Policies

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Below is the process and guidelines to be used when a request is made for an affiliated player to play with an upper level team.

  1. Upper level team will notify the parent team of their request for a player.
  2. Lower level team will approve the request unless they need that player for one of the following reasons.
    1. Team has a playoff game that will conflict with request
    2. Team is in a tournament
    3. Team is already short players and losing another would put them in a position that they would not have enough.

For more information on Affiliations please see Regulation 6 in the Hockey Novice Scotia Regulations.

  • Respect and adhere to the ideals, policies, and rules determined by Hockey Canada, Hockey Nova Scotia, AMHA and my team.
  • Act as a leader of my team and act in a highly professional manner at all hockey related activities.
  • Be responsible for my behavior and the behavior of my team.
  • Respect the rules of the game, opponents, officials and their decisions.
  • Show respect to the players and parents of my team.
  • Respect the facilities, either home or away, in which my team plays.
  • Exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship, teamwork and positive attitude at all times when representing my team and the Association.
  • Refrain from using foul language towards my players, other coaches, officials or opponents.
  • Show respect for the decisions, judgment and authority of the officials and timekeepers.
  • Show respect for the feelings and abilities of the players on the other team.
  • Accept the capabilities of all players.
  • Accept defeat gracefully…love the game above the prize.
  • Care more about the child than winning the game. Remember players are involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.
  • Be a positive role model to your players, display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical safety of players.
  • Do not appear for games or practices while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
  • Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent, honest; be fair and just; do not criticize players publicly; learn to be a more effective communicator and coach.
  • Organize practices that are fun and challenging for your players. Familiarize yourself with the rules, techniques and strategies of hockey; encourage all your players to be team players.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with your players’ parents. Explain the goals and objectives of your association. Be concerned with the overall development of your players.
  • Stress good health habits and clean living.

Failure to comply with this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action as outlined in the AMHA Disciplinary policy.

  • Respect and adhere to the ideals, policies, and rules determined by Hockey Canada, Hockey Nova Scotia and AMHA.
  • Work with on ice officials, coaches, parents, and other executive members to
    provide a positive and safe experience for all participants.
  • Support programs that train and educate players, coaches, parents, officials and volunteers.
  • Promote and publicize your programs.
  • Never appear for an association event while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
  • Communicate with parents by being available to answer questions and address problems throughout the season.
  • Treat all players, coaches, and other volunteers with fairness, to promote fair
    play and sportsmanship.
  • Recruit volunteers, including coaches, who demonstrate qualities conducive to being role models to the youth in our sport.
  • Perform your duties impartially, in furtherance of the aims of the AMHA.
  • Do not use your position or influence to further purely personal objectives.
  • Support my child with positive encouragement.
  • Respect and adhere to the ideals, policies, and rules determined by Hockey Canada, Hockey Nova Scotia, AMHA and the team.
  • Encourage my child to attend as many games and practices as reasonably possible in a timely manner. 
  • Notify the coach/manager ahead of time of absences.
  • Respect the facilities, either home or away, in which my child is privileged to play.
  • Show respect for the decisions, judgment and authority of the officials and timekeepers.
  • Show respect for the feelings and accept the capabilities of my child, my child’s teammates and players on the other team.
  • Exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship, teamwork and positive attitude at all times when representing my child and the Association.
  • Avoid confusing my child by coaching from the stands.
  • Gain an understanding of the AMHA 48 hour rule to deal with team complaints and adhere to it.
  • Refrain from expressing my opinion of the coaches or players in front of my own child.
  • Refrain from using foul language towards other parents, coaches, officials or opponents.
  • Refrain from yelling at or threatening referees, opposing players or coaches before, during, or after games or practices.
  • Refrain from demonstrating frustration or anger after a loss or poor performance.
  • Not physically abuse any other person.
  • Refrain from approaching the bench during a game situation unless summoned by a coach.
     

Failure to comply with this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action as outlined in the AMHA Disciplinary policy.

  • Play for FUN.
  • Work hard to improve your skills
  • Be a Team player – get along with your teammates
  • Learn teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.
  • Respect and adhere to the ideals, policies, and rules determined by Hockey Canada, Hockey Nova Scotia, AMHA and my team.
  • Respect the rules of the game, coaches, opponents, officials and their decisions.
  • Discuss an official’s decision calmly and express your opinion clearly and without profanity or disrespect.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; that’s part of the learning process.
  • Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.
  • Give 100% effort at each practice and game.
  • Be present before games and practices in a timely manner.
  • Notify the coach/manager ahead of time if I will be absent.
  • Refrain from using foul language towards teammates, coaches, officials or opponents.
  • Respect the facilities, either home or away, in which I’m privileged to play.         

 

Failure to comply with this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action as outlined in the AMHA Disciplinary policy.

