The Toronto Shamrocks Hockey Club is an amateur hockey organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are a proud member of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). The Shamrocks operate as a non-profit organization for the purpose of promoting and providing organized minor hockey for youths within the GTA community. Our organization currently fields teams in the A and AA categories and play in the GTHL’s East Region. We are proud to offer opportunities for everyone to play Canada’s game.
Our mission is to provide the youth of our community with a safe, fun, and inclusive environment in which to learn, play, and compete, while promoting community bonds, lifelong friendships and relationships, and intensify the love of hockey.
The Vaccination Policy below has been published on Aug 30, 2021 and is based on the GTHL Vaccination Policy issued Aug 25, 2021.
The GTHL Game Plan only applies to Organizations, Teams and participants who are Members of, or who are registered to, the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) or any of its Members. It is not intended to apply to Teams and participants of any Minor Hockey Association outside the GTHL that might be participating in any GTHL sanctioned events (e.g.: tournaments/exhibition games). It is not intended to limit GTHL Teams participating in sanctioned events in any jurisdiction outside the GTHL that has a different vaccination policy.
This document was developed alongside paediatric physicians with a specialization in infectious disease at the Hospital for Sick Children as well as public health guidance and leadership from Toronto Public Health.
To continue to protect the health the health and safety of all GTHL Participants by requiring that certain individuals be fully vaccinated as a condition of participating in GTHL activities in accordance with defined timelines.
All Affected Persons are required to be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with this policy as a condition of participating in any Sanctioned Activities. As set out in more detail below, this policy does not apply to players born in 2010 or later, or to spectators, at the present time.
Sanctioned Activities, as well as this policy, will continue to be subject to federal, provincial, and local public health regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public health guidance on measures for fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated individuals continue to evolve and could affect this policy.
This policy is effective immediately, with due regard for the availability of COVID-19 vaccines.
The health and safety of all Participants is the top priority of the GTHL. The purpose of this policy is to protect the health and safety of all Participants by reducing the risk of exposure to and transmission of COVID-19, an infectious communicable disease, among all persons involved in the GTHL, and to promote the health and safety of all members of the GTHL community, through vaccinations against COVID-19.
This policy is necessary to prevent, respond to, and alleviate any outbreak of COVID-19 in the GTHL because of the significant risk factors for COVID-19 infection that are present while participating in an organized hockey setting as a player and non-player, both on and off the ice. These risk factors include close contact in predominantly indoor closed-space environments (e.g.: arenas, dressing rooms, etc.).
The close contact nature of organized hockey makes compliance with social distancing impossible in certain circumstances and reduces the effectiveness of other infectious disease transmission protocols such as masking.
All Affected Persons are required to be Fully Vaccinated (i.e.: including the 14-day period after receiving their completed dose) by November 1, 2021.
All Affected Persons must present to the League or their Organization, as applicable, evidence demonstrating that they have received the completed series of an Accepted COVID-19 Vaccine by October 17 or earlier.
Acceptable documents serving as evidence of COVID-19 vaccination include:
The GTHL will comply with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and provide accommodation up to the point of undue hardship to any Affected Person who is unable to be vaccinated for substantiated medical reasons and/or on grounds protected under the OHRC.
If an Affected Person cannot provide the League or their Organization with satisfactory evidence of vaccination, the following will be taken into consideration by the GTHL:
Any Affected Person requiring accommodation must provide the GTHL with documentation to substantiate their reason for not being vaccinated. Where accommodation is not possible without undue hardship, the Affected Person will not be permitted to be involved in any Sanctioned Activity for the duration of the pandemic or until such time that COVID-19 no longer poses a significant public health risk.
The GTHL reserves the right to have accommodation medical documentation reviewed by applicable medical specialists and to make appropriate inquiries to verify the authenticity of a creed/religion-based claim.
Any Affected Person who is granted accommodation must undergo regular COVID-19 testing and must provide evidence to the President of the League or the President of the Organization, as applicable, or someone designated by that President, of a negative test taken not more than 24 hours prior to each Sanctioned Activity. They will also be required to complete an educational session.
To begin the accommodation request process, please visit this link (Link to be developed).
All documentary records about COVID-19 vaccinations and accommodations for Affected Persons will only be collected, used, retained, or disclosed by the GTHL or any of its Organizations as may be necessary for legitimate operational purposes or as directed or requested by governmental authorities or as may be required for legal purposes.
Until no longer required, records must be held in a secure location (e.g.: a locked file cabinet). Once an Affected Person’s vaccination status has been verified and it is determined that there is no further need for retention of such records, they must be immediately destroyed in a secure manner (e.g.: shredding).
Any Affected Person who has not received their completed series of an Accepted COVID-19 Vaccine by October 17, or who has not disclosed their vaccination status by that date, will no longer be eligible to participate in any Sanctioned Activity until such time as they present satisfactory evidence that they are Fully Vaccinated.
This Section does not apply any individual who has been granted an accommodation in accordance with Section 7.
At the present time, no vaccines have been approved by Health Canada for children born in 2010 or later. However, once a vaccine has been approved, the GTHL will consider how this policy will be extended to players in those birth years
The GTHL is not extending the requirements of this policy to spectators, including the parents or guardians of players, at the present time. However, changes in the positions of authorities, including the Government of Ontario, public health authorities, Hockey Canada, and the Ontario Hockey Federation, and in numbers or severity of COVID-19 cases and/or in health guidance, may result in a vaccine mandate being imposed by GTHL notification at a later date as a condition of continued spectator involvement.
It should also be noted that a vaccination requirement for spectators may be imposed at any time by the owners/operators of any facility used by the League or any of its Organizations or their Teams.