IHNSW Return to Sport Guidelines

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.


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.

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

– Spectator Numbers – are limited to the venue capacity

-Physical distancing 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.

Clubs and home teams should appoint a COVID Marshal to monitor the IHNSW Return to Sport Guidelines are being adhered to at all times during activities.

IMPORTANTLY – anyone who had been to a COVID-19 case location (view a full list at the nsw.gov.au/covid-19 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.

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.