  • Display good sportsmanship. Always respect players, coaches, and officials.
  • Act appropriately; do not taunt or disturb other fans; enjoy the game together.
  • Profanity and objectionable cheers or gestures are offensive and will not be tolerated.
    Support the referees and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity.
  • Be responsible for your own safety - - be alert to prevent accidents from flying pucks and other avoidable situations.
  • Respect locker rooms as private areas for players, coaches, and officials.

Failure to comply with this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action as outlined in the AMHA Disciplinary policy.

  • It is the duty of all Board Members to uphold the confidentiality of discussions held at the Board table. To this end, the AMHA Board will observe Robert’s Rules of Order when conducting Business.
  • Robert’s Rules of Order provide common rules and procedures for deliberation and debate in order to place the whole membership on the same footing and speaking the same language. The conduct of ALL business is controlled by the general will of the whole membership - the right of the deliberate majority to decide. Complementary is the right of at least a strong minority to require the majority to be deliberate - to act according to its considered judgment AFTER a full and fair "working through" of the issues involved. Robert's Rules provides for constructive and democratic meetings, to help, not hinder, the business of the assembly. Under no circumstances should "undue strictness" be allowed to intimidate members or limit full participation.
  • The fundamental rights of deliberative assemblies require all questions to be thoroughly discussed before taking action.
  • The assembly rules - they have the final say on everything.
  • Silence means consent.
  • Before the motion is tabled, Board Members will declare if a conflict is present. Once a motion is filed, the question is called. The President acts as the chair and is only required to vote to break a tie.
  • The Board will fully discuss all motions and the discussions are to be held in
  • The Board speaks with one voice and motions are final. All members are to respect the decisions made at the Board and fully support these decisions.

In order to ensure all board members are aware of and have the ability to vote on any items, we will follow the process below.

  1. On the Monday of the week before the meeting, the secretary will send out a notice and ask for any agenda items.
  2. Members must submit all agenda items by Wednesday at 9:00am. At that time the secretary will send the list of agenda items to the president to review.
  3. President will review the list of agenda items and if there are any vote-required items the president will ask the owner of the agenda item to provide as much detail as possible on the item via a document.
  4. The document will be sent to all board members on Friday morning, along with the list of agenda items so that they can review before the meeting. This document is not to be debated via email. 
  5. Should a member be unable to attend a meeting, but still wish to vote, they may do so by sending an email to the president with their vote.
  6. The President must have a copy of the email vote available at the meeting for review after other votes have been cast.

Note: Should important information come to light during the meeting, the President may choose to delay the vote until all members have been informed.

A Coach who resigns may feel they have done so prematurely and may wish to be reinstated. The following policy will outline the procedures that will determine if the coach will be re-instated.

  1. The former coach must make a written appeal to A.M.H.A. stating the reason they resigned and the reason why they should be re-instated. This application cannot be made by the new coaching staff, manager, parent group, player or players.

  2. A.M.H.A. reserves to the right to have a special committee set up of two executive members of A.M.H.A. and one outside member to do an impact study of this individual’s involvement with the aforementioned team and to determine if that person’s involvement will have a positive impact on the players and parent group. This group will report their findings and recommendation to the President of A.M.H.A. The time period for this to be done is deemed whatever is reasonable within a 2 week period.

  3. If the President of A.M.H.A. accepts this written letter for re-instatement and if a committee is set up and recommends the process continue the following procedure will be followed.
    1. The coach must address the parent group in person and explain the reasons for resigning and ask for re-instatement.
    2. At the end of the meeting the coach will leave the meeting and a member of the A.M.H.A. Executive will conduct a vote.
    3. This vote must be done by silent written ballot with only one vote coming per household. Exception to this if the parents/guardians are not living in the same household. The coach, if a parent, may have their spouse vote and if the other members of the coaching staff are
      parents the same guidelines apply. This will include manager and trainer.
    4. The group must vote in favor by 75% in order for that coach to be reinstated.
    5. If the team in question is bantam level or higher the above procedure will be conducted with team, if the parent group has given 75% approval.
    6. There must be 75% approval by the team for the coach to return.

  4. A.M.H.A. reserves the right to have the coach retake programs such as SPEAK OUT or other programs as a part of the re-instatement criteria. Any failure by the coach to not meet these criteria will result in that coach losing their privilege to coach.

A Coach in the A.M.H.A. may at times feel that they cannot fulfill their commitment toccoach. A.M.H.A.  recognizes there are times that this is necessary and will accept a resignation based on any one or more of the following criteria.

  1. Formal written resignation, not excluding email, to the President of A.M.H.A., or to any one of the executive members.
  1. Written resignation, not excluding email, to any one or more of the following:
    team, parent, parent group, coaching staff or managerial group.
  1. Meeting where the coach has verbally resigned with any one or more of the following: team, parent group (3 or more parents), coaching staff or managerial group.

