Please read the below documents before visiting the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex to skate on Skate Oakville ice.

Daily Instructions – please see the Rink Entrances portion of this page for information on where to enter.

Learn to Skate Daily Instructions – please see the Learn to Skate portion of this page for more information specific to Learn to Skate/CanSkate sessions

Skate Ontario Waiver – This will be completed on the first invoice per skater for the 2020-21 season. This policy must be accepted at the time of registration in order for skaters to step on the ice.

Health Screening Questions – You no longer need to bring a form with you to the rink. We have moved to passive screening, anyone wishing to enter the facility must be able to answer “No” to all the questions. If you answer yes to any questions, you must stay home.

 

Attention Parents/Guardians: If you wish to watch your skater during their session, you must also answer “no” to the screening questions and sign in for each session you are watching. You must enter and leave the rink at the same time as your skater, once inside the rink you must stay for the entire session, inside the rink (the cold part), and are not to enter the hallway at any time or for any reason during the 50 minute session, and following social distancing.

Every rink inside the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex is operating as a separate facility with separate entrances. In order to ensure we can continue to provide sessions to our members, and continue to ensure the health and safety of skaters, coaches, members, staff and Town of Oakville staff, these procedures MUST be followed.

Rink #1 Entrance Protocols

Rink #2 Entrance Protocols

Rink #3 Entrance Protocols

 

All other areas of the Upper Concourse of the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex are OFF LIMITS to all Skate Oakville coaches, skaters and members. Anyone found in the upper concourse away from the Rink #1 entrance will be reported to Skate Oakville staff and is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from current sessions and/or future registrations.

 

Skaters are not permitted to register for sessions that overlap on the two rinks, this means you cannot register for a 2:00pm session on Rink #1 and the 2:30pm session on Rink #2. This is due to health and safety protocols and to avoid crossover from two separate rinks.

 

Attention Parents/Guardians: If you wish to watch your skater during their session, you must also answer “no” to the screening questions and sign in for each session you are watching. You must enter and leave the rink at the same time as your skater, once inside the rink you must stay for the entire session, inside the rink (the cold part), and are not to enter the hallway at any time or for any reason during the 50 minute session, and following physical distancing.

The Town of Oakville has opened up the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex and granted Return to Play status to Skate Oakville based on the guidelines and protocols provided and communicated to our members. Unfortunately, even as we stress the need for adherence and respect, we have several members that have made it a requirement to develop disciplinary protocols so that we may ensure these privileges are not in jeopardy for the majority that are respecting the protocols.

In the event the Return to Play protocols in place at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex are not adhered to or respected, the following action will be taken.

  1. A communication to the person/parents of the violation will be delivered. This will be considered a first communication that there is a problem and the actions will not be tolerated.
  2. If this continues, a second communication will happen, and this will be considered a warning that should the actions continue they will be suspended from activity as well as not be permitted near the facility.
  3. On the third instance, they will be asked to leave the premises immediately and not permitted to return until notified by the COVID Oversight Group. The COVID Oversight Group will review the situation and determine if a suspension is warranted and the length of the suspension.

 

These actions are in place to protect the health and safety of all participants including skaters, coaches, parents and staff.

Learn to Skate (CanSkate) Daily Instructions

All Learn to Skate (CanSkate) sessions are on Rink #2 at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.

You are ONLY permitted entry through the lower level Athletes Entrance at the west side of the building, and you are only permitted to enter the facility 15 minutes before your session begins. (Rink #2 Entrance Procedures)

Return to Play protocols restrict coaches from having physical contact or touch skaters. This includes: assisting them on and off the ice, helping them to stand up or helping them while skating.

Only ONE (1) Parent/Guardian is permitted entry into the facility per skater. Siblings/friends who are not enrolled in the program and any additional parents/guardians are NOT PERMITTED inside the facility at this time.

What is being done at the rink to make this a safe environment?

  • Coaches will be wearing masks during their sessions for the safety of everyone
  • Coaches are NOT PERMITTED to have ANY physical contact with skaters
  • Session numbers are smaller to allow for physical distancing on and off the ice
  • Sessions are split into Red and Blue areas, Red sessions will use the red coded dressing rooms, follow the Red arrows, use the Red enter and exit doors to the rink and parents must view from the designated Red seating section of the rink. Blue sessions will use the Blue coded dressing rooms, follow the Blue arrows, use the Blue enter and exit doors to the rink and parents must view from the designated Blue seating section of the rink.
  • The facility sanitizes the Red/Blue areas when they are not in use
  • All name tags are sanitized before and after the sessions
  • All on ice items (teaching aids, toys, etc.) are sanitized between sessions

 

What can you do?

  • Bring your child to the rink ready to step on the ice with skates on. (Hard guards for skates will be needed)
  • Face masks are required in until it is time to go on the ice.
  • Wash gloves between lessons
  • Ensure your child is aware that the coaches and instructors will not be permitted to assist them.
  • Read the material provided and ask questions if you are unsure or can’t find the answer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to sign in for my session?

NO. Attendance will be taken on the sessions for contact tracing purposes.

What is the difference between Red and Blue sessions?

Red and Blue sessions are used by Skate Oakville to determine which dressing rooms, entry/exit doors, and which viewing area spectators are permitted to use. When you arrive at the rink, your session will be designated either RED or BLUE and you are only permitted to be in the coloured area for your session.

