SCAHA MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
November 9, 2005
LAKEWOOD MALL MEETING ROOM
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESENT
Deputy Commissioner – Sandy Blumberg, Treasurer – Bob Driffill, Member Services – Wendy Goldstein, Director –Laurie Boaz, Statistician – Annie Fisher and Associate Director –Tim Fahringer.
MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS PRESENT
Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Bay Harbor Red Wings, Beach City Lightning, California Bears, California Stars, California Wave, Jr. Ice Dogs, LA Hockey Club, LA Jr. Kings, San Diego Gulls, San Diego Ice Arena, South Coast Sabers, West Valley Wolves and Yorba Linda Blackhawks.
MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS ABSENT
Bakersfield Dragons, Channel Island Riptide, Huntington Beach Sun Devils, Inland Valley Wild, La Jolla Jaguars, Ontario Eagles, Pasadena Maple Leafs, Valencia Express, Ventura Mariners.
Commissioner Robert Doherty called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.
It was determined that thirteen (13) Presidents were present at the meeting enough for a quorum.
The October meeting minutes were distributed for review. Bridget Hopkinson motioned to accept the 10-12-05 minutes and Laura Ryan seconded. MOTION PASSED.
Robert Doherty stated that there were a few housekeeping issues to attend to. First of all, the North Valley Tigers club has not been an active SCAHA member and has not fielded a team in two years. Larri W. motioned to remove the North Valley’s SCAHA membership and Kevin C. seconded. 12 voted in favor and one (1) abstained. MOTION PASSED.
Attendance at SCAHA Meetings:
Bob reminded the SCAHA club presidents on the importance of attendance at SCAHA meetings. He read the SCAHA bylaws 4.01, 4.02, 6.01, 6.02 and 8.02. Bob stated that in order for us to do what we are elected/appointed to do we must be in attendance in order to be part of the process and to insure that clubs have a voice in it.
Bob asked for approval of the SCAHA Executive Board as follows: Tim Fahringer-Director at Large, Larry Bruyere-ACE Coaching Coordinator, Bob Driffill-Treasurer, Rosemary Voulelikas-Secretary, Laurie Boaz-Scholarship Chair, Arthur Kitano-Referee in Chief. The SCAHA Staff comprises of the following members: Annie Fisher-Statistician, Wendy Goldstein-Director of Member Services, and Chris Carcerano-Ice Convener. Larri motioned to ratify the SCAHA Executive board as stated and Laura Ryan seconded. 12 voted in favor and one (1) abstained. MOTION PASSED.
SCAHA Rule Process:
Bob read a statement distributed to the board regarding the SCAHA Rule process. He stated the club presidents had four (4) different opportunities available to them to voice their proposals/opinions. The rule process started with (1)- SCAHA seeking volunteers to sit on the Rules committee, (2)- the rules committee meeting and working on the proposals, (3)- the club presidents reviewing the revised rules sent via email prior to the annual meeting and finally (4)- the actual voting of the proposed rule changes at the annual June meeting. The formal process began In February and was completed in the June meeting. If you or your club did not participate during this process then you have only yourself to hold accountable.
Bob asked the board for feedback regarding a December SCAHA meeting. Traditionally we have not had a SCAHA meeting in December. Paula F. motioned to skip the December meeting and Laura R. seconded. MOTION PASSED.
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
Sandy Blumberg reported that the SCAHA Penalty review Committee is seeing many instances of the parent ejection rule. Sandy advised the club presidents to speak to their parents and advise them of this rule once again and to let them know that hearings are held and fines are set. Paula F. asked for clarification regarding the 30-day suspension. Sandy answered that it was similar to a match penalty and only a hearing can mitigate it.
Referee Shadowing Program:
Sandy informed the board of the shadowing program that was recently put into place. Basically up to 12 officials have been asked to be the fourth official on a game ice. Their job is to shadow the game officials. Sandy stressed that the presence of the fourth official has no bearing on the game and that their job would be to review the performance of the game officials. This shadowing program represents SCAHA’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of its game officials. And finally many complaints were being fielded regarding the quality of officials at Mite/Squirt and PeeWee games and how poorly they were being called. SCAHA is soliciting Tier level officials to work these games and is willing to pay the difference in rates up to $25.
Sandy informed the board that referee-scheduling fees for San Diego officials were never paid since the San Diego Referee association never had a contract with us. These monies have been banked and put aside for repayment to the San Diego Gulls as it represents a portion of their SCAHA fees collected over the years. Sandy proposes a one-time repayment to the Gulls of $1000. Laura Ryan stated her approval of the proposal. Kevin C. motioned to approve a one-time repayment of $1000 to the San Diego Jr. Gulls and Larri seconded. 12 voted in favor and one (1) abstained. MOTION PASSED.
