SCAHA MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
July 12, 2006
LAKEWOOD MALL MEETING ROOM
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESENT
Commissioner – Robert Doherty, Deputy Commissioner – Sandy Blumberg, Treasurer – Bob Driffill, Secretary – Rosemary Voulelikas, Member Services – Wendy Goldstein, Statistician – Annie Fisher, Ice Convener – Chris Carcerano and Associate Director –Tim Fahringer.
MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS PRESENT
Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Anaheim Wildcats, Artesia Avalanche, Bakersfield Dragons, Bay Harbor Red Wings, Beach City Lightning, California Bears, California Stars, Channel Island Riptide, Huntington Beach Sun Devils, Inland Valley Wild, Jr. Ice Dogs, LA Hockey Club, La Jolla Jaguars, LA Jr. Kings, Ontario Eagles, Pasadena Maple Leafs, San Diego Gulls, San Diego Ice Arena, San Diego Saints, West Valley Wolves, Valencia Express, and Ventura Mariners.
MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS ABSENT
California Wave and Yorba Linda Blackhawks.
Commissioner Robert Doherty called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
It was determined that seventeen (17) Presidents were present at the meeting enough for a quorum.
The May 131st meeting minutes were distributed for review. Paula Frankel motioned to accept the minutes and Lisa England seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Bob Doherty informed the board that all of the seven SCAHA nominees running for a CAHA Directorship were elected. He also stated that Therese Phillips was elected as the Youth Council Chair. In addition the Youth Council committee is made of the following members: Robert Doherty, Sandy Blumberg, Scott Scherer- Norcal president, Liesel Songer-Nelson- Tier I Commissioner and Bradley Broadhead- Tier II Commissioner and others.
Sandy Blumberg and Bob Doherty presented the Toyota Sports Center with an appreciation banner for hosting the SCAHA Championships two years in a row. Robert Doherty read a statement from Brad Sholl. Rosemary Voulelikas accepted the banner on behalf of Brad Sholl and the Toyota Sports Center.
Bob Doherty distributed the 2006-2007 USA Hockey Standard of Play and Rules document. He informed the board that currently the USA Hockey Select Camps are implementing these new rules and they are averaging about 35 minutes of penalties each game. These new rules deal with hooking, interference, tripping and holding. Another new rule is the wearing of helmets by coaches for all on ice practices. SCAHA is committed to enforcing this new rule. SCAHA is asking all of the presidents to make sure that this rule is followed. Ron White added that a new helmet is being designed for coaches that does not have earflaps.
Robert Doherty informed the board that the SCAHA Executive Committee unanimously rejected the proposed LAHOA contract. There were two proposals submitted by LAHOA. Sandy Blumberg and Bob Doherty turned down the first proposal. Bob stated that he would be distributing both proposals to all presidents later on in the meeting.
Bob Doherty reminded the board of the CAHA Player Development Rule (PDR) for AA teams and A teams (PW, BN and MD). He stated that clubs forming teams that do not have PDR must inform their parents that the team will not be post season eligible and expects to see a letter from the club president to all of the parents of that team stating same. He would also like to see the parent’s acknowledgment of the team’s status on paper as well.
In addition, Bob reminded the board of the SCAHA Block Recruitment Rule (BRR) as well, stating that SCAHA will not be waiving this rule.
Robert Doherty stated that clubs that still have outstanding unpaid fines would not be included in the SCAHA schedule. These same clubs have been notified a multitude of times and have yet to pay their fines.
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
Rules Committee Recommendations:
Sandy Blumberg distributed a copy of the SCAHA Rules with the proposed rules changes incorporated. In addition, a small handout was distributed to the presidents with the proposed verbiage of the new USA Hockey helmet rule to be included in the general section as well as the coach’s section of the SCAHA Rules. Some of the highlights of the proposed rule changes discussed were:
Section 17 - General
17.04 - The recruiting of players was changed to read “Documented cases of recruiting of players” … The word club was removed from “The offender’s club and the fine was increased to $500. It was felt that all offenders should be penalized and not just the club.
