Birmingham Hockey Association

Bylaws

 

 

ARTICLE I – RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Birmingham Hockey Association (BHA) shall at all times maintain membership with USA Hockey and the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) and other affiliated hockey associations in which its teams participate. The rules and regulations of these organizations will govern the Birmingham Hockey Association, except as amended herein. MAHA shall be notified of any change of MAHA rules and regulations by BHA.

ARTICLE II – TEAM MEMBERSHIP AND REGISTRATION

Section 1

A current team roster must be filed by each coach with the appropriate Division Director seven days prior to start of any league, exhibition, or playoff game.

Section 2
Players not properly registered with the Association and MAHA prior to a game will be ineligible to play in that game. Section 3

Each team, except novice, bantam, and midget teams, may register and dress not more than sixteen players without the express permission of the Board. A novice team may register and dress no more than 18 players without the express permission of the board. Bantam and midget teams may register and dress no more than 20 players, as directed by MAHA.

Section 4
Any coach of a team assigned ice for practice or game will be totally responsible for that ice according to the published ice schedule. Section 5
All members of each team must be registered with MAHA prior to the start of league games.
Section 6

The Division Director shall confirm the presence and credentials of each player and deliver the roster to the League Director a minimum of four days prior to the start of league or exhibition games. The League Director will then officially submit said roster to the MAHA district registrar.

Section 7

Teams from other communities may participate in the BHA subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. governed by the BHA rules and regulations.

Section 8
A BHA team may play only MAHA registered players in any exhibition, select or league games.

ARTICLE III – PLAYER ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION

Section 1

All players wishing to participate in the BHA program must register. Participation is open to all qualified residents of the City of Birmingham upon payment of the prescribed registration fee and compliance with registration regulations including provision of proof of age as hereinafter provided. Participation will also be available to qualified residents of “Adjacent Communities”, including Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Franklin, Royal Oak, Southfield, Troy and West Bloomfield, provided that these additional applicants can be accommodated after Birmingham residents are registered.

Section 2

The association reserves the right, through the Board of Directors, to prescribe qualification requirements including the promulgation of rules and decisions specifying grounds for refusing or withdrawing participation, disciplinary actions, and related matters.

These teams will be

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Section 3

Each player shall play in the division determined by USA Hockey and MAHA rules and regulations for their age classifications. Exceptions will only be granted by a vote of the BHA Executive Committee and, if necessary, MAHA approval.

Section 4

A participant in the BHA program who has registered, paid any required registration fees and is willing to abide by the rules and regulations of the BHA shall be considered a player.

Section 5

Each player is required to submit a copy of his birth certificate, or comparable document at the time of registration. A copy of the passport, if applicable, and green card is required for non-American citizens.

Section 6

Any player who has completed league play in any other hockey league may not be assigned to a BHA team during the current season unless and until a release is obtained from the other team, but such assignments must be made with the consent of the President, the League Director and the Division director involved.

Section 7

Any registered player in the BHA may practice with any other team with the written or verbal approval of his BHA coach. A registered BHA player may not play an exhibition or other game with any other team but his own unless and until he obtains a release from his BHA Division or League Director. Such a release shall not be given unless all BHA dues are paid and current.

Section 8

A team may replace any registered player during the current season providing he becomes unavailable for one of the following reasons:

A. Illness or injury forces the player’s withdrawal.
B. If a player quits or moves out of the BHA area.
C. If a player’s dues are not paid and he is suspended by the Board of Directors for nonpayment of dues.

And provided the consent is obtained of the President, the league Director and the Division director involved. Section 9

A registration fee, in an amount established by the Board of Directors, shall be collected from each player at the start of the season. This registration fee must be received by the Division Director prior to the first practice and must be in the hands of the Treasurer prior to the first game. Registration fees may be refunded only by approval of the Division Director. Failure to pay the balance of the annual fee in accordance with terms prescribed by the Board of Directors shall result in a player being denied further participation until such time as payment is made.

Section 10

In financial hardship cases, the coach and Division Director concerned shall advise the President of the situation along with recommendations of the amount that can be paid or the delayed payment schedule that can be met. The President’s decision shall be considered final, as to the payments that must be made in order for the player to play.

Section 11

If a player participated in the previous season without full payment of BHA fees, the amount of the arrearage plus the current season’s fees must be paid in full before the player is allowed to play or practice with a BHA team.

Section 12

If players of the same family wish to participate on the same team in a given division, the parents must inform the Division Director at the time of registration. Efforts will be made to place those players on the same team, but team balance and equality will not be sacrificed in the process.

Section 13
All registered participants in the BHA program shall be provided with insurance coverage.