Once a coach has resigned from their position they are not to have any further interaction with that team and any attempt to act in their previous capacity with parents or players will result in disciplinary action by A.M.H.A. as a violation of SPEAK OUT. This will include any attempt by the coach to address his/her former team to explain or justify the reasons for resignation without the consent of the President of A.M.H.A. If this is approved the meeting must be attended by a member of the current coaching staff, 3 parents selected by the parent group and at least one member of the executive of A.M.H.A.

If the coach is a parent they will be allowed, depending on the circumstances, help their child if they are in the Atom, Novice and I.P. Divisions for the sole purpose of assisting with equipment for their child only.

The individual may lose this right of participation if their presence will have a negative impact on that team. This will be determined by a special committee set up of two executive members of A.M.H.A. and one outside member to do an impact study of this individual’s involvement with the aforementioned team and to determine if that person’s involvement will have a positive or negative impact on the players or parent group. This group will report their findings and recommendation to the President of A.M.H.A within a two (2) week period. The executive of A.M.H.A will then make a ruling based on these recommendations within a one (1) week period.

This Code of Conduct identifies the standards of behavior that are expected of all AMHA members, including players, coaches, parents, directors, and volunteers. The AMHA is committed to providing and maintaining a minor hockey environment where all individuals are treated with respect. 

The following information deals with specific guidelines for the behavior of Parents, Players, Coaches, On and Off-Ice Officials and Executive members and forms the AMHA Code of Conduct.

During the course of all AMHA activities and events, members of the AMHA shall conduct themselves at all times in a fair and responsible manner. They shall refrain from comments or actions that are disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist, or sexist. Behavior that constitutes harassment or abuse (as defined by Canadian Hockey governing bodies) will not be tolerated by the AMHA.

Members shall avoid behavior that brings the AMHA or the sport of Hockey into
disrepute, including but not limited to abusive use of alcohol and non-medicinal use
of drugs, or that endangers the safety of others.

AMHA members shall at all times adhere to the AMHA Constitution and rules
governing AMHA events and activities. Failure to comply with the Codes of Conduct may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Discipline policy and guidelines of the AMHA. Such action may result in the member losing the privileges that come with membership in the AMHA including the opportunity to participate in AMHA activities.

AMHA members are encouraged to wear their Bulldog colors with pride and remember that when doing so they are not only representing their team, but also their community and their families.

Generally, Hockey Nova Scotia rules dictate the penalties and suspensions which may be levied against a player or team official for conduct on or off the ice.

Some types of conduct, whether on or off the ice, however, may warrant additional discipline or suspension. All HNS penalties and suspensions shall be considered to be minimum penalties and AMHA reserves the right to increase suspension beyond Hockey Canada, HNS, or HNSMC.

AMHA reserves the right to discipline any member and/or player of its association.

Procedures

In the event that a team wishes to suspend a player for code of conduct violations they must follow the following procedures.

  1. A meeting must occur between two representatives from team and the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the player. At this meeting the reasons for the suspension must be fully explained and agreed upon by all parties.
  2. If a suspension is invoked, the Vice President of Hockey Operations must be notified and an AMHA suspension report must be filled out and signed by both a team representative and a parent/guardian.
  3. In the event that the parent(s)/guardian(s) disagree with the suspension, the matter must be escalated to the AMHA Disciplinary Committee.

In the event that a team wishes to suspend a member of the bench staff for code of conduct violations they must follow the following procedures.

  1. A meeting must occur with all team executive members present to communicate the reason for the suspension.
  2. If a suspension is invoked, the Vice President of Hockey Operations must be notified and an AMHA suspension report must be filled out and signed by both a team representative and the bench staff being suspended. Bench staff suspensions will be reviewed and if warranted they may be sent to the Disciplinary Committee for further review and possibly further disciplinary action.
  3. In the event that the bench staff being suspended disagrees with the suspension, the matter must be escalated to the AMHA Disciplinary Committee.

Disciplinary Committee

Under article 16 of the AMHA Bylaws, the Past President or Vice President will chair the discipline committee. They will request one member of the Board and one individual from the Membership at Large to sit on the disciplinary committee.

The committee will meet in accordance with HNS timeline to review and investigate the complaint,

The committee reserves the right to, without prejudice, suspend immediately prior to completing their investigation.

Where warranted, the committee will forward their findings off to the Executive Committee for review prior to filing with HNS. 

Online registration must be completed by August 1st.  All registrations not completed by that time will have a $50 late fee added.

All Fees will be collected on development weekend (first weekend of November). By doing this we know how many children for each family will be playing Minor Hockey and at what levels they will be playing.  Payments may be made in full at that time, or by providing postdated cheques, the final cheque can be dated no later than Jan 15th of current hockey season. 

Anyone that does not make arrangements for payment of fees on development weekend will be suspended from all AMHA activities until payment arrangements are made.

Fee Structure

Insurance/Admin - $75 (Non-Refundable after November 1st) everyone pays this fee.

