We are awaiting guidance from AHAI regarding the upcoming 2020-2021 hockey season, in light of Governor Pritzker's new rules for youth and adult sports. We expect to learn more from the state of Illinois by August 15. Currently, AAA, AA, High School and adult hockey programs are only allowed non-contact practices and training. No league games, travel games or tournaments will be permitted. Importantly, all hockey programs have the same restrictions and will follow the same reopening guidelines from the state.
At Loyola Academy, we are hopeful and optimistic about resuming hockey when it is safe and the time is right. Since June 1, we have been preparing to eventually play our season and provide an elite level hockey experience for our players. We have been and will continue to run non-contact on-ice skills sessions for current and prospective players. The only thing we cannot do right now is play full games versus other teams. We intend to hold the same evaluation and tryouts schedule as previously announced. (Link to schedule)
A group of youth hockey supporters created an online petition, which was modeled after a recent petition in Minnesota that led to changing the categorization of youth hockey into a lower risk category. Here is the link if you are interested in supporting this effort.
The LAHC Executive Board is engaged and working to set a schedule and fee structure that reflects the overall regulatory situation, as well as the uncertainty faced by all hockey programs in our state. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate updates to parents and players accordingly.