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Section 14
Player releases must be submitted to the Board before a release may be granted. Section 15

Players are responsible for maintaining BHA equipment such as jersey, socks and goalie equipment in good condition. If a player deliberately damages, misplaces or does not return BHA equipment, that player may be required by the Board to return the equipment or replace as condition of continuing league play or participating in the Association the following year.

Section 16 Novice Division

Players designated as Novice players: Ages 5 - 8 – All players in this classification will be evaluated and placed on a Novice Division team.

Ages 10 and up: All players in this classification will be evaluated and placed on a team within his or her own age division, but will be strongly encouraged to attend additional Novice practice ice times to bring skills and knowledge of the game in line with those of his or her age group.

Other provisions of these bylaws notwithstanding, the Novice Division shall be run in a manner consistent with the spirit of USA Hockey’s American Developmental Model and all MAHA rules governing the same.

ARTICLE IV – LEAGUE GAMES

Section 1

In the Novice Division, all players will play a substantially equal amount of time per period in a game. To assist teams in changing lines, the Division Director or his designated assistant shall stop the time clock and play at regular intervals as determined by the Board, regardless of the condition of play, so that lines may be changed.

Weekly ice time will consist of two practices and one game for the first half of the season. Weekly ice time will consist of one practice and two games per week for the second half of the year. All games will be played under the Peer Line format. The Division director in conjunction with the League Director may modify, where appropriate, the ratios of games to practices.

Novice Practices – Ice time designated for Novice Division teams is to be used for the instruction of Novice players only and not as extra ice time for more advanced veteran players.

Section 2

In the Mite through Midget Divisions league and playoff games, no player shall play less than three minutes per period in a game and no player shall play more than six minutes per period in a game. In BHA League and Play-off games, coaches should make every effort to provide equal ice time, throughout the duration of the game, to all players on the team, in an effort to ensure proper development. These limits may be extended at the discretion of the Division director if insufficient players are in uniform for a game provided that a three minute differential be maintained between the most-played and the least-played player. This rule will be enforced during the game in question as follows: if the Division Director has reason to believe the rule is being violated, he will verbally inform the coach of the offending team once. If the violation continues, the Division Director will, at a convenient time, instruct a referee to assess the offending team a minor penalty, preferably against the player or players who have been on the ice too long during a period. The Division director may use whatever means he deems appropriate to determine a violation of this rule, including arranging timing of players. A coach who repeatedly violates this rule will be reported to the Executive Committee. This rule is not intended to be the basis for any post-game protest.

Section 3

The maximum number of people other than uniformed players who may be on the players’ bench is four and in the score keeping/penalty box area is three. The coach shall designate the four people who may be on the bench and the Division director or his designated assistant shall designate the three people who may be in the scorekeeping/penalty box area.

The coach shall be responsible for assuring that all non-players are authorized to be in the bench area during games and practices. Section 4

All Novice Division games shall be played in three twelve-minute running time periods. If the score differs by two goals or less, the final two minutes of the third period shall be played as stopped time regardless of scores during the final two minutes.

Section 5
All Mite through Midget games shall be played in three ten-minute stopped time periods.

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Section 6
All minor penalties in Mites shall be for one minute; Squirts through Midgets shall be for two minutes.

Section 7

All major penalties in Mites shall be for two minutes; Squirts through Midgets shall be for five minutes.

Section 8

All penalty time shall start at the drop of the puck resuming play. If the penalty time expires during a stoppage in play, the penalized player shall remain in the penalty box until play is resumed.

Section 9

Overt displays of temper and use of profane language by players while at the Ice Arena will not be tolerated by the BHA. At the start of each season and as often as needed thereafter, the BHA President shall contact the Director of Referees’ Organization and inform him that such above mentioned player action be handled by the giving of a ten minute misconduct penalty by the game referee. The President shall have discretion to impose an appropriate penalty on a player at the next scheduled game at which he is present and is unsuited for such above-mentioned conduct on or off the ice at the Ice Arena or at games played away from the Ice Arena, which has not been penalized by a referee. It is not necessary that the President or a Board Member observe or hear the conduct in question for the penalty to be imposed.

Section 10

Scoring for divisions standings shall be as follows: wins count two (2) points; regular season games that end in ties shall stand as ties, with one point awarded to each team. No overtime periods will be played at the conclusion of tied regular season games.

Section 11

No player shall go onto the ice until the ice resurfacing machine is completely off the ice. No pucks shall be on the ice until all rink doors are closed. Violations of the provision may be penalized as a minor bench penalty by either the referee, the Division Director or his designated assistant.

Section 12
All Novice games shall be conducted under the “peer” line system.

  1. Players of higher skill levels on each team shall play against players of higher skill levels from the opposing team, and so on. In any disputes regarding the skill level of any players, a decision shall be made by the Division Director or his designated assistant as to the skill level of the questioned player. Coaches shall designate “A” line players and “B” line players on the game scoring sheet before each game.

