SCAHL Constitution, By-Laws and Operating Directives


SOUTH CENTRAL ALBERTA AA HOCKEY LEAGUE

CONSTITUTION, BY-LAWS AND OPERATING DIRECTIVES 2016

CONSTITUTION

Article 1

The name of the league shall be known as the South Central Alberta Hockey League (“SCAHL” or “League”) and is created as an ‘AA’ league consisting of Midget, Bantam and Peewee divisions.

Article 2

The League shall abide by all rules, regulations and bylaws of Hockey Alberta (“HA”) and Hockey Canada (“HC”).

Article 3

The objectives of the League shall be:

a.         To foster and promote a high level of hockey for players under its jurisdiction.

b.         To control and administer the playing of the game of hockey in accordance with the rules, regulations and etiquette of the game.

c.         To ensure keen competition occurs within the League.

BYLAWS

101      OPERATION AND CONTROL

a.         Teams will be controlled and operated by a local minor hockey association (“LMHA”) only, and will not enter into any player contracts or agreements of any kind, except with HA or HC.

b.         The League will not consent to any application for the use of overage players in any division.

c.         The playing season ends June 30th annually; the new playing season commences July 1st annually.

102      MEMBERS OF THE LEAGUE

Member associations of the SCAHL are those Host Associations of Recruitment Areas as defined by the Hockey Alberta AA Model.  For 2015-16 these are:

Airdrie             registered under Airdrie Minor Hockey.

Bow Valley      registered under Cochrane Minor Hockey.

Chestermere     registered under Chestermere Minor Hockey      

Foothills           registered under Foothills Minor Hockey.

Lacombe          registered under Lacombe Minor Hockey.

Lethbridge        registered under Lethbridge Minor Hockey.

Medicine Hat    registered under Medicine Hat Minor Hockey.

Okotoks            registered under Okotoks Minor Hockey.

Olds                 registered under Olds Minor Hockey.

Red Deer          registered under Red Deer Minor Hockey.

Sylvan Lake      registered under Sylvan Lake Minor Hockey.

Taber                registered under Taber Minor Hockey

Wheatland        registered under Strathmore Minor Hockey.

Cranbrook        registered under Cranbrook Minor Hockey

103      PERFORMANCE BOND AND WITHDRAWAL FROM THE LEAGUE

a.         Each member association of the SCAHL will be required to post a performance bond of $150.00 per team upon first entering the League.  Withdrawal by any member association from the League, within its first three years, will result in the forfeit to the League of its performance bond.

b.         Each member association of the SCAHL that pays the performance bond is entitled to one (1) vote at any League meeting, including the AGM.  Disbandment of the League would result in the performance bond being returned to each member association.

c.         Any member association wishing to withdraw from the League must so notify the League in writing at the AGM.

d.         Any member association that withdraws from the League, after three years from entry, is entitled to a refund of its performance bond, providing it is in good financial standing with the League and its request for withdrawing is reasonable.  This must be agreed upon by the remaining member associations.

104      DECLARATION OF TEAMS

All teams are established by the Hockey Alberta AA Hockey Model.  Host Associations are required to direct any issues regarding the number of teams assigned to their Recruitment Area to the AA Hockey Committee.

105      MEMBERSHIP FEES

a.         The annual membership administration fee will be reviewed and set at each AGM.  The fee is payable to the SCAHL, and is due on or before the first League meeting in September.

b.         All member association privileges are automatically lost, upon default of any monies owing to the League.

c.         Should the SCAHL ever disband the performance bonds will be returned to the respective member associations and the remaining funds will be donated to the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Stars Air Rescue.

