PS Icesports Game Protocol for games at Tacoma Twin Rinks
Players and Team Staff
- Everyone is expected to be socially distant in the parking lot and outdoor dressing areas prior to entering the rink.
- Skaters and Team Staff will enter rink 10 minutes prior to ice time fully dressed.Goalies will be allowed an additional 5 min before the skaters and team staff to enter building if needed
- Players and Team Staff will be allowed to enter the building one at a time. Pleaseformalineoutsidespacing6ftapartuponenteringthebuilding
- Visiting team enters rink lobby first, must go to the scoreboard end of the rink to put on their skates if needed.
- Home team enters rink lobby and must go to near section of the dressing area to put on skates if necessary.
- Once Zamboni is off the ice, the referee will enter the ice surface first, followed by the teams.
- After game, both teams will go to their respective blue lines and stick tap the team in lieu of a handshake line.
- Visiting team must clear out of rink first, follow by the home team through the exit at the score board end of the building. Both teams have 5 mins to exit the building.
- Masks Mask must be worn in the facilities at all times by players and team staff. Head coach is responsible for ensuring masks are worn.
- Only three coaches will be allowed on the benches.
Only one person will be in the clock box. Home team will have penalty box attendant. Visiting team will have penalty box attendant. If desired, the penalty box attendant could be fourth coach. It is preferable that the manager is not a penalty box attendant. This will help manage any issues with spectators.
Spectators are expected to be socially distant in the parking lot and outdoor dressing areas prior to entering the rink. Spectators may enter facility AFTER both teams enter ice surface, the HOME Manager will open the door to allow Spectators to enter the rink and must move directly to the upstairs viewing areas. Only team personnel at ice level – No Spectators are allowed at ice level. Late entries must contact team manager to secure a ticket for entry. No-retry. The moment the final horn blows, spectators must leave the rink immediately.
Upon arrival, manager/coach needs to check in at front desk to fill out scoresheet and pick-up ENTRY Tickets. Managers will pass out designated colored tickets to players, coaches, game management personnel and spectators. Everyone in the building will need a ticket to enter the rink including players and coaches. Each team will receive 50 tickets. Note: 8U and 10U teams will receive 30 tickets per team.
Team Rosters will be used to verify number of players, coaches, and managers. The team tickets collected at the door will be attached to game-sheet once the game is over and kept for contract tracing.
- All leftover tickets can be distributed to parents and children. Managers are responsible for distributing tickets fairly.
- The Visiting Manager will give the Home Manager any tickets that were not used so the facility can have an accurate occupancy count per game.
- All Spectator tickets will need to have the name of the spectator and phone number.Anyone that is given a ticket and uses that ticket to enter the building understands and acknowledges the following guidelines:
- If you or someone in your party are sick or have experienced any of the following symptoms please stay home: tickle or soreness in the throat, a running nose, coughing or sneezing,persistent headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, temperature above 99.5 degrees, nausea or vomiting,orotherpossibleCOVID-19symptom. When in doubt, stay home.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you do touch them, wash your hands immediately.
- Agrees to wear a mask at all times, adhere to 6ft social distancing and follow appropriate respiratory etiquette.
Spectators are not allowed to open rink doors for anyone. Parents taking care of small children in the rink must keep children near them at all times. Children will not be allowed to run around the rink. Spectators will be allowed in the upstairs viewing area only. No one will be allowed to view at ice level or near the glass. Please practice social distancing while viewing the game. Stay six feet apart from all other spectators.
Downstairs restrooms are available for limited use only.
Mask must be worn in the facilities at all times by players, coaches, and spectators including children under 5 years old.
ALL RINK STAFF AND OFFICIALS HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO SHUT DOWN ANY GAME/EVENT IF PROTOCOLS ARE VIOLATED. NO REFUNDS WILL BE AWARDED AND ANY FUTURE GAMES/EVENTS WILL BE REEVALUATED.
1/11/21 and updated 2/11/21
New Guidelines release for Washington Healthy Roadmap
School and Non-school Youth Team Sports Indoor and Outdoor and Adult
Recreational Team Sports Indoor and Outdoor
Sport Risk Category guidance (all phases)
For the purposes of this document, sports are defined using the following risk categories (The list below is
not all-encompassing. Some sports are covered in other guidance documents, and if so those guidance
documents govern those activities. If a sport does not appear on this list that does not necessarily mean it
is prohibited at this time.):
Low risk sports: tennis, swimming, pickleball, golf, gymnastics, climbing, skating, archery, fencing, cross
country, track and field, sideline/no-contact cheer and no-contact dance, disc golf.
Moderate risk sports: softball, baseball, t-ball, soccer, futsal, volleyball, lacrosse, flag football, ultimate
frisbee, ice hockey, cricket, crew, field hockey, school bowling competitions.
High risk sports: football, rugby, wrestling, cheerleading with contact, dance with contact, basketball,
water polo, martial arts competitions, roller derby.
– Facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times.
– Indoor training and practice allowed for low and moderate risk sports if players are limited to
groups of 6 in separate parts of the field/court, separated by a buffer zone. Brief close contact (ex:
3 on 3 drills) is permitted. It is preferable for the groups of six to be stable over time. All facilities
must calculate allowable participant occupancy by dividing the room size or available floor space
by 500 square feet per person.
– Indoor individual training/practice allowed for athletes in high risk sports either with or without a
– Outdoor meets, qualifiers, and tournaments allowed for low risk sports. No spectators allowed.
– Outdoor team practices, training and intra-team competitions allowed for low and moderate risk
sports. Scrimmage against other teams or training or practices with other teams is not allowed.
– Outdoor team practices and/or training allowed for high risk sports if players are limited to groups
of 6 in separate parts of the field/court, separated by a buffer zone. Brief close contact (ex: 3 on 3
drills) is permitted. It is preferable for the groups of five to be stable over time.
– Facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times.
– Outdoor training, practices and competitions allowed outdoors for low, moderate, and high risk
sports. Maximum 200 people allowed at competitions, including spectators.
– For outdoor competitions; For facilities or complexes with more than one field or area of play a
maximum of 75 people allowed per field or area of play, including spectators. All spectators of
different households are to remain physically distant, 6 feet or more, as much as possible.
– Indoor team training, practices, and competitions allowed for low and moderate risk sports. Indoor
team practices, training and intra-team competitions allowed for high risk sports. Scrimmage
against other teams or training or practices with other teams is not allowed for high risk sports. For
all indoor sports the occupancy of the facility may not exceed 25 percent of the fire code
occupancy rating, or 200 people max, whichever is less.
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– Indoor meets, qualifiers, and tournaments allowed for low risk sports. For all indoor sports the
occupancy of the facility may not exceed 25 percent of the fire code occupancy rating, or 200
people including spectators, whichever is lower
Tacoma Twin Rinks Families,
As a result of Governor Inslee’s update November 15, Tacoma Twin Rinks is required to temporarily close. This means all ice sessions for all programs will be postponed beginning Tuesday, November 17.
We are concerned for our employees during this holiday season. We will be working with our customers and ask for everyone’s continued support as we navigate the challenges of operating an ice rink within the guidelines of the Washington State Government Proclamations. As a member of the recreation/fitness/sports community, we are completely shut down to indoor sporting activities.
We understand PS Iceports Association – Tacoma Rockets, Rainier Hockey League, Tacoma Figure Skating Club and Puget Sound Speedskating- will continue to keep their members engaged during this shut down. Plans for zoom calls, skill challenges and possible out door training sessions will be worked on with coaches and managers.
We look forward to seeing you back at the rink soon.
To all of our Members;
Tacoma Twin Rinks will follow Governor Inslee Fitness and Training Facility Guidelines set forth today.
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced updates for Phase 2 and Phase 3 fitness guidance as part of Washington’s Safe Start phased reopening plan. The guidance is effective August 10, 2020.
- Clarification on when facial coverings are required in indoor fitness facilities
- Changes to calculation of occupancy limits for large facilities
- Allowance for fitness and sports training other than group fitness classes
Phase 2 and 3 Indoor Fitness and Training
COVID-19 Reopening Requirements – Update
Changes in August 3 update:
• Removing the restriction on independent fitness training by allowing fitness and sports training other than group fitness classes.
• Increasing the distancing requirement while exercising indoors from six feet to 300 square feet per person, except while practicing certain team sports. For large facilities, over 12,000 sq ft, occupancy is limited to 25 percent of the facility’s occupancy limit, as determined by the fire code.
Occupancy and distancing requirements should be determined and posted for every room in the facility.
• Requiring all patrons to wear face coverings when inside indoor fitness facilities, except while engaged in strenuous exercise. Patrons who remove their cloth facial coverings to exercise must wear them at all other times, including immediately before and immediately after exercise.
• Clarifying the use of indoor team sports facilities for practice and limited competition with no spectators.
• Harmonizing Phase 2 and 3 guidance to allow some limited indoor fitness and training activities in all areas of the state.
• Clarifying that outdoors locations for fitness training and team sports are preferred to indoors locations and should be utilized to the greatest extent possible. Outdoor temporary structures may be used. Outdoor temporary structures should have no more than two walls to provide appropriate ventilation.
Staffed standalone indoor sports facilities, or indoor sports facilities that are part of a multi-use indoor fitness facility, including volleyball courts, squash and racquetball courts, tennis courts, ice rinks, and other similar indoor facilities that provide private instruction for personal fitness and sports training.
The following areas will be closed: Showers, hot-tubs, saunas, steam rooms, tanning beds, squash courts, and racquetball courts. Locker room use will be limited to use for hand washing and restrooms only, or as required for use of the pool authorized under DOH guidelines.
