MAY 12, 2004




Commissioner – Bob Doherty, Deputy Commissioner - Sandy Blumberg, Financial Secretary – Lori Boaz, Director of Communications – Cindi Palomarez, Ace Coaching Coordinator – Larry Bruyere, Director – Dave Marzullo, Director – Larry Brislin, Parliamentarian – Dave Contis, Member Services - Wendy Goldstein, Statistician - Annie Fisher and Secretary - Shari Osborn 


Ducks, Dragons, Red Wings, Lightning, Bears, Stars, Riptide, Sun Devils, Wild, Jr. Ice Dogs, Jaguars, LA Hockey, Jr. Kings, Maple Leafs, Gulls, Sabers, Express, Mariners, Wolves & Blackhawks 


Knights/Team One, Wave, Tigers, Eagles  


Hockey Giant 


Commissioner Bob Doherty called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. 



The April minutes were distributed for review. Bob Driffel noted that needed to add his name to committee regarding mite proposal. Bob Driffel moved to approved minutes with amendment. MOTION WAS SECONDED AND CARRIED. 

Bob Doherty confirmed that there were sufficient voting club representatives present to make a quorum. 



Jeremy and Chris, representatives from Hockey Giant were present to discuss how they would like to assist the league with getting more kids involved. Would like to build on existing partnership and relationship with SCAHA and expand on top of discount cards. Main objective right now is to help secure and strengthen future of Southern California ice hockey. In addition will begin having SCAHA Saturdays once a month the store will open early for SCAHA members only. Every purchase made would kick back 5% of sale to player’s club. New discount cards for next season will be available in mid July.  



Bob reported that Carmen Starr passed away Thursday morning. CAHA has created an annual award to be given in Carmen’s name. The award will be an annual volunteer award in administrative capacity. Carmen has been named the first recipient of the award. 

Bob read email received from Melissa Fitzgerald (CAHA Youth Council) regarding Tier II administration. CAHA will expect that SCAHA to treat AA teams same as A & B with regards to monitoring teams, i.e., penalty minutes, LOI’s, player-ups, etc. These teams are considered club level teams. CAHA will not support us not having a Tier program. Bob did research other leagues across the country and could not find any leagues without Tier Program. So the question is who will monitor Tier II teams, the board needs to revisit this issue and make a decision. Larry Brislin made the motion: Notwithstanding and prior motion to the contrary, SCAHA will be responsible for scheduling and all other matters related to Tier II teams. We agree SCAHA will govern all other matters relating to Tier II teams. Alex Dunaev seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Amendment was requested to strike last sentence of motion. Bob Driffel moved that SCAHA will schedule all mandated SCAHA games to meet 100% of Southern California teams in SCAHA. Ensure tier teams meet Southern California SCAHA requirement. MOTION WAS SECONDED AND CARRIED. 

Bob reported that the Majority of clubs are in good standing. Five clubs owe player and tournament fees. Bob will forward email to clubs requesting fees be paid. Those clubs owing will not receive the Letter of Intent’s at this time.  



Sandy reported that due to the motion regarding Tier II teams, she will need to make changes to rule book and clean up changes related to Tier II. Final version will be downloadable from website. Also will begin tracking coach certifications this year. Will begin asking for copies of coach cards to begin database. Coaches must be certified by 12/31. Clubs are responsible to follow-up and pull any coach listed on roster if they have not obtained their certification. Any returning coach who previously did not certify will not have until 12/31. Certification must be received prior to beginning of season. They must be certified prior to placing on roster. SCAHA will monitor league, Club Presidents need to monitor club issues. Coach’s card will need to be submitted with rosters in September. 

Bob reminded everyone regarding tryouts: block recruitment policy, player-up forms and recruiting. Player up forms must be submitted prior to beginning of season. Sandy inquired if there were any questions regarding block recruitment policy. Remind coaches regarding recruitment policy.  



No report this month.  



Wendy reported that the delinquency list has been decreased from 228 to 145. New list is distributed every Friday. Do not clear name until check has cleared. Larri Woertler requested that in the future the delinquency list be issued 4/01 and freeze final list by 5/01.  



Bob reported that Chris will be at next meeting. If there are any questions, email, Chris, Bob & Sandy. Chris is currently reviewing various software packages. Will not be using Bortz Media this year. 



Annie reported that stat books are ready for pick-up. More books are available for purchase.  



Bob reported that Cindi had to leave early. She is updating website on a daily basis. She is currently working on SCAHA 30th Anniversary. She is in contact with the Jr. Ducks and L.A. Kings. She will need 3 – 4 volunteers to assist. 



No report this month.  



Sandy stated that SCAHA would like to do something in honor of Carmen Starr. Either Memorial trophy or award, have assisted others recently with donations. It was suggested that SCAHA make a donation in Carmen’s name to charitable organizations listed. Lisa England moved to donate $500.00 to each foundation listed for a total donation of $1,500.00 in Carmen’s name. MOTION WAS SECONDED AND CARRIED. 

In addition Larri Woertler would also like to have an ongoing scholarship in Carmen’s name. Would like 1 annual scholarship, which would pay for 1 player to pay for 1 season, who otherwise would not be able to play. It would be limited to A & B player or issue an education scholarship for a player who is furthering their education. Bob reported that last year $11,000.00 was given out in scholarships, in $200.00 increments. Player foundation and endowments were issued for a total of $4,000. Larri Woertler moved to establish endowment in Carmen Starr’s name to further education, amounts and allocation to be determined later. MOTION WAS SECONDED AND CARRIED. 

Lou Pacella of LA Hockey reported that the USHL Draft was held today and for the first time ever, nine players with Southern California ties were taken. Andreas Vlassopolous; Alex Laseen; Adam Cardwell; Steven Jakiel; Michael (Alex) Hudson; Ed Del Grosso; Spencer Dillon; Jack Combs & John Kemp. 



Larry Brislin reviewed Mite B proposal, which originally included Squirt B. Schedule is compressed to 15 weeks. 12 regular season and 3 preseason games. Would start 1st week of October. SCAHA fee ($27) would be waived. Cap dues at $1,000. Further discussion followed. Alex Dunaev moved to approved Mite B proposal. Dave Marzullo seconded. After further discussion regarding motion Alex withdrew motion.  

Dave Marzullo reported that next month he would discuss the Learn to Skate proposal currently being worked on.  



Bob reported that word has come down that USA Hockey fees that neither Norcal nor SCAHA are supporting girls hockey. Letter from USA Hockey was sent to CAHA. It may become mandatory that we schedule games, may come down as a mandate, if so this will not be voted upon.  

Bob reported that the Tigers have lost their home rink. Vipers will hold their tryouts in Valencia. SCAHA will be looking into where the Tigers plan on playing. Have not had any response from the club to date. 

Next meeting is June 9th. 


Meeting adjourned 9:45 pm.