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COVID-19 Updates (12/28/20) -- revised 2/18/21

By MSHL, 08/06/20, 7:30PM EDT


December 28 Update

On December 17, 2020 Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued expanded testing and quarantine requirements for travel. The press release and related documents may be found here


  • EXPANDED TESTING AND QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL. The governor issued an emergency order requiring Marylanders to limit all travel to essential purposes only. All Marylanders who do travel outside of Maryland or any individuals who do travel to Maryland must either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 10 days. This applies to all states, with the exception of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.  Read the governor’s order and the companion health directives.


The MSHL must do our part to halt the spread on COVID-19 and we must comply with all government laws, rules, and regulations that help reduce the spread of the virus.


Therefore, effective immediately, any and all MSHL players and personnel that travel outside the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia or arrive in Maryland from states or territories not named above, should exercise extreme caution when returning to play.  Players and parents who left the area could to get a rapid COVID test the day after returning to Maryland.


November 23 Update

All games at the Capital Clubhouse (Waldorf) will be body contact only.  In addition, all players must wear a mask at all times, including while playing.


November 14 Update

Our governing USA Hockey Affiliate, the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA) sent out a COVID Playbook and associated Letter to every league and association within its borders last night.  The Playbook is mandatory reading and each team will need to acknowledge that they have sent the Playbook to every family on their team.


Our first three weeks have gone well with minimum hiccups.  In games I have been at, mask compliance has been mostly good, but players need to be in the habit of putting the mask back on when they're off the ice.  COVID seeks the easiest path and not wearing a mask gives it a better opportunity,


Each team needs to work on 6' separation, both on the bench and in (rink conditions permitting) the staging area.  Combined with mask wearing, a 6' separation will minimize the chances of COVID spread.


Due to new rink capacity restrictions in most of the MSHL area, we are asking that only one parent or guardian accompany their child to a game.  This will keep us within capacity limits.


November 3 Update

For the 2020 - 21 season, injured players will not be permitted behind the bench.  They may be in an area near the bench (and behind the glass) as designated by the rink.  They need to wear a mask at all times.


October 29 Update

The MSHL will resume play on October 30.  The Howard County Scholastic Hockey Association will begin play on the 30th, the Monocacy Valley and Montgomery Conferences will resume play in mid-October.


Please see our COVID-19 page for additional information.


September 24 Update

The Maryland Sports Commission has classified body contact (no check) hockey as a medium risk sport as of 9/23/20.  Body check hockey remains high risk.  If your county permits high risk sports, you can play body check hockey.  If your county only permits medium risk sports, then you can only play body contact hockey.  Please see the guidance on our COVID-19 page.


September 23 Update

  • Dues will be $500 per team due before your first practice.
  • If you were eligible to play in the MSHL last season or played in the MSHL (or an incoming 9th grader) and are homeschooling or on-line schooling this season, you are eligible to play in the MSHL for the 2020 - 21 season.  The normal home schooling rules as contained in COMAR will apply in the 2021-22 season.
  • If only three conferences play this season, we will not have a state playoff.
  • If there is a state playoff, the state playoffs will begin the week of March 1 with 4 first round games.  Quarterfinals will be March 8, semifinals March 10, and the boys and girls finals will be March 12.


September 16 Update

We've added the PVAHA Contact Tracing form and instructions (thanks Debbie!) to our COVID-19 page.  While it's not listed on the form, it seems logical to add the time your team was at the rink to the header.  

It might prove useful to type in the names and contact information of the players and coaches since this information is fairly constant from event to event.  If any player or coach is missing, just line them out.  Other attendees (parent/guardians AND game officials should be added as needed).



September 8 update


* We have a COVID-19 page up and running.  Look for it off the main page.  You'll find protocol changes, rules changes for this season, and other information that you'll need.


* Teams will have to submit an S-1 before they take the ice this season.  We will add a line for the team COVID coordinator.  The S-1 form has been uploaded.  Look for it under "MSHL Forms on the League Information page.  Please follow the instructions on how to download the file to your PC before entering the data.


* The league will enter the rosters on the web page based on the information on the S-1.  DO NOT manually enter your roster for this season.


* Dues will be set by the end of this month.


* We haven't decided yet on the 2021 playoffs.  We'll have a final update by the end of the month


* When teams resume practices, they need to follow the rink guidelines.  The CBHL has a web page that has the various health requirements for each rink.  You can find that information here.  Thanks, Debbie!  Some of the information may not have been updated yet to reflect Governor Hogan's change to Stage 3 or a change in the county's status.  For the latest requirements, please check directly with the rink.


Please, if you don't feel well, stay home.  Please wash your hands, follow proper prophylaxis, wear your mask when and where required, and keep your social distancing.  We'll get though this.


September 1 update


* The Eastern Conference has decided not to participate in the 2020-2021 MSHL season.  All other conferences still intend to participate.


* On August 31, the Maryland Sports Commission revised their guidance and recommendations relating to the resumption of play (including ice hockey).  You can read the report here.  Ice Hockey is still listed as a high risk sport under these guidelines.  The PVAHA and others in the hockey community are endeavoring to change ice hockey to a moderate risk sport.


Because the report is just guidance and recommendations, it does not have the same force as a law, Executive Order or Health Department regulation.  If your local county or municipal government permits games, you can play.  If it does not, you can't.


* Right now MSHL teams are prohibited from on-ice activities until October 1.  On October 1, you may resume practices and, subject to local rules, intersquad scrimmages.  Game play is prohibited until at least November 1, or until the PVAHA releases their own return to play guidance.  As always, your local government regulations will take precedence over all PVAHA or MSHL regulations and directives.


Until then, wear your mask, wash your hands, and keep social distancing.  Stay healthy and we'll see you at the rinks one day!



As of August 6, 2020 the State of Maryland has not rescinded its prohibition against playing ice hockey.  


The MSHL hopes that the situation will change in time for us to have a 2020-21 season.  We continue to monitor the various government web sites and news reports just as you do in hopes that the infection rate lessens enough to reopen our businesses and schools.  In the meantime, wear your mask, stay socially distanced, practice proper prophylaxis, and stay safe and healthy.


Please monitor this web page regularly for status updates.