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COVID Guidelines at Hamilton Center

Updated January 6, 2021

  • Players and coaches are allowed in locker rooms 15 minutes (Mites, 10 U, 12 U, & 14 U) and 30 minutes (High School) prior to games and practice time for travel hockey.

  • Players may still dress in the lobby if needed.

  •  We are still encouraging teams to come as dressed as possible.

  •  Please encourage all players and coaches to arrive 15 minutes (Mites, 10 U, 12 U, & 14 U) or 30 minutes (High School) prior to game and practice time. 

  • Face masks are required in the locker rooms, but not on the ice. 

  • Coaches are required to wear a mask while on the bench.

  • Spectators (two parents per family) should enter the building only 5 minutes prior to game time. 

  • Face masks and social distancing are required in the lobby, hallway, and bleachers.

  •  Spectators may only sit in the bleachers and not stand by the ice to watch games or practice.  

  • There are no water fountains. Please bring your own water bottle.

  • Spectators need to exit the rink as soon as the game ends and pick your player up outside.

  • Players need to exit the building no later than 15 minutes after game/practice time.


AT-LARGE CYH Board Positions

Each year at the Annual Meeting, CYH members (you) have the right to vote for our At-Large Board Members to the CYH Board of Directors.  

The position is a one-year term commitment and with the full voting rights and a great way for you to get more involved with the CYH initiatives.

In addition to basic qualifications, At Large Members must also attend monthly meetings; get SafeSport certified, complete a MidAm background check, be an active member in good standing, and be willing to participate in various projects and committees. 

If you are interested in running, please fill out the application and put in the CYH mailbox at the rink.


Columbus Youth Hockey Association (CYH)

Enhancing the lives of the youth of our community through the sport of Ice Hockey in Columbus Indiana. To develop and maintain the skills necessary to compete at the various age appropriate levels in a fun, challenging atmosphere that fosters growth, retention, sportsmanship and fun for Ice Hockey in Columbus Indiana!

The Vision and Mission Statement of CYH:

“To develop and maintain the skills necessary to compete at the various age appropriate levels in a fun, challenging atmosphere that fosters: growth, retention, sportsmanship and fun” and “Enhance the lives of the youth of our community through the sport of ice hockey”

Ref:  Letter from USAHockey

As the hockey season begins in full, we continue to receive reports of disturbing incidents involving racial and other derogatory slurs, behavior which is reprehensible and has absolutely no place in our game, especially around our children.

As you are all aware, USA Hockey has long had a Zero Tolerance Policy towards any type of abusive conduct, specifically under Rule 601 (e.3), which states that anyone who uses language that is offensive, hateful or discriminatory in nature anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game, shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty. For reasons which I cannot explain or understand, this penalty does not seem to be enough of a deterrent to stop this conduct.

I am issuing a directive effective immediately that anyone assessed a penalty under Rule 601 (e.3) will now receive an automatic Match Penalty, in lieu of the game misconduct penalty that currently exists, and shall be immediately suspended until a hearing is conducted by the governing USA Hockey Affiliate or junior league. The applicable Affiliate or junior league is required to conduct a hearing within 30 days of the incident and the individual may be subject to further discipline.

Further, our on-ice officials have protocols in place that address situations where a player is accused of saying something that violates Rule 601 (e. 3) but is not heard by the officials. While the officials cannot assess a penalty in that circumstance, they are instructed to notify the coach of the offending team and it is critical that the coach take immediate and appropriate action. Officials must also report the incident through the game reporting system, and Affiliates must review all incidents, whether penalized or unpenalized, to ensure proper application of the rules.

We also receive reports of racial harassment and discrimination among teammates; this behavior must be addressed through submitting appropriate reports through our SafeSport Program.

Parents and coaches, please take the time to address these issues with your kids. Helping educate them on these topics is an important part of our overall effort to eliminate any type of discriminatory language or behavior from our sport.

While the vast majority of our hockey games are conducted in the spirit for which they were intended, we must remove offensive, hateful or discriminatory language or behavior from our game. Please join me in stamping it out and ensuring we have an environment that is free from discrimination of any kind.

Thanks for doing your part and I hope this will be the best and brightest hockey season for you and your family.


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Columbus Youth Hockey

PO Box 484

Columbus, IN 47202-0408