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KEWEENAW BAY HOCKEY ASSOCIATION POLICIES
THE KEWEENAW BAY HOCKEY ASSOCIATION, KBHA, IS A NON-PROFIT, TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATION REGISTERED UNDER SECTION 5(c)(3) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE CODE
THE BUSINESS AND AFFAIRS OF KBHA ARE MANAGED BY OR UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE KBHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE PURPOSE OF KBHA YOUTH HOCKEY IS TO PROVIDE DEVELOPMENTAL AND COMPETITIVE YOUTH HOCKEY, EMPHAZING SKATING AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT, WHILE FOSTERING SPORTSMANSHIP, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, LEADERSHIP, FRIENDSHIP, COMPETITIVENESS, AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
i. All paperwork with USA Hockey, MAHA, and KBHA must be completed
ii. All fees to KBHA and USA Hockey must be paid in full
iii. Parents must sign up for two (2) concession stand shifts per player they have participating in KBHA
iv. Uniforms, or any KBHA owned equipment, from the previous season must be returned or paid for
i. Tournament games
ii. Play-off games for State Tournaments
iii. Disciplinary reasons
iv. Penalty situations
v. “A” or “AA” teams
i. Talk to the coach(es) about the situation
ii. Bring the problem to the attention of the ACE Coordinator if the situation is not resolved between the parent and coach
iii. If the situation cannot be resolved with the involvement of the ACE Coordinator, the ACE Coordinator should involve the KBHA Board of Directors with assistance remedying the issue
Background- There are always numerous concerns when there are enough players to split a team. As a result, in the past there have been hard feelings when the procedure is not understood. For this reason, this procedure shall be posted to the KBHA website, and made available upon request, to interested individuals.
Objective- The objective of establishing a draft procedure is to provide a means of assigning players so all teams within the division are as close to an equal level of talent and competitiveness as possible.
i. Evaluations will be held at the beginning of the season. The President of KBHA will hold a meeting with all coaches prior to the tryouts to develop tryout structure. A minimum of four (4) coaches will participate in the evaluation. Players will be graded on a scale of 1-3 (1 being the least skilled, 3 being the most skilled) in each of the following criteria:
ii. Each coach invited to the evaluation must record a score for each player. If each coach scores a player differently, the score will be averaged out for that player. If a player is unable to attend the evaluation, his/her rating can be determined from the previous year.
i. Attempts will be made to place members of the same family, or close family friends who are eligible to play in the same division on the same team in order to ease the financial burden placed on families
i. The purpose of protecting players provides a coach the ability to secure a roster spot for their son or daughter, or the son or daughter of one of their assistants. Each coach may only protect up to three (3) players but are not obligated to protect any player I they do not wish to do so. Although these players are not open for the draft, it is still important to accurately grade these players as they will count as the first pick in the respective class they scored to.
i. The KBHA Board President and coaches will review the rankings for final approval. All names will be placed on a card with respective rankings on the back. All goalie cards will go in one can, all number one (#1) rankings will go in another can, and so on. Coaches will first select goalies and then skaters. All coaches will pull a name out of the same can beginning with the highest ranked players, unless a coach has protected a player as in this case he/she has already had made their draft pick for that round. Once all number three (#3) ranked players have been selected, the coaches will then begin selecting number two (#2) ranked players, and so on until all players have been selected.
ii. The coach with the most experience coaching with KBHA will be given first draft pick honors, if a tie exists it shall be broken by a coin toss.
iii. If an odd number of number one (#1) or number two (#2) rankings exist the remaining number of players will be divided evenly amongst coaches.
i. The primary goal of the draft is to establish competitiveness and fairness. However, there are often requests by parents concerning the placement of a player, or there are a lack of goalies. Providing the ability to trade will provide an avenue for the coaches and the league to accommodate special requests. Trades will not be considered until after all players have been drafted. Trading players will adhere to the following guidelines:
i. Additions to the team after the draft will be processed by the KBHA President and all coaches involved. Players joining late will undergo an evaluation to determine his/her level of play. After being evaluated, the joining player will be assigned to a team based on the team’s current number of players and current team standings.