  2. Moving a player from a lower skill level line to a higher skill level line or from a higher skill level line to a lower skill level line by a team shall only be done with the expressed approval of the Division Director or his designated assistant.

  3. The Division director, at his discretion, may direct a team anytime to move a player from one skill level to another skill level.

  4. Under the “peer” line system, the term “A line” shall mean the highest skill level of players; “B line” shall mean players of a lesser skill level. All “A line” players shall have their helmets marked with colored tape as designated by the Division Director running from front to back.

  5. If, due to an absence of a B line player, an A line player must play on the second line, the following rules shall apply: 1. The A line player must play a defensive position on the B line.
    2. The A line player shall not cross over the red line while playing with the B line.
    3. The A line player cannot score a goal while playing on the B line.

    4. A team’s first two players in the draft may not play on the B line.

  6. Each game shall be started by the B line playing the first shift.

  7. In no case shall an A line player be rotated to the B line when five or more B line players are present, as a skater (not goalie) for any game.

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Section 13

Any player receiving a penalty for fighting or being third man in a fight, or any player leaving the players’ bench or penalty box when a fight is in progress on the ice, will automatically be suspended for the remainder of the game being played and suspended for the next scheduled league game. Any player receiving a penalty for intentional bodily harm will automatically receive a three game suspension.

The player suspended must be present, unsuited and in the penalty box, for it to count as his suspended game. A second offense will mean immediate suspension and the appearance of the suspended player and his coach before the Board of Directors for disciplinary action.

Section 14

Any coach that allows a suspended or otherwise ineligible player to play in a game will appear before the Board of Directors. His team will automatically forfeit any game in which suspended or ineligible players participate.

Section 15

At the conclusion of each game, each team must shake hands with the opposition in an orderly and sportsmanlike manner. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action against the coach as well as the player.

Section 16

A game shall be forfeited if a team does not have a minimum number of six players at the conclusion of the pre-game warm-up and shall be so declared on the official game score sheet. If neither team has six players, then both teams shall be charged with a loss.

Section 17

The BHA official score sheet shall be completed in triplicate and used for all games unless otherwise directed by the Executive Committee. Referees shall report any actions they consider detrimental to the BHA on the back of said score sheet.

Section 18

The score sheet for each game will become a permanent league record and shall be signed by the game’s referees immediately following the game.

Section 19

Any incidents detrimental to the BHA involving a coach, player, any member of the Association, or a spectator, or any incident which would necessitate a hearing under Article XIII of the constitution, shall be reported by the respective Division Director to the Executive Committee within twenty-four hours of the incident.

Section 20

All Division Directors, coaches and managers shall see that no one is allowed in the general area around or near the players’ bench or penalty box during games without approval of the Division Director.

Section 21

Each game shall have a three minute warm-up prior to the start of the game, unless otherwise directed by the Division Director or his designated assistant due to the lateness of a previous game.

Section 22

The referee shall determine the need to stop the clock in the event of an injury. The clock shall not be stopped unless the referee signals the timekeeper to do so.

Section 23

All protests involving games shall be ruled upon by the Executive Committee. In the event that a member of said committee is involved in the game, the BHA President shall appoint another Board Member to sit in for said member. All protests shall be filed in writing and accompanied with a $20 cash deposit which will be refunded if the Committee rules in favor of the protest. Deposits are forfeited if the Executive Committee rules against the protest and shall become property of the BHA. No protest shall be allowed against a judgement call made by an official. All protests must be forwarded to the Executive Committee in writing through the appropriate Division Director within twenty-four hours of the incident. Rulings shall be made by said committee within seventy-two hours of the receipt of the protest by the committee.

Section 25

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Extra team practices or games shall not exceed one hour per week per team, except for BHA approved select tournament teams without the approval of the Division Director. A week for the purpose of extra ice time shall begin on Sunday and end on Saturday. The Division director shall approve any extra ice time. The total number of games played prior to February 1st shall not exceed MAHA guidelines.

Section 26

If it is necessary at any point in time to determine the ranking of teams in a division for any purpose, the ranking shall be determined as follows:

A. The team with the highest ratio of total points scored divided by total possible points for the games played, is the champion.

B. If tied for highest ratio of points, the team with the most games won is the champion.

C. If tied for ratio and games won, the team that wins the most regular season games between the two, shall be the champion.

D. If tied for all the above, a single playoff game will be scheduled to determine the champion. The provisions of Section 28D shall apply to their playoff game.

Section 27
When replacing a goalie, a team shall not be allowed to warm up the replacement goalie Section 28
League Playoffs

  1. At the conclusion of each regular season’s league play, there will be a playoff held in every division, except that the Mite and Novice Divisions may dispense with playoffs at the discretion of the Mite/Novice Division director and the league director.

