COVID Health & Safety

TEAMSNAP Health Checks

Steps to completing your Health Check:

  1. Download the latest version of the TeamSnap mobile app on your smartphone.
  2. In your TeamSnap mobile app, find the date of your child's practice or game and complete your Health Check. They will be available to complete 8 hours prior to the event. You may send a reminder to fill out your Health Check if you log in prior to the day's event and press "Remind Me"


IF YOU ANSWER YES to any of the Health Check questions YOU MUST NOT ATTEND. 


IF YOU MAKE AN ERROR while completing your Health Check, you will have to fill out a paper copy of the ERROR CORRECTION FORM (link below) and bring it to the arena with you.


For those without smartphones, you may complete your Health Check on a HARD COPY (link below) and bring the form to the arena with you.


OK, but when can I come back to Hockey?

Talk Covid To Me

On Talk COVID To Me, we will answer all of your COVID + Hockey related questions.

Q: What is a “close contact”?

A: It is a movie from 1999 starring Ian Bradley! IMDB describes it as: “An Australian thriller set in Sydney with a bunch of intrigue as a smart lawyeress finds herself lacking a lover (after he is gunned down) and a million dollars from a trust fund, and gaining a suspect bodyguard.”

Start the popcorn popping!!

Q: No…. I actually want to know what this means: “You are legally required to isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms if you are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.”

A: Gotchya!! Okay, well a “close contact” is defined as a person who provided care for the individual, including healthcare workers, family members or other caregivers, or who had other similar close physical contact with the person without consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment OR who lived with or otherwise had close prolonged contact (within two metres) with the person while they were infectious OR had direct contact with infectious bodily fluids of the person (e.g. was coughed or sneezed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.

Q: Okay, so if my brother’s friends’ cousin has COVID, that doesn’t make me a “close contact”?

A: As long as you weren’t in close physical contact without use of PPE and were not coughed on or sneezed on without wearing PPE, then NO, your brother’s friend’s cousin is not your “close contact”.

Q: Awesome; thanks. Also – I’m going to rent Close Contact tonight… I will let you know how it goes!

Q: So, I heard that Hockey Alberta is allowing travel.  Can we start booking out of town tournaments?

A: WOOOAAAAHHH Hold on there.  Solid NO.

Q: But their Instagram graphic literally says: “Hockey is Back.  Travel is Permitted.”

A: Okay, again, the Bow River copywriters were not engaged to provide commentary and feedback on that particular item.

Unfortunately, your out of town tourney to Kingman, Alberta will have to wait.  What Hockey Alberta actually means by that bold statement is that travel is permitted for those smaller rural associations so they can combine cohorts and create some form of competition.  As it currently stands, Hockey Calgary operates in an urban region where extensive travel is not required.  Travel permits will not be approved and tournaments will not be permitted.

Q: Okay, thanks for clarifying – I almost put a non-refundable deposit down!

A: Glad to be of assistance!

Fun fact – The Kingman arena is multi-purposed and features a Canada Post office!  In the summer the ice comes out and the rink is converted into a riding arena for the 4-H club.  Pretty nifty for a hamlet of 100!

Q: I was informed by AHS that my child is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  My child has no symptoms and has a negative COVID test.  Can we come back to hockey?


If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID, you legally must isolate for 14 days.  If during that time, you become sick with COVID symptoms, you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the onset of symptoms or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

Q: Okay, well what happens if we isolate and on day 13 my child tests positive…. What do we do then?

A: Let’s go back to the top – YOU MUST ISOLATE.  Anyone who tests positive for COVID must isolate for a minimum of 10 days.  This isolation period runs from the start of your symptoms, or until your symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.

Q: So, what you are telling me is that if I am a close contact of someone who is positive for COVID, I have to isolate for minimum 14 days.  However, if I am COVID positive, the minimum is 10 days?

A: Yes

Q: So, Child A has no symptoms and tests positive for COVID on day 1.  Child B has no symptoms but is a close contact of Child A.  Child A is in isolation for 10 days and Child B – provided they have no symptoms – are in isolation for 14 days?

A: Yes

Q: This makes my head spin with all this math!

A: Do you know what the best tool for math is?

Q: ?

A: Multi-pliers

Q: sigh

A: Do you know what seems odd to me?  Numbers that aren’t divisible by 2

A: How do you make seven an even number?  Remove the S

Mic drop.  Goodnight.