106      MEETINGS

a.         The member associations will determine the date, time and location of all League meetings, including the AGM.  The AGM must be held prior to June 30th annually. Notice of the AGM must be given to the member associations at least 21 days prior to the date of the meeting.

b.         A request for special meetings must be from at least six member associations and the request must be in written form, submitted to the Secretary at least 30 days prior to the date of the requested meeting.  The written request shall state the business to be discussed at the special meeting. Notice of the special meeting must be given to the member associations at least 21 days prior to the date of the meeting.

c.         No member association will be entitled representation, or will have voting privileges at any League meeting unless its financial commitments to the League are paid in full and are deemed to be in good standing by the League.

d.         One designated delegate must represent each member association at all League meetings.  The designated delegate will be entitled to one vote on behalf of the said member association, and will also be permitted to make motions, speak on motions, or second motions.  All motions will be decided by a simple majority vote of those present, except for motions to amend the Constitution and Bylaws, which require a two-thirds majority vote of those present.

e.         Voting will be by a show of hands, unless otherwise agreed upon by the delegates.

f.          A meeting is not properly constituted unless there is a quorum present and a quorum shall be defined as at least two-thirds of the member association designated delegates. (For the purposes of the calculation, fractional numbers will be rounded to the nearest whole number.)

g.         A fine of $150.00 will be imposed on any member association failing to attend a League meeting.  The payment for the fine must be paid prior to, or at the next scheduled meeting. Any member association failing to attend two (2) League meetings during a playing season will immediately be put on probation for the remainder of the playing season, with its membership status reviewed at the next AGM.  Any member association failing to attend three (3) League meetings during a playing season will, along with its teams, be immediately suspended from any further participation within the League.

h.         Except for the AGM, League meetings may be conducted by telephone. 

107      AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

a.         Motions to amend the SCAHL Constitution and Bylaws will occur at the AGM or at a special meeting called for that purpose.

b.         All notices of motion requesting amendment of the Constitution and Bylaws must be submitted in writing to the Secretary at least 30 days prior to the date of the AGM or the special meeting.  Such notices of motion will be provided to each member association at least seven days prior to the AGM or special meeting.

108      OFFICERS OF THE LEAGUE

The officers of the SCAHL will consist of the following:

a.         President

b.         Midget Governor

c.         Bantam Governor

d.         Peewee Governor

e.         Secretary

f.          Treasurer

g.         Past President

109      ELECTION OF OFFICERS - held annually at the AGM:

a.         The position of President serves for a two-year term and must have served as a Governor in the past. These eligibility criteria can only be varied by League approval if on inquiry there is no such candidate willing to let their name stand.

b.         The position of Midget Governor is elected for a one-year term.

c.         The position of Bantam Governor is elected for a one-year term.

d.         The position of Peewee Governor is elected for a one-year term.

e.         The position of Secretary/Treasurer is elected for a two-year term.

g.         In the event that any position becomes vacant, the member associations will appoint a member delegate as an interim replacement, with new elections to occur at the next AGM.

109.1    HONORARIUMS

Honorariums will be set at the AGM and paid annually to:

a.      League President

b.      Division Governors

    1. Secretary Treasurer 

110      DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

a.         Duties of the President:

            (i)         Conduct the business and operation of the League in its entirety, as directed by the member associations and be accountable to those member associations.

            (ii)        Have the power to discipline any player, coach, trainer, manager or member delegate, for refusing to accept and obey League rules.  Further, to discipline the same group for any proven misconduct or unmannerly conduct at any League game or activity.

            (iii)       Have the power to suspend summarily any player, coach, trainer or manager of any team that participates in the SCAHL for any unmannerly conduct, on or off the ice, any abusive       language to officials, or for any other infraction deemed detrimental, all of which to be decided       upon at his/her own discretion.

            (iv)       Have the power to prevent summarily any spectator from viewing any SCAHL game or other SCAHL activity, and further, to prevent any spectator from entering a facility to view such      games or activities if the conduct of the spectator is deemed unbecoming or detrimental to the           game, all of which to be decided upon at his/her own discretion.  Also, the President shall have           the power to suspend summarily any player, coach, manager or team official to which the      spectator is affiliated.

            (v)        Assume the duties of any Governor in their absence.

            (vi)       Preside at all League meetings, all special meetings and at the AGM.

            (vii)      Call any special meetings as requested by any six member associations, provided the request is in writing.  The written request shall state the business to be discussed at the special      meeting.

            (viii)     Provide reports to the HA Zone Discipline Coordinator, regarding the suspension of any coach, player, or team official.

            (ix)       May not hold the position of team manager or coach for any team that plays in the League.