  2. All teams are eligible to participate in the playoffs.

  3. Each division playoff will be organized as a two game elimination tournament. A team must lose two games to be eliminated.

  4. All the Association’s By-Laws and operating rules shall apply during playoffs with the following exceptions:

    1. All games shall be played to a decision. In the event of a tie game at the end of regulation time, the two teams will immediately play a sudden death overtime period of a duration to be specified by the League Director or his designated representative. During the last two minutes of this overtime period, the time clock will not be stopped.

    2. If there is no decision at the end of one overtime period, the game shall be determined by a shoot-out as follows:

      a. Each coach shall designate five players and send them to center ice where the referees will instruct them on the procedures for the shoot-out.

      b. Each player shall shoot in turn, beginning with the visiting team and alternating teams, until five players for each team have participated.

      c. The team scoring the most goals out of the five attempts wins the game.

      d. If the score is still tied, each coach will select five different players and the above procedure will be repeated.

      e. If the score is still tied, then the game shall be decided by a sudden-death shoot out with the winning team being the one that scores first when the other team doesn’t. Players may participate in any order, except that each player may only participate once during this phase until the full roster is utilized.

      ARTICLE V – UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

Section 1
All uniforms and equipment issued to players of the BHA shall only be used in authorized games or practices.

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Section 2

Each coach shall be responsible for all equipment issued to his team and for its return or replacement. Each coach may be required to sign a receipt for the jerseys, socks and/or equipment of BHA issued to his team. Failure to return such equipment at the end of the season or tournament shall obligate the coach to reimburse the Association for the replacement of the equipment.

Section 3

Each player shall be required to wear protective equipment for all games and practices as required by MAHA and USA Hockey. All players are required by BHA to wear neck guards and mouth guards. Neck guards and mouth guards must follow the guidelines prescribed by USA Hockey.

Section 4

If any portion of a player’s protective equipment becomes damaged during the course of a game it shall be up to the discretion of the referee as to whither the layer may be allowed to participate.

Section 5

Each coach may be issued a garment bag and will carry all jerseys to and from all games in said bag. Jerseys owned by the Association will be passed out to each player before a game and collected from the players after the game. Players will not be allowed to take BHA jerseys from the Ice Arena except to sew on names or sponsors emblems or to make repairs.

Section 6

Official BHA jackets with the official BHA crest insignia are authorized and designated for use only by the Board. The official BHA jacket shall consist of:

A. The color of the jacket shall be red with blue and white trim around the neck, ends of the sleeves, and the waist.

B. Written

  1. Full players’ mane written in script on the right front breast of jacket in white.

  2. The word “Birmingham” written in script on an area across the top back of the jacket in white.

  3. Crossed American/Canadian flag patch at top of left sleeve.

  4. Approved BHA crest to be located on the left front breast area.

  5. MAHA patch to be located at the top of the right sleeve.

    ARTICLE VI – TEAM FORMATIONS

Section 1

Each Division Director, working with the League Director and coaches, is responsible for organizing and conducting a tryout and open draft for all players registered to play in that division.

Section 2

Each division's tryout and draft should be conducted so as to create teams of equal ability and performance at the beginning of the regular season. To this end, the following procedure will be followed in the Bantam and Midget divisions every year.

  1. One or more division evaluation sessions shall be conducted. All players will attend at least one evaluation session unless excused by the League Director. No Association member shall urge or influence any player to perform at less than his or her best ability at each evaluation. The Division Director and coaches shall rate each player as to ability during the evaluation.

  2. An open draft of all players will be conducted every year. There will be one protected player per coach in the draft. Every player who registers and attends evaluations will be assigned to a team. The Division Director and coaches, with the advice of the League Director, shall make every effort to create teams of equal ability and performance.

  3. Coaches and the Division Director are required to establish a consensus list indicating their opinions regarding the comparative ability of each player. This list will rank the players one, two, three, etc., with one being the player possessing the greater ability. Goalies may be ranked separately based on ability. Goalies may also be ranked as a skater.

  4. Coaches will not be allowed to draft any player more than a certain number of places out of sequence from their place on the consensus list. The number of places in the sequence shall be determined by the number of teams in the

notations on the jacket should look as follows:

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Section 3

Section 4

respective division times three. A player will be automatically placed on a particular team if failure to choose such player would cause him or her to be placed outside of the above-referenced sequence. For example, if there are four (4) teams, then the sequence is defined as twelve (12) positions and the third highest rated player must be chosen on or before the 15th selection of the draft. If he or she is not chosen prior to the 15th selection, then he or she will be the automatic 15th player taken in the draft.