Q: Thanks for your handy posts; as a result of thoroughly reading them all, I have confirmed I need to be in COVID isolation.  Since I am not going to be at hockey today, should I still fill out Health Check?

A: If you are NOT going to be attending hockey, you must note your availability as ‘NOT GOING’.  Once you have done that, you do not need to fill out Health Check.

If, come ice time, your availability still indicates ‘GOING’, your Safety person, Mini Team Lead, and/or Head Coach, will have to spend time trying to track you down and confirm either attendance or Health Check status.

Let’s not make more work for our volunteers than we have to.  If you are NOT attending, please update your Team Snap availability.  If you ARE attending, please complete your Health Check.  Please have these done at least 1 hour in advance.

Fun Fact: The actual percentage of volunteers who enjoy tracking you down to confirm attendance and/or Health Checks equals ZERO.

Since it is Thanksgiving, how about this one:

What did the turkey say to the computer?
Google, google, google.

NO??  Okay, what about this one:

Why did the farmer have to separate the turkey and the chicken?
He sensed fowl play.

Q: I have a sore throat. Can I come to practice?

A: No. With a sore throat, you are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

Q: Okay, but what does that ACTUALLY mean?
A: It means you either (i) stay home for 10 days and can return once isolation is complete and you are symptom free, or (ii) you isolate, go get a COVID test and can return to hockey once you have a negative COVID test and are symptom free.
Q: Okay, turns out I got my negative COVID test and am symptom free!!! But now I fail the Team Snap Heath Check. What do I do NOW??
A: It’s OKAY. You are going to truthfully answer your Team Snap Health Check and fail. Then, you are going to complete the paper copy of the Error Correction Form. This will give you the chance to explain that although you had symptoms you are now confirmed COVID negative and symptom free.
You can now return to play!

Q: So, I’m planning on going to my cabin in BC this weekend, but I’ve heard that if you leave the Province you will fail Health Check.

A: Fake news!
Q: But question 4 on the Team Snap Health Check says: “In the past 14 days, have you or someone you have been in contact with, travelled outside your state/province/country or to an area with restrictions due to COVID-19”. And while we’re on the topic, what in the world does it mean by ‘restrictions’????? What if the area we go to has a restriction such as mask wearing???? Does that restriction trigger it!!!
A: Okay, so the wording on this could be clearer! However, the intention is that it will be triggered only when someone has gone to an area that is currently restricted by the Province. Travelling to BC is not an activity that is currently restricted to Albertans. At this time, only ‘travel outside the Country’ would be considered ‘restricted’. So, you can safely travel to BC and respond “NO” to question 4 because you have not travelled outside your province to a restricted area.
Q: Why isn’t the question worded: “In the past 14 days, have you or someone you have been in close contact with, travelled outside Canada?”
A: Unfortunately, our highly-skilled and incredibly talented copy writers were not engaged by Team Snap to draft these questions… while our services would have likely been incredibly valuable to them, they chose to go for a broader North American approach to their questions, more of a ‘one shop fits all’ kind of question.
So, have fun at your cabin – stay safe and follow COVID protocols! Can’t wait for our invite next summer when this is all behind us!

Q: So, I know that being a ‘physically distanced coach’ means I am allowed to play beer league and coach, but what does it mean for me on the ice?

A: Congrats on being drafted to a beer league team! We know the competition for a spot can be tough and that that beer league tryouts involve vigorous skill sessions really putting your hockey abilities to the test! A pro tip: always stay hydrated! Very important for your beer league performance.

Q: Thanks…. But what does it mean for my Bow River coaching position?

A: Well, it means a few things. Here are the basics:

1. Physically Distanced Coaches must wear their masks in the dressing rooms and on the benches.

2. Once on the ice, there are several scenarios:

a. Masks can be taken off while you are on the ice for the purpose of coaching.

b. Physically Distanced Coaches must remain 2 meters away from participants at all times. So, while coaching, make sure you are keeping your distance – this might mean more physical demonstrating as opposed to huddling together around a rink board.

c. However, if for some reason you need to be closer than 2 meters to the kids on the ice, a mask must be worn.

3. Physically Distanced Coaches who are acting as officials, must wear a mask whenever they are dropping the puck.

4. Physically Distanced Coaches must wear a mask when attending to an injured player.

Q: Okay, thanks. That makes sense.

