Alberni Valley Non-Contact Hockey League: AV-NCHL Constitution

ALBERNI VALLEY NON-CONTACT HOCKEY LEAGUE CONSTITUTION

 

 SECTION A  -  INTENT & STRUCTURE

 

1.     The league shall be known as the Alberni Valley Non-Contact Hockey                League, AV-NCHL.  (Amended: 2014-02-11).

2.    The AV-NCHL is intended to provide players of all abilities with the        opportunity to have fun and to get some exercise on the ice. The non-contact rule will be strictly enforced so that fun is emphasized and the chance of injury through body contact is eliminated.

3.    All games are to be played in accordance with C.A.H.A. and B.C.A.H.A rules except as otherwise provided herein.

4.    The AV-NCHL executive shall consist of the following offices: President; Vice President; Treasurer; Secretary and Immediate Past President.  As well as a board of directors shall rule on all matters not specifically contained in the constitution. They shall maintain peace and harmony within the league and protect the interest of its members.

5.     The board of directors shall consist of one representative or one alternate representative from each team. There shall be one vote for each team. The president or in his absence, the vice-president, the treasurer or the secretary will vote only in the case of a tie.

6.     Regular League meetings shall be held prior to the first league game of the season and prior to the last league game before the Christmas break. The president may call an extraordinary meeting at any time.                    (Amended: 2005-02-07)

7.     There shall be an annual general meeting held prior to the conclusion of the regular season and the constitution may be amended at this meeting only.  (Amended: 2005-02-07)

 Note:  Any amendments made to the Constitution at this meeting will go into effect at the beginning of the next season.

 8.    Any team not having a Team rep at any meeting shall be assessed a fine of $25.00, to be deducted from that team’s security deposit and paid to general league revenues.

 

SECTION B  -  DUES

9.    Each team must post a $300.00 non-refundable deposit (performance bond) or re-establish their initial bond at the beginning of each season. This performance bond must be up to date prior to their first game of the season.

10.   The first half of the annual league dues as set by the executive must be submitted to the league executive by the end of the fourth (4th) week of regular season play. The second half dues must be submitted to the league executive no later than the twelfth (12th) week of the season.

11.   If league dues are not paid to the league on or before the dates set out in Rule 10, and the due dates have not been varied by the league executive, then all further games by the unpaid team(s) shall be forfeited, and the offending team(s) assessed a $100.00 fine per game until all dues or arrears are paid in full.

 

SECTION C   -   ROSTERS

12.   Official team rosters and participant liability waivers for new players only must be submitted to the league executive accompanying the first half league dues set out in Rule 10. No additions may be made to the roster after this date without executive approval. (Amended: 2013-02-20)

13.   Only those players listed on the official roster except goaltenders will be permitted to play the balance of the regular season and the playoffs.

         (a)  Any player may be allowed to play goal in the AV-NCHL, but they must be 18 years of age or older and must be in good standing with the league. (Amended 2016-03-01)  

14.   Beginning 2018-2019 season, nine (9) players who are between 18 and 23 years of age will be allowed per team. (Amended: 2018-02-06).

          (i)  All AV-NCHL players must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the AV-NCHL regular season. Note:  All 18 year olds must be out of Minor Hockey and will require parental approval to play. (Amended: 2017-03-01).    

14.   (a)  “C” Division Eligibility Criteria as follows:  

         (i)    All new players must complete a Player/Spare Registration form. 

         (ii)   All new players must not have played Minor Rep hockey within the last ten (10) years.

         (iii)  All new players whom have played Minor House hockey or haven’t played hockey locally will be subject to a maximum five (5) game evaluation (skill level, skating and hockey experience). If a player is deemed above “C” Division level the Executive/Team reps will remove this player from the “C” Division. 

        (iv)   All new players over 50+ years of age retiring out of the “A+B” Division will be accepted to play in the “C” Division.

         (v)   Any former “A+B” Division player over 42 years of age who has suffered a medical setback, had a significant physical injury or other special circumstance will be permitted to play in the “C” Division on the spare list for one season. These players are subject to Executive and Team reps approval before playing full-time in the “C” Division. These players will also be subject to a five (5) game evaluation. At the conclusion of their spare list season their status to participate further as a spare or as a future full-time player will be reviewed.  (Added AGM: 2017-03-01).

