2010-2011 HANDBOOK


                             Martin County Arena
                                 PO Box 311
                            Fairmont, MN 56031
                            Phone (507) 238-1995


                    Association Goals
The Fairmont Youth Hockey Association goals are to provide an opportunity
for individual players to develop hockey skills at the appropriate age level; to
teach good sportsmanship, team support and the concepts of team play; and
to create an atmosphere which will promote a love of the game of hockey!
            Calendar of Events
         2010-2011 Hockey Season

                      September 14th – Registration

                        October 23rd – Open House

                        October 29th – Rock on Ice

     November 9th, 10th & 11th – Parent Meetings/Training Sessions

                       November 19th – Glows Parade

               November 20-21 Girls 12U Home Tournament

                December 10-12 Peewee Home Tournament

                   January 7-9 Squirt Home Tournament

                    February 5th Fairmont Hockey Day

                 February 18-20 – District 4 Tournaments

      February 25-27 – Fairmont Hosting Squirt District Tournament

      February 26-28 – State Girls’ High School Hockey Tournament

        March 10-12 – State Boys’ High School Hockey Tournament

                March (to be announced) – Hockey Banquet

                  June – Interlaken Heritage Days Parade

   ***5 more Rock On Ice dates tbd (Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, and March)

        Dates for Open Skate/Open Hockey will be on the website
  www.fairmonthockey.com. All players are encouraged to attend as many
  skating events as possible to develop their skating skills throughout the
                               hockey season.

                 Board of Directors
Lorie Cunning – President         Denny Junkermeier – Vice President
Cunning4@frontiernet.net          Junks3x3@midco.net
102 Oxford St                     504 Canyon Drive
Fairmont MN 56031                 Fairmont MN 56031
Cell phone: 507-236-9232          Cell phone: 507-236-4023
Shelia Hohensee – Secretary       Julie Nordquist – Treasurer
Tournament Director               jmnordquist@frontiernet.net
hockeymom@bevcomm.net             2 Coleman Lane
1811 290th Ave                    Fairmont MN 56031
Winnebago MN 56098                Cell phone: 507-399-3139
Cell phone: 507-236-1152
Darla Guritz – Gambling Manager   Amy Kotewa - Registrar
dguritz@midco.net                 ramkotewa@midco.net
215 E Christina St                45 Cottage St
Fairmont MN 56031                 Fairmont MN 56031
Phone: 507-238-4082               Cell phone: 507-236-3457
Mark Fujan – Board Member         Cindy Huset – Board Member
markfujan@gmail.com               dchuset@frontiernet.net
304 Krahmer Dr                    315 200th Ave
Fairmont MN 56031                 Fairmont MN 56031
Cell Phone: 507-236-4176          Cell phone: 507-236-5966
Jim Jorgensen – Board Member      Greg Mitchell – Board Member
Jjorgensen@riverregioncoop.com    Mitchell2020@midco.net
551 Woodland Ave                  2020 Knollwood Drive
Fairmont MN 56031                 Fairmont MN 56031
Cell phone: 507-236-4179          Cell phone: 507-236-0858
Jon Neitzel – Board Member        Kent Senf – Board Member
jmneitzel@frontiernet.net         senfk@deerequipment.com
515 S Hwy 15                      2017 Knollwood Dr
Fairmont MN 56031                 Fairmont MN 56031
Cell phone: 507-236-3317          Cell phone: 605-771-9824
Karla Williams – Board Member     Greg Wills – Board Member
Wako14@frontiernet.net            gawills@myclearwave.net
3611 Cedar Park Road              1944 243rd Ave
Fairmont MN 56031                 Truman MN 56088
Cell phone: 507-236-8951          Cell phone: 507-236-2101

