Team Balancing Rules (approved HC 2007) 1. The CAL Club system needs to be maintained except at the IP level. 2. During IP players are grouped according to their skill level. 3. When IP players move to novice hockey, they are assessed using a repeatable, consistent measure. 4. A Player Distribution Committee appointed by the CAL Board and whose members are impartial to the outcome will do initial assignment to Clubs at Novice level and above. Assignment is based on the following priorities: a) Church teams: A player who is an active attendee of the specific Church may choose to play for that Church b) Fort Henry teams: A player who is a dependent of military personnel or military civilian personnel may choose to play for Fort Henry c) Storrington teams: A player who is resident of the Battersea - Sunbury - Inverary - Glenburnie area may choose to play for Storrington. d) Siblings may choose to play for the same Club. e) Novice to Bantam teams will be rostered such that in 2008/2009 any team may have not more than 10 of a single age (Minor or Major) and not less than 6. in Subsequent season Maximum and minimums of single age groups will be 9 and 6. Underage players to be considered Minors, overage would be Majors. Where a division is unbalanced in registration, Maximums and Minimums will not deviate more than 2 players from the single age average in the division. f) CAL will assign players according to skill designation to create teams that are balanced in both age and ability. Assessment and Allocation of IP Players Moving to Novice I. All players will be assessed using a repeatable, consistent measure. Each player will be given an appropriate designation based on performance of the measure. II. Players will be assigned to Club teams in such a way that the skill level of each team approaches equality. III. A secondary objective would be to have half the players "minors" and half "majors". IV. Given the above priorities and objectives, CAL will attempt to honour requests for placement to specific Clubs. The more effectively that balance is achieved at the novice level, the easier it should be to maintain balance throughout the years as the players move through the 6 age divisions (novice, atom, peewee, bantam, midget and juvenile). Subsequent Assignment to Teams I. Registration is the first deciding factor for ALL players. Players MUST be registered by the registration deadline if they are to be placed with their previous club. This will be applied strictly to ALL players and registrations will be date stamped. II. Seniority of the players in the club. Occasionally teams will have too many players. The player who has been registered with a club/association the longest will have the first spot on the team. The player who registered with a club last will be first to go. III. Balance of the major and minor players. This will be most important if there are two players who registered on time and who have been with the club for the same length of time. The deciding factor will then be the ‘need’ of the team in terms of age. If the team is ‘heavy’ with major players then the minor player will stay with the club and the major player will be deemed excess. Here the goal is to create teams with roughly equal distribution of major and minor players, not only for team balance but also to allow spaces for returning players to progress to the next division each season. IV. If a choice has to be made among players with the least seasons with the team, that distinction will be made by lottery or coin-toss. V. Special Consideration will be granted to family members of coaching staff, who will have priority for placement on the team of the coach, assuming that they meet the registration deadline and team balance can be maintained. (Although this does not strictly follow the above guidelines, the CAL recognizes that our volunteers are essential in the successful operation of the league and therefore will award this privilege to those players.) The assessed level of the player(s) will be considered along with all other players. VI. All players will be rated at the end of each season and the list of players and their rating will be submitted to the CAL executive. All ratings will remain confidential. VII. At the end of registration, non-Church teams will confirm the players who have registered with their team. VIII. Any "excess" players, players who wish to change Clubs and all new* players will be assessed before being assigned. (* "New" players are defined as players who were not on a CAL team during the previous season.) IX. The "excess" players, players who wish to change clubs and new players (in this order) will be assigned to teams by the Player Distribution Committee based on the principles of team balance listed above. X. Any individual will only be declared "excess" and moved once in his/her career with the CAL. However, if after the player is moved, a place on his/her original team becomes available, the player will have first right of refusal for it.