SCAHA MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
March 8, 2006
LAKEWOOD MALL MEETING ROOM
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESENT
Commissioner – Bob Doherty, Deputy Commissioner – Sandy Blumberg, Treasurer – Bob Driffill, Secretary – Rosemary Voulelikas, Member Services – Wendy Goldstein, Director –Laurie Boaz, Statistician – Annie Fisher and Associate Director –Tim Fahringer.
MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS PRESENT
Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Artesia Avalanche, Bakersfield Dragons, Bay Harbor Red Wings, Beach City Lightning, California Bears, California Stars, California Wave, Channel Island Riptide, Inland Valley Wild, Jr. Ice Dogs, La Jolla Jaguars, LA Hockey Club, LA Jr. Kings, Pasadena Maple Leafs, San Diego Gulls, San Diego Ice Arena, South Coast Sabers, Ventura Mariners, West Valley Wolves and Yorba Linda Blackhawks.
MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS ABSENT
Huntington Beach Sun Devils, Ontario Eagles and Valencia Express.
Commissioner Robert Doherty called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
It was determined that fourteen (14) Presidents were present at the meeting enough for a quorum.
The February meeting minutes were distributed for review. Laura Ryan motioned to accept the minutes and Art Trottier seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Nominations of SCAHA Officials for 2006-2007 Season:
Robert Doherty reported Robert Doherty, SCAHA Commissioner and Sandy Blumberg, Deputy Commissioner ran unopposed and are elected for another term.
Bob Doherty informed the board that Louis Pacella will no longer serve as SCAHA Parliamentarian but will remain as SCAHA Legal Counsel. Anyone interested in serving, as SCAHA parliamentarian should email Bob directly.
Bob Doherty stated that CAHA is looking for donations from SCAHA for the CAHA Chicago Showcase team to help offset the costs incurred by the players. Ed Tar, CAHA 1st VP had informed Bob that the team would incur costs of about $19,000. Bob recommended that any net gains from the SCAHA Pre-Select Camps could be forwarded to the Chicago Showcase team. Discussions followed. Bob Driffill stated that all of the expenses for the SCAHA Pre-Select Camp were almost in and there was a possible net gain of $2,500 to $3,000. He stated he would have a definite amount by next week. Rosemary Voulelikas motioned for SCAHA to donate $5,000 to the CAHA Chicago Showcase team to offset the costs incurred by the players and Ron White seconded. 19 voted in favor. MOTION PASSED.
Bob Doherty reminded the board that the April meeting is the annual meeting. All bylaw change recommendations should be emailed to Sandy Blumberg as well as anyone interested in sitting on the Bylaws Review Committee. In addition, proposals for playing rule changes should also be emailed to the Executive Committee.
San Diego Saints’ Petition to Join SCAHA:
Bob Doherty informed the board that the San Diego Saints’ submitted their request to join SCAHA. Jason Galea presented the San Diego Saints’ petition with a power point presentation. Some of the highlights were; their in-house program is directly affiliated with the Salvation Army. They attempt to scholar numerous participants and have a mentor program for high school/college students. The Saints had six (6) tournament teams this year of which two of the teams participated in the SWYHL. They have 179 players registered with USA Hockey and have developed an in-house program since 2003. Ninety-six percent of their players are home grown. Discussion followed. Lisa England motioned to accept the San Diego Saints as a SCAHA member club and Tom West seconded. Eighteen voted in favor and one (1) abstained. MOTION PASSED.
Bob Doherty stated that the San Diego Saints, the San Diego Ice Arena and the Artesia Avalanche would be included in the SCAHA full schedule. The Saints will be placed on probation together with the other newly accepted clubs until December of this current year. They will have to submit in writing their formal request to be removed from probation at that time. In addition, as long as issues do not occur during the probationary period- registration process, player fees, rosters, etc., then their teams would be deemed playoff eligible once their probationary status has been removed by a SCAHA Board vote.
Bob Doherty informed the board that all coaches will be required to be screened as per CAHA. CAHA is using Choice Point and all coaches must submit their information in order to be deemed eligible to coach next season.
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
Sandy Blumberg informed the board that the Disciplinary Review Committee is prepared to hold hearings throughout the playoffs if needed.
MEMBER SERVICES REPORT
Wendy Goldstein stated she recently received the list of SCAHA player fees that are still outstanding and will be emailing the respective clubs.
Bob Driffill distributed the financial statements dated January 31, 2006 and asked if there were any questions regarding the statements. Bob indicated that for the month of January having a deficit is normal for this time of year since many items/numbers have not been finalized. He will update the Profit and Loss statements as soon as he has all the expenses for the SCAHA Pre-Select camp, income fines, income forfeiture fees and playoff fees.
