Golden Blades Womens Hockey League Approved Amended AGM Minutes Canlan York, York Room 6:30pm April 30, 2008 ATTENDENCE GBWHL President Jann Bower Newtonbrook C Trina Pirone Aurora Predators Ken Jenkinson Sirens A & B Janet Howard Centurians Karen Rooney Tornadoes 7803 Jen Kuntz Centurians Johanne Rappoccio Tornadoes 7803 Vicki Vanderburgh Cougars A, B & C Margaret White Toronto Crush Deborah Burke Etobicoke Dolphins Colleen Muise Toronto Heat Jennifer Nantais Grimm Jesters Katie Kinnear Toronto Heat Michelle Davidson Icebreakers Heather Butler Toronto Phoenix Dahlia Kasimer Icebreakers Jenn Rumsey Toronto Phoenix Sheena Wigglesworth Icebreakers Lisa Chartier Toronto Stingers Harvey Poulin Leaside Wildcats Jenny Cooper Toronto Stingers Stephanie White Mississauga Chiefs Bill Giesler Toronto Thunder Lisa Kroll Mississauga Chiefs Cliff Chaytor Toronto Thunder Lainie Sugar Mississauga Chiefs Deborah Chaytor Toronto Titans Sylvie Hoggarth Newtonbrook A 2901 Pam Fairbridge Toronto Vixens Amanda McCurdy Newtonbrook B / Wolves Linda Starr Guests: OWHA Fran Rider OWHA Pat Nicholls Regrets: Cougars AA Muskoka Bound Newtonbrook A 2907 Scarborough Sharks Tornadoes 7801 Toronto Ice Toronto Mustangs Toronto Rockets 1. Welcome/Introduction Jann Bower called the meeting to order welcomed guests and team representatives. Introduction of the Executive and Team Reps followed. OWHA Fran Rider spoke briefly to comment on the Golden Blades organization and informed the attendees that other leagues have commented they perceive it to be well organized. Pat Nicholls spoke briefly to comment on how it is the hopes of the OWHA to see more women actively involved in regards to coaching aspects in the future. A question was put to the group to comment if all female coaches clinics were offered if this may perhaps spur more female individuals to come forth and take more of an on hand approach. Pat Nicholls suggested Stephanie White could possibly be involved with arranging clinics. Stephanie White agreed to attend prearranged clinics. Sylvie Hoggarth congratulated Colleen Muise on her new title of OWHA Regional Director – Toronto which she is to assume duties as of May 24th. 2. April 25 / August 22 2007 Minutes Bill Giesler moved to accept the minutes of April 25 and August 22 2007 unamended. Seconded by Cliff Chaytor. Carried. 3. Financial Report - Karen Rooney Karen noted that Golden Blades were still having ice issues and this was mainly due to the zamboni not being prepared to flood the ice at the completion of the games. It has gotten better but there is still room for improvement and Golden Blades is in constant communication with Canlan to improve this situation. Sylvie Hoggarth noted delays were also attributed to teams not being ready to take to the ice and game sheets being completed on the ice. In addition, there were instances where officials were not ready to start games on time. She advised that league fees for the 2008-09 season will be increased to $4700 which is a slight increase of 3.5%. This is largely due in part to the increased rates of gas, hydro etc. Returning teams were to have their $100 team deposit forwarded to her prior to June 1 new teams a fee of $500 to be forwarded. 4. Discipline Report – Linda Starr Linda spoke briefly in regards to suspensions for the 2007-08 season stating there were numerous 10 minute misconducts assessed and 2 match penalties. Linda noted that teams have calmed down and there is less complaining but improvement is still needed in both these areas. Teams were reminded that injury reports must be filed within 90 days from when the injury occurred. 5. Referee Scheduler Report – Trina Pirone Trina informed the attendees there were a total of 458 games scheduled over the course of the 2007-08 season. Changes brought in new officials as well as seeing some officials phased out. Trina commented next season it was the hope to bring in yet again some new officials but generally speaking there was a good core group that represents the Golden Blades on a continuous basis. 6. Amendments to By Laws Defaulted Games – To be implemented into the Golden Blades Constitution Stephanie White moved that “A team defaulting within 24 hours of a scheduled game time will be responsible for theirs and their opponent‟s officiating and timekeeping fees. The defaulting team will be administered a $100 (one hundred dollar) fine at the discretion of the Golden Blades Executive Committee.” Seconded by Sylvie Hoggarth. Carried. It was requested that the due process of cancelling or defaulting a game be written into the constitution so teams can follow procedures accordingly. 7. Ice Time – Karen Rooney Karen advised game times would remain within the same time block 6:30pm – 10:30pm Friday evenings and 9:00am - 4:00pm Sundays. Practice ice would remain on Saturday evenings in the 7:15pm and 8:15pm time slots Janet Howard questioned if information in regards to teams needing players and players looking for teams could be made available. It was reiterated that as in the past players or teams could contact the website co-ordinator to have information posted on the website. 