            (x)        Submit an expense report to the Secretary requesting reimbursement for out of pocket expenditures resulting from League related costs, including, long distance phone charges, meals, mileage and accommodations.  These expenditures will be reported on the financial statements.

b.         Duties of the Midget Governor:

            (i)         Be responsible for any duties assigned by the President or by the member associations.

            (ii)        Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the Past President.

            (iii)       Be responsible for the operation, discipline and suspensions within the Midget division, and report directly to the President and member associations.  He/she must show consistency to the Bantam and Peewee Governors with respect to any suspensions, fines, or rules which govern the operation of the League.

            (iv)       May not hold the position of team manager or coach for any team that plays in the League.

            (v)        May not hold the position if his/her child is a registered player for any Midget team that  participates in the SCAHL, unless approved by the League.

            (vi)       Will receive reimbursement for out of pocket expenses resulting from League related costs, including, phone and fax charges, meals, mileage and accommodations, as appropriate, upon submitting an expense report.  These expenditures will be reported on the financial statements.

c.         Duties of Bantam Governor:

            (i)         Be responsible for any duties assigned by the President or by the member associations.

            (ii)        Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the Past President and the Midget Governor.

            (iii)       Be responsible for the operation, discipline and suspensions within the Bantam division, and report directly to the President and member associations.  He/she must show consistency to the Midget and Peewee Governors with respect to any suspensions, fines, or rules which govern the operation of the League.

            (iv)       May not hold the position of team manager or coach for any team that plays in the League.

            (v)        May not hold the position if his/her child is a registered player for any Bantam team that participates in the SCAHL, unless approved by the League.

            (vi)       Will receive reimbursement for out of pocket expenses resulting from League related costs, including, phone and fax charges, meals, mileage and accommodations, as appropriate, upon submitting an expense report.  These expenditures will be reported on the financial statements.

d.         Duties of Peewee Governor:

            (i)         Be responsible for any duties assigned by the President or by the member associations.

            (ii)        Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the Past President, the Midget Governor and the Bantam Governor.

            (iii)       Be responsible for the operation, discipline and suspensions within the Peewee division and report directly to the President and the member associations.  He/she must show consistency to the Midget and Bantam Governors with respect to any suspensions, fines, or rules, which govern the operation of the League.

            (iv)       May not hold the position of team manager or coach for any team that plays in the League.

            (v)        May not hold the position if his/her child is a registered player for any Peewee team that participates in the SCAHL, unless approved by the League.

            (vi)       Will receive reimbursement for out of pocket expenses resulting from League related costs, including, phone and fax charges, meals, mileage and accommodations, as appropriate, upon submitting an expense report.  These expenditures will be reported on the financial statements.

f.          Duties of the Past President:

            (i)        Assumes the duties of the President in the absence of the President.

e.         Duties of Secretary/Treasurer

            (i)         Manage and control bank accounts, record all revenues and expenditures, deposit all monies received, pay all accounts, and prepare appropriate financial statements on an accrual basis for all meetings.

            (ii)        Accurately record minutes of all League meetings, including the AGM, and distribute copies of such minutes to the designated delegates of the member associations at least 7 days prior to the next League meeting.

            (iii)       Handle such correspondence and financial matters as required by the League.

            (iv)       May not hold the position of team manager or coach for any team that plays in the League.

            (v)        Ensure all correspondence regarding fines or the contravention of any bylaw is administered through the member association designated delegates, rather than through individual team coaches or managers.

111      TEAM REGISTRATION AND AFFILIATION

a.         It is the responsibility of each member association of the SCAHL to ensure their teams are properly registered with HA, prior to their first scheduled league game.  All out of province teams that play in the SCAHL must be duly registered with their respective governing body for their province.

b.         Each team must provide appropriate evidence of the team’s HA player registration to the Secretary, prior to its first league game by entry of the team roster into the League website.

c.         When a new player is added to a team roster, the team must provide notice of that player’s HA player registration to the Secretary.

d.         When a player is released or terminated from a team roster, forward a memo to the Secretary advising him/her that the player is no longer on that team.  Indicate the effective release date or the final playing date that the player played with that team.

e.         Each team must provide the Secretary with notice of approved HA affiliation prior to the playing of any affiliated player.  The rules set forth by Hockey Alberta regarding the utilization of affiliated players must be strictly adhered to.

g.         When a new player is added to a team roster, the player’s information must be added to the SCAHL Roster on the SCAHL website.

h.         Failure to abide by any of the above rules will result in a $100.00 fine to the team, at the discretion of the Secretary.