 15.   (a)  Players in the AV-NCHL are not permitted to play on any other local organized hockey team, except with the Old-Timers.

         (b)  Players wishing to try out for a junior team may do so for a maximum of five (5) league games but may not play in both leagues at the same time.

         (c)  Any player coming from another league, local or otherwise must be a player in good standing.  

         (d)  There is a gentlemen’s agreement in the AV-NCHL to not dump or cut players in order to pick up a better quality player. (Amended: 2003-02-06

          (e)  Players wishing to change teams must notify the league president and their team rep of their intention to move to another team no later than June 1st of that year. Their move must be approved by the league executive at the September pre-season meeting.  (Amended: 2008-01-29)

 16.     All teams must provide their line-up to the official scorer before game time. Failure to do so will result in a $20.00 fine to the offending team. All players listed on the line-up must be present, dressed and play for at least part of the game or their names will be struck off the official game scoresheet prior to the completion of the game.  (Amended: 2018-02-06).

 17.      All teams must have a minimum of seven (7) players plus a goaltender dressed and on the ice by game time. Failure to do so will result in an automatic forfeiture of the game and a $50.00 team fine.  (Amended: 2007-01-30)   If a second forfeiture occurs in the same season, another $50.00 team fine will be assessed. (Amended: 2003-02-06)

Note: If a goaltender is late getting ready to play, the game will start on time regardless and the offending team shall use a player in goal until their goalie arrives.

18.    (a)  Any player who is listed on an official team roster must play a minimum of eight (8) regular season games prior to the end of the regular season to be eligible to play in the playoffs. (Amended: 2018-02-06). 

 Any player not meeting the minimum requirements must provide documentation (Doctor’s note) to the league executive as to why. Only reasons of illness or injury will be given consideration. (Amended: 2008-January)

          (b)  If a player is unable to meet the eight (8) game minimum requirement due to Compassionate circumstances (family illness or death), then the player’s playoff eligibility will be decided by the league’s executive. (Amended: 2018-02-06)

          (c)  All roster changes must be submitted at the last meeting before the Christmas break. (Amended: 2005-02-05)

          (d)  Teams wishing to leave the AV-NCHL must inform the league at the AGM. (Amended: 2003-02-07)

 19.   (a)  The league executive will make Spare Lists for A/B+C Divisions. All new Spare players must get League approval before playing in the AV-NCHL. These players must provide contact information, present identification with Date of Birth and sign a Participant Liability Waiver form before playing a game. (Amended: 2018-02-06)

                 (i)  Players must be on the spare list for a minimum of 24 hours prior to playing in a game.  (Amended: 2018-02-06)

                (ii)  Players on the spare list must get league approval to be picked up permanently by any team.  (Amended: 1999-02-03) 

               (iii)  All teams needing spare players after the roster deadline must pick them off this list and may use them for a maximum of five (5) games. If any team wishes to keep or use such players beyond the five games, the league executive must approve it.  (Amended: 1996-01-31)  Last chance roster additions, must be approved by the League executive at the Fall meeting prior to the Christmas break. (Added: AGM 2015)

               (iv)  All players on the A+B Division Spare List are eligible to play in the playoffs provided they are on the list as of January 1st of that season. Any new players added to the spare list after January 1st will be ineligible to play in the playoffs. (Added: AGM 2015).

               (v)   New goalies are exempt from normal playing restrictions facing other players during the regular season. New goalies may not be added during the playoffs. To be eligible for the playoffs, a new goalie must also be on the spare list by January 1st of the playoff year.  (Amended: 2006-01-31).

              (vi)  All ‘C’ Division players in good standing are eligible to play as spares in the AV-NCHL.               

                      All ‘C’ Division players aged between the ages of 19 and 23 years of age sparing in AV-NCHL’s ‘A/B’ Division are not counted as under-aged players on the score sheet. (Amended: 2014-02-11)

         (b)   AV-NCHL Spare List Registration:

                  Beginning in the 2019-2020 AV-NCHL season, all spares will be required to submit a $25.00 registration fee in order to participate as a spare in the AV-NCHL. This fee will be used to cover their CARHA insurance coverage.