  1. Children of the same family in a given division will automatically be placed on the same team, unless their parents/guardians inform the League/Division Directors at the time of registration. A coach drafting one of the players will have the other player assigned to the team in the round in which the player would be drafted according to the consensus list and considering the infiltration of goalies as the draft proceeds.

  2. The draft will be conducted at a place and on a date established by the Board of Directors.

  3. Coaches will be allowed three minutes to draft each player. No coach may pass a turn. In the event a coach does not select a player within the three-minute period, the presiding BHA official of the draft shall place the highest rated

    available player, based on the consensus list, on such coach's team.

  4. Assistance in drafting will be supplied to any coach upon request. Assistance will be arranged by the Division

    Director. The BHA official presiding at the draft shall have the final authority to determine who shall participate in

    the draft other than coaches.

  5. No team may draft two goalies until all teams have one goalie.

  6. Trades will be allowed upon the mutual consent of the involved coaches. Trades may only be made involving

    players located within two adjacent tiers of the consensus list.

  7. The Order of draft shall be determined by lot. For example, if there are four [4] teams, then the sequence of draft

    selection shall be team 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, etc. until all players are drafted.

Each division's tryout and draft should be conducted so as to create teams of equal ability and performance at the beginning of the regular season. To this end, the following procedure will be followed in the Novice through Peewee divisions every year. The Mite and Notice Division Directors, with the consent of the League Director or where appropriate, the Board of Directors, may deviate from these procedures in individual cases or for compelling reasons.

  1. One or more division evaluation sessions shall be conducted. All players will attend at least one evaluation session unless excused by the League Director. No Association member shall urge or influence any player to perform at less than his or her best ability at each evaluation. The Division Director and coaches shall rate each player as to ability during the evaluation.

  2. Every player who registers and attends evaluations will be assigned to a team. The Division Director and coaches, with the advice of the League Director, shall make every effort to create teams of equal ability and performance.

  3. Coaches and the Division Director are required to establish a consensus list indicating their opinions regarding the comparative ability of each player by birth year. This list will rank the players one, two, three, etc., with one being the player possessing the greater ability. Goalies may be ranked separately based on ability. Goalies may also be ranked as a skater.

  4. Children of the same family in a given division will automatically be placed on the same team unless their parents/guardians inform the League/Division Directors at the time of registration.

  5. A Serpentine draft will be conducted at a place and on a date established by the Board of Directors. Prior to the draft, the Division Director will establish a Serpentine draft list of players by birth year.

  6. Once the Division Director has established the Serpentine draft list, the Division Director will meet with all Head coaches to review and agree on positioning of players. All coaches must agree that all teams appear to be equal in ability and performance. The Division Director will have final approval. After the coaches agree on the equality of the teams, each coach’s name will be put in a hat and randomly drawn. The first name drawn will be given the first team and so on.

  7. After all coaches have been assigned a team, the appropriate trades will be made in order to place the coach’s child on the coach’s team.

  8. No team will be assigned two goalies until all teams have one goalie.

  9. Trades will be allowed upon the mutual consent of all coaches in the division. Trades may only be made involving

    players located within two adjacent tiers of the consensus list.

All City of Birmingham residents must be placed on a team, if there is room in the appropriate division, and if they register and attend evaluation sessions.

Section 5

Late registering players not assigned to a team in the draft may be placed on teams by the Division Director, with the approval of the League Director, after having been evaluated. City of Birmingham residents who register late must be given first priority of team assignments among late registering players.

Section 6

BHA members may play on travel teams approved in advance of their tryouts and formation by the BHA Board. A travel team may not pick up a player already drafted on a house team without the approval of the Division Director of the house team involved. The BHA Board may specify the composition of travel teams as to the number of prior BHA players and may specify the number of travel teams in one division.

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Section 7

Once a player has been placed on a team within a division, he cannot move to another division, without the approval of the Executive Committee.

Section 8

The Division Director and League Director shall organize a coaches’ meeting prior to the division’s player rating sessions. Attendance is mandatory for all division coaches. The following shall be discussed at this meeting:

  1. The League’s insurance claim procedure

  2. The League’s first aid procedure

  3. The use of the BHA equipment

  4. The necessary protective equipment that each player must wear, and

  5. League operating rules.

Section 9

Each team shall select a team manager to be responsible for all obligations of the team and players under these By-Laws. A team may not participate in league games until a team manager is appointed and the name of the team manager is furnished to the Division Director.

ARTICLE VII – SUSPENSIONS

Section 1

Any player receiving a penalty for fighting or being third man in a fight, or any player leaving the players’ bench or penalty box when a fight is in progress on the ice, shall automatically be suspended for the remainder of the game being played and also suspended for the next scheduled game. Any player receiving a penalty for intentional bodily harm shall automatically receive a three game suspension. The player suspended for said penalties should be present, unsuited, and sitting in the penalty box for it to count as a suspended game. A second offense of these penalties shall mean immediate suspension from involvement in the BHA and the suspended player and his coach must appear before the Executive Committee for disciplinary action.

