Golden Blades Women’s Hockey League Approved August 27, 2008 Meeting Minutes Canlan York 6:30pm ATTENDENCE GBWHL President Jann Bower Newtonbrook C Trina Pirone Convener, Statistician Sylvie Hoggarth Scarborough Sharks Jasmine Riddolls Aurora Predators Ken Jenkinson Sirens A & B Robert Howard Centurians Johanne Rappoccio Tornadoes 7801 Karen Azim Barrie Sharks Joanne Merkley Tornadoes 7801 Nancy Lumley Barrie Sharks Shannon Green Tornadoes 7803 Vicki Vanderburgh Cougars AA Sean Fullan Toronto Buds Maria Gervasi Cougars A, B & C Margaret White Toronto Crush Jordana Lee Etobicoke Dolphins Colleen Muise Toronto Crush Yvonne Tsang Grimm Jesters Jane Stephenson Toronto Ice Carol Davidson Icebreakers Dale Coville Toronto Mustangs Sandy Gregus Icebreakers Jenn Rumsey Toronto Phoenix Kathy Anderson Icebreakers Lisa Chartier Toronto Phoenix Sheena Wigglesworth Leaside Wildcats Jill Savin Toronto Rockets Karen Decker Muskoka Bound Chantal Perreira Toronto Stingers Stephanie White Newtonbrook A 2901 / B / Wolves Linda Starr Toronto Vixens Amanda McCurdy Newtonbrook A 2907 Tania Mungo Regrets: Treasurer – Karen Rooney Mississauga Chiefs Toronto Heat 1. Welcome/Introduction Jann Bower called the meeting to order, welcome and introductions followed. Jann Bower spoke briefly on behalf of the OWHA representatives who were unable to attend the meeting. Toronto Vixens, ‘AA’ and Muskoka Bound, ‘C’ were presented with a plaque for their Provincial gold accomplishment of the 2007-08 season. Team reps were reminded of the August 31 deadline date for Intent to Register (ITR) forms to be submitted. Reps were also informed that it would be beneficial to purchase the 2008-09 rule book as there had been numerous rule changes. OWHA meeting was being held on Saturday September 27, 2008 at the Stage West Hotel. 2. April 30 AGM Minutes Stephanie White spoke to item 1 wanting to clarify that yes, she would be pleased to attend the coaching clinics, however, wanted to make it clear that she would not be responsible for arranging them. With the above noted, Robert Howard moved to accept the April 30 AGM minutes. Seconded by Tania Mungo. Carried. 3. League Information for 2008-09 Season A summary was provided informing the team reps of the league fees, payment dates, what the fees included, league structure, ice time, playoff weekend and exclusion dates. Linda Starr informed the team reps a guaranteed 2 weekends can be booked off and dates must be submitted by September 7 allowing a sufficient amount of time for the regular season schedule to be completed and distributed to team reps. Trina Pirone spoke about the officiating costs and informed the reps the fees had slightly increased. Officials would receive $25 per game. 3 man system for the AA games going with the 1.5 hour, the costs were $50 bans and $35 per linesman. Mandy McCurdy questioned the 3-man system for Tier 1 games. Trina Pirone responded officiating rules state that 1.5-hour games at the AA level must be officiated by the 3-man system. Trina Pirone also noted for goalies to be aware of the changes in regards to rules and regulations regarding goalie equipment. The information is now being posted on the OWHA website and goalies will have a year to comply with the rules. 4. Most Sportsmanlike Team Awards Team reps were just given a friendly reminder that the process has changed for the upcoming season. There would be a sportsmanship trophy for each of the four tiers. In lieu of presenting this to the team with the least penalty minutes as in the past, all teams would be asked to vote for the team that they felt was the most sportsmanlike in their respective division. 5. Practice Schedule Teams were reminded in order to implement all of the practice ice available and to be fair to all teams, practices were going to be assigned by a random draw for this upcoming season. Practice times will be Saturday evenings in the 7:15pm and 8:15pm time slots. Early in the New Year, time slots will be moved to 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Teams were asked to inform the league if they had no intentions of using their ice so their team names could be withheld from the draw. Centurians, Dolphins, Stingers and 7803 Tornadoes declined. Sylvie Hoggarth will contact reps which were not represented at the meeting. Practice schedule will be distributed to team reps and posted on the website as soon as it is completed. 6. Playoff Format Tiers 2 & 4 With Tier 2 having 13 teams, Tier 4 having 7 teams there was concern in regards to the league being able to adhere to the 1 playoff game guaranteed. A brief discussion took place in regards to suggestions as to what could be implemented to move forth with a playoff procedure that would work within the ice time allocation of playoff weekend. It was the general consensus that the league, given its increased number of team entries, had reached a point where it was no longer in the position to guarantee play off games to team entries. Maria Gervasi moved that in tiers, which had more than 8 teams, only the highest 8 seeded teams would qualify for playoffs. Seconded by Jane Stephenson. Carried. Further to that, Robert Howard moved that Golden Blades Women’s Hockey league remove from the present and future contracts that teams are guaranteed any playoff games and the playoff format for divisions with more or less than 8 teams, the Executive Committee to administer the playoff format prior to the commencing of regular season play. Seconded by Tania Mungo. Carried. 7. Other Business In reference to December 16, 2007 where games were defaulted, played or cancelled due to inclement weather. It was asked of the league if the situation would be handled any differently should this occur once again with the upcoming season. Sylvie Hoggarth responded that if Canlan did not close the rink, Golden Blades would not cancel any league games. It was clearly stated Golden Blades does not expect nor does it ask any teams to venture out into situations they feel is unsafe. There are options as to how the situation can be handled, as some games were defaulted, some were played and some games both team reps had agreed to not play the game which OWHA rules state it is to be recorded as a tie with no points awarded. It was asked if those options along with the proper procedure to follow should a team have to default a game be outlined and distributed to team rep. Sylvie Hoggarth will outline the procedures, administer it to the teams reps and have it also posted on the website. Trina Pirone reiterated that teams cancelling games within 24 hours notice are still responsible for official and timekeeper fees. Toronto Phoenix inquired if Canlan would allow the Provincial winners to hang their banners in the rink. Sylvie Hoggarth will contact the Canlan rep and confirm. 8. Adjournment Colleen Muise moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ken Jenkinson. Carried.
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