     (i)    Registered spares can play a maximum of 20 regular season games.

    (ii)   Spares can play up to a maximum of five (5) games per team.                    (Amended: 2019-02-01)

    “C” Division Spare usage limitations:

   (iii)   During the regular season, teams may only supplement their playing roster with spares when their regular roster falls below ten (10) skaters for a game.

  (iv)   Spares are no longer eligible for the playoffs unless a team doesn’t meet the minimum requirement of seven (7) skaters.           (Amended: 2019-02-01)

                

SECTION D  -  EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY

 

20.     All equipment worn must be fully approved by the C.S.A. or the A.S.T.M. equivalent. Helmets must be worn at all times by forwards and defensemen. Face shields are strongly advised but not mandatory. Goaltenders must wear C.S.A. or A.S.T.M. approved mask with protection at the back of the head or the goaltender will not be allowed to play.

          (a)  Any player who has only sight in one eye and chooses to play in the AV-NCHL must wear a protective face shield.

 21.     Referees have been instructed to stop play immediately in all cases where a player has sustained an injury, regardless of which team has possession of the puck. 

 22.     Players who lose their helmets are not allowed to continue in the play. The player must leave the ice directly and immediately. Failure to do so will result in a minor penalty.

 

SECTION E  -  LENGTH OF GAMES

23.     Warm-up - 4 minutes. Teams must warm-up in opposing end from their respective benches. 1st period - 20 minutes stop time.  Teams change ends.  2nd period - 20 minutes stop time.

24.     In the event of a five (5) goal spread during the last five (5) minutes of the second period, the clock will remain running straight time.

(Amended: 2007-01-30)     If during this straight time, the losing team scores to reduce the goal spread to four (4) goals or less, the clock will return to stop time. If the five goalspread is created again the clock will return to straight time.

 

SECTION F  -  PENALTIES, SUSPENSIONS AND FINES

25.    Any player assessed a Major penalty will be automatically suspended for that game and a minimum of one (1) additional game. Any player assessed a second major penalty in a season will be automatically suspended for that game and an additional five (5) games. Any player who is assessed a third major penalty in a season will be automatically suspended for that game and an additional ten (10) games. All suspensions shall be carried over to the following season as required. Note: The C.A.H.A./N.H.L aggressor rule is to be considered in all instances by league officials.

26.    Any player or coach who is assessed a Game Misconduct penalty for verbal abuse of an official will be automatically suspended for that game and an additional one (1) game.

          (a)  Only players wearing a ‘C’ or and ‘A’ are eligible to initiate a discussion with the referees. Players not adhering to this rule could receive either a two (2) minute minor penalty, a ten (10)  minute misconduct or a game misconduct at the discretion of the referee.

          (b)  Unless invited, a player is not permitted to enter an official’s dressing room and if doing so, a suspension will be handed out.

27.    Any player or coach who is assessed a Match penalty for physical abuse of an official will receive an immediate ‘game misconduct’ penalty and an indefinite suspension. The player’s suspension will be reviewed at the next scheduled meeting of the AV-NCHL.

28.    Any player who is assessed a Match penalty will be suspended for the next five (5) games. Recurrence of the above penalty by a player in one season will result in that player being suspended for the balance of that season and the playoffs. Examples include: Spearing, Butt-ending and Intent to Injure.

29.    (a)  Any player who is assessed a Gross Misconduct penalty shall be automatically suspended for that game and an additional five (5) games. (Amended: 2007-01-30)

         (b)  When a player throws a punch or punches with his gloves on or off he will be penalized as follows. If the altercation is deemed a fight by the referees, they will call a fighting Major penalty. This penalty will incur a ten (10) game suspension and aTeam Fine of $100.00. A second fighting major penalty in the same game will carry an additional five game suspension. (Amended: February 2004)

             (i)  If any player who throws a punch or punches with his gloves on or off at the head of another player, the player may be assessed at the referees’ discretion aMinor, a double Minor or a Major penalty, if a major is called the player will incur a ten (10) game suspension and a Team Fine of $100.00.