Section 2

Any coach that allows a suspended or otherwise ineligible player to participate in a game shall appear before the Executive Committee for disciplinary action. His team shall automatically forfeit any game in which suspended or ineligible players participated.

Section 3

Any player involved in a fight off the ice shall be suspended until the player and his coach can appear before the Executive committee for disciplinary action.

Section 4

Any player incurring a game misconduct penalty shall be suspended for one game and must appear before the Executive Committee which may assess further disciplinary action.

Section 5

The Executive Committee may suspend a player or coach at any time for unsportsmanlike conduct. The suspended coach or player must appear before the Executive Committee for reinstatement to the BHA.

Section 6

Any player who knowingly participates in a practice or game while under suspension, or otherwise ineligible, shall be suspended for a minimum of thirty days.

Section 7
Any suspended coach who knowingly participates in a practice or game shall be further suspended for a minimum of thirty days. Section 8

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It shall be the responsibility of the Division Director to enforce these rules and attempt to inform affected players and coaches of these rules when suspensions occur.

ARTICLE VIII – COACH AND MANAGER RESPONSIBILITIES

Section 1

All BHA coaches and managers must consider the participation and advancement of every player to be their fundamental coaching objectives.

Section 2

All coaches participating in the BHA program shall be approved by the League Director. Coaches who have attended USA Hockey CEP clinics shall be considered before those who have not attended such clinics.

Section 3

All coaches and managers must be knowledgeable of, abide by, and strictly enforce all rules and regulations incorporated in the BHA Constitution and By-Laws. Coaches are encouraged to participate in all coaching clinics designed for their benefit. The board may require attendance at USA Hockey CEP clinics as a prerequisite to coaching of BHA teams.

Section 4

The coach shall be responsible for the conduct of themselves, their assistants, the team manager and their players at all times. They must attempt to prevent disorderly conduct before, during, and after each game on or off the ice, and at any place in the rink, place of business, or place of lodging. A referee may assess penalties on any team official for failure to do so and should report in full detail to the President of the BHA.

Section 5

The coach, assistant coach or manager must arrive at the Ice Arena a minimum of thirty minutes prior to the scheduled game or practice. The coach or his assistant must be on the ice (or on the bench) at practices as soon as the players are on the ice.

Section 6

The coach and manager are responsible for the conduct of their players in the locker room as well as the condition of their locker rooms before, during, and after a game or practice.

Section 7

The coach or manager must fill in their portion of the score sheet ten minutes prior to the start of the game. The home team coach or manager must deliver said score sheet to the scorekeeper prior to the start of the game.

Section 8

The coach or manager is responsible for those skaters on the ice during a practice session. Such skaters shall only include the coach and his designated assistants, registered team players, and other BHA players who have received prior permission to practice from the coach. All players must wear complete protective equipment at all times while on the ice during practices, tryouts and games.

Section 9

The coach is responsible for seeing that his team leaves the ice immediately at the conclusion of their scheduled practice time. If a coach desires to eliminate the resurfacing of the ice prior to his practice he must notify the ice machine operator fifteen minutes prior to the start of the scheduled practice.

Section 10
The assistant coach or manager shall assume the responsibilities and duties of the head coach in his absence. Section 11

It is the responsibility of each head coach to provide competent instruction in the game of ice hockey for all players on his team, promote citizenship, fellowship and sportsmanship at all times, adhere to league Constitution and By-Laws, and appoint a competent manager and assistant coach.

Section 12

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Each coach shall sign a receipt for all BHA jerseys, socks and equipment issued to their team. Such jerseys, socks and equipment must be returned to BHA at the conclusion of league or select team play. If a coach fails to return such items, that coach must reimburse BHA for the replacement cost thereof.

Section 13
It is the responsibility for each team manager (or, in the absence of a manager, the coach) to:

  1. Deliver to the Division Director all player dues collected, registration forms, and any insurance claims.

  2. Issue BHA jerseys and other uniform and equipment owned by BHA to all players, keeping jerseys and passing them

    out to players only for games. Wash jerseys as necessary during the season, and return uniforms and equipment to the coach at the end of the season.

  3. Run the time clock, keep an official score sheet and provide these services either personally or through other competent adult help at all tames.

  4. Keep and deliver to the Division Director all team statistics on a weekly basis.

    ARTICLE IX – REFEREES AND MINOR OFFICIALS

Section 1

Each team must designate one adult to represent their team as a minor official in the score-keeping/penalty box area. Each representative shall be responsible as either a timekeeper or scorekeeper. These representatives must conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and as directed by the Division director or his designated assistant.