Rep Hockey - $775 + Insurance/Admin: Total $850
Recreational/House Hockey – $225 + Insurance/Admin: Total $300
Rep Goalies with their own gear – $325 + Insurance/Admin: Total $400
Learn to Play – $75 + Insurance/Admin($25): Total $100
Sledge Hockey – $75 + Insurance/Admin($25): Total $100

Discounts:
Child 1: 0%
Child 2: 40%
Child 3+: 80%

Discounts are applied by sorting children based on individual fees from highest to lowest. Discounts are not applied to late fees, fees owed from previous seasons or Lottery Buyout fees.

Note: For Refunds, please read our Refund Policy

 

It is understood that all Rep Teams fundraise to support operational team expenses throughout the year. In order for teams to be insured through Hockey Nova Scotia’s General Insurance Program, Antigonish Minor Hockey needs to know prior to the event to ensure protection for players and officials.  Any team that participates in a fundraising activity without a permit is subject to disciplinary action by AMHA.

Procedure:

  1. Create a budget and submit it along with a request for a fundraising activity to the VP of Finance.
  2. VP Finance will review request and if approved a permit# will be given.
  3. If more fundraising activities are required, teams need to submit an updated budget with each request.

 

 

Below is a link to HNS Risk Management Policies

http://www.hockeynovascotia.ca/hns_11636.html

 

Ice time and games per team will be set at the beginning of each season by the board of directors.  Currently ice time allocation is based on the level for the team. For Example:

  • Tier 1 team will be allocated a total of 72.5 hours of ice time and 15 games of referee time.
    This is based on a 25-week season, 2 hours of practice per week * 25 = 50 hours and 15 games *1.5 hours = 22.5 hours for a total of 72.5 hours.
  • Tier 2 teams will be allocated 47.5 hours of ice time and 15 games of referee time.
    This is based on a 25-week season, 1 hour of practice per week * 25 = 25 hours and 15 games *1.5 hours = 22.5 hours for a total of 47.5.

Tier 1 teams:
Minor: U11 AA, U11 A, U11 C, U13 AAA, U13 AA, U13 A, U15 AA, U15 A, U18 AA, U18 A
Female: U11 AA, U13 AAA, U15 AA, U15A U18 AA, U18 A.

Tier 2 teams:  All other U9, U11, U13, U15 and U18 teams.

Note: Any team that qualifies for Day of Champions, or Provincials will have an additional 4 hours of ice time added to their budget.

All teams have the right to purchase ice times for extra games and practices above set limits when ice is available.  This time must be booked through the Ice Coordinator.

Using the above allocation of ice time and referee time, a team budget is created.  The budget is created based on the current rate for ice and the ref rates for that division. Each team will be sent invoices during the season (usually starting in January) that will show what ice time they have used and where they are with their budget.

A team close to their limit may be asked to provide a schedule to AMHA for ice time for the remainder of the season and pay in advance. Any prepaid unused ice will be refunded.

Should a team qualify for Provincials or “Day of Champions” AMHA will add an additional 4 hours of ice time to their budget.

Responsibilities:

Team Managers

  • Submit requests for additional ice time via the Ice Management web site.
  • Notify Referee in Chief, Arena Management and Ice Coordinator of any game cancellations. Failure to do so may result in team being billed for cost of officials and ice.  This can be done via the cancel ice buttons on the web site.
  • Review schedule to ensure allotted ice time is correct

Division Heads

  • provide schedule for house league games to the ice coordinator
  • request ice times for “Skills” groups for their division

Ice Coordinator

  • review ice requests and schedule ice times for teams. Practice/Skills Ice should be assigned using the following criteria:
    • U15 and U18 Teams will be given afternoon or evening practices unless the team requests a morning practice time.
    • U9, U11 and U13 teams will be assigned a morning practice time. Consideration will be given to “Regional” teams and teams with coaches that work outside of Antigonish.
    • Tier 1 teams will receive a second practice time each week which will be an afternoon or evening ice time.
    • Initiation groups will receive one weekend morning ice time and one weekday afternoon/evening ice time.
    • Skills ice sessions are to be considered as bonus ice time. This ice time does not come out of a teams’ budget and will only be provided for groups when ice is available and attendance remains at an acceptable level.
  • Playoff games may be scheduled for two hours of ice time if required by HNS. Ice to be cleaned before the game and after the second period as well as the possibility for overtime.
  • Games Ice should be assigned using the following order of priority:
  1. Tournament Games
  2. Playoff Games
  3. League Games
  4. Exhibition Games

Procedure:

  1. Teams will provide ice coordinator with league schedules as early as possible.
  2. Ice Coordinator confirms ice availability with facilities. Checking for conflicts with non AMHA teams and other events.
  3. Once Ice Coordinator has all requirements he/she will add them to the schedule (This is normally two weeks in advance), taking into consideration travel times of visiting teams as well as AMHA house league.
  4. Once draft schedule is complete it is sent to Division heads and Team Managers for review (Monday Morning) with their teams/groups and change requests are sent back to Ice Coordinator. Teams have until Wednesday at 9:00PM to request changes. 
  5. One Thursday morning the Ice coordinator will send the final schedule to Arenas and Referee in Chief for final review and approval. Once the schedule is sent to RIC and arenas there can be no more games added to the schedule.
  6. Once approved the schedule is posted on the AMHA web site.
  7. After this the only changes that will occur with the ice will be for cancellations.

