Field Hockey Canada > COVID-19 - Return to Play Guidelines


As our communities begin to emerge from the challenges of isolation and lockdown that COVID-19 presented to us over the past three months, a return to sport is thankfully being considered. Sport is a vehicle for physical, mental and social wellbeing. We all want to return to the sport we love at the earliest opportunity to enjoy the benefits it provides. As we begin a controlled and phased approach to our return to play, Field Hockey Canada wishes to remind everyone in our community that at this time, all organized field hockey activities remain suspended whilst we work towards the resolution of critical insurance issues. Field Hockey Canada continues to work with our partners towards the goal of a safe return at the earliest opportunity.

Together with our provincial partners and under the guidelines of government agencies, we are readying guidelines for a coordinated, safe return to hockey fields across the country. Provinces are likely to return at different speeds. We must respect the individual provincial health guidelines first and foremost. FHC’s senior and junior national squads will return to training in line with the provinces where their training centres are based.

The past three months have been trying for all of our sporting community. As we begin a phased return, we urge you all to remember what the last 3 months have been about: the health and safety of your personal network of friends and family as well as our larger shared communities. Please continue to follow local provincial guidelines and regulations. Hard as it may be at this time, we ask that you remain patient.

Download FHC’s Return to Play Guidelines here

Updated: June 15, 2020



Return to Play Phase 1 – Return to Train

A return to sport must strictly adhere to the policies and procedures outlined by federal, provincial and municipal governments and public health agencies that have been established to ensure a safe environment for all. Guidelines MUST be adhered to at all times. Additionally, Field Hockey Canada values these guiding principles for a Safe return to sport:

Step 1: WAIVER

  • All participants MUST complete the Waiver prior to re-starting sport. This waiver needs to be kept on file for 3 years.
  • A Waiver needs to be completed at least once for each stage of the return to full international sport.


  • This is a Pre-Activity Health Screening. All participants must complete an attestation form prior to every session. This indicates a general state of health and well-being. The COVID-19 safety officer at the session will check for compliance prior to the commencement of the session.
  • It is the responsibility of all adult participants and the responsibility of all parents and/or guardians responsible for those under the age of 19, to conduct a health screening assessment as to the suitability to return to play (take part in activity)
  • This is to be completed prior to every session.

Anyone exhibiting any of the following symptoms MUST NOT attend or take part in any return to play activity and it is further recommended that a referral to a health care provider be made:

  • COVID-19 -like symptoms
  • Common cold symptoms
  • Influenza (flu) symptoms
  • Symptoms of any other infectious respiratory disease

Please view and download Field Hockey Canada Waivers below:

Facility Use Waiver – FHC_FacilityUse_Waiver

Remote Training Waiver – FHC_RemoteTraining_Waiver

Daily Attestation Form – FHC_DailyAttestation_Form

Remote Training/Facility Use – FHC_RTFU_Waiver


Please consult the following link from the Public Health Agency of Canada, which provides the current situation for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak including risk to Canadians.

Via Sport Return to Play Guidelines:

Own the Podium Guidelines:

Provincial RTP Guidelines: Provincial Information

WHO Guidelines:

Government of Canada Guidelines:

Kids Help Phone Line – ENG | FR


Field Hockey BC – FHBC Return to Play [first stage]

Field Hockey Alberta – FHA Return to Sport

Field Hockey Ontario – FHO Return to Train Guidelines

Chelsea, QC – Chelsea Phoenix Safety Policies & Protocol