112      VIOLATIONS AND SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

a.         Subject to paragraph b., any member association that violates the Constitution or Bylaws of SCAHL, or the rules and regulations of HA or HC will be subject to extreme disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the League, as deemed appropriate by the member associations.

b.         The Constitution and Bylaws govern the operations of SCAHL and must be adhered to, however, it is recognized there may be occasions due to emergency or extraordinary circumstances, as determined by the League, in order to maintain orderly operations within the spirit and intent of the Constitution and Bylaws, it may be desirable to vary the strict application of certain provisions within the Bylaws. Such variance may only occur with the approval of two-thirds majority of the member associations.

 

SOUTH CENTRAL ALBERTA AA HOCKEY LEAGUE (SCAHL)

OPERATING DIRECTIVES

100      REFEREE POLICY

a.         Assignment of officials for all league games will be done through a designated Referee Assignor from the member associations.  The Referee Assignor will obtain only competent, capable and qualified referees.

b.         Any team having complaints regarding the officiating of a league game must address the complaint to their respective Governor, who in turn will forward it to the President.  If necessary, the President will then forward the complaint onto the respective Zone Referee Committee for review and follow-up.

c.         Referee requirements for league play and playoffs will conform to HA rules and regulations.

d.         A 3-man officiating system is required for all games played in the League.  However, games will still be played if only a 2-man system is available.  The failure to provide a 3-man system will result in a $50.00 to $500.00 fine incurred to the home member association, gauged at the discretion of the respective Governor.

e.         In order for this fine to be implemented, the respective Governor must be notified by the home team that only a 2-man system was used and this information must be recorded on the game sheet.

101      SCHEDULING & LEAGUE GAMES

All regular season and play off games shall be scheduled by an appointed League Scheduler.  Requirements for submission of ice slots for scheduling availability and other scheduling protocols shall be determined at the Leagues Annual General Meeting. 

a.         The number of regular league games that each division will play will be determined at the beginning of the playing season with reasonable consideration given to appropriate number of games. All decisions must receive two-thirds majority of the member associations.

b.         The league schedule must be completed in its entirety by November 1st annually.  No changes will be permitted to the schedule after November 1st, other than the approved rescheduled games.

c.         Scheduled league games have PRIORITY over all exhibition and tournament games.  No exhibition or tournament games shall count as League games.

d.         League Game Rescheduling: In the event a team is required to reschedule a league game, the team official shall first receive consent for the reschedule by sending the SCAHL rescheduling form to the other team.  Upon receiving such consent for the rescheduled time and date, the team official shall submit the SCAHL Rescheduling form to the Secretary.  The Secretary shall make the changes to the master schedule and advise the respective Governor of the schedule change.

e.         Teams must understand that it is mandatory to play all league games.  The consequences are severe, so teams are advised to monitor the rescheduling of games.

            (i)         The first offence will be to fine any team that cancels a game and does not play it during the course of the season $2,000.00.

            (ii)        The second offence will be to have the entire member association removed from the League, including suspension of play for all other teams linked to that member association.

f.          A minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes will be set on the clock for warm-up, prior to any game commencing.

g.         All scheduled league games will consist of three, 20 minute, stop time periods.  Cleaning the ice surface should occur after each period if time allows.  Failure to provide enough ice time for three, 20 minute, stop time periods will result in a forfeit for the home team, and 2 points being awarded to the opposition team, regardless of the game score.

h.         Notwithstanding Bylaw 101 g., if it appears a game will not be able to be completed within the ice time allocated by the arena for the game (minimum 2.25 hours) due to unusual delay caused by penalty assessments, and there is no flexibility to extend the time to stop time completion, at the first stoppage of play after the time reaches 5 minutes remaining on the ice time allocation, the timekeeper shall notify the referee and the game clock shall be dropped to 2 minutes stop time. The respective Governor shall have sole discretion to determine the main cause of delay and if the outcome of the game could have realistically been affected by the delay.