Can I use the washroom during my session?

Skaters and coaches are permitted to use the washroom before or after their session, while they are inside the building. Skaters, coaches and spectators (parents/guardians) are NOT PERMITTED to leave the rink and enter the hallway during sessions. Washrooms are for emergencies only.

Can I watch my skaters session?

Skaters under 18 years of age are permitted to have 1 parent/guardian present for sessions. Siblings and friends, and any additional parents/guardians are not permitted in the building at this time. The parent/guardian must respect all policies and procedures, including physical distancing, or they will be immediately removed from the facility. Spectators are to be inside the rink (the cold part) for the duration of the session. This means that spectators are NOT PERMITTED in the hallways during sessions.

 

Do I need to sign in for my session?

YES. All skaters, coaches, and any parents/guardians entering the facility to watch the session are REQUIRED to sign in for each session they attend.

Why do I have to sign in for my session?

Per COVID-19 policies and procedures, and regulations set by governing bodies, all skaters, coaches and spectators MUST sign in for sessions they are attending for contact tracing purposes. In the event that someone on your session tests positive for COVID-19 we must be able to inform you of this information.

Can I use the washroom during my session?

Skaters and coaches are permitted to use the washroom before or after their session, while they are inside the building. Skaters, coaches and spectators (parents/guardians) are NOT PERMITTED to leave the rink and enter the hallway during sessions. Washrooms are for emergencies only.

Can I watch my skaters session?

Skaters under 18 years of age are permitted to have 1 parent/guardian present for sessions. Siblings and friends are not permitted in the building at this time. The parent/guardian must sign in for the session and respect all policies and procedures, including physical distancing, or they will be immediately removed from the facility. Spectators are to be inside the rink (the cold part) for the duration of the session. This means that spectators are NOT PERMITTED in the hallways during sessions. Spectators are to stand on the yellow dots on the floor in the viewing area ONLY.

 

The Town of Oakville has announced a re-opening date for the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. Starting June 22, 2020, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex will allow schedules ice rentals to Skate Oakville by appointment only. The Town of Oakville’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of the community and the town staff.

Skate Oakville is currently working on a plan for re-opening and return-to-play protocols in conjunction with the Town of Oakville, and following guidelines provided by Skate Ontario.

As more information becomes available, we will update our members and will post the necessary information on this page.

Please be patient as we work to have our skaters return to the ice and work to have this information released to you. If you have any questions, please email office@skateoakville.ca

Starting June 22, 2020, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex will allow scheduled ice rentals to Skate Oakville by appointment-only. The Town of Oakville’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of our community and town staff.

  • Following Skate Ontario safety protocols, registered skaters under the age of 18 must enter the facility with a guardian.
  • At this time, figure skating is the only ice sport with provincial approval to return to play.
  • With its permanent home at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, Skate Oakville is the only local organization approved to return to the ice under these provincial guidelines.
  • Information about Skate Oakville programs and COVID-19 updates can be found at http://www.skateoakville.ca/covid-19/
  • The Town of Oakville has a comprehensive recovery process in place that aligns with the Province’s gradual phased-in approach.
  • As provincial guidelines are updated, the Town of Oakville will continue to look for opportunities to expand programming in a safe and responsible manner.
  • For more information on the town’s efforts to support the community in response to COVID-19, visit oakville.ca.

 

Skate Oakville FAQs

Why is Skate Oakville allowed to rent ice but we can’t?

At this time, figure skating is the only ice sport with provincial approval to return to play.

With its permanent home at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, Skate Oakville is the only local organization approved to return to the ice under these provincial guidelines.

 

When can Skate Oakville skaters get back on the ice?

Starting June 22, 2020, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex will allow scheduled ice rentals to Skate Oakville by appointment-only. Town of Oakville’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of our community and town staff. Following Skate Ontario safety protocols, registered skaters under the age of 18 must enter the facility with a guardian.

 

Where can I find more information about Skate Oakville’s reintroduction of programs?

Skate Oakville is contacting athletes with updates about the reintroduction of limited programming. Information and COVID-19 updates can be found at http://www.skateoakville.ca/covid-19/

 

Can I put my child in a Learn to Skate program/camp?

Only competitive level skating is permitted at this time. Information about Skate Oakville programs and COVID-19 updates can be found at http://www.skateoakville.ca/covid-19/

 

Can my team rent ice if we physically distance?

At this time, figure skating is the only ice sport with provincial approval to return to play. Ice sports groups should check with their local sports organization or governing body for COVID-19 updates.

 

What is the town doing to make sure all athletes and staff are safe?

Town of Oakville’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of our community and town staff. The Town of Oakville is following all provincial safety measures, Skate Ontario Return to Play Protocols, plus internal health and safety protocols.

 

When will more rental opportunities be announced?

The Town of Oakville has a comprehensive recovery process in place that aligns with the Province’s gradual phased-in approach. As provincial guidelines are updated, the Town of Oakville will continue to look for opportunities to expand programming in a safe and responsible manner.

 

Where can I find more information about restored programs and services?

For more information about what’s open and what’s closed, including the town’s efforts to support the community in response to COVID-19, visit oakville.ca.