NESC Marlboro MA
Elections: Sean Sullivan must give up position of Secretary due to work committments. Judy Sheldon nominated, seconded, unanimously approved. For President, Laura Bowser nominated, seconded, unanimously approved. For Vice President, Jenn Devlin nominated, seconded, unanimously approved.
Treasury Report: All teams have paid up for last year.
New Teams: Mass Chaos, Melanie O’Connor, will start at C1 and move up to B half way through season.
Hell’s Belles – D team
Breakers – C2 team
Chelmsford – A team
East Coast Wizards, Cynara Wu – C team in addition to B team
New teams should see Cynara at the end of the meeting.
Divisions to start 2009-10:
A Division (5) B Division (10) C-1 Division (12)
Assabet A Lightning Nighthawks Red
Nighthawks A East Coast Wizards B RI Panthers C
NEWHL Stars A/B
Cheetahs (B2) Lady Monarchs
Bears (B2) Chaos
Nighthawks Blue (B2) Shamrocks
East Coast Wizards C
C-2 Division (6) D Division (9)
Raptors Black Ice
Demolition Divas Storm Chasers
Ice Devils RI Panthers
Cougars Raging Storm
NH Lady Panthers NEWHL Outlaws
NEWHL Hell’s Belles
Ice Schedule: Nick Cardinale stated that the SSWHL would have 42 teams for this coming year. He has requested 249 hours at the NESC but is still waiting to receive the ice contract. One hour of ice per week has been added in Bedford at a cost of $265 per hour which is an increase of $15 per hour over last year. We expect to have 96 hours in Canton. Teams should let Nick know if we want to play 22 or 23 games. The cost for the year will probably be $4300 per team, but he needs to receive the NESC contract and do the final calculations based on number of games. NESC games will begin the weekend of 9/11. Canton and Bedford both start Sept. 13.
Players with Financial Obligations Outstanding: If any team has a player with an unpaid balance from last year please notify Laura Bowser immediately.
Registration: Not all teams registered with USA Hockey last year. This compromises the insurance coverage for everyone in the league and the qualification process for teams going to nationals. All teams MUST register this year. Players will register with USA Hockey and send their registration numbers to their teams. Teams will contact Registrar Don Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get the software to create the official rosters. Teams will print out two rosters: one with addresses and one without addresses. Each player will need to sign the two rosters which will then go to Don Moore to be stamped. Don will return them to the team which will keep the copy with addresses and get a copy of the roster without addresses to the league. This copy must be delivered to Jenn Devlin (email: JDevlin@Pridestarems.com) by December 1, 2009. Another copy of this is to be used for tournaments.
Referee’s Report: Bill Paulsen explained that this is a rule change year for USA Hockey. The significant changes for our league are:
Schedule: Cynara will need at least two weeks after receiving the ice times from NESC before the league schedule will be available. There will be games played between Christmas and New Year’s. There will be no game on Superbowl Sunday. Each team may request one weekend off per half but this may result in having one less game. Any team may use this one weekend off per half request to be used for States or Nationals.
Forfeits: There has been a problem with teams forfeiting games but not paying the forfeit fees stipulated in the rules. The Board proposed instituting an additional $300 league fee to be held in escrow until it may be needed to cover a forfeit ($150 per forfeit). Alternate proposal from the floor: forfeit escrow fee of $150 in additional league fee to be collected in three payments of $50; if used, team must replenish to keep escrow balance at $150. Fee to remain in escrow indefinitely. Any team not complying will be suspended for the next half of the year. This proposal seconded and unanimously approved. Rules specify three hour notification window on snowstorms. Problem has been that it may be snowing in one part of our league’s home towns but not in others. Teams may agree to switch the game to another sheet provide by one of the teams. President must be informed. If the league decides to cancel games due to adverse weather conditions, no forfeit fees will be imposed. President must be informed of snowstorm issues outside the three hour window.
There are several outstanding forfeit fees owed, some from 2-3 years ago: teams include Stoneham, Sirens, Storm, Nighthawks. The President will communicate with these teams and try to get the issue resolved.