Facilities/Equipment – Jeff Hohensee, Greg Mitchell, Greg Wills
             Finance – Lorie Cunning, Julie Nordquist
   Fundraising – Darla Guritz, Shelia Hohensee, Jon Neitzel,
            Kent Senf, Karla Williams and Greg Wills
Human Resources – Lorie Cunning, Mark Fujan, Shelia Hohensee
                    And Denny Junkermeier
     Publicity & Registration – Lorie Cunning, Amy Kotewa
 Tournament – Shelia Hohensee, Cindy Huset, Sherri Carlmark
                       and Karen Mussman
          District 4 – Lorie Cunning, Shelia Hohensee
 Coaching – Paul Carlson, AJ Childs, Dave Cone, Collin Cunning,
      Jim Head, Darin Hoefker, John Korsmo, Tom Lytle,
          Kris Olson, Scott Nuss and Lyn Sandersfeld

                Support Staff
               Arena Manager – Rick Oskerson
Arena Assistants – Scott Cole, Dale Dilly, Jim Kain & Joel Meyer
            Concession Stand Manager – Mary Cole
               Head Coordinator – Julie Becker
          Work Hours Coordinator – Melissa Steuber
            Coupon Books Fundraiser – Julie Klages

                 Head Coaches
               Boys’ High School – Bryan Wilken
                Girls’ High School – Scott Kuhl
                    Bantams- John Korsmo
                      Peewees – Kris Olson
                  Girls 12U – Lyn Sandersfeld
              Squirts – AJ Childs and Scott Nuss
                      Mites – Paul Carlson
                   Mini-Mites – Fred Carlson
                 Learn to Skate – Lisa Carlson

Board of Directors
The Fairmont Youth Hockey Association’s Board of Directors conducts a
monthly business meeting on the second Wednesday of each month, meetings
are held in the board room at the arena.

All meetings are open to all members of the Fairmont Youth Hockey
Association. The minutes from each board meeting will be posted on
the website. Anyone having questions or concerns and wishing to be listed on
the agenda should contact President, Lorie Cunning 507-236-9232.

Association - Arena Conduct Contract
The Fairmont Youth Hockey Association Board of Directors has issued the
following code of conduct for all players in our program, the Martin County
Arena and surrounding grounds as well as away games or tournaments
connected with Fairmont Youth Hockey.

General rules of conduct
The following conduct will NOT be tolerated:
  1. Foul Language
  2. Fighting or abuse of others
  3. Floor hockey in the arena
  4. Horseplay inside or outside the arena
  5. Skating without full equipment
  6. Any player on the ice during the ice resurfacing (Unless moving the nets)
  7. Any player on the ice before a coach or supervisor is present
  8. Any player on the ice before the zamboni doors are completely closed
  9. Vandalism or theft
  10. Intentional tripping, stick swinging or misuse of pucks
  11. Threatening other players, coaches, staff or parents
  12. Lack of respect for teammates, other teams, coaches, staff or any other authority
  13. Misuse or abuse of locker rooms or other player equipment
  14. Smoking, use of alcohol or mood altering drugs
  15. Not wearing full equipment, checking, slapshots, hooking, tripping or
      slashing during open hockey

Consequences of Infractions
If the above rules #2, #9, and #14 are violated, the following steps will be

   1. First offense: Suspension, the longer of 4 weeks or 4 games
   2. Second offense: Suspension, the longer of 6 weeks or 6 games
   3. Third offense: Suspension, for the season

If any of the other rules are violated, the following steps will be taken:
   1. First offense: Verbal warning with signed acknowledgement of
   2. Second offense: Removal from next like event (ie: practice, game, or
      open skate) and a meeting with parents
   3. Third offense: Removed from ice for one week for any event and a
      meeting with parents
   4. Fourth offense: Player will be subject to suspension or other
      disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors

   ** Please note: team coaches may have additional rules and discipline
   policies for their team.

   Change of Address or Phone Number
   Please notify the Association Registrar, Amy Kotewa, 507-238-2085 of
   any changes in address or phone number.

   Cancellation of Hockey Practices of Games
   Announcements of cancellations due to the weather will be broadcast on
   the local radio station KSUM/KFMC and players will be contacted by
   their coach or team coordinator. Cancellation will also be posted on the

Equipment & Property
All hockey equipment that has been issued or rented to players will be
collected at the end of the final game or practice. Any player who does
not return or has damaged their equipment will be responsible for
replacing the equipment. The equipment issue dates will be posted on the
website, FYHA newsletter and emailed by the team coordinator.

