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Please see the latest IHNSW Return to Sport Guidelines, including the most up to date information and implementation of recommendations received by NSW Health in August.

IHNSW Return to Sport Guidelines v6

Participants must adhere to all IHNSW Return to Sport Guidelines, the IHNSW COVID Safety Plan, the rink conditions of entry and any club COVID Safety processes. Participants should expect to see club COVID Marshals at activities, reminding everyone to adhere to the guidelines provided, including:
-Minimising of spectator numbers to one person per junior and no spectators for seniors
-Social distancing at all times when not on the ice
-All participants and visitors adhering to rink conditions of entry, sign in processes, contact tracing recording methods, temperature checks
-Participants to arrive, play, and depart quickly after activities

Games can proceed with inter-regional players and teams.

Participants should drive directly to the venue, compete, and then return to their homes following the activity – avoiding any social gatherings before or after the activity. There should be no car pooling or shared transport arrangements for participants not from the same household.

IHNSW and all clubs have met, discussed and agree to work hard to implement best practises across the board for the safety of our members, and to ensure the season can continue.

Further information and resources can be found under the COVID-19 Information heading on the website – top right corner

IHNSW COVID Safe Resources – 18 August

For the information of all clubs and members – please see below updated IHNSW Return to Sport Guidelines:


IHNSW would also like to provide signage and social media graphics to assist clubs in messaging to participants at training and games:


As an indoor sport, it’s important that we continue to stay vigilant at all times. IHNSW recommends having club representatives act as ‘COVID Safe Hygiene Marshalls’ where possible, to oversee activities on and off ice and guide people to do the right thing where required.

We recommend all clubs, participants and spectators familiarise themselves with the IHNSW Return to Sport Guidelines, and especially ensure that we:

  1. Keep physical distancing at all times when not on the ice
  2. Arrive ready to play and depart quickly after
  3. Practise good hand hygiene
  4. Adhere to all venue conditions of entry
  5. No sharing of equipment
  6. No spitting or clearing of the nose on the ice
  7. Reduce spectator numbers to none or one person per participant where possible
  8. Encourage everyone to stay at home if feeling unwell or have been in close contact with a positive COVID case or reported case location

Please continue to follow IHNSW’s website news and social media for more information

IHNSW Return to Sport Update – 16 July

Since the announcement of the return of community sport competitions and the IHNSW Winter season resumed in July – IHNSW, clubs and members have been working under the IHNSW Return to Sport guidelines to guide the behaviour of participants, rinks and other attendees while at Ice Hockey activities.

Please click below to download the current IHNSW Return to Sport guidelines – which include updates around the newly implemented restrictions on spectators numbers allowed at community sport activities and information from the Liverpool Catholic Club Sports Complex.


The most important thing at the moment is anyone who had been to a COVID-19 case location (view a full list at the website) should now be in isolation for 2 weeks and seeking testing. These people should not be returning to Ice Hockey activities until they have followed all NSW Health advice and have been cleared to resume.


As a result of the recent rising case numbers in NSW, NSW Health is updating the COVID-19 Safety Plans that Community Sport Organisations and Facilities must adhere to. Of note, sport and recreation organisations will be required to ‘take all reasonable steps to minimise the number of spectators attending community sport events’ – specifically one spectator for juniors and none for seniors.

This is a recommended restriction not a public health order at this stage, but it is now part of our document and should be adhered to where practical to do so.


IHA have provided information with regards to how we can best protect our officials, including rules in play around abuse of officials, spitting etc. These recommendations are around game play and officiating only and should be implemented on top of all other COVID Safe plans, it should not replace them. 


The Liverpool Ice Rink have advised that they have not been made aware of anyone with a positive case of COVID-19 having entered their premises. They have not been a part of any contact tracing investigations done by NSW Health. Should Ice Hockey NSW be made aware of any changes to this information, we will inform all clubs as soon as possible.


Unfortunately in NSW, we are currently in the middle of a spike in positive COVID-19 cases and it is clear that there are individuals, organisations and venues not adhering to the social distancing regulations that are part of Public Health Orders. IHNSW has received feedback and observed activities of some teams and participants which go against our guidelines, and are putting the future of our sport and the health of our members at risk.

All clubs and participants are reminded of the key points of the Return to Sport guidelines:

-Physical distancing of 1.5m is to be maintained at all times when not taking part in training or games (IE getting changed in a common area, team meetings, benches, spectating)

-Physical distancing is only relaxed for:
— Participants who are training or competing on the ‘field’ of play.
— Family members from the same household.
— When medical attention is required.

-No sharing of players equipment or match equipment between sessions or games (ie new pucks)

-No group gatherings or meetings before or after activities – always with appropriate social distancing

-Clubs and rinks are to ensure that the guidelines are adhered to throughout all activities.

-Zero tolerance for abuse of officials, or arguing with rink or club staff who are enforcing social distancing or the Return to Sport Guidelines.

We thank you for your hard work and co-operation as we strive to make Ice Hockey as enjoyable and safe as possible during COVID-19.