For multi-use fitness facilities: the following areas will be restricted to small groups of five (5) people for personal training, or amateur use, unless otherwise specified in guidance provided for organized team sports: basketball courts, volleyball courts, pickle ball, tennis courts, and other indoor sports facilities. A minimum of six feet of physical distance between individuals must be maintained at all times.
Team sports specific training guidance:
– High and medium contact sports such as hockey, soccer, cheerleading, dance, and basketball are limited to practice, with no games or competitions allowed. Practice is limited to groups of five, not including the coach or trainer, if applicable, with no contact and a minimum of six feet of physical distance between participants at all time. No spectators are allowed for practices.
To all of our Members;
Following the advice of the CDC, The World Health Organization and the Governor of Washington due to the CoVid-19 virus pandemic, Puget Sound Amateur Icesports Association will suspend all programming and Tacoma Twin Rinks will be closed for business the next two weeks or until further notice (effective Monday 03/16/20).
This decision has been made with the health of our participants and the community in mind and we will begin operations when we are advised it is in the best interested of our participants.
Please stay tuned to this post and/or our Facebook pages for the latest information and further updates.
We appreciate your continued patronage and wish everyone to be safe during this time of uncertainty.
We will be closed for all events until further notice.
We will continue to monitor State, local and CDC health guidelines. Please continue to check our calendar regularly to stay up-to-date with our events. Events are changing by the hour. Thank you for your patience during this time
- As you all have been notified, USA Hockey has decided to cancel all National Tournaments. The following is advice we have received from USA Hockey. As a facility, Tacoma Twin Rinks began the staff recommendations as soon as the events in King county began in February because our number one concern is the safety of the members of our PS Icesports community and our staff. We are committed to being diligent.
- We are asking everyone to get the word out to our participants and ask them to follow the recommendations for the participants.
- Finally, the strongest advice from the Chief Medical Officer of USA Hockey is to closely monitor local and state health department direction because it is important to manage this locally as each locale will be in different stages of this constantly changing situation. He also suggested that if you travel to be sure to understand and monitor the recommendations of the health department where you are going.
At Tacoma Twin Rinks we are using the USA Hockey Ice Rink Association Guidelines stated for the Covid-19 Bulletin, March 11,2020
- RECOMMENDED PRECAUTIONS FOR STAFF
- Increased signage outlining advisable precautions (e.g., hand-washing)
- Adding alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility
- Ensuring soap is stocked in restrooms
- Cleaning high traffic areas of the building with disinfectant throughout events (and ideally several times per day) including concession areas, door handles, elevator buttons, handrails, vending machines, arcade games, and rest rooms
- Implementing more regular cleaning procedures with disinfectant for areas such as players’ and officials’ locker rooms, and training rooms.
- Shared PPE, like safety glasses, cut resistant gloves, face shields, etc. should be disinfected before and after use
- POS touchscreens should be regularly disinfected and staff should minimize sharing these
- IR steering wheels and operational controls, hand tools, etc. should be disinfected after personnel completes shifts
- Always wear disposable gloves while cleaning
- Don’t eat or drink anything while performing cleaning tasks2. RECOMMENDED PRECAUTIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS
- Practice frequent and meticulous hand-washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and/or sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms• Quarantine anyone who is sick (players, coaches, parents, roommates)
- Ensure safe food sources; thoroughly cook meat and eggs
- Handshake lines after games should include fist bumps with gloves on OR eliminate handshake line and consider a stick tap or clap to the other team as a sign of sportsmanship.
- Use individual water bottles; do not share them
- Towels should not be shared in any way.
- Stay informed. Through trusted sources like the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department: www.tpchd.org/coronavirus, the CDC https://www.cdc.govand Washington State Health https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
-Limits on large gatherings- On Wednesday, March 11, Gov. Inslee imposed restrictions on large gatherings in Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties through March 31 to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Please cancel gatherings of 250 or more people for social, spiritual and recreational activities.
How can I protect myself and my family?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people. Use a tissue or your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
- Throw used tissues in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Stay home and away from others when you’re sick.
- Cold and flu are out there, too. So far this season, flu has made hundreds of Pierce County people sick and at least a dozen have died. Vaccine is your best protection against the flu. It’s not too late to get your flu shot.
As we move forward, remind all your participants that we need to work together to keep our environment safe for our participants
- Since our gatherings are below 250 we are within the state guidelines. However, please be sure to vacate the building promptly after practice to allow for minimal gathering between groups
- If at all possible, shower at home
- No sharing of water bottles
- Wash hands regularly
- If you are sick, please self quarantine for 14 days
- If you or a family member are in the high risk category, please consider not attending practices
- Even though the facility is open under these guidelines, make sure we respect the ability and right for families to make the decisions that are best for them
- Be flexible – As we monitor hourly events and decisions in our community by the public health advisors, we will be reacting and changing programing with the safety of our participants and staff as our first priority.