The following is a guideline for the process a manager should follow if they have an issue or a concern brought to them by a parent/guardian, or with a parent or guardian.  This process is to be used only for situation that would be considered minor and not a case where you feel someone is in danger of physical or psychological abuse.

When contacted by a parent:

  1. The first and possibly the most important step is to make sure the parent waited the required 24 hours before contacting you. If not let them know of the 24-hour rule and tell them when they should contact you if they still want to have a meeting.
  2. Once a parent/guardian has contacted you and requested a meeting you should make every attempt to set this up as quickly as possible. Ask the parent for a brief overview about the issue so that you and the coaches are prepared to answer questions.
  3. Never meet with a parent one on one. Always make sure there is at least two members of the team executive for this meeting.
  4. As a manager, you should take notes at the meeting, or shortly after the meeting.
  5. After the meeting is over you should summarize what happened at the meeting and any actions that are to be taken and send that in an email to the parent/guardian.
  6. If during the meeting, it becomes apparent that you will be unable to resolve the issue within the team, you should then advise the parent/guardian of this fact and tell them they should report this incident to AMHA executive.

 

When there is an issue with a parent/guardian

  1. Again, make sure you follow the 24-hour rule, and after that contact the parent/guardian and let them know that there is a concern and you would like to meet with them.
  2. Should the parent/guardian refuse to meet with you then the issue should be reported to AMHA Executive.
  3. Never meet with a parent one on one. Always make sure there is at least two members of the team executive for this meeting.
  4. As a manager, you should take notes at the meeting, or shortly after the meeting.
  5. After the meeting is over you should summarize what happened at the meeting and any actions that are to be taken and send that in an email to the parent/guardian.
  6. If during the meeting, it becomes apparent that you will be unable to resolve the issue within the team, you should then advise the parent/guardian of this fact and tell them that you will be reporting this incident to AMHA executive.

 

 

The following is a guideline for the process a parent should follow if they have an issue or a concern with a coach or manager.  This process is to be used only for situation that would be considered minor and not a case where you feel someone is in danger of physical or psychological abuse.

  1. The first and possibly the most important step is to wait 24 hours after an incident before contacting someone. During this period you should reflect on the issue and not discuss it openly with others.
  2. After the 24 hour period is up you should then contact the manager of your team to set up a meeting with the coaches and manager. You should give them some indication as to what the issue is about so they can be prepared to answer your questions.
  3. If after meeting with the team you are not satisfied with how the situation was handled you can then report the incident to AMHA by contacting either the Vice President of Operations or the President.
  4. The AMHA executive will review the issue and contact you in regards to any actions being taken.
  5. If you are not satisfied with how AMHA handled the situation you can then contact HNS.

Name bars

Name bars will be permitted on jerseys.  Having a name bar on a jersey will be at the discretion of the parent(s) as they are responsible for the jersey.  Teams are not permitted to mandate placing name bars on the jerseys.

Each player must provide a postdated cheque in the amount of $75 for April 15th of the current hockey year for each of the jerseys they have in their possession.  These cheques must be submitted to AMHA during development weekend.  Anyone who does not submit a cheque for their jerseys will be suspended from AMHA activities until the cheque is received.

Jerseys must be returned to AMHA by April 30th of the current hockey year.  Returns are to be managed by the team manager working with the equipment coordinator.  If the jersey is not returned in reasonable condition the deposit cheque will be cashed.

Note: No deposit is required for IP, Novice, or the Atom/Pee Wee Minor house league jerseys as these are donated each year by Tim Horton's and MacDonalds.

Purpose

Antigonish Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) is committed to a successful 50-50 lottery program.  The lottery is intended to raise funds for the association and to help offset the cost of participation for the members.  The association will use lottery proceeds to offset a portion of the operational expenses and to provide the members with a strong development program.    Members benefit directly from the lottery by way of reduced membership fees and a direct reward based on individual lottery ticket sales.

1.       Lottery Schedule

  1. There will be 27 lottery draws.
  2. The date for the first draw will be set before the season starts. Normally this will be the second Sunday in September
  3. Draws during the Christmas holidays will be scheduled based on what day of the week Christmas and New Year’s occur

2.       Player and Team Rewards

  1. Each player will earn 35 cents for each ticket sold which is held in a kitty for use the following season.
    1. Kitty funds will be applied to registration costs and then rep fees.
    2. Players may elect to use excess kitty funds for an athletic or educational purpose. AMHA will pay the supplier directly or a player may purchase an item and submit an expanse form to AMHA for reimbursement.
    3. Players can apply for funding from their kitty by submitting a request to treasurer@antigonishminorhockey.ca During the hockey season, approvals for purchases will take between 5 to 10 business days.  During the off season these approvals will take between 10 to 15 business days.
  2. Rep teams are eligible to have AMHA pay for tournament registration fees up to a maximum which is set each year at the AGM
    1. If the team does not use the full amount for tournament fees, the team can apply to AMHA to pay for another development experience. AMHA will not consider any request for team clothing or souvenirs.
  3. Head Coaches who do not have a son or daughter playing on the team are eligible for travel cost reimbursement. AMHA has a separate policy that contains further details.