           (ii)  If the referees deem the altercation to not be a fight, they any call a Major penalty for Unnecessary Rough Play. The suspension and fine will vary according to their incident report. The League Executive will then determine the length of the suspension and fine. (Amended: 2014-02-11)

      (c)   A “Roughing” penalty is called at the referee’s discretion. This penalty can be called as follows: a two (2) minute minor penalty or a two (2) minor penalty and a game misconduct. (Amended: February 2010)

      (d)  An “Accidental High-sticking” penalty shall be assessed either as a two (2) minute minor penalty or a four (4) minute minor penalty for an accidental high stick resulting in injury.

      (e)  An intentional high-stick causing injury is a match penalty and an automatic game misconduct.

      (f)  Any player receiving a ‘game misconduct’ penalty in the final ten (10) minutes of a game will be ejected from that game and automatically be suspended for their next game. All Game Misconducts can be referred to League President for review at the request of Game officials if further action is deemed necessary.  (Added: AGM-2015)

    (g)  Any player who leaves the bench area and makes his way to an opponent’s dressing room to further an on/off ice incident and is identified by the referees or league official will receive a Gross Misconduct, an automatic five game suspension and a Team Fine of $100.00.  (Amended: 2013-02-20)

30.    Any player who intentionally makes contact with another player from behind shall be assess a two (2) minute minor penalty. If an injury results from the above contact then a Match penalty shall be assessed and that player suspended for the next five (5) games. Any subsequent Match penalty (Intent to Injure) shall result in that player being suspended for the balance of that season and the playoffs. Also the player’s actions will be reviewed by the executive prior to playing in the following season.

31.    Any player who is assessed three (3) minor penalties in one game will be ejected from that game at the onset of the third penalty.

32.    Any intentional body contact by a player will result in the offending player being assessed at the referee’s discretion, a two (2) minute ‘minor’ penalty; a five (5) minute ‘major’ penalty or a match penalty. A major penalty will result in the player being suspended for that game and a minimum of one (1) additional game. A match penalty will result in that player being suspended for that game and the next five (5) games.

33.    Goaltenders who are assessed four (4) minor penalties in one game shall be allowed to complete that game. Upon receiving five (5) minors in one game, the goalie is immediately ejected and suspended for the next two (2) games. Note: When a goalie gets injured during a game and he is unable to continue, a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes will be allowed for a replacement goalie.    (Amended: 1996-01-31)

34.    When contact with the puck is made with a high stick (above the height of the shoulders). There will be an immediate stoppage of play and the ensuing face-off will be in the offending team’s zone.

35.    (a)  If a player takes a slap shot where the backward motion of the blade passes beyond the height of the player’s knees. Should an injury result from the shot, a major penalty plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed.

          (b)  A slap shot taken in the defensive zone to relieve pressure will result in a two (2) minute delay of game penalty. (Amended: 2008-01-29)

36.    (a)  Any player receiving a Major, Game Misconduct, Gross Misconduct or Match penalty will  be fined a minimum of $ 20.00 per game suspension to a maximum of $ 200.00 depending on the severity of the penalty, as determined by the league executive. These fines will be assessed against the team that the individual receiving the penalty plays for, not the player. (Amended: 2018-02-06)      

          (b)  All fines must be paid to the AV-NCHL prior to the beginning of their first game of the next season.

          (c)  All players and coaches who are under suspension must not be anywhere near their players’ bench and they must not be vocal towards the referees during their suspension.

 

SECTION G  -  EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY

37.    The league president or the executive has the right to vary any penalty or suspension set out in this constitution and may suspend at their discretion any player or coach who is deemed to have knowingly violated the intent or rules of the league.

         (a)  The AV-NCHL reserves the right to suspend or refuse the opportunity of any individual to participate in the league if it is in the opinion of the executive that it is in the league’s best interest. (Amended: 2006-01-31)

38.    All game protests must be made to the president, secretary or treasurer within one week of the game being played and all protests will be ruled on by the president or treasurer/ secretary.

39.    The decision of the league president, executive, board of directors, referee-in-chief, referee or linesman in final in that order.

