How to stay active and healthy in the ice arena

  1. Everyone is required to wear a face covering/mask at all times in the facility. Players may choose to wear a mask while skating on the ice. Coaches and volunteers must wear masks on the ice and on the bench.
  2. Entry to the arena is allowed fifteen minutes prior to ice time (as close as possible with common sense applied).
  3. Depart the arena within 10 minutes of the end of ice time (as close as possible with common sense applied).
  4. No parents in facility unless player aged 11 or under and then just to assist and depart. For older sled hockey players, one family/household member may assist player get on the ice but then must depart until end of practice. (Request if exception needed)
  5. Two family members for a game and arrive at game time / depart right after (wait in the car for your player/not lobby) and be aware of social distancing inside. 
  6. Understand the drop off and pick up point of the facility to help keep the lobby space clear
  7. No bags allowed, dress at home or in the car as much as possible (as close as possible with common sense applied).Covid-19 Preparedness Plan for the Rochester Mustang Sled Hockey Program

Attached you will find our programs policies for you to review in regard to COVID-19. These are effective IMMEDIATELY.

Decisions for the policies are followed by the USA Hockey and MN hockey guidelines. The city of Rochester and the State of Minnesota rules and recommendations were also determining factors in these policies. 

Policy highlights:

Useful links and resources:

USA Hockey recommendations and Return to the Rink Document: 

USA Hockey registration (players and volunteers must be registered before first practice – even if you are an on-ice volunteer sign up as a volunteer not a coach, USA Hockey knows sled hockey volunteers are needed on ice) 

MDH Guidance for Sports –

MDH Planning Guide for Schools 

CDC Considerations for Youth Sports –


CDC Youth Sport Program FAQs –

COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs- (this gives guidance if someone does not have COVID-19 but has a cough, cold or fever).

Players, coaches, volunteers and family members/care-givers are encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess everyone’s health status prior to our Sunday ice times.

The Mustangs are committed to providing a safe and healthy atmosphere for all our players, volunteers, coaches, and family members.

To ensure we have a safe and healthy environment, the Mustangs have developed the following COVID-19

Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our community by working together. 

The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is administered by Meegan Van Straaten who will maintain the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. However, board members are equally responsible for supporting, implementing, complying with, and providing recommendations to further improve all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

Our Mustang players, volunteers, and families are our most important asset.  We are serious about safety, health and protecting our players, volunteers and families. Your involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.  We will be working directly with and following the guidelines of the Graham Arena as we move toward utilization of their ice facility. 

 RYHA’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the guidance developed by the state of Minnesota, available at the Stay Safe Minnesota website (, which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19, Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) statutes, rules and standards, USA Hockey guidelines, Minnesota Hockey guidelines and Minnesota’s relevant and current executive orders. These guidelines are not intended or implied to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

 It addresses:

• ensuring sick players, volunteers and family members stay home and there is prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;

• social distancing – when not directly assisting a player, volunteers must be at least six-feet away from others and properly protected with PPE when assisting others;

• proper hygiene and source controls, including face coverings and hand washing;

• player drop-off and pick-up practices and protocol; and

• communications and training practices and protocol.

 These policies and procedures are provided by Minnesota Hockey:

For players, volunteers and family members prior to attending any in-arena activities:

If your temperature of 100.4 +or higher and/or you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact Meegan and do not come to the arena: cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

For players, volunteers and family members who test positive for COVID-19:

For players, volunteers and family members who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19:

Of Note:

Social distancing – Players/Volunteers/Family Members 

*Note: These rules are expected to change. Players/Volunteers/Family will always need to be aware of arena rules when entering the building and are expected to abide by them.

Player/Volunteer/Family hygiene and source controls

Arena cleaning and disinfection protocol

Regular practices of cleaning and disinfecting have been implemented by Rec Center and Graham Arena including a schedule for routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, railings, team benches, doors, etc. 

Communications and training practices and protocol

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan was originally communicated via email to all players/volunteers/families on 10/23/2020.   Additional communication will be ongoing and updated as procedures and protocols change. 

The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, we will to stay up-to-date on state and local government guidelines and recommendations from the CDC. We will also continue to provide updates and adjust these guidelines as more information develops. 

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been approved by the Rochester Mustang Sled Hockey Board and the plan was posted on the Mustangs website and made readily available to members 10/23/2020. It will be updated as necessary by board.

This plan was last updated on 10-22-2020.