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Update – April 3 / 2021, Season Cancellation 2021

For the past few months, we have been monitoring the developments and continuous updates of the COVID 19 virus in our community. With restrictions laid out for the use of Arena facilities and the health risks involving everyone connected to our sport, the executive, in the interest of health and safety, have decided to cancel the Oshawa Ball Hockey Operations 2021 Season.  Due to the ongoing effects of COVID19, we are unable to run our league accordingly, moving forward this summer.  Preparation for the 2022 season has therefore begun !

  • Players / Coaches who registered in 2020 ( with 2021 now cancelled ) will be transferred to the 2022 registration along with the coaches that applied.   ( Info will be emailed )
  •  Players not registered in the 2020 (21) season please contact Doug Smart @ 905-576-7840 to have your name & information added to the player, parent and coaches 2022 email list .

This was not an easy decision to come to and we the executive do not take it lightly. It was a necessary decision to collectively make in the best interest of our membership and in order to protect everyone involved in making the Oshawa Ball Hockey Association what it is today !

To our players, coaches and parents, we wish you all a safe and restful summer ahead. Stay safe over the remainder of 2021 and look forward to 2022 . 

for any additional information, please contact
Doug Smart 905-576-7840

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A Message from Mauro Cugini
( President OBHA )

To our Ontario Ball Hockey Associations 

The 2020 season was mostly a lost year for your leagues, but while the public health situation as of today is very severe, the Board is continuing the planning that will hopefully allow both the youth and adult divisions to play in 2021.

That said, we need to respect the situation and remain flexible in our planning. Even in a normal year, rink permits are issued only a few weeks before the ball drops, and with the province’s COVID-19 infection remaining high, it is very possible that the each Public Health department will not allow team sports as of the beginning of April. It may also be difficult for many families in our league to commit to a spring season in early January as we normally do, given the evolving situation.

For these reasons, ‘Plan A’ is to start the season in May, with your league registration occurring in mid-February to mid-March. It also involves alterations to game play, and each league will be able to conform to what works best for their league.

OBHA Changes include:

  • pre-game health checks; 
  • 4 v4 or modified 5 v 5
  • no face-offs; home team will get possession to start the game and visiting team to start the second period; on a dead ball teams offensive will return to behind the blueline; on a goal scoring team will return to their side of centre 
  • no sharing of goalie equipment 

These are the basic Return To Play rules and we have prepared a policy to be shared with each league in March

These changes are all in line with national and provincial ball hockey guidelines.  The officials certification will be done either online or home exam, but there will be no on-person courses.

Many seasons may extend in July for youth programs and August for adult leagues, but if you are opening up the registration, please do not collect fees and allow for a two-week window before the start of your programs for etransfers, cheques etc to be paid.

All of that said, there can be no guarantees, given the continuing growth in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. We will follow the guidance of the province’s public health officials, and the local parks department, and our sport’s governing bodies about when and how we may play; and on top of these will layer our own diligence and cautious approach to ensure that any return to play is done safely. What we can commit to is planning for many scenarios and keeping you informed as things are clarified. 

In February, we will issue the forms for insurance certificates to start the process with many municipalities and will follow up with game sheet and ball orders in late March.   

Until then, please stay safe and healthy and do everything you can to bend the curve downward so we can return to rinks this spring.

Be well and stay safe.

Mauro Cugini




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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