i.          Prior to the start of a game, the home team shall advise the game officials and the visiting team if an extension of ice time allocation will be available and the length of such possible extension.

j.          Notwithstanding Bylaws 101 f, 101 g and 101 h, for all Calgary Midget AA interlock games played in Calgary arenas, Calgary Midget AA time rules will apply, provided however, for purposes of SCAHL Midget standings, forfeiture points under Bylaw 101 g may be awarded if in the Midget Governor's sole discretion a game outcome could have realistically been affected by inordinate non-injury delay due to no fault of the visiting team.

k.         All league games must be completed at least two days prior to playoffs commencing.

l.          If an injury related incident occurs during any league game, which causes extreme delay in the game, the game may or may not be completed at a later date, the decision of which will be at the discretion of the respective Governor.

m.        No regular scheduled league game may commence prior to 6:30 PM on a Friday night, without the consent of both teams and the Division Governor.

102      PLAYING RULES AND SUSPENSIONS 

The playing rules shall be provided in the official rulebook of Hockey Canada.

a.         The HOME team will be responsible for supplying warm-up and game pucks.

b.         HA guidelines for minimum suspensions will be adhered to, however, the Governors may impose additional suspensions if they reasonably deem appropriate.

c.         In the case of a bench clearing situation, the coach of the team with the first identifiable player to leave the bench or bench area, will be suspended for 5 games.  If there is a repeat of this offence, the coach will be suspended indefinitely, pending a hearing arranged by the respective Governor.

d.         In the case of a pre-game incident, whereby, one skirmish constitutes an incident, the coach of the instigating team will be suspended for 3 games.  Suspensions to the opposing team will be determined by the outcome of the written report of the referee.

e.         Any coach that gives a choke sign, or obscene gesture sign to the crowd, to any referee, or to any member of the opposing bench will receive a 2 game suspension or more, determined by the discretion of the respective Governor.  This suspension will be doubled each time a coach repeats these actions.

f.          The League expects the coach of each team to be entirely responsible for the discipline of their team.  Coaches must be directly responsible for the actions of his/her players, and where problems do exist, appropriate action will be taken against the coach in question, if deemed necessary.

g.         Team officials are directly responsible for reporting all major penalties assessed against its team to the respective Governor for that division, immediately after the game completes.  The player(s) involved will be suspended indefinitely, until dealt with by that Governor.

h.         An amount of $50.00 to $500.00 will be levied to any coach who calls for a ruling outlined under HC Playing Rules relating to measurement of sticks or goaltender equipment.  This does not prevent the coach from requesting a ruling; it simply means he must be prepared to pay the levy whenever he chooses to make this call.

i.          Suspensions for two or more gross misconducts will be determined upon by the discretion of the respective Governor.

j.          Suspensions to players for match penalties will be determined upon by the discretion of the respective Governor.

k.         Any player that hits or strikes a fan with his/her stick, or throws his/her stick into the crowd will be suspended for 5 games or more, determined upon by the discretion of the respective Governor.

l.          The first identifiable player to leave his/her bench or bench area to join an altercation, or for the purpose of starting an altercation, will be suspended for 5 games or more, determined upon by the discretion of the respective Governor.

m.        Suspensions arising out of the written referee report for all incidents that occur between periods or any pre-game or post-game incidents and will be administered by the discretion of the respective Governor.

n.         Players are not to cross the red centre ice line during the pre-game warm-up, or before the start of any period. That is, they must stay on their side of centre ice.  If this rule is not adhered to, players may be suspended, pending the outcome of the written report of the referee, and determined upon by the discretion of the respective Governor.

o.         Any participant in the SCAHL who receives their 3rd game misconduct for any penalty except a minor and a game misconduct they will be suspended for 1 extra game. When they receive a 4th game misconduct for any penalty except a minor and a game misconduct they will be suspended for 3 games. When they receive a 5th game misconduct for any penalty except a minor penalty and a game misconduct they will be suspended indefinitely pending a hearing with and decision by the respective Governor.

p.         Suspended players are not allowed on the bench, in the timekeeper’s box, in the penalty box, or within 50 feet of the players’ bench during the game.  Also, suspended players are not allowed in the dressing room one-hour before the game and up to one hour after the game.  The League encourages suspended players to be in attendance at all games they have been suspended from.

