Rules for Players, Parents and Rye Ranger Families
2020 continues to be a year none of us expected, but the Rye Rangers are committed to providing our players and families a safe, healthy and rewarding hockey experience. Now that we have completed the first month of the season, we have revised our COVID-19 protocols to reflect what we have learned. The rules and procedures below have been established to help maintain as safe an environment as possible during Rye Rangers hockey sessions and to comply with the rules imposed by the Department of Health and the rinks where we practice and play. Remember, we are guests at the rinks where we play, in particular Rye Country Day School, and our strict adherence to these Rules will ensure that we continue to have the opportunity to use these facilities.
Coaches will continue to enforce these protocols, but please do not wait for coaches or others to call out non-compliance. Every member of the Rye Rangers community is empowered to help us enforce these rules. If you see a player or coach not following our policies, please say something to them immediately. Each player's and family's compliance with these rules will go a long way to ensuring that we can continue to play hockey.
These rules apply no matter the rules of the rink where the Rye Rangers are playing. We understand that, in some cases, these rules are stricter than those of the host rink, but these rules continue to apply to all Rye Rangers activities regardless of the rules of the host rink.
The Rye Rangers Hockey Club reserves the right to suspend any player for violations of these rules, including for the remainder of the 2020-2021 season.
THE RYE RANGERS HOCKEY club reserves the right to change or modify these rules at any time.
Rules for Players, Parents and Rye Ranger Families
Health Monitoring & Overall Procedures
On a daily basis, parents will monitor their players and other family members for COVID-19 symptoms. Parents/caregivers will be required to submit a COVID-19 questionnaire on the Team Snap app, including temperature check, prior to each practice and game.
Anyone who is sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including body temperature of 100.0 degrees F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, headache, fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle or body aches and/or sore throat must not come to the rink. Please refer to CDC guidelines for COVID-19 symptoms.
If any player or coach is waiting for test results from a COVID-19 test or has plans to take a COVID-19 test during the next two days (other than a regularly scheduled school or other regularly scheduled COVID-19 tests) that player or coach should not participate in any Rye Rangers sessions until results of the test are obtained and are negative.
Upon request of the Rye Rangers Hockey Club, parents and players will provide truthful and complete information with respect to their and others’ compliance with these rules and, if requested, will agree to contact tracing and testing.
Basic health procedures, including frequent hand washing for 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer regularly and proper respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette should be followed.
Social distancing of at least six feet should be observed whenever feasible.
If a player or sibling of a player is sent home from school for a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, they should not attend practice. Their siblings and other household contacts should not attend practices either.
All members of the Rye Rangers community are expected to follow the latest travel advisories issued by New York State and the CDC.
Players and their family members who have traveled from abroad or from one of the designated states with significant community spread as defined by New York State must quarantine for 14 days before returning to Rye Rangers’ activities.
The requirements for domestic travel do not apply to individuals passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) during the course of travel. Examples of brief passage include but are not limited to: stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses, and/or trains; or layovers for air travel, bus travel, or train travel.
If a member of the household other than the Rye Ranger player has travelled internationally or to a restricted state, that individual must quarantine and isolate from the Rye Ranger player per New York State and CDC. If strict quarantine by the traveler and isolation from that traveler are maintained, the player may return to play. If the player or coach has contact with the individual who has quarantined due to travel, then the player or coach must quarantine for 14 days.
If a player or coach has had close contact (as defined by the Westchester Department of Health) with someone with COVID-19:
Parent/guardian or coach will immediately notify Steve Ketchabaw, the Rye Rangers COVID-19 Coordinator.
Player/coach with close contact to COVID-19 will not be allowed on ice and must follow Westchester County DOH quarantine requirements.
Rye Rangers will consult with local health authorities for an appropriate action plan, but, at a minimum, will require a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no earlier than the 12th day from their exposure and a note from a doctor before allowing the player/coach to return to Rye Rangers activities.
Rye Rangers will notify all impacted players/coaches on the affected team(s) of any such action. Once the Rye Rangers learn of a positive COVID case or exposure to such a case, RCDS will be promptly notified.
Family members of individuals quarantined because of close contact with someone with COVID-19 may return to play either after a 10 day quarantine and a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid COVID test taken in days 7 through 10 after the close contact exposure.
