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NIAGARA DISTRICT HOCKEY LEAGUE

(NDHL)

BY-LAWS 2019-2020



1.         MEMBERSHIP FEES

 

   [a] Yearly fees per team shall be set at the September meeting.

 

   [b] Team entries will be Novice to Juvenile.

 

[c] Centres who have not remitted their annual fee on or before the regularly scheduled meeting date in October shall incur a late fee representing 10% of the annual fee. An additional 10% (total of 20%) of the annual fee will be levied if the outstanding balance is not remitted on or before the regularly scheduled meeting date in November. Teams failing to remit their annual fee plus the additional late fee on or before the regularly scheduled meeting in December will be suspended from further play until payment is made.

 

2.        SCHEDULES

 

[a] The regular season League format shall consist of two (2) Divisions with Member Centre teams placed into the division based on their OMHA base classification for the upcoming season. The divisions shall be as follows:

                  [i]         Doherty Division        - 1st Entry Teams

                  [ii]        Belcot Division           - Minor and 2nd Entry Teams

                  [iii]       Robinson Division      - All Juvenile teams

 

Note (1): A centre may request an individual team be placed in a lower division. This request must be made to the NDHL Executive in writing no later than the August meeting. Requests must include the following information:

-          3 year past team (age group) league history. Including game scores and final league standings.

-          3 years of OMHA playdown history including game scores.

-          Player movement IE. Number of NRP’s lost in the current season.

 

Note (2): If five (5) or less teams are entered in a division as outlined above the Executive may place the teams into another division.

 

[b] The number of games played shall be 28 (24 in Midget & Juvenile). They shall be scheduled between September 24 (October 8 for Midget and Juvenile) and the Sunday that is one week prior to the date set by OMHA for completion of the preliminary rounds of the play downs.

           Note(1): No games shall be scheduled between December 24 and January 1.

 

Note(2): Centres may elect at the NDHL August meeting to delay the start of their schedules to October 1.

  

[c] The schedule will consist of a balanced home & home schedule, followed by extra games to bring the total to 28 games (24 in Midget & Juvenile). The extra games will be played against teams of similar performance as determined by the schedule in mid December.

 

Note 1: Only the balanced portion of the schedule will be used in seeding teams for the OMHA preliminaries Playdowns and the NDHL Playoffs.

 

[d] Each Centre shall provide the League at the August meeting a list of teams and ice times they propose to enter for League play. Centres may remove teams from this list at anytime.

 

3.A      RESCHEDULED GAMES

 

[a] When a team desires to change the date of a game for any reason other than an emergency, the change must be requested a minimum of 15 days in advance of the scheduled date, and a mutually agreeable date arranged and communicated to the Division Convener 15 days prior to the originally scheduled date.

 

NOTE: Inside the 15 days were both centres mutually agree to reschedule a game, they must provide immediate notice of reschedule date to appropriate convener.

 

[b] In addition, Centres cancelling games within a seventy-two (72) hour period for whatever reasons, sickness and suspensions, with the exception of last minute weather implications, will be subject to costs of staging a game, ie. Ice time and game officials. Enforcement of this rule will take place by League Officials, Conveners and Executive after an appeal has been brought forward by the affected centre. Such appeal must be received within seven (7) days of the cancellation.

 

[c] Any team not completing the balanced portion of the regular season shall be suspended from the League effective the day following the date for completion of the schedule. A team wishing to appeal its suspension must do so within 48 hours of the date set for the completion of the schedule to the League Executive.

 

 

[d] In case of adverse weather conditions the decision to reschedule a game will be made by contacting the following individuals in the order listed:

a.      The Other Centre

b.      OMHA League convener, OR

c.      OMHA Regional Director

 

3.B      FORFEITS

 

[a] There shall be no forfeiting of games in the League except when a team is in violation of Regulation 8(1)(h) of the OMHA Manual of Operations. A team in violation of 3.A.b above will be required to forfeit the game by the League unless otherwise determined by the Executive on Appeal

 

[b] Any team forfeiting two (2) games per 3.A.b above shall be suspended immediately pending a hearing to be held by the League within seven (7) days.

 

4.        EXHIBITION GAMES

 

An exhibition game permit is to be completed, signed, dated and faxed or emailed a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours to the proper division convenor prior to the game being played. Forms not received prior to the game being played will result in the Head Coach being suspended for one League game or playoff game.

 

5.        TOURNAMENTS

 

[a] A tournament game permit is to be completed, signed, dated and faxed or emailed by the Centre attending the tournament to the OMHA convenor prior to the tournament. Forms not received by the proper division convenor prior to the tournament will result in the Head Coach being suspended for one League or playoff game.

                       

[b] There shall be a 3 tournament limit per team during the regular season (excluding pre-season, Christmas Break and March Break). Deadline for tournament date submission is Oct1st of the current season. Exceptions can be requested (IE. If a tournament is in need of teams and it does not impact NDHL Regular Season games schedule. Silver Stick attendance requires an exception as well).  Sanction: $500 Fine for breaking the By-Law. Payment due 7 days after League notification.