A: No problems! As you know, COVID + Hockey related questions get answered if you send us an Instagram DM!

Hey – I’ve got a good one for ya: Why was Cinderella such a poor hockey player?

---- Her coach was a pumpkin

Q: So, I now have my Bow River Safety Binder in tow…. But when I head into the rinks to do my safety checks, I am turned away because I am neither player nor coach.  Should I throw on my fluorescent safety vest and hard hat and demand access to the rink?

A: Everything is AWESOME…. Everything is COOL when you’re part of a TEAM!

Q: Um what??
A: Oh, sorry; you got me thinking of Emmet from the Lego movie and then I had to sing the song!Everything is awesome, when you're living out a dream!
Okay, but back to your question.
  • First - Thank you for stepping up and volunteering to be a Safety person on the team!  Much appreciated.
  • Second – we need to respect all arena rules and regulations; however, it is reasonable to explain the situation to the rink attendant and see if they will let you in.  You can advise them that you need 5 minutes to complete the arena checklist.  This is important because it is part of the plan that will be necessary in the event of an emergency. As the coaches will be the only ones inside the building, it is your job as safety person is to confirm the plan and communicate it to those coaches who remain inside the rink.If you are denied entry to the rink, please make a note of that.
Overall, we suggest making the emergency plan ahead of time and communicating it with the coaches so that there isn’t a rush right before everyone is entering the ice.
Q: Okay, thanks.  So, to summarize, if I can get in do the safety check and leave.  If I cannot get in, just make a note of it.
A: Correct!  We know the situations are not ideal at all rinks, and we do appreciate all of our volunteers ensuring they take the time to make sure there is an emergency action plan in place.
Everything is better when we stick together!
Fun fact: no one ever says the word “Lego” during the movie.

Q: I need help!!!!  How do I answer Health Check if I’ve had symptoms in the past 14 days, got tested and received my negative result? 

A: Okay, let’s go over this one step-by-step.

First, have you had a fever in the past 14 days?  Answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – depending on your unique situation.

Second, have you received a positive COVID test in the past 14 days?  - NO

Third, you will either answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to whether you have been in contact with anyone with COVID symptoms in the past 14 days.  This question obviously depends on your particular situation – and as you know from the last Talk Covid To Me -- being in contact with someone who is COVID positive triggers different isolation times.

Fourth, have you experienced symptoms?  Yes, you will now check off any and all symptoms you have had.

Q: So, when I do that it shows me that I FAILED my Health Check.  Now what?

A: Did you know that a 2019 CTV News study found that likely 9 in 10 Canadians would fail the citizenship test?  On Canadian Thanksgiving this seems like a particularly important thing to know.

For example, What is the name of the Royal Anthem of Canada?

If you said ‘O Canada’ you are wrong!  It is God Save The Queen.

Or, how about when did the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms become part of the Constitution? 1982 is the correct answer.

Q: Um okay, thanks... now back to my question – what do I do when I fail Health Check?

A: You don’t want me to continue on with questions like ‘Who is Canada’s Head of State’?  Cuz it’s the Queen.  Did you know that??

Back to Health Check.  You will fail.  You will then print off the hard copy Error Correction Form (link is on our website under the COVID Health + Safety tab). This is where you can explain:

1)You had symptoms
2)You no longer have symptoms
3)You are COVID negative
4)You have not been around a COVID positive confirmed case

Hand this form into your Safety person, Mini Team Lead or Coach.  Then you can get back on the ice.

Q: Thanks!

A: Anytime! Did you know, the highest honour available to Canadians is not the Stanley Cup? It’s the Victoria Cross. Who knew?!

Links to Arena COVID-19 Policies

While Bowness Sportsplex is our home arena, Bruins often find themselves at many arenas throughout the city. Here are the links to the arenas that we frequent most often.


These policies are changing as things evolve, so it would be prudent to visit any arena's website to read through their COVID-19 protocols prior to arrival so you are not surprised when you get there.


Most arenas are asking that players:

  • arrive fully dressed
  • arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to ice time
  • wear masks inside the facility
  • maintain physical distancing when possible
  • water fountains may or may not be available, so to be safe fill up your water bottle at home


and remember ... REPRESENT YOUR BRUINS WELL by respecting the rules of the various facilities you visit.

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