. I could poke a hole in the gaiter and put the mouth guard cord through that. Not sure if that'll work.
You could try going higher on the cage, having it come out of the top of the gaiter but seems like a PITA to me. I would simply add length via twine or a lace and have him snake it up the gaiter from the bottom.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon
Anon
get a gaiter style mask.

Very simple to pull up over mouth and nose once your gloves are off. Will need to allow an extra second for centers to pull it up prior to faceoff and it will inevitably fall down almost immediately after the faceoff for the centers, which is good.

On the bench you pull it up, when you want it down cause you\'re jumping on the ice you simply stretch your neck and look to the sky, the mask will fall down.

It\'s really simple guys, lets not make a mountain out of this.
OP here. Thanks for actually answering the question (unlike the others that once again are hijacking the thread to yap about whether or not masks actually work). I couldn't care less if masks or gaiters work. He's a mite. I just hope he actually gets to play some games and not spend the whole season skating around cones and lose interest.

So right now he uses a mouth guard attached to the cage. Should I give him a freestanding mouth guard then? That could be a disaster as he's going to drop that constantly. I could poke a hole in the gaiter and put the mouth guard cord through that. Not sure if that'll work.
He's going to have to spit the mouth guard out and put it back in when the mask comes down.

Just something to consider....mouth guards not required equipment per USA hockey until Peewee major. So as an interim solution, while we're still in mask wearing mode, you could just lose the mouth guard.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon
get a gaiter style mask.

Very simple to pull up over mouth and nose once your gloves are off. Will need to allow an extra second for centers to pull it up prior to faceoff and it will inevitably fall down almost immediately after the faceoff for the centers, which is good.

On the bench you pull it up, when you want it down cause you're jumping on the ice you simply stretch your neck and look to the sky, the mask will fall down.

It's really simple guys, lets not make a mountain out of this.
This is it, it is simple and covers all the rule bases. The effectiveness of the gaiter is meaningless as we wear masks as a courtesy to others, not as personal protection. If personal protection is your worry then better stock up on N95s. If you feel sports are too risky, then don't have your kid play. A few weeks in and none of the kids will even bother to pull them up anymore. We're over-analyzing things.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Any word on goalies? I assume same bench rules and no mask while on the ice?

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Who is going to actually control the action on the ice? This may work for 12U and younger, but if the refs need to stay 6 feet away from all players, coaches, etc. AT ALL TIMES the refs won’t be able to do it. In order to stay 6 feet away from all players refs will most likely not be able to enter the offensive zone during game action. They will most likely need to stay in the neutral zone and away from the sideboards in order to also stay 6 feet away from the benches.

Who is going to breakup any extracurricular action in front of the net or in the corners after the whistle? Are the coaches going to come off the bench or do the refs just keep pressing the button on their hand whistles hoping the players just stop on their own? What happens if kids start punching each other? The refs will need to just stand there and watch and hope an all out brawl doesn’t breakout. If you think these are not serious concerns you haven’t been watching much 14U-18U hockey lately.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon.
Who is going to actually control the action on the ice? This may work for 12U and younger, but if the refs need to stay 6 feet away from all players, coaches, etc. AT ALL TIMES the refs won’t be able to do it. In order to stay 6 feet away from all players refs will most likely not be able to enter the offensive zone during game action. They will most likely need to stay in the neutral zone and away from the sideboards in order to also stay 6 feet away from the benches.

Who is going to breakup any extracurricular action in front of the net or in the corners after the whistle? Are the coaches going to come off the bench or do the refs just keep pressing the button on their hand whistles hoping the players just stop on their own? What happens if kids start punching each other? The refs will need to just stand there and watch and hope an all out brawl doesn’t breakout. If you think these are not serious concerns you haven’t been watching much 14U-18U hockey lately.
Are these serious issues, or just a sign that some of these rules are wink-wink rules? If you've been watching other sports with a list of silly rules, the ones that are impossible to enforce are being ignored. Like jaywalking laws.