Parents will be expected to pay for any equipment or property of the
arena that is damaged by their child. The damaged item must be
replaced or restored to its original condition.

Family and Tournament Work Hours
Both family and tournament work hours are included as part of the fee
structure in order to reduce the cost of registration to play hockey in
the Fairmont Youth Hockey Association. The required work hours are a
minimum number. Families are encouraged to work as many hours as is
possible. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated!

Work Hour Requirements
Learn to Skate – No work hours are required.

1st year association families with mini-mites or mites – No family hours
and 7 tournament hours.

All 2nd year association families as well as first year families with
Squirts, Girls 12U , Peewees, Bantams and High School players – 20 family
hours and 7 tournament hours.

Tournament hours are any work hours completed during or in preparation
of our home tournaments. Excess tournament hours are treated as
regular family hours. Family hours are all hours worked that are not
tournament hours.

Hours cannot be transferred to other families after they have been

Qualifying Activities for Family Work Hours
Many activities count toward Family Work hours such as: board member,
team coordinator, tournament coordinator, certified coaches, assistant
coaches, committee member, game timekeeper, scorer, penalty box
attendants, concession stand workers, arena work, equipment
inventory/repairs and fundraising coordinators.

Qualifying Activities for Tournament Work Hours
Activities that count toward Tournament Work hours are: game
timekeeper, official scorer, penalty box attendants, concession stand
workers, tournament committee members, admission and registration
table workers.

Home Hockey Games
Sign-up sheets for all home games will be posted next to the concession
stand for workers to sign up approximately two weeks prior to the game.
Anyone can work any game. Team coordinators are responsible for
making sure that all positions are filled, if not they can assign parents
from their team to work the positions. If the slots are not all filled the
game must be forfeited.

Tournaments are a big fund raiser for our association and we need
everyone’s help to make them successful! In order to make sure there is
sufficient worker coverage for each home tournament, all families are
required to work at least 7 tournament hours during the season.

Record Cards
Work hours are tracked on a record card. A drop box for the cards is
located next to the concession stand door. The cards are available on the
side of the drop box. The cards need to be completed within 10 days of
the activity worked and must be signed by another individual that
witnessed the hours being worked. The cards should be placed in the
drop box for recording purposes.

Work hours by family will be posted in the lobby and also on the website.
They will be updated on a weekly basis.

*Please note: the fiscal year for the hockey association runs from July 1
to June 30, all work hours must be completed during the fiscal year.
Families will be charged $15 per hour for family hours and $25 for
tournament shortfall in hours. This fee will need to be paid prior to
registration the following year.

Work Hours Coordinator
The work hours coordinator is Melissa Steuber, 507-776-6560. Please
call Melissa if you have any questions about work hours or have a situation
that you feel may qualify for work hours.

Any concerns about a particular individual or situation should be handled
accordingly: First a 24 hour cooling off period is required, then discuss
the matter with the individual involved. High School parents please
include Randy Soma when speaking with the individual involved. If the
matter cannot be resolved the concern should be brought to the
attention of the appropriate supervisor who will consult with the Board of
Directors. If you wish to file a complaint in writing - please mail a signed
document to: FYHA, PO Box 311, Fairmont, MN 56031.

Hockey Coupon Books
Families with one or two children in the program are required to sell a
minimum of 10 Hockey Coupon Books per player. Families with three or
more children in the program are required to sell a minimum of 25 books.
This is a minimum requirement, all are encouraged to sell as many books
as possible.

A deposit of $25 per book for the minimum required number of books
must be made when the books are picked up for selling. If the proceeds
from the sale of the books are not turned in by November 1, the deposit
checks will be cashed. All skaters, mini-mites through high school are
required to sell books.

Money can be turned in to Julie Klages. Do not turn in money to coaches,
the arena staff or to the concession stand.

Please contact Julie Klages, 507-238-4415 with questions or concerns
regarding the hockey coupon book fundraiser.

Martin County Arena is a “Zero Tolerance” facility. Fair play, respect,
and acceptance of official’s decisions are expected of all players, coaches
and parents/spectators at all hockey games.

