SCAHA MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LAKEWOOD MALL MEETING ROOM
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESENT
Bob Doherty (Commissioner), Sandy Blumberg (Deputy Commissioner), Wendy Goldstein (Member Services), Rosemary Voulelikas (Secretary), John Silberstein (Parliamentarian), Annie Fisher (Statistician), Chris Carcerano (Ice Convener), Nancy Hodge (A.C.E. Coordinator) and Kevin Culbertson (Director-at-Large).
MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS PRESENT/ABSENT
Melissa Tambasco –
Steve Laing – CAHA President
Norm Kitano – LAHOA President
Chris Bain – LA Kings Fan Development
Bob Doherty called the meeting to order at .
Laura Ryan motioned to
approve the minutes of the
Chris Bain, LA Kings Fan Development is hosting a SCAHA night next
Wednesday’s Kings game vs. Carolina Hurricanes. He informed the
directors that prior to the game the Kings are hosting the ADM coach’s
clinics. And finally, the rink tour where the Kings’ players go to 6
different rinks is occurring this week and the Kings Charity event,
Tip-a-King is on
Melissa Tambasco from the CA State Games highlighted some of the key events regarding the President Day Tournament.
Steve Laing, CAHA President, addressed the directors and spoke about some of the Tier II issues, penalty minutes. Steve Laing asked the presidents to monitor their score sheets and penalty minutes. He distributed a one page summary highlighting the number of penalties that have occurred so far in the first 6 weeks of the season. Steve Laing reminded the board of the helmet rule for coaches and a letter was distributed to all member associations via email outlining the penalties and fines of the helmet policy enforcement rule. Steve Laing encouraged the presidents to implement the locker room supervision policy. And finally, he spoke briefly about injuries and concussions. He handed out a concussion handout to all. Steve Laing’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob Doherty reminded the presidents that when the schedule is sent as a draft, it is the responsibility of the club to review the schedule and to bring up any issues if any.
Bob Doherty informed the board that SCAHA will be forming a Mite Committee to review Mites in travel and/or how to handle the Mite division in general.
This season we have 3 teams in the Mite A division and in order to make sure that all teams are playing and to minimize bye weekends SCAHA scheduled exhibition games between the Squirt B teams and the Mite A teams. These SCAHA exhibition games must use the blue puck in all of their USAH sanctioned games and practices. The blue puck is a USA Hockey rule for Mites and it is not optional.
And finally, teams with 51% of their roster needing a player-up must first obtain approval from the SCAHA executive committee. Clubs cannot petition the league at the final hour to move for example, their SQ A team up to the Pee Wee A division (Pee Wee B is not an option).
Deputy Commissioner’s Report
Sandy Blumberg stated that she is concerned about the increase in penalties in the Tier II divisions. Sandy Blumberg reiterated that the first line of defense is to mandate your Tier teams to maintain stats and to report them to you.
Sandy Blumberg spoke about the process when clubs hold hearings. If you have the stats then you have the data that will empower clubs to deal with difficult issues such as suspending coaches, players, etc., that are not adhering to USAH’s zero tolerance policy. It is important to establish the culture within one’s club that insures the support of its board of directors, coaches, managers and members. Establishing a culture will in turn help to create a strong board and when difficult issues occur, like having to reprimand and/or suspend a “star” coach, everyone will be on the same page.
Sandy Blumberg informed the board that we have already reviewed two match penalties and are scheduling two more.
Member Services – Registrar’s are doing a great job and we have had very few issues this year.
Statistician – Annie informed the board that she will be emailing the preseason penalty reports to the clubs within the next week or so.
Ice Convener – Chris Carcerano recapped the process of reviewing the pre-season games and the final team declarations prior to drafting the regular season schedule. Chris stated he had to add 28 games to the schedule to make up for the exhibition games with the girls. Chris stated that he has completed the entire schedule but is reviewing the match-ups and providing he has all of the information he will be releasing worst case scenario half of the schedule by October 15. Chris Carcerano stated that the blackout weekends have a significant impact on the SCAHA schedule and it is something that we should review.
Bob Doherty reported on behalf of Bob Driffill who is absent. We have $40,327.00 in the checking account and $208,808 in the securities account. Our net income for the month of September was $39,693.00 and our expenses were $1067.00.
Kevin Culbertson reported that we received 143 applicants for the financial scholarship assistance program. Kevin Culbertson stated that we should be able to award the scholarships in the next few weeks before the next board meeting.
John Silberstein reviewed the Locker Room policy. He stated that it does not have to be a rostered coach, as long as it is a responsible adult, who has successfully screened and is listed on the CAHA Compliance list. Clubs should be adopting policies on when the locker room attendants need to be in the locker rooms before and after games and practices, etc. In addition, the use of cameras should be prohibited in the locker room. And finally, John Silberstein stated that as the Pacific District Risk Manager he only needs to be informed about catastrophic injuries. A fatality is not considered a catastrophic injury. Anything that is almost life threatening is considered a catastrophic injury. If it is a routine injury, you need to get the claim form from your club’s registrar and the club’s Cyber Sport program.
A.C.E. Coaching Coordinator Report
Nancy Hodge informed the board that the next series of coaching certification clinics
Level 1, 2 and 3 will be held the weekend of
send Nancy Hodge your club’s ACE Coordinator.
Meeting was adjourned at