So the idea that kids will instantly put on masks after long shifts, or refs will blow 100 whistles a period based on close contact, is ridiculous. Everyone knows it. So if you're a Covid nut who supports all these crazy rules, pull your kid from hockey today. If you're not, let's play along for now and get the games going.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon
Anon.
Who is going to actually control the action on the ice? This may work for 12U and younger, but if the refs need to stay 6 feet away from all players, coaches, etc. AT ALL TIMES the refs won’t be able to do it. In order to stay 6 feet away from all players refs will most likely not be able to enter the offensive zone during game action. They will most likely need to stay in the neutral zone and away from the sideboards in order to also stay 6 feet away from the benches.

Who is going to breakup any extracurricular action in front of the net or in the corners after the whistle? Are the coaches going to come off the bench or do the refs just keep pressing the button on their hand whistles hoping the players just stop on their own? What happens if kids start punching each other? The refs will need to just stand there and watch and hope an all out brawl doesn’t breakout. If you think these are not serious concerns you haven’t been watching much 14U-18U hockey lately.
Are these serious issues, or just a sign that some of these rules are wink-wink rules? If you've been watching other sports with a list of silly rules, the ones that are impossible to enforce are being ignored. Like jaywalking laws.

So the idea that kids will instantly put on masks after long shifts, or refs will blow 100 whistles a period based on close contact, is ridiculous. Everyone knows it. So if you're a Covid nut who supports all these crazy rules, pull your kid from hockey today. If you're not, let's play along for now and get the games going.
how dare you bring reason into this

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon
Anon.
Who is going to actually control the action on the ice? This may work for 12U and younger, but if the refs need to stay 6 feet away from all players, coaches, etc. AT ALL TIMES the refs won’t be able to do it. In order to stay 6 feet away from all players refs will most likely not be able to enter the offensive zone during game action. They will most likely need to stay in the neutral zone and away from the sideboards in order to also stay 6 feet away from the benches.

Who is going to breakup any extracurricular action in front of the net or in the corners after the whistle? Are the coaches going to come off the bench or do the refs just keep pressing the button on their hand whistles hoping the players just stop on their own? What happens if kids start punching each other? The refs will need to just stand there and watch and hope an all out brawl doesn’t breakout. If you think these are not serious concerns you haven’t been watching much 14U-18U hockey lately.
Are these serious issues, or just a sign that some of these rules are wink-wink rules? If you've been watching other sports with a list of silly rules, the ones that are impossible to enforce are being ignored. Like jaywalking laws.

So the idea that kids will instantly put on masks after long shifts, or refs will blow 100 whistles a period based on close contact, is ridiculous. Everyone knows it. So if you're a Covid nut who supports all these crazy rules, pull your kid from hockey today. If you're not, let's play along for now and get the games going.
You’re such a Liberal sheep willing to go along with all these ridiculous requirements.

Wow you real can’t comprehend the English language. Since you obviously can’t figure this out on your own, we totally disagree with these draconian regulations and standards and think they should be abolished. That’s the whole point of this thread.

This is Mass. Law not just some “wink-wink rules” as you put it. You maybe a tough guy willing to ignore the law, but rinks can be shut down for failure to comply and refs, coaches, owners, etc. can be putting themselves in both legal and possible financial jeopardy for failure to comply.

You will be the first to complain when some Nancy calls the local board of health or King Charlie’s tattletale line and complains about Mass. Law not being followed at your kids rink and the rink is then closed down for violating the law.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon.
Anon
Anon.
Who is going to actually control the action on the ice? This may work for 12U and younger, but if the refs need to stay 6 feet away from all players, coaches, etc. AT ALL TIMES the refs won’t be able to do it. In order to stay 6 feet away from all players refs will most likely not be able to enter the offensive zone during game action. They will most likely need to stay in the neutral zone and away from the sideboards in order to also stay 6 feet away from the benches.

Who is going to breakup any extracurricular action in front of the net or in the corners after the whistle? Are the coaches going to come off the bench or do the refs just keep pressing the button on their hand whistles hoping the players just stop on their own? What happens if kids start punching each other? The refs will need to just stand there and watch and hope an all out brawl doesn’t breakout. If you think these are not serious concerns you haven’t been watching much 14U-18U hockey lately.
Are these serious issues, or just a sign that some of these rules are wink-wink rules? If you\'ve been watching other sports with a list of silly rules, the ones that are impossible to enforce are being ignored. Like jaywalking laws.