If a coach or player, or any member of their household, tests positive for COVID-19:
Parent/guardian or coach shall immediately notify Steve Ketchabaw, the Rye Rangers COVID-19 Coordinator.
Player/coach will not be allowed on ice and must follow Westchester County DOH policy of isolation of 10 days.
Rye Rangers will consult with local health authorities for an appropriate action plan before allowing the player/coach to return to Rye Rangers activities.
Rye Rangers will notify all impacted players/coaches on the affected team(s) of any such action. Rye Rangers will provide prompt notification to RCDS.
The Rye Rangers will not play in games against players from a high risk state.
Other than as discussed below, players must come fully dressed in equipment (including skates if they have the proper skate guards).
If permitted by the facility, players may arrive earlier and teams may meet earlier and remain masked and socially distanced outside the rink facility (e.g. in the parking lot a good distance from the building entrance for a team warm-up). If this is the case, the players may dress outside, masked and socially distanced. RCDS does not allow players to get dressed or undressed in the parking lot.
Enter rink facilities only at designated entrance points, in single file and socially distanced no more than 15 minutes prior to the start.
Bags should not be brought into rinks, unless authorized by a coach (which will only be done if a rink provides sufficient non-locker room space where bags can be stored in a socially distanced setting). Players can carry skates, gloves, and helmet into the rink.
A coach will be at each entrance and each player’s attendance and temperature will be checked prior to entering the rink. Players must stay no less than 6 feet apart while waiting in line for a temperature check. Players with body temperatures of 100.0 F or higher will not be allowed to enter the rink.
Goalies may enter rinks 20 minutes prior to an ice session and dress in the rink, but must remain masked and socially distant. At RCDS the coach must take the goalies’ temperatures prior to entry.
Locker rooms will not be used by the Rye Rangers at any time even if permitted by the host facility.
After attendance and temperature check, players should remain masked, socially distant and proceed to their designated area (while remaining socially distant) and wait to enter the ice.
A face mask must be worn at all times, including while on the ice surface RCDS also requires athletes to wear masks at all times.
No food should be brought into rinks.
Upon exiting the ice, players should keep their mask on and remain socially distanced.
Players will depart masked and fully dressed other than gloves, skates (if no skate guards) and helmets – this applies even if players think they can get undressed “quickly” – only gloves, skates and helmets are removed– and then exit the rink.
Players should depart immediately after their session and not congregate in or near the rink facility.
It is recommended that players/parents should disinfect helmets, sticks, skates after each session
It is recommended that players/parents should wash all jerseys, pants (shells), socks, and gloves after each session.
Masks are required to be worn during on-ice activities by players.
Observe social distancing guidelines at all times, including on the bench or waiting in line.
Players should bring and label their own water bottles – there will be no sharing of water bottles.
Coaches will be required to wear a face covering at all times while in the rink facility, including while on the ice or bench.
No sharing of equipment.
Coaches will reinforce to players the need for physical distancing and adherence to these rules, including when standing in line or part of a smaller station.
Spectator Attendance – Practice
For practice (other than 8U/10U discussed below), no parents/guardians will be permitted to enter rinks or stand in line for temperature checks even if permitted by the host facility.
For 10U and 8U, if necessary and permitted by the facility, one parent will be permitted to enter the rink to assist their player in preparing for practice. For 10U, that parent should exit immediately after getting their player who required assistance ready. For 8U players only, a maximum of 1 immediate family member/caregiver will be allowed entry for their player’s session, as long as it is allowed by the facility. In this circumstance, the immediate family member/caregiver must wear a face covering at all times (with zero exceptions) and adhere to 6-feet distancing guidelines. Any immediate family member/caregiver may be asked to leave the premises for any reason.
RCDS does not allow visitors, including parents, to enter any buildings at any time.
Spectator Attendance – Games
If permitted by the host facility, one parent/guardian, may enter the rinks to watch games.
The spectator parent/guardian must be masked and observe social distancing.
RCDS does not allow visitors, including parents, to enter any buildings at any time.
Coaches WILL be authorized to require that a player leave a practice or game if they are showing any signs of illness during a session or for any violation of these rules.
