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CYHA Return to Play Guidelines

Page Last updated: 2/25/2021

General Information for Returning to Play

As a member of District 10 and Minnesota Hockey, Centennial Youth Hockey Association must follow the guidelines set forth and described by the Minnesota Hockey Return to Play Guidelines in the links below.

Return to Play Phase 5 began on January 14th, 2021. 

Return to Play Phase 6 is scheduled to start March 1st and guidelines are now posted below.

Rink Specific Information

Each rink will have their own rules or guidelines for teams, players and spectators that use or visit their facility.  In addition to following Minnesota Hockey guidelines, CYHA members should follow all rink specific rules.  Rules may be found online and/or posted using signage at the facility.  Below are the guidelines provided to us for Centennial Sports Arena and the Super Rink/National Sports Center.  Many of the rules below are now obsolete and have been replaced with the Minnesota Hockey Phase 4 Document above.


Per MHD mandate, face coverings are required for everyone entering the facility. Coaches must be wearing masks at all times before, during and after practice. Players are now also required to wear masks at all times including while on the ice for team activities. Although suggested, players under 5yrs old are not required to wear masks (Cougar Cubs).

Players will not be allowed into the rink until 10 minutes before the start of on-ice activities. Anyone arriving earlier than 10 minutes before their start time should wait outside of the facility and be socially distanced from others. If arena guidelines are stricter, teams must adhere to the arena policy.

Players and officials should arrive to the arena fully dressed with the exception of skates (coming into the arena with skate guards on is ideal) and helmets. Exceptions may be made for goalies, who may need to put on additional equipment at the rink. Goalies should arrive at least partially dressed.

Players are allowed to bring only small carry bags or small backpacks for personal items into the arenas, NO HOCKEY BAGS. Goalies will be allowed to bring in bags with their remaining equipment.

ONE PARENT or Guardian is allowed in the rink during practices. Those parents/guardians in the rink must keep socially distanced from others. Masks are required.

In most cases two spectators are allowed in the rink per player. Each arena may have different rules and up to 25% of capacity is the current maximum for spectators based on Phase 6 guidelines.

Drinking fountains will be turned off, but water bottle filling stations may be available. Players should be bringing their own rehydration liquids to the rink in clearly marked or labeled containers with the player’s identity. The container should be re-sealable.

UPDATE: No new tournaments are allowed to be scheduled. CYHA would like teams to consider cancelling tournaments and also be aware that tournament hosts may also be considering cancelling upcoming tournaments.

Minnesota Hockey is recommending and CYHA would like all teams to adhere to the following recommendations:

  • Do not travel to any game or tournament if your team has been told to quarantine by the Department of Health or local county health officials.
  • Do not take a team bus to out of town games or tournaments.
  • Do not hold team dinners or parent gatherings at local restaurants, bars, hotels or homes.
  • Do not go inside the arenas for any reason other than to play or watch your son or daughter’s game. Leave the arena immediately once the games end, and do not watch other games.
  • Do not gather in arena lobbies after games.
  • If you must conduct ride sharing for practices or games, masks should be worn while inside the vehicle.

If a player has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 they need to notify their team's designated COVID contact person. They will then consult the Minnesota Hockey Positive Test Guidelines, MDH COVID-19 decision tree, and communicate with the CYHA COVID contact person for their playing level. Next steps for that player and team will be determined through this process.

If the 2020-2021 hockey season is cut short at any time due to COVID-19, refunds will be issued on a prorated basis based on the percentage of the season lost. Refunds will be calculated once it is clear how much ice-time, tournament fees and other charges need to be refunded for each player/team.

Please look at the documents above on this page. Some documents are already old and out of date, but are here because some of the information is still relevant. Please look at the current Minnesota Return to Play document for the most recent updates (Current is Phase 6 March 1st) If you still have questions please contact your covid coordinater or CYHA level director.

Association Contacts

Scott Anderson

Boys Director - SQ, PW, BNTM

Phone: 651-755-6468

Cali Cheesebrow

Girls Director - U10, U12, U15 & U19

Phone: 612-709-5188

Tom Schoolmeesters

Mite Director

Phone: 612-919-0240

Kirk Matko

President (

Phone: 612-750-4125

Brian Clancy

Jr. Gold Coordinator

Phone: 651-895-0793

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