Section 2

At the conclusion of a game, the referees shall sign the game score sheet and deliver it to the appropriate Division director or his representative. Copies of the completed score sheet shall also be given to each participating team.

Section 3

The referee-in-chief shall meet with the President, League director, and Ice Coordinator of the BHA prior to the beginning of the season to establish the cost and operating procedures for the upcoming year. The referee-in-chief shall be responsible for monitoring his associates and for administering disciplinary actions where required.

Section 4
Minor officials for playoffs, exhibition events, and tournaments shall be appointed by the President.

ARTICLE X – AMENDMENT These By –Laws may be altered or amended by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XI – SPONSORS

Section 1
All sponsor funds deposited with the BHA Treasurer will be used only to defray the operating expenses of the Association. Section 2

Individuals, groups or businesses may sponsor a team. The cost of a team sponsorship shall be determined by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The Board may reject any proffered sponsorship by majority vote.

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Section 1
MAHA Playoff Tournament

ARTICLE XII – TOURNAMENTS

  1. Prior to the September/October General Membership Meeting each year, the Board should determine whether BHA teams will participate in the MAHA playoff tournament which will take place the following February. The Board may determine that some, but not all teams or divisions will participate.

  2. The Board’s decision should be promptly publicized to the membership. If any member requests, the decision may be reviewed at the September/October General Membership Meeting and a majority vote of the members at that meeting shall determine the issue for that season.

  3. BHA’s participation in the MAHA playoff tournament shall be in accordance with MAHA rules and regulations.

Section 2

Special Tournaments

Participation in special tournaments may be approved, planned, and/or conducted by the Tournament Director with the advice and approval of the League Director and the Division directors of the players involved. Such tournaments may involve BHA select teams (Article IV, Section 31) or league teams.

ARTICLE XIII – BHA TRAVEL PROGRAM

Section 1
Travel Program Objectives

The BHA Travel Program is an extension of the BHA House Program and allows BHA players the opportunity to play at a higher skill level within the auspices of the Association. The BHA Travel Program may consist of a “RANGER”, “LIBERTY”, or “LITTLE CAESARS TRAVEL HOCKEY” travel team as prescribed in these rules. The travel teams shall, to the extent possible considering ice time and ice availability, skate a majority of their practices and home games out of rinks in the City of Birmingham and the Adjacent Communities.

Section 2
Team Application

Beginning in January of each year, the BHA Board of Directors shall meet for review of the existing Travel Program. The season is defined as September 1 through March 31.

By the end of February, evaluation of the number of registrants as well as ice time will be conducted. At that time, the number and placement of franchises will be subject to ice time availability.

Coaching Application

In February, a Search Committee will be established to solicit applicants for Head coaching positions in the Travel Program. Applications for said position must be submitted to the Travel Director prior to March 1 of that year.

The application should include the following items:

  1. Age and division of play

  2. Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches

  3. Manager and Sponsor

  4. Resumes of Coaches

  5. Sponsor’s commitment letter

  6. Reassurance that all BHA rules and regulations will be followed

  7. Long-range plans

Team Formation

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All teams must conduct an open tryout for Fall teams by August.

In support of Program Objectives, the majority of the coaching staff and players should have strong ties to the BHA House Program.

Any try-outs for Travel Teams must be advertised in the BHA Newsletter and other publications as may be appropriate.

Team Roster

The team roster for “RANGER” team must include a minimum of players with direct ties to our House program as indicated by Team level listed below:

Mite AA -- Squirt A -- Squirt AA -- PeeWee A -- PeeWee AA -- Bantam A -- Bantam AA -- Midget A -- Midget AA --

12 players 12 players 11 players 10 players 9 players 8 players 7 players 6 players 6 players

Players designated as having ties to the Birmingham House Program must fulfill one of the following criteria:

  1. The player has played at least one full season in the BHA House Program.

  2. The player lives in the City of Birmingham or an adjacent community.

  3. The player has two years of travel experience within the BHA.

  4. The player has a sibling who played in the BHA House Association the year previous.

The team roster for a “LITTLE CAESARS TRAVEL HOCKEY” team may not include a player having a tie to the Birmingham House Program, if the minimum number of players with a direct tie to our House program is not fulfilled by the “RANGER” team at the age level as specified above.

The minimum player requirement may be waived by a majority vote of the Executive Committee if it is determined to be in the best interest of the BHA.

The Roster will be submitted to the Birmingham Hockey Associate Board for final approval prior to the September board meeting and before the initiation of League play for the (playing) calendar year in which this team was initiated a franchise, for exceptions to these rules. Application such as this will be closely reviewed and monitored by the Board of Directors. It is further understood that the team that requests, and is granted an exception to these rules is expected to abide by the by-law rules in the future.

