Dear IDHL Players & Families –
First, we hope this letter finds you and your family in the best health and spirits as we continue a path forward battling the Covid-19 Pandemic. We understand families are under an enormous amount of pressure when it comes to their health, employment, scholastic requirements, and of course athletics.
On July 29th, Gov. J.B Pritzker made an announcement regarding youth sport guidelines that rattled the athletic community. These additional guidelines separated recreational sports by the level of “risk” identified and unfortunately, hockey was listed as a higher risk. So what does that mean? It does NOT prevent teams/players from participating in evaluations, practices and conditioning programs. However, it does temporarily exclude youth programs from participating in sanctioned games.
The announcement did not provide any clarity as to when these programs can resume game play. Like all hockey organizations, we are waiting for additional guidance from AAU, USA Hockey, and AHAI. This is a very fluid situation and we can tell you the information we receive is changing daily. Rest assured we are exploring every option available to us.
The IDHL has already secured a certain amount of ice time and procured new uniforms. Again, we want to stress that this does not prevent players/teams from practicing and conditioning, which are integral to the game of hockey.
As we move into the coming 2020/21 season we feel that it is important to address the possibility of Covid-19 impacting the season ahead. The Glacier Hockey staff and coaches are planning for an exciting season. As we have seen, Covid-19 has temporarily interrupted our game play scenario; however, it is imperative we recognize that the IDHL is committed to delivering services that improve the performance of our athletes.
As we continue to monitor the “Restore Illinois” policies and AAU, USA Hockey, and AHAI regulations, be assured any new developments will be communicated through our various social media platforms.
Hockey Director & General Manager
Glacier Ice Arena
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR GLACIER ICE ARENA
Please plan accordingly
We ask that everyone wear masks (thank you for being courteous)
Glacier Ice Arena will now have designated "ENTER" & "EXIT" Doors, not only for entering and exiting the building, but also for entering or exiting each of our ice sheets. Make sure you use the correct doors.
Time your arrival! We ask that you do not get here more than 5-10 minutes before your scheduled ice time.
Players should arrive fully dressed in their hockey gear and should only need to put their skates on and then proceed directly to the ice. There will be benches where players can put their skates on as well as designated locker rooms where the number of players allowed will be limited.
NOTE: **Parents are not permitted to stay in the rink during the clinics.**
We thank you for your understanding and as we begin our foray into a new formula of opening and offering hockey training to our athletes, your flexibility to change with us as we work to constantly improve and provide safety measures to our hockey families is greatly appreciated.
We are excited to officially announce that we will be open on Monday, June 1st. We are looking at the Phase 3 guidelines from the state, and we will send an update on our hockey operations polices for this current phase. We are working hard to schedule our Chicago 88s program, Spring Challenge, and Spring House leagues. We should have the first two weeks published Friday, May 29th.
Updates will be posted on our social media channels and our text message system.
Please be patient as we are limited with communication due to preparation of opening Glacier this Monday, June 1st. We are looking forward to seeing you back on the ice!
Hello Glacier Ice Arena Families,
We have missed all of you in this crazy time in history. We hope you are all safe and enjoying the time with your families. As none of us know when things will open up for the rink, we want you to know that we are planning for whenever we get the opportunity to allow employees and ice lovers back into our facility. Some of the staff has been working hard to make improvements at the rink as well as disinfecting all areas.
Looking forward to a return to the arena we have been researching many of the important procedures that may go into effect, such as the following:
-Flow into and out of the building
-Front desk communication
-The building will be setup to allow for social distancing
-Schedule for disinfecting common and high touch areas
-Hi-tech/cutting edge disinfecting, i.e. www.biomistinc.com
-Number of participants in building and/or on-ice
-Program adjustments and how we all interact on the ice
-Updated locker room procedures
The list goes on and on, and we are learning as we move into the unchartered waters. But, rest assured, we are working hard to be sure we are doing everything we can to keep families safe while still doing what we love at our rink. During the last 2 month we have all heard the term “this is a fluid situation.” We would love for this to be a frozen fluid (haha), but until we get a more clear understanding, from the powers at be, of what and when we can plan to re-open, we seem to be in the movie “groundhog day.”
Wishing everyone all the best from our family to your family. Love and miss you.
Glacier Ice Arena
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the U.S. and begins to have an increased impact on our communities, we want to let you know that Glacier Ice Arena will be temporarily closed due to government mandates.
First and foremost, Glacier’s number one priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, clientele, families, and the communities in which we live and work. All spring programs have been put on hold until we have more information. Although the building will be closed, we will work diligently to collect pertinent information and disseminate in all forms of communication to be sure you are up to date with future activities.
Glacier will monitor the evolving situation and make decisions to ensure we can maintain the health and well-being of our employees and all our skating families.
We will utilize our website to post updates and changes moving forward.