3.       Role of the Player

  1. Each player who participates on a rep level team is required to sell 10 tickets per week; the equivalent of 270 tickets or $540.00 in sales volume for the season. Each player not on a rep team is required to sell 5 tickets per week; the equivalent of 135 tickets or $270.00 in sales volume for the season.
    1. This minimum requirement is not reduced for players within a family of multiple players.
    2. Rep players may elect to withdraw from participation in the lottery by paying $270.00 to AMHA. This is in addition to: registration fees, rep fees, and any team fee and is due by mid-October. 
    3. Non-Rep players may elect to withdraw from participation in the lottery by paying $135.00 to AMHA. This is in addition to: registration fees and is due by mid-October.
    4. Players who fail to meet the required 135/270 tickets or $270.00/$540.00 sales volume threshold will be required to pay the shortfall to AMHA. AMHA will recover the shortfall by reducing the player’s kitty balance by 50% of the amount of the shortfall.   For example, a rep player who sold $400.00 in tickets is short $140.00 in sales.  This player’s kitty will be reduced by $70.00.
    5. Should the kitty balance be insufficient to cover the shortage, the remaining balance will be added to the player’s account.
  2. On registration night, all members will be required to provide a 50-50 deposit cheque of $135 dated for Apr 15th of the following year. Rep Players will be required to provide another 50-50 deposit cheque of $135 dated March 31st of the following year.

4.       Role of the Team

  1. Teams are not required to appoint a ‘Lottery Rep.’ The lottery office is prepared to process all sellers individually.
  2. The team manager and coaches are expected to take an active and supporting role with their players’ participation in the lottery. Proceeds from the lottery negate the need for individual team fundraising which allows the team staff to focus on developing their athletes.
  3. Team Managers are to ensure that each team member’s parent has been given a copy of this policy.

5.       Sales and Kitty Tracking

  1. Families with two or more players in AMHA are encouraged to consolidate all ticket sales under one player’s name.  
  2. Each player will be identified by the family email address that was recorded during the registration process.
  3. Players, who are part of a multi-player family, are considered to be in compliance of the minimum sales requirement, if one member of the family has sufficient sales volume to cover all players in that family. For example: One member of a family (with three rep players) has sales of $1500 and the other two players have not recorded any sales.   AMHA would consider each of the other two players to have met the sales requirement.
  4. AMHA will report sales and kitty balances to each player weekly. Players can request a report of their kitty balance at any time.

6.       Collection Office

  1. The lottery collection office is located in the Arena Board Room and will open from 12:00PM – 4:00PM each draw date. Changes to the times or locations will be posted on the website and communicated in an email broadcast.
  2. We are unable to accept pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters.  

7.       Retail Stores and Places of Business

  1. The following stores are partners of Fernando’s Lower South River, Brosha's Short Stop Lower South River, Cleve's Source For Sports, Main Street Ultramar, Wheel Pizza and Sub Shop, Hawthorne Convenience, Atlantic Superstore Smoke Shop, Post Road Ultramar, Post Road Irving, Aulds Cove Petro Canada, and MacEachern's Ultramar. These stores sell lottery tickets on behalf of AMHA.
  2. With the exclusion of the above-mentioned businesses, members are free to place tickets in other places of business that the member is associated with. Members are encouraged to display an AMHA lottery poster at the business that is selling tickets.  These posters can be downloaded from the AMHA web site.

8.       Definition of Rep teams

  1. For the purpose of the AMHA lottery, Novice Gold, Novice Black, Novice White and Novice Female are considered rep teams.  
  2. The “6 year old Tournament Team” is not considered a rep team.

9.       Ticket Control

  1. Sellers are expected to treat their assigned tickets like cash.
  2. AMHA will record all ticket numbers issued to each player.
  3. AMHA will record the number of sold tickets submitted each week.
  4. Sellers will be required to return any un-sold tickets during the final collection period.
  5. AMHA will reconcile the number of tickets issued, the number of tickets sold and the number of unsold tickets returned.
  6. The seller will be responsible to reimburse AMHA for any discrepancy between the amount of sold and returned tickets compared to the number of tickets issued.
  7. Each missing ticket will be valued at $1.60.  
  8. There will be no kitty allocation for payment of missing tickets.
  9. Proceeds from missing tickets will be allocated to the following season’s 1st

This refund policy will be used for all members in case of a provincial shutdown of hockey. (COVID-19)

Also note that due to the later start time of hockey this season the dates and percentages to be applied for refunds will be adjusted.  Once we know the real season start and end dates a notice will be sent for the adjusted refund schedule.  

