PAHL has sent the following message to member organizations to provide guidance in the wake of the recent mask mandate issued by the PA Department of Health.
As hopefully you have all been notified by your association at this point, new PA government mandates state that everyone involved in indoor and outdoor sporting activity must wear masks. This includes the players, coaches, admin personnel, spectators, officials - everyone. This includes practices and games. See new government mandates posted on the PAHL website at https://www.pahockey.com/covid19.
This must be policed at the association/team level. Please provide this information to all of your coaches, and families. We are at the point in this Covid environment that everyone needs to knuckle down and do the right thing to stop the spread.
There are several alternatives for players.
1. Conventional mask or gaiter across the face next to the skin under the helmet.
2. Masks that attach to the cage/helmet that provide a small buffer between the mouth and the mask. You can view these on the Pure Hockey website. Your local pro shop may also have them. If you have a crafty volunteer he/she may be able to make them by copying the picture online. Just make sure that they have adequate coverage. (see this link for one type: https://www.purehockey.com/product/ccm-game-on-player-face-mask/itm/44401-2/)
3. Clear face shields with the added "spit shield" at the bottom covering the chin area.
Note that with officials being asked to wear masks also, their ability to utilize their whistles may be a bit compromised. Please make your coaching staff aware of this and ask them to be patient during games.
We are fortunate to be able to play our game with full teams in this pandemic. This is just another little bump in the road to be able to continue forward.
We will keep you updated as to any changes as they happen.
IT IS JUST A MASK. WEAR THEM.
Executive Director, PAHL