 

6.A     OMHA PLAYDOWN STRUCTURE

 

[a] The play down format shall use the applicable schedule, as determined by the League Executive, from Appendix B as soon as the OMHA has determined its play down structure and dates.

 

[b] The seeding shall be based on the League standings of each classifications as of midnight on the Monday prior to the start of the OMHA Playdowns.

 

[c] All games shall be played in accordance with the OMHA Manual of Operations.

 

[d] Centres interested in hosting one or more division Tournaments shall inform the League at the August meeting.

            [e] Fee for Tournaments shall be set by the League at the December meeting.

 

6.B     LEAGUE PLAYOFF STRUCTURE

 

[a] The play down format as set out in Appendix A shall be determined by the League at its Annual meeting at the end of the prior season.

 

[b] No overtime will be played unless a winner has not been determined at the end of regulation play in the extra game of a series. Overtime periods shall be 10 minutes sudden victory and no more than three (3) overtime periods shall be played. If still tied another game will be scheduled.

 

[c] The seeding shall be based on the League standings of each classification as of midnight on the Friday prior to the start of the OMHA Playdowns.

 

7.        LENGTH OF GAMES

 

[a] The minimum game time is three (3) stop time periods totalling thirty-five (35) minutes of playing time. Centres should strive to provide sufficient ice time for the following length of playing times:

                              a. Novice to Peewee                           - 10-10-15

                              b. Minor Bantam to Juvenile               - 10-15-15

[b] Every effort should be made NOT TO CURFEW League games by member centres.

 

[c] All teams will be dressed and ready, ten (10) MINUTES prior to the scheduled game time. At the request of the game officials, both teams shall proceed to the ice.

*** The Zamboni must be off the ice and the nets are to be secured prior to stepping on the ice.

 

8.         GAMES NOT PLAYED

 

Failure of any team to meet their commitment as per the schedule will result in the following action being applied.

                       

If the visiting team fails to show for a scheduled game, the visiting team must compensate the home team for the cost of ice and officials. It is the responsibility of the home team to submit an accounting of the expenses and forward the same to the visiting team and the convener within seven (7) days of the scheduled game.

 

If the home team fails to show for a scheduled game, the home team must compensate the visiting team for traveling expenses to a maximum of five (5) cars at a rate of 25 cents per kilometer, both ways. It is the responsibility of the visiting team to submit an accounting of the expenses and forward the same to the home team and convener within seven days of the scheduled game.

 

Claims will become void if not received by the offending team within seven (7) days (postmarked) of the originally scheduled game. Accounts must be paid or appealed within fourteen days (postmarked) or the offending team could be suspended from further competition. The non-offending team must notify the convener of non compliance.

 

9.       SUSPENSION

 

Suspensions shall be determined and served as per the current OMHA Manual of Operations.

 

10.     STANDINGS

 

When standings are required to determine play down or playoff matchups and/or play down or playoff schedule when a round-robin is used, in the event of a tie in total points the standings will be arrived at as follows:

 

If two teams tied:                  

[i]         play between/among teams tied.   If tied;
[ii]        the goal average of a team as determined by adding the total goals for to the total goals against and dividing this total into total goals for. The higher percentage, winning the higher position.   If tied;

  [iii]       most wins.   If tied;

  [iv]       lowest penalty minutes.   If tied;

  [v]        coin toss.

 

  If three or more teams tied

[i]         play between/among teams tied if each has played all teams in the tie breaker equally.   If tied or not applicable;

[ii]        the goal average of a team as determined by adding the total goals for to the total goals against and dividing this total into total goals for. The higher percentage, winning the higher position.   If tied;

  [iii]       most wins.   If tied;

  [iv]       lowest penalty minutes.   If tied;

  [v]        coin toss.

 

NOTE: If as the result of applying the tiebreakers the number of teams is reduced to two (2) then the next tiebreaker shall revert back to the two team format starting at [i].

 

11.     TEAM COLOURS

 

All teams will conform (where possible) to two (2) sets of sweaters and will wear  light colours for home games and dark colours for away games. However, if there is a conflict, home team will change. The referee’s decision in this matter is final.

 

12.     GATE FEES

 

There will be no gate fee charged during any League game. For OMHA & League playoff games where OMHA Convener appointed referees are used, then a maximum of $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for Seniors and Students may be charged.


 13.    REFEREES

 

[a] All referees for scheduled games and League play offs are to be appointed by the Home Town as per OMHA regulations.

 

[b] Rate for referees when appointed as per OMHA regulations.

 

14.     SHAKING HANDS

 

The shaking of hands shall be done as outlined in Hockey Canada’s “Fair Play Initiative”.

 

15.     LEAVING ICE

 

At the completion of the game, the HOME team will go to their bench area while the visiting team leaves the ice surface. When the visiting team has vacated the ice surface, the home team will then leave.

 

16.     AFFILIATION

 

Centres within the NDHL will abide by the affiliation regulation as per the OMHA Manual of Operations.