q.         All other playing rules, as provided in the HC Official Playing Rules book must be adhered to, and all suspensions will be issued by referring to the Minimum Suspension list, as produced annually by HA.

r.         All suspensions must be adhered to for all league and playoff games, and will be determined upon by the discretion of the respective Governor.  Exhibition games will NOT be considered as games served. Entire suspensions must be served in the player’s original division and category, not in the affiliated division.

s.          The respective Governor will withdraw playing/participation privileges for one or more games from any participant who demonstrates his/her refusal to abide by the playing rules or League disciplines.

t.          The respective Governor may increase minimum suspensions, with the approval of all member associations.  Increased suspensions are only effective after seven days written notice has been given to all teams.

u.         Except for the final game of a playoff round, there shall not be a post-game team handshake in SCAHL games.

The League expects Coaches and Team Management to be responsible for the discipline of their team and actions of their fans. Where problems exist, appropriate action will be taken against the Coach in question if deemed necessary. Additionally, Coaches are expected to exhibit model behaviour at all times.

NOTE:  Hockey Alberta Minimum Suspensions are not appealable.

103      TOURNAMENT, EXHIBITION AND PRE-SEASON GAMES

  1. Hockey Alberta is ultimately responsible for granting permission for pre-season, tournament and exhibition games and for the administration of discipline that is necessary arising out of those games.
  2. The Division Governors will correspond with Hockey Alberta as appropriate regarding SCAHL suspensions.
  3. Teams must also obtain Hockey Alberta approval for any exhibition and tournament games.

104      GAME SHEETS AND REPORTS

a. The HOME TEAM is responsible for electronic delivery of the game sheet to their respective Governor no later than 9:00 A.M. of the day following the scheduled game.

c.         The HOME TEAM is responsible for electronic delivery of the “Referee Write-Up Report” (only if one was used) to their respective Governor no later than 9:00 A.M. of the day following the scheduled game.  It is not necessary to deliver the Referee Write-Up Report to the Secretary.

d.         All officials - including the scorekeeper, timekeeper, head referee and both linesmen must sign the game sheets where specified.

e.         A registered team official must verify the roster line-up on the game sheet by signing where specified.  Denote beside the players name: I - for Injured, A - for Absent, S - for Suspended or AP - for Affiliated Player.  Ensure the starting goalie and alternate goalie is defined as such.

f.          Any information recorded on the game sheet must be printed in a neat and legible script.  DO NOT reverse the Visiting and Home team information.  Record all information as specified.  Denote PP - for power play goals, SH - for short-handed goals and EN - for empty net goals (not even numbered).

g.         The abbreviations of penalty codes are printed at the bottom of the Official Game Report (game sheet).  These abbreviations are recognized, approved and recommended by the HC.  It is mandatory to apply these codes when completing the penalty section of the Official Game Report (game sheet).  NO OTHER VERSION OF PENALTY CODES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

h.         Referees are required to complete the Referee Write-Up Report (only when required), rather than writing on the back of the game sheet.  It is the responsibility of the HOME TEAM to ensure that this rule is adhered to.

i.          Record all times as they actually occur on the game clock.  DO NOT convert the times.  In other words, times must be recorded as starting @ 20:00 and working down to 0:00, not vice versa.

j.          Failure to abide by any of the above rules will result in fines of $100.00, all at the discretion of the respective Governor.

105      TEAM FAILING TO SHOW

a.         If a team fails to show at a game on the scheduled date, time or location, without valid reason as determined by the League, that team will be fined $300.00. In any event, the game must be rescheduled and played at a later date.

b.         If the date to reschedule the game cannot be agreed upon by the two teams, then the respective Governor will set the date and the game will be played on that date - NO exceptions.