Board Approval

The Board will vote on coach selections after all information has been presented. Consideration of the coaches will be based on the applications and prior history. A decision will be made by the Board on or before March 15th of each year.

Section 3
Team Sanctions

BHA sanctions Travel Teams from September 1 through March 31. Spring teams and Summer conditioning programs are normally excluded from BHA. If any BHA team requests BHA sanctions for spring or Summer play, such requests must be made to the Board and approved prior to the commencement of such play.

The BHA will annually sanction the following travel teams, only to the extent that they are consistent with MAHA’s rules on eligibility for travel teams at a particular age level:

Mite AA Squirt A Squirt AA PeeWee A PeeWee AA Bantam A Bantam AA Midget ?

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The BHA Board has the discretion to add or delete teams for a given season if extenuating circumstances render such change appropriate (i.e. Ice availability, registration.)

Section 4
Uniform Specifications

“RANGER” and “LIBERTY” Travel teams shall represent the BHA by wearing the Association’s red, white, and blue colors as follows:

  1. The basic uniform of the game jerseys, pants, helmets, gloves, and socks for the RANGERS will be the NHL New York Ranger style and colors. The basic uniform of the game jerseys, pants, helmets, gloves, and socks of the LIBERTY teams shall be consistent with the Association’s color scheme. The jerseys will have “BIRMINGHAM” printed across the front or shall include a BHA patch on the shoulder. The back of the jersey will have the player’s name (optional) and number. Jersey numbers will be sized to USA Hockey specifications.

  2. Travel team jackets will be red with leather or vinyl sleeves and wool body. The word “BIRMINGHAM” shall be printed in white script across the top back part of the jacket.

  3. Other items such as equipment bags, practice jerseys, hats, pants, sweats, and any other apparel shall be in the Association colors. The equipment bags shall have the BHA logo prominently imprinted on them.

“LITTLE CAESARS TRAVEL HOCKEY” teams shall represent the BHA as follows:

  1. The basic uniform of the game jerseys, pants, helmets, gloves, and socks will be orange and blue and shall be consistent with the requirements of the sponsor, LC Trademarks, Inc. The jerseys will have “BHA” patch on the shoulder. The back of the jersey will have the player’s name (optional) and number. Jersey numbers will be sized to USA Hockey specifications.

  2. Other items such as equipment bags, practice jerseys, hats, pants, sweats, and any other apparel shall be in the Association colors. The equipment bags shall have the BHA logo prominently displayed on them.

Section 5
Sponsor Recognition

The Travel Sponsor is a very key individual to the Travel team and deserves as much recognition as possible. Sponsors can be recognized in BHA/HOCKEY WEEKLY articles on the sponsors, standing boards with signs and banners, and on the equipment.

Section 6
League Affiliation

In support of the program objectives, travel teams shall participate in either the ADRAY or LITTLE CAESAR’s League. The league affiliation shall be selected by each team and approved by the Travel Director. Any deviation from this rule must be approved by the Board.

Section 7 Travel Finances

Travel teams are responsible for their own fees, player fees, and conduct fund-raisers, as needed. Travel teams will reimburse BHA for all of their direct costs which shall include but not be limited to practice and game ice, referees, insurance costs, registration, and league fees. A nominal general franchise fee will be assessed to each team to cover mailing and administrative costs.

Financial reports must be presented to the BHA treasurer three times per season. Section 8

Playing Time

In support of program objectives, coaches shall provide comparable playing time to allow for proper development of all players on the team. One recognizes in a competitive environment, there are times when the more skilled players may be utilized more. It is expected that coaches will preferentially allot ice time to others in less crucial situations.

This near-equal ice time rule will allow adequate development of all players while ensuring preservation of self esteem and ego of the individual.

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Section 9
Travel Team Name

To bring recognition to the BHA and to standardize the names used for its Travel Teams the authorized names shall be the “RANGERS”, “LIBERTY” or “BHA LITTLE CAESARS TRAVEL HOCKEY” will be used.

If it so happens that there are more than one team in the same age classification (i.e. two PeeWee “A” teams), then the teams classification can be determined by the Travel Director and the teams, subject to Board approval.

Sponsor recognition can be used in the name of the team when used in applying for tournaments or reporting in newspaper write ups. (Example: Birmingham Tubby’s Rangers or BHA LITTLE CAESARS TRAVEL HOCKEY).

Section 10
Travel Team Selection

Travel teams will be selected based on their existing status (as a BHA Travel Team) as well as trying to obtain uniformity on the various age classifications (i.e. one team in each division).

Current teams will generally be awarded a franchise, however, they must show that they have abided by BHA rules and have conducted themselves in a way that does not tarnish the BHA image.