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March 18, 2020
from Shawn Killian – Planet Hockey, Inc. President

At Planet Hockey, we remain committed to providing you with exceptional hockey skills training through our teams of hockey skills experts operating worldwide.  We stand for togetherness - bringing friends, families, and communities together around the great game of hockey.  We celebrate high-fives, team cheers, large crowds, pizza parties and more. Social connection is the heart and soul of our sport, and it is why we are reaching out to you today with an update on the upcoming camp season that begins in June.

As the global effect of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Planet Hockey is firmly focused on the health and safety of our students, staff and community at large.  We are closely monitoring the changing situation and complying with public health guidance.

And do we miss hockey!  However, before the puck can drop again, we all need to unleash what hockey has taught us about becoming the ultimate team player.  Be a leader, be courageous, remain informed & resilient, be responsible, supportive and respectful and comply with public health guidance:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) made the following announcement on March 15 - “Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”

The next day on March 16, the White House released “The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America” which includes “avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.”

During these uncertain times, we would like to reassure you that our extensive global network will continue to operate to ensure the best service possible.

We want to assure you that our business continuity plans are prepared to support our valued customers during these challenging times.

Our Camp Balances policy has been amended to the following.  For those who registered with a deposit, your balance due will not be charged until camp is 100% confirmed by the rink/facility rather than 60 days prior to camp.

We are operating under a 30-day notification response where decisions about camps will be communicated to our students 30 days prior to the camp start date.  As details are fluid, some camps will require a shorter notification response period.  We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as your camp dates approach.  Should a rink/facility notify us earlier, we will communicate that information to you immediately.

In the event that a camp must be cancelled due to federal, state or local orders, you will be notified immediately, and your camp fees will be frozen and 100% available to you for future Planet Hockey camps and programs.  All cancellation and transfer fees will be waived. 

In the meantime, we are launching the Planet Hockey – At Home Hockey Skills Challenge to keep players strong, engaged and growing during these difficult times.  Please respect social distancing and use good judgement when if you engage in our at home skills challenge.  Safety first and we suggest drills that you can do by yourself with a family member videoing your magic. 

  1. We begin by issuing the Slam Dunk Challenge to players.  Give it a try and see how many balls you can dunk in 60 seconds.
  2. Video yourself performing an off ice drill or two, upload it to your video platform and send the link to: videoclips@planethockey.com.  Please send only the link and not the file.
  3. You can view all submitted training videos here

Additionally, we recommend a temporarily free workout site with great workouts for the entire family.  Les Mills On Demand

We will send additional emails as your camp start date approaches and as more information becomes available.  You can view Planet Hockey COVID-19 updates here

We look forward to seeing everyone as soon as we can do so safely and responsibly.

Hockey hugs and hi-fives.

Sincerely,

The Planet Hockey Team

April 1, 2020
from Shawn Killian – Planet Hockey, Inc. President

I hope that this finds you and your family well, remaining positive and engaged in the efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Planet Hockey is in compliance with the various guidelines outlined by local and federal authorities as well as those implemented by USA Hockey to do our part to protect all our members, their families and the community as a whole. 

Throughout the past 26 years, Planet Hockey has played an important role and has had a major impact in the lives of tens of thousands of players, coaches and parents throughout the world and it is our intention to be there for all our members once conditions correct. 

This week, in consideration of President Trump’s extension of the federal social distancing guidelines until April 30th, we have announced a 4 week pause, until May 1st. 

During this time of waiting, Planet Hockey will continue to work closely with all of our partner rinks, youth hockey associations and municipalities in preparation to handle the many different scenarios to deliver quality hockey camps this summer.  Behind the scenes, our administrative staff are working tirelessly to investigate all options as to how best support our membership both now and in the future and to ensure that we are prepared in all areas for the return of hockey.

The timeline for what happens next has already been set in place by the local and state authorities, with businesses being asked to close down and self-isolation required at least through April 30th.  During this period, we will continue to monitor all updates provided by CDC and local and state authorities.

Patience during a time like this is difficult, but we ask all Planet Hockey families to join us in being courageous and responsible, supportive and respectful, informed and resilient and to comply with all public health guidance until May 1, when we will re-connect with updates. 

In the event that a camp must be cancelled due to federal, state or local orders, you will be notified immediately, and your camp fees will be frozen and 100% available to you for future Planet Hockey camps and programs.  All cancellation and transfer fees will be waived. 

Thank you for your continued support of Planet Hockey and we wish you and your family, health and wellness through these uncertain times.  Stay safe, stay strong, stay positive.

We will send additional emails as your camp start date approaches and as more information becomes available.  You can view Planet Hockey COVID-19 updates here

We look forward to seeing everyone as soon as we can do so safely and responsibly.

May hockey return soon, 

Shawn Killian
Executive Director
Planet Hockey, Inc.