40.    A minimum of five (5) members from each team must be present and participate at all league functions or forfeit $50.00 from the team’s security deposit. If this should cause the security deposit to be depleted, the team will be required to re-establish the deposit to be eligible to play further in the league.

41.    Any player or team which fail to comply with the league constitution or rules or act in any manner to discredit the league, cause injury to its players, officials or fans can result in fine, suspensions and/or forfeiture of games as determined by the league executive.

 

SECTION H  -  POINT STANDINGS FOR REGULAR SEASON AND PLAYOFFS

42.  (a)   “A/B” Division  Playoff format:   After the final regular season game is played, the top four teams will participate in the “A” Division Championship Pool and the bottom four teams in the “B” Division Consolation Pool. Each group will participate in a round robin format. At the conclusion of the round robin, the top two teams in each division with the best records will play in their respective Final best of three final series.

     (i)  All round robin games will be played the same as regular season games.

    (ii)  In the Best of Three Final series.  If the game is tied at the end of regulation time, a sudden death ten (10) minute straight overtime period will be played. If the game remains tied after the overtime period, then a five-man shootout will occur. If the game is still tied, a second five-man shootout will occur. If still tied, a sudden death shootout will occur using the remainder of the players in order of their line-ups as given to the timekeeper. A coin toss will be used to determine which team shoots first. All players on each team must have taken a shot before restarting the order of the shootout players. The referees will use the lineup to monitor the order of the shootout players. (Amended: 2001-01-31)

 “C” Division Playoff format:   After the final regular season game is played, the top seven (7) teams will participate in the “C” Division Championship Pool and the bottom six (6) teams in the “D” Division Consolation Pool. Each group will participate in a round robin format. At the conclusion of the round robin, the top two teams in each division with the best records will play in their respective Final best of three final series.         

   (i)   All round robin games will be played the same as regular season games.

  (ii)  In the Best of Three Final series.  If the game is tied at the end of regulation time, a sudden death ten (10) minute straight overtime period will be played. If the game remains tied after the overtime period, then a five-man shootout will occur. If the game is still tied, a second five-man shootout will occur. If still tied, a sudden death shootout will occur using the remainder of the players in order of their line-ups as given to the timekeeper. A coin toss will be used to determine which team shoots first. All players on each team must have taken a shot before restarting the order of the shootout players. The referees will use the lineup to monitor the order of the shootout players.          (Amended: 2016-01-31)

43.    AV-NCHL TIE BREAKING RULES

          REGULAR SEASON & PLAYOFF TIE BREAKING PROCEDURES:

Should ties occur between teams in the regular season, those tied teams will be decided according to the following priorities. In the event that teams are tied for a playoff position, the following tie breaking procedure will also apply:

      Note:  In the event where more than two teams are tied, the tie breaking sequence will apply until the tie is broken (i.e., One or more teams are eliminated from the tie).  Once one (1) or more teams is eliminated from the tie and two or more teams are still tied, the following procedure reverts back to (a).

(a)   The team with the most regular season or playoff wins overall would qualify for the higher standing position.

(b)   If teams are still tied after (a), then the results of the regular season games or playoff game played between the tied teams only will apply. In the event two teams are tied, the winner of the regular season series or the playoff game will receive the higher standing. If three teams are tied, only the point record established in the games played between the tied teams shall be used as the first tie breaking formula in deciding which teams shall advance. Note:  If two or more tied teams are affected by a regular season schedule imbalance, then the team with the higher win percentage amongst games played between those tied teams only will receive the higher standing.   

(c)   If teams are still tied after (a) and (b) have been applied, then the team with the better goals for and against differential in games played between the tied teams will receive the higher standing.

(d)   If teams are still tied after (a), (b) and (c), then the team with the most goals for will receive the higher standing.

(e)   If teams are still tied after (a), (b), (c) and (d), then the team that received the least number of penalties will receive the higher standing.

(f)    If teams are still tied after all previous methods have been applied, the higher rank will bedetermined by a single toss of a coin.

 

Last Updated:  2019-05-22.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

        

                 

         

          

 

          

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

        

               

                

                

 

 

           

 

                

          

 

  

                 

 

           

 

              

 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

               

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

          

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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