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THE PASSING OF TRACY KITCHEN


It is with a heavy heart on hearing the news of the passing of Tracy Kitchen. 

We have known Tracy for many years and always enjoyed the discussions around coaching and the players when our paths crossed in Oshawa or at Provincials.  She did everything to get the most out of every player, both on and off the floor.  She was a friend, coach and leader to many of the girls that came into her life of ice and ball hockey. 

In 2016, she traveled to the World Championships in Prague to support her nephew who was on the U20 team.   During this time the OBHA was aware that the World Ball Hockey Federation would be hosting the Girls U20 in two years and thought who better to get involved and so discussions commenced regarding the Girls U20 program. 

It didn’t take long for her eyes to open up and interest peaked in representing the country and sport she loved for so many years at the Girls U20 program.  It also didn’t take long to ask for our Team Canada caps so at our next game, Mauro Cugini presented Tracy with a Team Canada hat.   

Tracy has always been a great supporter of all sports, as of late, specifically, Girls and Women’s Ball Hockey . It was important to have Tracy involved in Ball Hockey as many of us have been given the opportunity many years ago.

Tracy was a member of the Oshawa Ball Hockey League for over 20 years playing, officiating and coaching. 

We all will miss her laughter, insatiable quest for knowledge, not just about the sport, but for life in general and always wanting to know what someone else’s opinion was on subjects to be able to see things from different perspectives.

 She was exactly how every person should be, so accepting of everyone, loving, kind, engaging, entertaining, humbling and that smile that would light up any room.  We all have a feeling of emptiness without her, yet somehow fuller from the many gifts she has left behind. Her smile will continue to shine brightly. 

On behalf of the Oshawa Ball Hockey Association, our condolences to the families and friends of Tracy Kitchen.

Rest in Peace

Doug Smart




UPDATE ! – May 5 / 2020

Please be advised that the Oshawa Ball Hockey League is moving as quickly as possible to get everyone’s cheque completed and mailed. As of May 4 / 2020 the Tyke, Novice and Atom Divisions have been placed in the mail to be delivered. The remaining divisions will be completed and mailed by May 11 / 2020.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. The Oshawa Ball Hockey would like to wish everybody a safe and happy summer. See you in 2021.


UPDATE – April 11 / 2020


Tuesday April 7th was originally the starting date of the 2020 Ball Hockey Season. ” That was until COVID-19 struck around the world.

We met with the city of Oshawa, mid March, regarding the april 7th season start date, and to discuss a later date due to the present situation. A Change to April 22nd followed, and to be monitored regarding the present health situation.

Since then, the start dates have been changed 3 times regarding season play, player draft dates and referee clinics. Dave Bryan had put together 3 different scenarios of league schedules to accommodate the situations as dates and times allowed. The city facilities were kept closed and with the seriousness of the Health situation, the end result now is the closure of all Recreation Facilities until FURTHER NOTICE.

During the above process many scenarios to keep the thought of providing a full season to a shorter season were created, however, after the closure announcement of the Oshawa Recreation Facilities until further notice, eliminates those possibilities of providing a 2020 season for our membership. With no facilities available and the information that we have from the Health Minister, Federal and Provincial safety legislation, the executive has made the decision to ” CANCEL THE OSHAWA BALL HOCKEY LEAGUE 2020 SEASON “. The safety of all our players, coaches, officials, parents, grandparents, families and friends is the most important reason not to proceed this year.

Please note; All Players who have registered with payment of $150.00 will receive a full refund via Canada Post depending on postal service schedules

Registration for the 2021 season will start in January of 2021. In the Meantime, we want all of you to be safe as we weather the crisis of COVID-19 and we look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

Please be Safe !!!

Regards,
Oshawa Ball Hockey Association, Executive Board

for any additional information, please contact
Doug Smart 905-576-7840 * y_gun@hotmail.com

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New for 2020 – Rowans Law

  As of July 1, 2019, every sport organization in Ontario must adhere to the Government of Ontario’s enactment   of ROWANS LAW  (Concussion safety).  If you are an Ontario Ball Hockey Association athlete under 26 years of age, the parent of an athlete under the age 18, a coach, manager, trainer or a game official, you need      to follow the rules of ROWANS LAW, which includes:

 1. Review the Ontario official Concussion Awareness Resources or serving with the OBHA.  The Concussion Awareness Resources can be found at the following website:     www.ontario.ca/concussions   ,

10 and Under Concussion Awareness

   11-14 Concussion Awareness Resource

   15 and Over Concussion Awareness Resource

 2.  Review the OBHA’s Concussion Code of conduct that is provided for you, found on the Ontario Ball Hockey website at www.ontarioballhockey.ca under the ROWANS LAW Tab.

 3. Removal from sport and return to sport protocols to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from Sports team function if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion and providing the correct time to heal properly.

  4.  Confirm that you have reviewed both of these resources every year with the Ontario Ball Hockey Association through your Membership league, the “OSHAWA BALL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION”

Reminder:  Parents of an athlete under the age 18, the Coach, Manager, Trainer or Game officials must submit a signed form before they are eligible to participate / play in the 2020 Oshawa Ball Hockey Season

 Acknowledgement of Review forms available on the www.ontarioballhockey.ca   Web site.

**  The Oshawa Ball Hockey executive will assist at Registration  with the above process  **

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