Anyone notifying AMHA prior to November 1st will receive a full refund of registration minus a $20 admin fee.

Anyone notifying AMHA after November 1st will receive a refund based on the amount of time they were registered + insurance costs.  See table below for breakdown.

 

AMHA Notified Before

Refund Amount is:

November 1st

All of registration/rep fees - $20 admin fee (Exception being if player moves to other hockey association.  I.E. High School or neighboring Minor Hockey Association)

December 1st

4/5th of registration/rep fees – HNS Insurance - $20 admin

January 1st

3/5ths of registration/rep fees - HNS Insurance - $20 admin

February 1st

2/5ths of registration/rep fees - HNS Insurance - $20 admin

March 1st

No refunds

 

If fees were paid using kitty funds as well as cash, the cash portion of the fees will be refunded first with any remaining refund amounts being returned to the player’s kitty.

For example:

If Fees were $400 and $200 paid cash and $200 paid Kitty.

  • Refund was calculated at $100, then refund will be $100 cash.
  • Refund was calculated at $300 then refund will be $200 cash and $100 goes back into the player’s kitty.

Disclaimer: All fees are subject to review and set before each season at the AGM.  AMHA reserves the right to waive fees should the situation warrant it.

The Antigonish Minor Hockey Association will employ ethical, transparent process during the selection process for Rep Team. The following guidelines have been established to assist coaches and other officials.

GUIDELINES FOR SELECTION OF ALL REP TEAMS

  1. All players trying out must be registered with the AMHA
  2. The selection of all rep teams must take place in the time frame set aside by the AMHA for that purpose.
  3. All coaches must allow all players with-in the division the opportunity to try out for rep teams.
  4. It is recommended that each team have 9 forwards, 6 defense and 2 goalies.  For anything other than this please consult the Coaching Coordinator.
  5. All players trying out shall be permitted to attend the first three ice times without being cut.
  6. Team lists are to be submitted to the Coaching Coordinator and then posted on the AMHA web site during non-school hours.
  7. Before the final cuts are made, the coach shall have a meeting with all parents to discuss plans for the coming year, coaching philosophy, travel, number of games, tournaments, parents’ responsibilities, expenses, dress code, etc.
  8. Coaches may use the assistance of evaluation expertise within the association when selecting players.
  9. All Teams must have 3 skates before 1st cuts can be made. These skates will usually be a 1 hour skate and then two 1 ½ hour ice times that can be used as a practice or as Black & White scrimmage.
  10. Final cuts will be made within 24 hours of the final ice time. Coaches may wish to hold on to extra players for an exhibition game and may do so but this must be approved by the coaching coordinator.
  11. Team lists are to be sent to the Coaching Coordinator and will be posted by AMHA on the web site after school hours.
  12. AMHA expectations are that ALL lower level coaches attend skates at the higher level.

    Note: Should the Coaching Coordinator be in conflict of interest on any decisions to be made, those decisions will fall to the VP of Operations. If the VP of Operations is also in conflict the President will find a board member to make any required decisions.

INTRODUCTION

For the purpose of this Social Media and Networking Policy, the policy will encompass public communications through such internet mediums and websites as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare and any other social media network that allows users to communicate online.
The policy will be applicable to all members of the AMHA, including Directors, Teams, AMHA members and staff, on-ice and off-ice officials, players, players’ family members and supporters.
AMHA recognizes and appreciates the value of social media and the importance of social networking to all of its stakeholders. AMHA also respects the right of all Teams and Association personnel to express their views publicly. At the same time we must be aware of the dangers social media and networking can present.
The purpose of this policy is to educate the AMHA Community on the risks of social media and to ensure all Teams and Association personnel are aware that conduct deemed to be inappropriate may be subject to disciplinary action by the Team or AMHA .

SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES

  1. AMHA holds all members who participate in social media and networking to the same standards as it does for all other forms of media including radio, television and print.
  2. Comments or remarks of an inappropriate nature which are detrimental to a Team, the Association or an individual will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action.
  3. It should be recognized that social media comments are on the record and instantly published and
    available to the public and media. Everyone including Association and/or Team personnel, players, corporate partners and the media can review social media communications. You should conduct yourself in an appropriate and professional manner at all times.
  4. Refrain from divulging confidential information of a personal or team related nature. Avoid revealing business or game strategy that could provide another team or individual a competitive advantage.  Furthermore, do not discuss injury information about any player. Only divulge information that is considered public.
  5. Use your best judgment at all times – pause before posting. Once your comments are posted they cannot be retracted. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for your comments and they are published for the public record.
  6. Players or hockey operations staff is not permitted to participate in social media or networking two (2)hours prior to the start of a game and at least one (1) hour following the completion of a game.