106      APPEALS AND PROTESTS

a.         Any player, team official, or member association, affected by an event or decision or ruling by the League, has the right to appeal to the League. Appeals must be in writing including all supporting documents and be accompanied by a cheque or money order in the amount of $200.00.  The appellant must notify the respective Governor of their intent to appeal within 48 hours of:  (a) the event complained of or (b) receiving notice of the decision or ruling.  In the case of appeals against other member associations, copies of the written appeal must be faxed or delivered to the manager or representative of that member association.

b.         Upon receipt of the protest, the respective Governor will appoint an appeal committee, consisting of him/her and one representative from each of three neutral member associations to handle each appeal.

c.           All protests require that the Governor contact the individual submitting the protest and the Manager of the team being protested against.

d.         If the appeal committee dismisses the appeal, the deposit referred to in Operating Procedure 106a will be forfeited to the League. The decision of the appeal committee is final.

e.         In accordance with HA rules and regulations, any player, team official or member association may have a further right to appeal to HA. In this instance, the decision of HA would be final.

107   LEAGUE PLAY OFFS

At the conclusion of scheduled league play each year, each division will compete for a division championship in accordance with a playoff structure to be determined by the League annually no later than October 15th of that playing season, based on the following format:

Conference Round Robin Play Off Tournaments to determine Conference Champions in each Division.

League Championship - Best of 3 play off between North and South Tournament Winners.

League Champion advances to Alberta AA Provincial Championships.  Note that this representative must be a Member of Hockey Alberta.

108    LEAGUE AWARDS

a.   The following awards will be awarded annually:

i)       Top Goaltender

ii)      Top Scorer

iii)     Most Sportsmanlike Player

iv)     Most Valuable Forward

v)      Best Defenseman

Each winner will receive a keeper plaque from the League which is purchased by the League and distributed by an official of the League.

109    RISK MANAGEMENT

  1. Any injury resulting in a player injured seriously enough require emergency medical attention or to miss more than eight games must be reported to the Division Governor for information and perhaps insurance purposes, in addition to any Hockey Alberta notification required.
  2. All players while playing any games in the SCAHL are encouraged to wear mouth guards.

110   PUBLIC RELATIONS

  1. All teams are encouraged to report weekly game results to their local media’s.

111   GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

  1. Travel permits are required by all teams (as per Hockey Alberta) for all out-of-province tournaments and games.
  2. No League monies shall be used to support any tournament.
  3. Team and League member information will be collected at the Annual General Meeting and the Secretary will distribute this information to all teams by September 15th annually.

112   COACHING CERTIFICATION                                                              

Hockey Alberta Bylaws & Regulations 

For information regarding coach education requirements go to http://www.hockeyalberta.ca

APPENDIX 1

SCAHL BULLYING POLICY

The SCAHL is committed to help reduce and prevent the bullying of participants (players, coaches, referees, parents and fans).

Written, verbal, physical and cyber bullying is defined as harmful actions that are communicated via written, spoken or electronic media (the internet, interactive and digital technologies, mobile phones) and are intended to embarrass, humiliate, threaten, harm, or slander another SCAHL participant(s).  This includes individual players, coaching staff, game officials and teams.  They are referred below as ‘targets’.

Some examples of the bullying policy are:

  • Continually criticizing the target’s abilities.
  • Blaming the target of the bullying for mistakes.
  • Repeated insults or put downs of the target.
  • Denying or discounting the targets accomplishment.
  • Threats of and actual physical violence toward the target.

Written, verbal, physical and or cyber bullying in the SCAHL will be dealt with as per the following (includes players, coaches, parents and fans):

  • Information will be gathered from sources pertaining to the incident and reviewed by the League.
  • Directors may be called upon for input on an individual basis for certain cases.
  • 1st offence under the policy is a 3 game suspension.

·        2nd offence is an indefinite suspension. The player will remain under suspension while the case is investigated and dealt with by the SCAHL.

Note: Some types of cyber-bulling may fall within the Criminal Code of Canada.  Should there be a need for law enforcement involvement, all information will be passed to the local authorities.

APPENDIX 2

SCAHL HARASSMENT POLICY

The SCAHL does not tolerate players or team officials engaging in verbal taunts, insults, and intimidation towards other players based on discriminatory grounds (race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, language).

This constitutes harassment under Hockey Canada Rule 9.2(f).  The SCAHL does not accept or condone that harassment is part of the game of hockey.  Any player or team official who is guilty of harassment will be issued suspensions above the Hockey Alberta Minimum Suspension Guidelines for the Game Misconduct or Gross Misconduct penalty called for Rule in 9.2(f).

 

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