17.07 – The word parent was replaced with spectator.
17.08 – Coach was added in the description of those receiving a racial slur penalty.
Paula Frankel asked if there was a written rule in addition to 17.06 that encompassed delinquent players on summer teams. Discussion followed and it was determined the West Valley Wolves president, Paula Frankel would come up with verbiage to include in article 17.06 that would cover delinquent players playing on summer teams. Kevin Culbertson motioned to accept the changes to section 17 excluding article 17.06 of the SCAHA rules as presented. Jim Carroll seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 18 – Tryouts
18.01 – Robert Doherty clarified the tryout dates to be for this year only and informed the board that the tryout dates were changed by CAHA at the last CAHA meeting and SCAHA will propose the tryout dates for the 2007-2008 later on in the season.
18.04 – …. “ Parents/legal guardians”… was added to all articles where only parents were listed.
18.05 - …Tier I teams shall submit all rosters “and letters of intent”… was added to better track player movement.
18.07 – The fine for signing two letters of intent was increased to $500.
18.11 – as stated earlier was moved to section 17 and renumbered as 17.04.
Kevin Culbertson motioned to accept the changes to section 18 of the SCAHA rules as presented. Jim Carroll seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 19 – Registration Requirements for Players
19.04 – Use verbiage 2.3.12.b from CAHA 2005-2006 Guidebook.
Kevin Culbertson motioned to accept Section 19 as presented and Jim Carroll seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 20 – Registration Requirements for teams
20.05 – Verbiage replaced with CAHA’s 7.12.a “Any team that participates in a game with an ineligible player shall forfeit the game. The game shall be recorded as a 1-0 win for the opposing team.”
20.07 – Discussion centered on whether a club changing its jerseys and colors should continue to seek approval from the SCAHA Executive Committee or from the entire board of directors. Dave Peterson motioned to keep the same verbiage as last year but to add. “Selection must occur by April 1st with the change in effect for the following season.” Jim Carroll seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 21 – Declarations
21.01 - Kevin Culbertson expressed some concerns regarding clubs who do not control their ice slots and are at the mercy of the rinks. He stated that there are times when a club can not comply with the deadline requests because they are waiting for the rink operators to release their ice schedule to them. Paula Frankel motioned to accept Section 21 as proposed and Dave Peterson seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Ron White motioned to accept Section 20 as amended and Mark Graham seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 22 – Team Eligibility
22.01 – Proposal to change Block recruitment to 45% was discussed. Paula Frankel motioned to amend the proposed changes to revert back to 25% and to keep the deletion. Lisa England seconded. MOTION PASSED.
22.04 – This article to reflect PDR verbiage in 2006-2007 CAHA Guidebook.
Ron White motioned to accept Section 22 and Lisa England seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 23 – Playing Rules
Ron White motioned to accept Section 23 and Kevin Culbertson seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 24 - Coaches
24.01 – Paula Frankel stated that the BB level should be removed from the Required Certification Chart.
Sandy Blumberg restated that the new USA Hockey helmet rule verbiage would be inserted in this section as well. Kevin Culbertson motioned to accept Section 24 as amended and Bridget Hopkinson seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 25 – On Ice and Minor Officials
Kevin Culbertson motioned to accept Section 25 and Mark Graham seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 26 – SCAHA Games
26.07 – Bob Doherty distributed copies of the rescheduling games presentation that was given earlier in the year where rescheduling of Tier II games was allowed and that of A/B games was not. Discussion followed.
New – “Re-scheduling of SCAHA Games may occur if the following criteria is met:…” Jeff Jennings motioned to remove the above New article and Lisa England seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Lisa England motioned to revert back to last season’s 26.07 article and Rosemary Voulelikas seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Tom Hesketh motioned to accept Section 26 as amended and Jim Carroll seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 27 – SCAHA Games/ Section 28 – Player Movement/ Section 29 – Permanent Player Releases
Ron White motioned to accept Section 27, Section 28 and section 29 as presented and Bridget Hopkinson seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 30 – Temporary Releases
Kevin Culbertson motioned to accept Section 30 and Bridget Hopkinson seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 31 – Tournament and Exhibition Games
Jim Carroll motioned to accept Section 31 as proposed and Lisa England seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 32 – Post-Season Eligibility
32.03 – Discussion centered on implementing a date when a player may be rostered on a team and still be eligible for post-season play. Kevin Culbertson motioned to implement December 31st as the cut off date and Laura Ryan seconded. MOTION PASSED. Sandy Blumberg to provide verbiage.
