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COVID-19 Return To Play Guidelines

Information dated July 23, 2020

At this time Gateway Ice Center is not open to the public.

As you may be aware, youth sport programs looking to reconvene during the current pandemic must do so while complying with governmental restrictions.

Fresno Junior Hockey Club has outlined a Return to Play Guideline for all of its participants. These standards are made to provide the safest environment for all youth hockey participants and their families.  

Return to Play Stages

The Fresno Junior Hockey Club will welcome back Youth Hockey programs in these Tentative Stages and Months.


Stage 1 – 

Travel Players Summer Program - Open to players 10u – High School (birth year 2002 – 2011) 

Must have participated on a Travel Team during the 2019 – 2020 season. Mite Jamboree players (birth year 2011) are welcome.


Stage 2 –

Returning Jamboree/Development Players and Learn to Play Participants - Open to players 8u – High School (birth year 2002 – 2013)

Must have completed a full 4-week session of Try Hockey for Free Program and/or participated in the Learn to Play program and/or Development program during the 2019 – 2020 season.


Stage 3 –

Returning Jamboree/Development Players and Learn to Play Hockey Participants - Open to players 6u – High School (birth year 2002 – 2015)

Must have completed a full 4-week session of Try Hockey for Free program and/or participated in the Learn to Play program and/or Development program during the 2019 – 2020 season. 


Stage 4 – January 2021

Try Hockey for Free returns - Open to all ages.

Previously registered Try Hockey for Free participants will be emailed additional information. 

Return to Play Guidelines

General Considerations

  • Parents are expected to complete a wellness check on themselves and of their player prior to attending any Fresno Junior Hockey Club program to ensure that signs and symptoms of illness are not present.
  • A coach will require that a player exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness will need to leave practice
  • Practice focus will be on skills development, not playing games.
  • Locker rooms and Lobby will NOT be available for Fresno Junior Hockey Club programs until further notice. 
    • When local health protocol allows use of locker rooms, players will be appropriately physically distanced (using multiple locker rooms). 
  • Players will be required to put equipment on outside of Gateway Ice Center. Suggested to bring lawn chair for seating. Seating will not be provided.
  • Hockey bags will NOT be allowed in Gateway Ice Center for Fresno Junior Hockey Club programs.
  • Players will enter the facility fully dressed, with skates tied and skate guards on.
  • Players need to bring and label their own water bottles, no sharing of water.
  • On-ice capacity will be limited to current social distancing guidelines.
  • Per Gateway Ice Center, restrooms will not be available until further notice. 



  • Parents and Spectators are asked to please adhere to social distancing guidelines as directed by Gateway Ice Center.


On-Ice Practices 

  • Players and coaches will observe physical distancing while on the ice. 
  • Player benches will not be utilized during practice. 
  • Drills will be individual and allow for individual space.
  • Practices will focus on power skating and puck handling. 
  • All drills will be non-contact.
  • When leaving the ice, coaches will excuse players one-by-one. 


After Practice 

  • Players, parents and spectators are asked to minimize their time in or around the facility. 
  • Players should disinfect helmets, sticks, gloves and skates after each training session. 
  • Wash cloths (jerseys and socks) after each training session.