i. At the conclusion of the draft and trade period, each team will be reviewed by the KBHA President and coaches involved. Upon agreement of these individuals, the draft will be certified and rosters will become final. With the draft certified, rosters can be submitted to the registrar and coaches can inform players of their placement.
i. Any skater who wishes to skate above their age level must present their individual case to the KBHA board by written letter or email. The Board of Directors will then contact former and potential coaches to determine if the skater can compete at a higher level. If all are in agreement by majority vote, then the skater would be granted his/her request. However, any skater can only request to move up one level and a request will only be considered if the team the player is leaving will not be short players. The amount of players needed on a team will be the final decision of the Board of Directors.
ii. Request by the Board of Directors
i. There must be between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) players in the division to create one (1) additional team
ii. There must be between thirty-one (31) and forty-four (44) players in the division to create two (2) additional teams
iii. If more than forty-four (44) players are participating in a division, a new team will be formed when there are a minimum available number of eleven (11) players per team
i. The selection committee shall:
ii. The KBHA Board of Directors shall establish the try-out period for each “A” Level and/or “AA” Level team.
i. Disciplinary action against players will be left to the discretion of the coach. Any disciplinary action can be appealed by the parents to the Board of Directors
ii. Disciplinary action against any team in the L’Anse Hockey Association shall be applied only after a special hearing has been held. All interested parties shall be given the chance to present their case during the hearing.
iii. Disciplinary action against coaches will be applied only after a special hearing has been held. All interested parties shall be given the chance to present their case during the hearing.
i. A single interested party who has met the first deadline shall become Head Coach if there is no competition for the position for a division unless the Board determines they are unfit for the position.
ii. If two or more coaches have submitted letters for coaching the same division within the same time frame (either both by the first deadline, or both between the first and second deadline), then the KBHA Board of Directors will present relevant information regarding both parties and take a secret ballot to decide which individual will receive the Head Coach position for the division.
iii. The Head Coach of each division shall be allowed to select their assistant(s)
iv. Prior coaching experience does not guarantee an individual the position of Head Coach for any division. All Head Coaches from the prior year will need to repeat the letter of intent submission and then voting process, if necessary.
i. Have a written practice schedule
ii. Limit scrimmages to no more than twenty percent (20%) of available ice time with eighty percent (80%) of available ice time dedicated toward skill development
iii. Conditioning drills should be conducted at the end of practice
iv. The coach should stress self-control, sportsmanship, and respect towards the game, players, teammates, coaches, and ice officials through personal actions and team rules
v. Abusive or foul language by players or coaches shall not be tolerated
vi. Coaches are responsible for enforcing facility rules during practice and game times
i. If KBHA hosts the State Tournament, then KBHA does not have to pay to participate. In such a case, KBHA will pay this amount instead to a tournament of the team’s choosing. Please note this only applies if the team does not advance to the next stage of the State Tournament.
i. A team may attend any tournament of their choosing, but may only enter if the entry fees are either split among team members, or through sponsorship donations for the tournament. Fundraising or soliciting for regular tournament fees from outside individuals is not permitted.
i. During games, two (2) individuals should be assigned to attend to the concession stand
ii. It is expected that each skaters’ parent/guardian do their fair share at the rink during games. We rely on these individuals for:
i. Responsibilities during concession duty include, but are not limited to:
ii. During open skating, at least two (2) individuals shall be assigned to the responsibilities of concession stand duty
i. In the event money is borrowed from KBHA, it shall be repaid at the close of the tournament.
ii. All profits from the tournament, above the amount of the loan, shall be kept by the hosting rink and allocated at the appointed ice rink board sees fit.
iii. Any monies contributed to the tournament by individuals either within or outside of the host team are not eligible for reimbursement unless special permission is granted prior to the contribution.
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