Congratulations to the Rye Rangers Bantam A-TB team for clinching a second consecutive berth in the New York State Tier III tournament to be held in Buffalo March 20-22.
Coached by head coach Brian Landy and assistants Angel Rosado and Steve Francella, the Bantams locked down the regular season Hudson Valley Hockey League title with their come-from-behind win over White Plains on Jan. 25.
"The kids worked really hard," Landy said. "They have a goal, and that is to win states. That is their focus and has been since September."
The Bantams will be joining the Midget 16U-TB team that had already secured a berth in the fall.
Congratulations to our Squirt 2010 A team for winning the Doritos Challenge Tournament over Thanksgiving weekend at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport, Conn. The Rangers closed out the tournament with a 4-1 win over the Palisades Predators in the finals.
The Rye Rangers boasted four teams in the tournament in three different division. The Bantam A team reached the semifinals before losing to the host Wonderland Wizards.
Through the early part of the 2019-20 season, one of the great successes in our program has been the debut of the Rye League.
The Rye League was conceived around the idea that with the Rye Rangers developing so many quality players, our best competition can often be found within. As a result, a number of players at both the Squirt and Pee Wee levels are now, in addition to teams that compete in either the Hudson Valley Hockey League or WestConn, divided into Rye League teams that compete once a week against one another.
Those games have already featured some of the most intense competition of any of our games. And the uniforms aren't bad either!
In recent years, the Rye Rangers have emerged as a premium destination for goaltenders. Through an expanding partnership with Pro Crease,the largest instructional hockey organization dedicated solely to goaltending in the Connecticut, New York & New Jersey, our goalies get a playing and coaching experience tailored to the specialized nature of the position.
In 2020-21, we will be improving and expanding upon that experience by adding or enhancing the following features:
Personal Goalie Coach: Our goalies have mostly benefited from working with the same goalie coach at each of their “goalie specific” weekday practices. In 2020-21, the Rye Rangers will increase the focus on this to create a tighter 1:1 bond with their goalie coach than in the past. The goalie coaches will be available to discuss with their goalies not only their skill development, but also their game experiences, including select video analysis.
Webinars: Throughout the season, Pro Crease offers "live" webinars on relevant goaltending topics. Some of the webinars will be exclusively for Rye Rangers goalies, and the Rye Rangers goalies will have access to these and other live webinars for real-time interaction, and the webinars will be available for download to watch at your goalie’s convenience.
Pre-Season Goalie Tune-Up Clinics: Early Season “Goalie-Only” weekend ice sessions will continue to be offered in September-October to ensure our goalies are in top form early in the season
Ice allocation for weekly goalie sessions: As in past years, our teams allocate enough ice for our goalies to benefit from a wide range of goalie-specific training drills, generally with a Goalie:Coach ratio of 2:1
Team Placement and What Our Goalies Can Expect From a Training and Game Standpoint
Rye Rangers Teams span from “AA” competition to our internal Rye Rangers League. This spectrum of opportunity ensures goalies will be placed in both a challenging and fun environment that suits their specific experience and level of commitment.
--AA Teams to compete in the Hudson Valley Hockey League as well as a very challenging regional AA non-League game schedule.
--A/A1/B Teams to compete in the Hudson Valley Hockey League along with a full complement of non-League travel hockey schedule and/or Rye Rangers League action.
-- More “local” teams that compete in the highly successful WestConn League complemented by games in the Rye Rangers League.
-- Regardless of their team, each goalie participates in a weekly Team practice PLUS a specific goalie skills practice every week from November into March as described above.
-- In addition, Rye Rangers Teams participate in various tournament play, ensuring a high number of games each season for our goalies
More information on Pro Crease
Pro Crease is led by founder Jared Waimon,who is also Assistant Coach at Quinnipiac University, Regional Mentor for the USA Hockey/Warren Strelow National Goaltending Program, USA Hockey Goaltending Coach/Evaluator; New England and Atlantic Districts and goaltending instructor/consultant for several nationally ranked elite travel teams and prep schools including the Mid Fairfield Youth Hockey Association, Avon Old Farms, Salisbury School, Taft School and Westminster
For more information on our program for goalies, contact