SOCIAL MEDIA VIOLATIONS

The following are examples of conduct through social media and networking mediums that are considered violations of the AMHA Social Media and Networking Policy and may be subject to disciplinary action by the Team or Antigonish Minor Hockey Association

  1. Any statement deemed to be publicly critical of Association officials or detrimental to the welfare of a member Team, the Association or an individual.
  2. Divulging confidential information that may include, but is not limited to the following: player injuries; game strategies; or any other matter of a sensitive nature to a member Team, AMHA or any individual.
  3. Negative or derogatory comments about any member of the Team, AMHA, League staff, programs,
    stakeholders, players or any member of an opposing team.
  4. Any form of bullying, harassment or threats against players or officials.
  5. Photographs, video or comments promoting negative influences or criminal behavior.
  6. Online activity that contradicts the current policies of the AMHA.
  7. Inappropriate, derogatory, racist, or sexist comments of any kind.
  8. Online activity that is meant to alarm other individuals or to misrepresent fact or truth.

DISCIPLINE

The Team or AMHA will investigate reported violation(s) of this policy in the manner set out in the AMHA By-Laws for other types of violations. If the investigation determines that a violation has occurred, the Team and or AMHA will impose appropriate disciplinary actions.

SUMMARY

When using social media and networking mediums, AMHA members should assume at all times they are
representing AMHA or its member Associations or Teams. All members of AMHA should remember to use the same discretion with social media and networking as they do with other traditional forms of media.
AMHA members agree to adhere to all conditions set forth with in the Social Media Policy. It is understood that violating the guidelines set fourth within the policy will lead to appropriate disciplinary action against both parents and or child/player.

In order to facilitate communication between AMHA, HNS, AMHA Teams and teams outside of AMHA, AMHA will be providing email addresses for each team to use.  By adopting standardized email addresses this will make it easier to maintain information from year to year and will also allow our team staff to isolate AMHA emails from personal or work emails.  AMHA will configure and provide instructions on how to access the email addresses. By default AMHA will provide emails for the following roles:

Manager
Head Coach
Safety Rep

Additional emails can be provided on request.  Below are examples of what these emails will look like;

U9 AA Minor
U9AAMManager@antigonishminorhockey,ca Manager
U9AAMCoach@antigonishminorhockey,ca Coach
U9AAMSafety@antigonishminorhockey,ca Safety Rep

U11 A Female
U11AFManager@antigonishminorhockey,ca Manager
U11AFCoach@antigonishminorhockey,ca Coach
U11AFSafety@antigonishminorhockey,ca Safety Rep

Novice
For Novice the tryout process consists of a Hockey Nova Scotia skills test. From this skill test
all participants scores will be used to determine their level of play for the skills sessions we have
as well as for which rep teams they will be playing on. There is no fee for this tryout and it
normally takes place in late September, or early October. Watch the schedule for times and
locations.


Note: If you wish for your daughter to play on the Novice Female team please let the organizers
know before the skills test.


Female
With female teams our numbers normally are such that tryouts are not required. The early
season ice for the female teams will be considered development/skills ice time and will come out
of that ice budget. In the event that we have enough females for a division that we require
tryouts then we will consist of 2.5 hours of practice time and 1.5 hours for a Black vs White
Game. Fees for this are $30.

Minor
Minor tryouts will consist of 2.5 hours of practice time and 1.5 hours for a Black vs White
Game.  Any additional ice time requested for tryouts will be charged to the team.  

Note: All tryout fees will be invoiced to individuals and collected as part of rep fees.  There is only one tryout fee regardless of how many teams an indivdual end up trying out for.

If a player is injured and unable to participate fully in the AMHA try out process, his/her parents may
apply in writing or by email, to the President of the AMHA (president@antigonishminorhockey.ca), for
special consideration. The following process will be enacted:

  • Parents must obtain and submit a doctor’s certificate that details both the injury as well as the
    anticipated date of healthy return to the level of activity expected for all players at the level
    where the injured player is trying out. The circumstances behind the injury as well as the
    anticipated return date will be taken into consideration.
  • If the player has been on the ice with the team onto which he/she is hoping to be placed, the
    coaching staff and evaluators, if applicable, will evaluate the player based on what he/she
    demonstrated during the try outs he/she attended.
  • If the player was not able to be seen on the ice or if the coaching staff feels the player did not
    attend enough ice sessions to be fairly evaluated, the coaching staff may consult other coaches
    and evaluators who would have seen the player during the current round of tryouts. For
    example, a player was assessed during the AAA tryouts and becomes injured during the AA
    tryouts. The AA coach may consult the evaluators and coaching staff of the AAA team for
    assessments of the player.
  • If the player was not seen during any phase of the try out process, the coaching staff, if they see
    the merit in doing so, may consult with the coaching staff who worked with the player in the
    previous year. Once all information is gathered, the coaching staff will make a decision on
    whether or not the player will receive special consideration and be placed on the team or
    whether the player will be released.