Penalties will be assessed by Referees whenever a player/coach conducts
himself or herself in an unsportsmanlike manner (openly disputes or
argues any decision by an official; use of vulgar or obscene language;
visually demonstrates any sign of dissatisfaction with an official’s

When parents or spectators display inappropriate or disruptive behavior
(Use of vulgar or obscene language; taunting of players, coaches, officials
or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threatening violence
or physical violence; throwing of any object in the arena directed in any
manner as to create a safety hazard) that interferes with the game or
other spectators, the game will be stopped by the referees and the
subject will be removed from the arena. Play will resume once the
offender has been removed. Lost time will not be replaced and violators
may be subject to further disciplinary action by the Board of Directors.

Team Information Board
A team information board is located in the arena to help facilitate the
communication between coaches, players and parents. Coaches and team
coordinators use the board to post information regarding their team. It is
important for players and parents to review the information on the board
on a regular basis to keep informed and up-to-date. The association website
www.fairmonthockey.com should be checked regularly.

Team Sponsors
          Mini Mites – Carlson Photography
          Mites – Carlson Dental
          Girls 12U – Martin County Implement
          Squirts – Fairmont Body Shop
          PeeWees – Torgerson Properties
          Bantams –Bank Midwest
Please remember to say “Thank You” to our team sponsors. Their
donations help support our teams.

Injuries and Medications
Accidents at the arena which require only minor first aid will be treated
by the coaches or arena staff. In case of a serious injury, the child’s
parents will be notified. If the parents are not available, the child will be
taken to the nearest hospital.

Any injury that occurs at the Martin County Arena must be reported to
the arena manager and an injury report form needs to be completed by
the injured party and the arena manager.

Please notify your child’s coach is he or she is taking any prescription
medication and the possible side effects. Let the coach know of any
medical conditions that may affect the player’s ability to perform on the

Insurance Benefits
All Fairmont Youth Hockey Association players, coaches and officials are
registered members of USA Hockey. USA Hockey is not an insurance
company and does not sell insurance. The insurance coverage is benefit
of being a member of USA Hockey.
All USA Hockey members will receive a member insurance card as proof
of registration. Please read the brochure and keep it in a safe place with
your other insurance documents. Parent should carry the card with them.

The following is a brief outline of the insurance coverage for members:

General Liability
Provides comprehensive general liability insurance with a $1,000,000 limit
of coverage, per occurrence, with no annual aggregate limit. This
coverage protects USA Hockey and its registered members against
claims of negligence during a USA Hockey-sanctioned event. (Policy
exclusions apply to this coverage).

This coverage is provided for registered members participating on all ice
hockey teams and registered officials. It provides participant medical
accident insurance for the covered medical expenses of registered
members, on an excess basis, over and above their personal or group
medical insurance, with no deductible per accident (if there is other valid
and collectible insurance in force at the time of the accident, the
deductible becomes $1,000 per accident, before participant accident
insurance applies. Medical expenses for physical therapy, braces or
prescriptions, and the deductible portion of a primary insurance policy,
are some of the expenses not covered by the policy.

Catastrophic Injury
Provides $2,000,000 insurance for a seriously injured member’s medical,
dental or rehabilitation expenses which are greater than $25,000 (which
is the policy’s deductible). An important policy benefit is the provision of
case management/assistance services.

                               Appendix I

Basic Rules of Hockey
The game of ice hockey is a rapidly growing sport that requires speed and
skill. Skating, stick handling and shooting are all necessary skills for a
player to be successful. There are a number of rules that govern the
sport and we will attempt to briefly describe the rules of the game as
outlined by the USA Hockey official playing rules.

Section One – The Rink
The standard ice hockey rink is 200’ long and 85’ wide. For international
competition, the rink dimension is wider (100’) to allow for faster skating
and a more wide open game. The ice surface is divided into three parts
by blue lines that are twelve inches wide. The portion of the ice surface
in which the goal is situated is called the “Defending Zone” of the team
defending that goal. The central portion is known as the “Neutral Zone”
and the area farthest from the defended goal is called the “Attacking
Zone”. Finally, there is a line that divides the rink in half which is called
the “Center Red Line”

At each end of the rink, twelve to fifteen feet from the end boards and
an equal distance from the side boards, a goal is placed that is six feet
wide and four feet tall. A goal will be awarded to the attacking team
when the puck crosses the goal line (a two inch red line that extends the
entire width of the rink twelve to fifteen feet from the end boards) and
enters the goal.

