Tuesday, April 16, 2019
BC Hockey and ePACT Network have partnered together to enhance safety and support for players and teams across the province and the Yukon. ePACT will connect BC Hockey to players and their families to share critical information needed day-to-day and in a crisis.
As the not-for-profit governing body for amateur hockey in BC and the Yukon, BC Hockey supports approximately 130 Minor Hockey Associations (MHA), as well as Junior and Senior teams. This spans tens of thousands of players, coaches, managers and officials registered for hockey each year.
Coaches, managers and other volunteers are responsible for players at practice, games and while travelling, as well with all sports, there is the potential for injuries. As the Canadian government found, “40 per cent of child and youth injuries treated in emergency departments are sports and recreation related.”
Whether managing injuries or other issues, like an allergic reaction or illness, facility evacuation or team travel delay, critical information and communications are needed for coaches, managers, players and the players’ families. This is the reason Hockey Canada recommends a set amount of personal data be collected, including contact and health details (e.g. medical conditions, medications and past injuries) each year.
Part of the BC Hockey and ePACT partnership also includes significant discounts to individual Associations that wish to access the system’s app. This allows coaches, managers and other authorized administrators to access data anytime, anywhere, even in ‘dead zones’ in arenas or on the road.
Unfortunately, this information has been collected on paper forms for decades. Forms were given to players to complete, then were carried in binders to team events or outings. This not only took a lot of time to manage, but forms could be forgotten, were difficult to read or were inadvertently incomplete.
For 2019, BC Hockey will use ePACT to connect to all amateur hockey players, collecting the required emergency and health data previously managed by volunteer coaches and managers. This will save BC Hockey member Associations time in managing this process, while also ensuring compliance for all players sharing the information needed to support them in a potential crisis.
“We strive to identify programs and services that create efficiencies and improve the safety and support of our members,” said BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer, Barry Petrachenko. “We believe ePACT provides a secure, convenient and accessible platform that benefits our teams, players and parents.”
BC Hockey will use ePACT to manage players’ data and BC Hockey member Associations can also choose to use the system for coaches and managers to access data via smartphone, tablet or computer, or message players, families and emergency contacts (friends and relatives) for operational needs or in an emergency.
ePACT is a highly secure online emergency network used to connect organizations, families and emergency contacts for greater interaction, information sharing, preparation and support for potential crises. Families store critical emergency data online, then share it with trusted individuals and organizations. Organizations connect across their community, securely accessing data anytime, anywhere and sending communications day-to-day or in an emergency. With ePACT, communities reduce risks, improve efficiencies, minimize environmental impacts and enhance the safety and support for all their members.
For more information on ePACT, please visit the website at www.ePACTnetwork.com.
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