So the idea that kids will instantly put on masks after long shifts, or refs will blow 100 whistles a period based on close contact, is ridiculous. Everyone knows it. So if you\'re a Covid nut who supports all these crazy rules, pull your kid from hockey today. If you\'re not, let\'s play along for now and get the games going.
You’re such a Liberal sheep willing to go along with all these ridiculous requirements.

Wow you real can’t comprehend the English language. Since you obviously can’t figure this out on your own, we totally disagree with these draconian regulations and standards and think they should be abolished. That’s the whole point of this thread.

This is Mass. Law not just some “wink-wink rules” as you put it. You maybe a tough guy willing to ignore the law, but rinks can be shut down for failure to comply and refs, coaches, owners, etc. can be putting themselves in both legal and possible financial jeopardy for failure to comply.

You will be the first to complain when some Nancy calls the local board of health or King Charlie’s tattletale line and complains about Mass. Law not being followed at your kids rink and the rink is then closed down for violating the law.
Ummmm this crap is not Mass law. it's king Bakers guidelines, just think of rinks as Vegas, what happens there stay there.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

anon
Anon.
Anon
Anon.
Who is going to actually control the action on the ice? This may work for 12U and younger, but if the refs need to stay 6 feet away from all players, coaches, etc. AT ALL TIMES the refs won’t be able to do it. In order to stay 6 feet away from all players refs will most likely not be able to enter the offensive zone during game action. They will most likely need to stay in the neutral zone and away from the sideboards in order to also stay 6 feet away from the benches.

Who is going to breakup any extracurricular action in front of the net or in the corners after the whistle? Are the coaches going to come off the bench or do the refs just keep pressing the button on their hand whistles hoping the players just stop on their own? What happens if kids start punching each other? The refs will need to just stand there and watch and hope an all out brawl doesn’t breakout. If you think these are not serious concerns you haven’t been watching much 14U-18U hockey lately.
Are these serious issues, or just a sign that some of these rules are wink-wink rules? If you\\\'ve been watching other sports with a list of silly rules, the ones that are impossible to enforce are being ignored. Like jaywalking laws.

So the idea that kids will instantly put on masks after long shifts, or refs will blow 100 whistles a period based on close contact, is ridiculous. Everyone knows it. So if you\\\'re a Covid nut who supports all these crazy rules, pull your kid from hockey today. If you\\\'re not, let\\\'s play along for now and get the games going.
You’re such a Liberal sheep willing to go along with all these ridiculous requirements.

Wow you real can’t comprehend the English language. Since you obviously can’t figure this out on your own, we totally disagree with these draconian regulations and standards and think they should be abolished. That’s the whole point of this thread.

This is Mass. Law not just some “wink-wink rules” as you put it. You maybe a tough guy willing to ignore the law, but rinks can be shut down for failure to comply and refs, coaches, owners, etc. can be putting themselves in both legal and possible financial jeopardy for failure to comply.

You will be the first to complain when some Nancy calls the local board of health or King Charlie’s tattletale line and complains about Mass. Law not being followed at your kids rink and the rink is then closed down for violating the law.
Ummmm this crap is not Mass law. it's king Bakers guidelines, just think of rinks as Vegas, what happens there stay there.
You may not want to accept, but unfortunately, per King Charlie’s orders these Reopening Standards have the effects of law. They are not just guidelines. Otherwise we could all just ignore them and have our kids play all sports, and do everything else, as usual.

Re: How do the kids actually play the game now

Anon
Please, no political BS here. I don't really care what you think about Baker or Trump or masks for that matter. Please take that crap to a different thread.

I'm just looking for info on how things will actually work here. Specifically, I'm wondering about masks during faceoff/bench. One of our kids is a 2012 so he's going to be the tough one. He can open/close his own helmet but he uses a mouth guard tied to the cage, which clearly isn't going to work with a mask. We haven't received any guidance from our club yet, other than asking for the tuition. Anybody else heard anything yet?
It was mentioned in passing last night. Paul Gilmartin (?) suggested for cross ice only 8 players per team.

There was no mention of the older players but I got a sense it was 10 plus a goalie.