Section Two – Teams
Each team is composed of a maximum of twenty players, including
goalkeepers. Six players are allowed to play on the ice at any one time
and a team must have a minimum of six players in order to start the
game. The six players are designated as such: Goalkeeper, Right
Defense, Left Defense, Center, Right Wing and Left Wing. Players can
be substituted for at any time provided that the retiring player is off
the ice before the replacement player participates in the play.

Section Three – Equipment
Each player is allowed to play with one stick for the purpose of playing
the puck. The stick is made of wood or other approved materials, such as
aluminum with a wooden blade, and is restricted in length, width and
curvature of the blade. The goalkeeper’s stick is slightly larger in width
from an area just above the heel all the way down to the end of the

Protective equipment which is mandated to be worn by all youth players
include a helmet, facemask, and hockey skates. The participants are also
responsible for wearing other protective equipment which includes:
shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, protective cup, padded hockey
pants and shin guards. Goalkeepers wear special protective equipment
with extra padding that enables them to protect the goal while also
protecting themselves.

Section Four – Penalties
A penalty is imposed on any player of team official who violates on of the
rules. Penalties are broken down into six main categories:
1. Minor Penalty – The player who committed the infraction will be ruled
   off the ice for a period of time during which no substitute will be
2. Bench Minor Penalty - A player will serve a penalty for an infraction
   that occurs in the bench area. The offending team will play
   shorthanded for the duration of the penalty.
3. Major Penalty – More severe infractions that are considered injury
   potential. In       this case, the offending player will serve a five
   minute penalty and the team will skate shorthanded.
4. Misconduct Penalties – The offending player will be ruled off the ice
   for a period of ten minutes, but a substitute will be allowed to take
   the players place on the ice.
   Game misconduct or gross misconduct penalties require removal from
   the game and possible additional suspensions.
5. Match Penalties – Assessed when a deliberate injury or attempted
   injury to an opponent occurs. The offending player will be removed
   from the game and additional suspensions may result. The team will
   also be required to skate shorthanded for five minutes.

6. Penalty Shot – Awarded when an infraction committed denies an
   opponent a reasonable scoring opportunity. A player from the non-
   offending team will be chosen to take a one-on-one shot against the
   goalkeeper. The shooting player will start at center ice and will be
   allowed to advance the puck towards the goalkeeper in an effort to
   take one shot. At the conclusion of the shot, either a goal is scored
   or play will resume after a face-off.

If a goalkeeper is assessed one of these penalties (Except those that
require ejection from the game), the penalty time is served by a player
who was on the ice when the infraction occurred. The goalkeeper is
permitted to remain on the ice.

Section Five – Officials
Either two or three officials will be assigned to officiate each game. In
the two-official system, each referee will be responsible for calling all of
the infractions that may occur. They work together as a team with same
basic responsibilities. The three-official system is more well-defined in
terms of positioning and responsibilities. One referee is responsible for
calling all of the penalty infractions while also awarding goals. The two
linesmen are responsible for conducting all face-offs, calling all off-side
and icing infractions in addition to assisting the referee when asked to.

A group of off-ice officials are also necessary for each game. They
include goal judges, penalty timekeeper, official scorer, penalty bench
attendants and game timekeeper.

Section Six – Playing Rules
The object of ice hockey is to shoot the puck into your opponent’s goal.
The team scoring more goals at the end of the designated time is
declared the winner. Teams that commit fewer infractions during the
course of the game are generally those that win the majority of the
games. At the start of the game or after a goal is scored the puck will
be faced-off with one player from each team at center ice. The referee
will conduct these face-offs by dropping the puck between the sticks of
two opposing players. After a stoppage of play, the face-off will take
place at a location specified by the particular rule applied in the stoppage
of play.