8. Ice Scheduler Report – Sylvie Hoggarth Over the course of last season it had been mentioned that Golden Blades did not have sufficient ice time to accommodate all teams with their 2 hours practice ice included with the league fees. This was due to the fact that ice time was unused in the first half of the season as teams prefer to practice closer to play off season. Tania Mungo who was unable to attend suggested via email that a lottery pool be implemented. Sylvie Hoggarth moved that practice dates and time slots be pulled from a jar/hat on a random basis. Practice schedule to be posted on the website with date, time and team using the ice in an effort for teams to exchange if necessary should a team not be able to use their practice ice. Seconded by Bill Giesler. Carried It was noted that teams should be polled so teams not having any intentions of using their practice ice not be implemented into the draw. Once all teams have been allocated their 1 hour of practice ice, if the remaining practice ice availability does not warrant all teams to be issued another hour, it was discussed practices could go with half ice, shinny’s, clinics etc…and this would be determined once the ice time availability was confirmed. 9. Expansion of League/New Team Applications AA teams were requesting longer games for the 2008-09 season in Tier 1. Team reps were advised this would not affect costs in any other tiers. Games would have to be scheduled at the end of the day to help minimize the disruption in flooding of the ice. AA teams are to incur all the increased costs of the team entry, officials and timekeeping fees. There can only be 4 teams in the Tier 1 division as the ice allocation does not permit for any more. Amanda McCurdy moved that Tier 1 AA games be increased in length to 15-15-15 periods. Seconded by Colleen Muise. Carried. Within the league, Stingers advised they would like to be classified into Tier 2 as opposed to Tier 4. New team applications: Pink Panthers ‘AA’ Tier 1 Barrie Blizzards ‘BB’ Tier 3 Kings ‘C’ Tier 4 Linda Starr moved to accept Barrie Blizzards „BB‟ to the league. Seconded by Bill Giesler. Carried. Bill Giesler moved to accept Kings „C‟ to the league. Seconded by Colleen Muise. Carried. Due to the longer game times for Tier 1, only 4 teams can be accommodated. The Pink Panthers ‘AA’ are to be accepted into the league only if a ‘AA’ team folds or withdraws. 10. Old Business – Not Applicable 11. New Business OWHA AGM Katie Kinnear (Grimm Jesters) advised all team reps there was a motion to be brought to the table at the OWHA AGM being held on May 24th implementing a rule that all OWHA sanctioned players be required to wear an inter oral mouth guard. Katie advised if reps were against this ruling and not attending the OWHA AGM, to forward the team proxy to someone who would be in attendance to vote against this rule. Golden Blades 5 Goal Differential Ruling Amanda McCurdy (Vixens) stated instituting a running-time five-goal spread rule would benefit not only the players, but also the officials. The rule would assist in maintaining times as scheduled. Amanda McCurdy moved that during regular season play the clock shall revert to running time should there be a 5 or more goal deficit within the last 5 minutes of play. If the goal differential is reduced by less than 5 goals, the clock will revert back to stop time. Seconded by Bill Giesler. Carried. Sportsmanship Trophies Jann Bower noted the league is down to one trophy for this award. In moving forward more trophies would need to be purchased and is the league interested in this or should the procedure be dropped. The general consensus was to keep up the tradition. Jann Bower moved that trophies be purchased to accommodate each tier and teams to vote within their own division as to which team the sportsmanship trophy should be awarded to. Seconded by Bill Giesler. Carried. Year End Banquet A playoff/banquet committee was struck to be headed up by Bill Giesler (Chair) and to be assisted by Dahlia Kasimer (Phoenix) Deborah Chaytor (Chiefs) Play off Schedule for 2007-08 Bill Giesler wanted to reiterate that due to the late changes in the playoff schedule for the past season, it affected teams in regards to their roster and felt that in the future Golden Blades should take into consideration that once the playoff schedule is set it should remain as scheduled. Karen Rooney stated on behalf of the Golden Blades that in hindsight there was not sufficient notice and Golden Blades would not be so quick to react and alter schedules for the benefit of Canlan. 12. Next Meeting The next meeting will be held Wednesday August 27th at 6:30pm, Canlan York. 13. Adjournment Bill Giesler moved the meeting be adjourned. Seconded by Sylvie Hoggarth. Carried.
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