Meeting adjourned 9:30pm. Next meeting will be in November.
Metropolis Rink Canton, MA
Teams Present: Stormchasers, NH Lady Panthers, RI Raptors, Quincy, Cougars C, Cougars D (Eagle), Randolph, Stoneham, Chelmsford Happy Cows, Pumas, Lightning, RI Panthers, Storm, Raging Storm, Ice Sharks, Ice Devils C, Black Ice, Renegades, Bears, Shamrocks, Hell’s Belles, Ravens, Mass Chaos, Bulldogs, Phantoms, East Coast Wizards B and C, Chaos.
Board members in attendance: Laura Bowser, Jenn Devlin, Stephanie Spunt, Judy Sheldon (Louise reports that Nick is in the hospital).
Treasurer’s report: Checks from the Renegades and Monarchs had been sent to her but not received. These teams will issue new checks. November payments are now overdue. Cynara suggests that we add late fees if payments are not on time. If team payments are not received in a timely manner, then the League gets behind on paying for ice, refs, and timekeepers. The person who signs the contract is responsible for getting the payments in on time whether or not they have been able to collect from their teams.
Penalty problems: Some teams are committing too many penalties. For example, Mass Chaos has too many team penalties and they want to move up. Upper group will not tolerate this. Mass Chaos must minimize penalties and have their coach behave also. RI Panthers had one player with four penalties in one game – she will be suspended for one game. Some game sheets have 8-9 penalties; no more than 5-6 is acceptable. Under USA Hockey rules, once a team reaches 15 penalties in one game, the coach is removed from the bench. We may want to decrease this limit. In a recent game, a goalie was hit so hard that her clavicle was broken in two places and she suffered a severe concussion. We cannot have people getting hurt like this in a recreational league. All teams please have your coaches address this issue with your teams. The aggression seems to correlate with age (the younger teams are more aggressive). A rule change has been proposed:
7. Team Rosters
• All players that wish to play in the SSWHL must be at least 19 years of age or older. The player must be 19 years old on or before Setember 1st of the year they wish to be rostered on a team. The only exception is for goalies (for the goalie position only; no skating out).
This rule change passed with 20 out of 25 votes.
Over the summer we should also discuss the USA Hockey rule about past D1 or D3 college players not being allowed to play in the C division. There was a question whether this was for 15 years after college or forever. We may want to have a five year rule.
We should also take a survey of teams and see whether they are interested in age-level divisions.
Game sheets – be sure that jersey numbers on the ice match those on the game sheet and sign the game sheet each week.
Movement between divisions for the second half:
A Division (3) A/B Division (4) B Division (8)
Assabet A NEWHL Stars Nighthawks
Renegades Mass Chaos
C-1 Division (12) C-2 Division (6) D Division (9)
Nighthawks Red Raptors Pumas
Nighthawks Blue Demolition Divas Black Ice
Phantoms Ice Devils Storm Chasers
Ravens Cougars RI Panthers
Storm NH Lady Panthers Raging Storm
Ice Sharks Breakers NEWHL Outlaws
Lady Monarchs Bulldogs
Shamrocks NEWHL Hell’s Belles
East Coast Wizards C
Registration: Jenn Devlin has only received USA Hockey rosters from three teams so far. The deadline is December 1. If teams are having problems getting the software from Don Moore, Judy Sheldon can create a roster for you. Please send her a list with names and USA Hockey registration numbers (email@example.com).
Canton Games: Please keep an eye on the Patriot’s game schedule if you have a game at the Canton Rink. Stay away from Route 1 if possible before and after Patiot’s games.
Goalie sub list: We will compile a new list and distribute to teams. Goalies can sub up or at the same level (C1 and C2 are considered the same level).
Skater subs: If you are going to forfeit a game otherwise, teams can add subs from the same level or the level below. The exception is that subs can go up or across if from the same organization; but once the sub has played up for five games, they must stay with the hgher team after that.
H1N1: We will send out an email with the USA Hockey recommendations.
Meeting adjourned 9:30pm. Next meeting date not set.