Jim Carroll motioned to accept section 32 as amended and Tom Hesketh seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 33 – Regular Season Championships
33.03 – Discussion centered on changing the order of the tie breaker criteria for purposes of determining the Regular Season Champion in each division. Laura Ryan motioned to accept article 33.03 and Section 33 as presented and Kevin Culbertson seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 34 – Playoffs
34.04 – Art Trottier motioned to amend the proposal to read: 3 and 4 Team Divisions: “All teams in the division will participate in playoffs.” Louis Soltero seconded. MOTION PASSED. Laura Ryan motioned the following amendment to article 34.04 to read: “5, 6 and 7 Team Divisions:” The top four teams will participate… and “8, 9 or more Team Divisions:” The top eight teams will … MOTION PASSED.
Jim Carroll motioned to accept Section 34 as amended and Rod Gunn seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Section 35 – Suspensions
35.03 – Ron White motioned to delete the new verbiage and to revert back to last year’s. Kevin Culbertson seconded. MOTION PASSED.
35.12 – Proposed rule change to be amended to read “… a mandatory penalty review hearing for the head coach may occur. There was some discussion to increase the penalty minutes in each division. Many of the presidents felt that with the new USA Hockey rules of play changes that there would be an increase in penalty minutes as coaches and players adjust to the new rules.
Kevin Culbertson motioned to accept Section 35 as amended and Laura Ryan seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Bob Driffill distributed the proposed 2006-2007 budget to all the presidents. Bob Driffill stated the budget was preliminary. Lisa England motioned to accept the budget and Tom Hesketh seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Annie Fisher informed the board that she would be working on distributing the award patches starting this upcoming week.
MEMBER SERVICES REPORT
Wendy Goldstein informed the board that there would be a SCAHA registrar’s meeting on August 19, 2006 starting at 8 am at Skate Zone in Huntington Beach.
ICE CONVENER REPORT
Chris Carcerano distributed the 2006-2007 SCAHA Season calendar. He stated that the Pre-Select camp would be scheduled for one day only thus enabling him to schedule regular season games for Sunday. He also informed the board that since Christmas falls on a Monday this year and not a weekend he will be scheduling games for that weekend.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS REPORT
No report at this time.
ACE COACHING COORDINATOR REPORT
No report at this time.
LeAnn Doherty distributed a packet explaining the Champs program and gave a brief description of it. Basically it is modeled after the SKATE program in Minnesota where scholar athletes are recognized for their achievements. She reiterated that both the Ducks and Kings are involved in the program. They will be supplying the patches that the awardees will be wearing on their jerseys. LeAnn added that the information on the program would be posted on the SCAHA web site shortly.
The recipients of the Carmen Starr scholarship this year were Hans Romo and Daniel Schwager. Congratulations to both awardees.
Robert Doherty distributed the following to the board: Last year’s signed LAHOA contract, LAHOA’s initial proposal for this upcoming season and LAHOA’s second proposal in response to the rejection of their first. Discussion followed. Kevin Culbertson motioned to reject the proposed contract as presented by LAHOA and Louis Soltero seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Sandy Blumberg will be reworking SCAHA’s proposal to limit single game fees to $5 applicable to time differential of 90 minutes or more, scheduling fee increase of $80, travel allowance limited to $30, officiating system for SCAHA to deduct $10 and a two-man system for Mites. Kevin Culbertson motioned to vote on the LAHOA contract by email and Tom Hesketh seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Next meeting is August 9th, 2006.
Motion to adjourn by Jim Carroll and seconded by Dave Peterson. MOTION PASSED.
Meeting adjourned at 10:24 PM.