Sandy reported that unlike past seasons the Disciplinary Review Committee is operating on a fixed schedule. She will require approval of the following members that make up the Disciplinary Review Committee: Ann Ayres, Sandy Blumberg, Laurie Boaz, Bob Driffill, Wendy Goldstein, Art Kitano, Tony Romo, Rosemary Voulelikas and Tom West. Laura R. motioned to accept the members as stated and Bridget H. seconded. 12 voted in favor and one (1) abstained. MOTION PASSED.
Bob stated that fines collected from parent ejections were being added to the scholarship funds. In 2004, SCAHA distributed $11,000.00 in scholarships and in 2005 SCAHA distributed $15,000.00 in scholarships. This does not include the additional $3,000.00 Carmen Starr College Scholarship.
Bob Driffill distributed a copy of SCAHA’s budget and financial reports as of September 30, 2005. Larri W. motioned to approve the budget and Kevin C. seconded. 11 voted in favor and two abstained. MOTION PASSED.
MEMBER SERVICES REPORT
Wendy distributed two handouts. The first one itemized the SCAHA player fees collected per club and amounts owing and the second one (tailored to each club) indicated the missing paperwork owed.
Wendy Goldstein reminded the board that coaches have until December 31st to get their re-certification and/or certification as applicable. She also reminded the board of the due dates for Final rosters, for Tier teams-December 31st, for ‘A’ teams-January 7th and for ‘B’ teams- January 15th.
ICE CONVENER REPORT
Chris stated he still needed 25 games in total to be scheduled at the Midget A 16U and 18U divisions- (missing ice slots). The home team should have first choice but it is okay to play at the away rink if the home team is not able to come up with the ice. Chris stated scheduling of these games during the weeknights would be accepted. The clubs will need to submit this information to Chris as soon as possible.
Chris informed the board of the rescheduling difficulties regarding the Lady Ducks and the Cal Selects’ games during the Girls’ CAHA weekends- Jan. 15th – 16th. He has already contacted the teams and it is up to the home team to find the ice not the opponents. He gave a list of the game numbers affected by that weekend. They are the PWA game #1910, the BNA game #2277, the MD16A game #2670 and the PWB game #2046.
ICE CONVENER REPORT (CONT’D)
Chris reminded the Bantam AA teams of the SCAHA games scheduled for the weekend of February 5th that fall outside of CAHA’s February 1st performance deadline. They are games #488 Gulls (2) vs Mariners, game #489 Jr. Ice Dogs vs LAHC and the game #487 Wild vs Wave (2).
No report at this time. Bob stated that the statistics will be updated shortly.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS REPORT
No report at this time.
ACE COACHING COORDINATOR REPORT
Bob informed the board that Larry Bruyere was injured a few weeks ago while coaching a Junior game in Phoenix. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.
Bob announced the SCAHA playoff venues. On behalf of the Tournament Committee he thanked all the associations and rinks that submitted bids to host the playoffs. The following is the list of the host venues for the SCAHA ‘A’ and ‘B’ Playoffs as selected by the Tournament Committee:
Mite B – Westminster Ice Palace
Squirt A & B – Anaheim Ice
PW A – Bay Harbor
PW B & BN B – Riverside
BN A – Ontario Center Ice
Midget A & B – Lakewood Glacial gardens
Semi-playoffs ( + 3 Midget preliminary games) Escondido Iceoplex
Championship Games (+ Mite A best 2 out 3 Championship series) Toyota Sports Center
In addition, Bob informed the board that again this year, Brad Sholl of Toyota Sports Center donated the ice for the SCAHA Championship games.
SCAHA Pre-Select Camp:
Tim Fahringer announced that he foresees about 275 players participating in the camp. This represents about 16 teams with about 4 teams in each division. The camp is scheduled for December 17th – 18th with ’90 and ’92 birthyear players at Lakewood Glacial Gardens and ’89 and ’91 birthyear players at Riverside.
SCAHA is very appreciative of Eastern Sports’ donation of 275 camp jerseys.
The format of the camp will comprise of 3 x one-hour ice slots and each team will have two coaches. There will be separate evaluators independent of the teams evaluating the players on skills and read/react abilities. There will be NO registration at the door. Players must be US Citizens.
Rescheduling of A/B games:
Bob, Sandy and Chris gave a power point presentation on the history of rescheduling A/B games and the reasons why the SCAHA board comprised of the club presidents voted in favor of rule 26.07. A debate followed when Kevin England asked for a waiver for his team the SQA Wolves to attend Silversticks. Sandy reiterated the problems associated with such requests- “how do you say yes to Silversticks and no to NARCH?” Paula F. asked about the fine. Sandy stated that the fine was $500 plus the cost of the ice and the officials. No further discussions followed.
Kevin C. asked about the status of the resolution SCAHA was going to present to CAHA requesting the tryouts start at a later date. Bob stated he would contact Louis Pacella regarding this.
Next meeting is January 11th, 2006.
Meeting adjourned at 9:23 PM. Motion to adjourn by Kevin C. and seconded by Larri Woertler. MOTION PASSED.