Annie Fisher stated that she still has seven outstanding forfeiture fees to distribute. In addition she will be emailing tomorrow the outstanding game suspensions and missing scoresheet reports to the respective clubs.
ICE CONVENER REPORT
Bob Doherty informed the board that Chris Carcerano is asking all of the playoff venues to log on and update the game scores. He will be emailing each of the playoff venues information on how to execute this.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS REPORT
No report at this time.
ACE COACHING COORDINATOR REPORT
No report at this time.
2005-2006 Playoff Status:
Tony Romo, Playoff Committee Chair, is proposing that the 2006-2007-playoff committee set the ice schedules. They will then distribute it to the rinks. It will eliminate a lot of back and forth that occurred this season.
Lisa England questioned the playoff fee amount of $1100 for those divisions having only a total of three playoff games as opposed to the other divisions that have 4 games. Bob Doherty responded that the Executive committee will look into it and possibly refund some of the money.
Lisa England questioned if it were possible to move the Mite B playoff game between the LAHC and the Mariners to an earlier start time of 6:45 PM as opposed to 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 11, 2006. Bob Doherty and Tony Romo both stated that if Westminster has the ice available and if Mariners and LAHC are in agreement then they do not believe it is a problem. Bridget Hopkinson to confirm with Tony Romo, Annie Fisher and Norm Kitano.
Sandy Blumberg informed the board that the playoff rules are similar to last season’s and some items are not in the SCAHA Guidebook such as the 7-goal differential prompting running time as well as the tie-breaker in semis and championship games. The tiebreaker rule will be inserted in the guidebook for next season as well as the CAHA Stop patches. Sandy forewarned all the presidents that if teams/players present themselves without stop patches on their jerseys, they will be removed from playing until such time they are in compliance.
Wendy Goldstein reiterated that coaches without proper certification would not be permitted on the ice. If coaches do have the proper certification and are currently on the scoresheet labels but Wendy does not have their card on file, then they are to bring their cards to the venues for verification prior to stepping on the ice. Wendy informed the board that she has the playoff packets c/w checks for those teams (La Jolla, Dragons, Wild, Eagles and Jr. Kings) that did not advance to the playoffs and to please make sure to pick them up tonight.
Annie Fisher and Laurie Boaz reported on the playoff programs. Annie will be picking them up and distributing them to the playoff venues this Friday. Laurie reported that the hockey grams were very successful this year with over $2,400 of ads purchased. She thanked the NHL teams- Anaheim Ducks and LA Kings for also purchasing ads. The playoff program is 64 pages thick and will end up costing $1.60 each. There are about 12 to 14 full pages of hockey grams. And finally Laurie informed the board that the Ducks as well as the Kings will be sending a variety of items to be auctioned off at the Championships.
Laura Ryan asked about Tier scheduling for next season and suggested that the games be scheduled in reverse order from the close of rosters, December 31, 2006 to September.
Rosemary Voulelikas informed the board that the CAHA nomination letter and forms will be ready in two weeks. She will email the forms to the club presidents and rink associations.
Tom Hesketh informed the board that he is stepping down as president of the South Coast Sabers and that Constantine Lodina will be the new president of the Sabers.
LeAnn Doherty reminded the board that the Carmen Starr Scholarship will proceed as per last year’s format. SCAHA will be awarding a total of $3,000 (three X $1,000 scholarships) to aged out Midgets pursuing a post secondary education. The application and details will be posted on the SCAHA web site.
LeAnn Doherty reported that both the Kings and Ducks are interested in moving forward with the “learn to skate programs.” An idea that was tossed around was to divide the clubs in half. Both are willing to purchase ice for 3-6 week clinics and possibly supply players with equipment (no skates) and sticks. They are still working on the details. LeAnn stated that more volunteers are needed.
Robert Doherty stated that SCAHA’s petition regarding the CAHA mandated tryout dates was denied by CAHA and recommends we forward it to USA Hockey. If USA Hockey rules in favor it would then go into effect for the following year. Bob explained that SCAHA does not have a right to break CAHA rules and risks being banned. There is an appeal process in place and SCAHA needs to exhaust the appeals process. Ron White motioned for SCAHA to appeal CAHA’s current decision to USA Hockey regarding our resolution to move the tryout dates. Kevin Culbertson seconded. All voted in favor. MOTION PASSED.
Next meeting is April 12th, 2006.
Motion to adjourn by Kevin Culbertson and seconded by Lisa England. MOTION PASSED.
Meeting adjourned at 9:36 PM.