Infractions or violations can be broken down into two categories; penalty
infractions and non-penalty infractions. Examples of infractions that do
not result in the assessment of a penalty include, icing (when a player
shoots the puck from their own half of the ice, beyond the goal line of
the opposing team), off-sides (when the attacking tem precedes the puck
over their attacking blue line), hand pass and playing the puck above the
shoulder with the stick. These infractions result in a face-off being
conducted after a territorial advantage is given to the non-offending

Penalty infractions can also be broken down further into distinct
categories. Aggressive penalty infractions include boarding, butt-ending,
charging, checking from behind, cross-checking, elbowing or kneeing,
fighting or roughing, head butting, high sticking, kicking, slashing and
spearing. Non-aggressive fouls include delaying the game, holding,
hooking, interference, tripping and unsportsmanlike conduct. All penalty
infractions include the removal of the offending player from the ice for a
period of time in which their team will be required to play with one less
player on the ice, giving the non-offending team a power play advantage.

 Checking (shoving) an opponent so that he is thrown violently against the

 Official Signal: Pounding the closed fist of the non-whistle hand into the open
 palm of the other hand.

Taking more than three skating strides prior to checking an opponent.

Official Signal: Rotating clenched fists around one another in front of chest.

  Checking from Behind
  Checking or hitting an opponent whose back is facing you, often into the

  Official Signal: Non-whistle arm placed behind the back, elbow bent, forearm
  parallel to the ice surface.

  Hitting an opponent with both hands on the stick and no part of the stick on
  the ice.

  Official Signal: A forward motion with both fists clenched extending from the

  Delayed Penalty
  When a referee signals that he is about to penalize a player, but will not stop
  play until the team to be penalized touches the puck.

  Official Signal: The non-whistle hand is extended straight above the head.

 Using an elbow in any way to foul an opponent.

 Official Signal: Tapping the elbow of the whistle hand with the opposite hand.

  Hand Pass
  Called when a player uses his hand to direct the puck to another player from
  the same team in the offensive or neutral zone. Hand passes are allowed in
  the defensive zone.

  Official Signal: The non-whistle hand (open hand) and arm are placed straight
  down alongside the body and swung forward and up once in an underhand

  High Sticking
  Striking your opponent while carrying the stick above shoulder level.

  Official Signal: Holding both fists, clenched, one immediately above the other,
  at the side of the head.

Holding an opponent from moving with hands or stick or any other way.

Official Signal: Clasping the wrist of the whistle hand well in front of the chest.

  "Hooking" a stick aroung an opponent to try to block his progress.

  Official Signal: A tugging motion with both arms, as if pulling something toward
  the stomach.

Intentionally shooting the puck from behind the center red line over your
opponent's goal line. Not technically a penalty, icing results in a faceoff in the
offending team's zone.

Official Signal: The instant that the conditions required to establish "icing the
puck'' have occurred, the referee will blow his whistle to stop play, and raise his
non-whistle hand over his head. The back official will move to the resulting face-
off spot and give the icing signal.

Illegal body contact with an opponent who is not in possession of the puck, or
knocking an opponent's fallen stick out of his reach.

Official Signal: Crossed arms stationary in front of chest with fists closed.

   Penalty Shot
   When an attacking player has been clearly pulled down preventing a
   breakaway shot on the goalie.

   Official Signal: Crossed arms stationary in front of chest with fists closed.

  Hitting an opposing player with the stick or swinging the stick at an opposing

  Official Signal: One chop with the non-whistle hand across the straightened
  forearm of the other hand.

Stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade while the stick is being
carried in one or both hands.

Official Signal: A single jabbing motion with both hands together, thrust forward
from in front of the chest, then dropping hands to the side.

  Using a stick, knee, foot, arm, hand, or elbow to cause an opponet to trip or

  Official Signal: Strike the side of the knee (non-whistle side) and follow
  through once, keeping the head up and both skates on the ice.

       When used by a referee it means the goal does not count; when used by
       a linesman, it means there is no icing or off-sides.

       Official Signal: Both arms swung laterally across the body at shoulder
       level with palms down.


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