17.      MISSING MEETINGS

 

[a] Each Centre shall have on deposit an amount of $500 as security deposit for meeting attendance.

 

[b] The NDHL Treasurer shall deposit the security cheque of each centre in the NDHL bank account upon receipt.

 

[c] Centres will be charged for missed meetings in the amount equal to $50 for each meeting missed and $100 for missing the AGM.

 

[d] Each Centre shall no later than the September meeting provide to the NDHL Treasurer a cheque for the missed meetings of the prior season as set out in [c] to return the security deposit to $500.

 

[e] Centres that do not have a security deposit of $500 on deposit with the League by the date indicated in [d] shall not be in good standing until such payment is received.

 

[f] Centres which apply to become full members of the NDHL shall provide the security deposit no later than the September meeting of their first season in the League.

 

[g] Centres which cease to become members of the NDHL shall upon request, have their security deposit less amounts owing from [c] above returned to them by the Treasurer.

APPENDIX A (NDHL Playoffs)

 

[1] Playoffs will commence following the completion of the Preliminary rounds of the OMHA play downs.


[2] All teams will be included in the NDHL playoffs. 


[2.1] ANY TEAM advancing to the OMHA SEMI-FINAL will be removed from the NDHL playoff schedule no later than the MONDAY following the end of the OMHA Quarterfinals upon the centre's request. 
 
[2.2] Exceptions to the above can be granted, subject to the approval of the executive.

  

[3] TEAMS will be SEEDED on the points accumulated during the regular season schedule within their division.   The ranking of teams and the playoff groupings will be documented and sent to all centers no later than the Tuesday prior to the OMHA preliminary tournaments.  Centres will have 24 hours to review and request clarification from the executive. 

 

If a division has only two teams, the NDHL executive, in discussion with the division convenor, will place teams in the proper grouping.

 

[4] All round robin are to be completed by the Friday designated as the start of March break. The President may grant a reasonable extension upon request.

 

[5] No games shall be scheduled during March Break unless mutually agreed on by the two centers involved.

 

[6] Each division shall be split into groups as follows:

-          6 (possibly 7)or less teams, one group

-          7 to 12 teams, two groups

-          13 or more teams, three groups


The groupings will be created by the executive and convenors using the above as a guideline and making any adjustments needed to create a competitive playoff. 

 

[7] Each team shall play four (4), five (5) or six (6) round robin games based on a schedule provided by the League.

 

Example:

Group of 7

Will play 6 games

3 home, 3 away

Meeting each team once

Group of 6

Will play 5 games

Meeting each team once

Group of 5

Will play 4 games, each team meeting once

Group of 4

Will play 6 games

Meeting each team twice

Group of 3

Will play 4 games, each team meeting twice (do we want 6 games, meeting 3 times)


 

 

 

 










[8]
Top two teams in each Group shall play for the Group Championship in a best of 3 series following round robin play. Home ice advantage shall be awarded to top team in round robin play. A 10 Minute Overtime sudden death (victory) period will be played in each of the series games.

[9] In round robin play if a tie exists in points to determine which team(s) shall advance a one game playoff shall be held at the home of the higher placed team during the round robin as determined by by-law 10. The game shall have three(3) overtime periods scheduled. Officials SHALL be appointed by the OMHA convenors. If three teams are tied the top team, as determined by by-law 10, shall receive a bye to the final and have home ice advantage.

APPENDIX B1 (OMHA Tournament format)

( for BB, Centres and above, AE, Major and Minor)

 

GAME LENGTH

Novice/Atom    10-10-15

Peewee/Bantam/Midget 10-15-15 (OMHA Manual of Operations for OMHA ¼ and beyond)

Note: For Championship game refer to OMHA Manual of Operations

 

OFFICIALS

- 2 man system - home officials for Novice and Atom games

- 3 man system - home officials for Peewee, Bantam Midget games

- 4 man system - home officials for Midget games

- Home officials to be used for all games when both teams are NDHL centres

 

TWO TEAMS

- will play a minimum 2 of 3 series, home ice to team higher in standings.

THREE TEAMS

·         NDHL Tournament

THREE TEAMS (One advancing)

·         Seed teams according to standings as of Monday at 11:59pm prior to the Playdown Weekend

·         2nd vs 3rd in minimum 4 point series

·         Completion date established by OMHA RD

·         Winner plays 1st seed in minimum 4 point series

·         Completion date established by OMHA RD

·         Home ice determined by higher seed in each series

THREE TEAMS (Two advancing)

·         Seed teams according to standings as of Monday at 11:59pm prior to the Playdown Weekend

·         Three team Home and Home Round Robin

·         1st place advances

·         2nd vs 3rd in minimum 4 point series

·         Completion date established by OMHA RD

 

FOUR TEAMS

·         NDHL Tournament

FOUR TEAMS (One advancing)

·         Tournament to be held the weekend prior to the OMHA Preliminary deadline date.

·         Seed teams according to standings as of Monday at 11:59pm prior to the Playdown Weekend

·         Round robin tournament with each team playing each other TWICE

·         6 games, 2 on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday

·         Top 2 teams play a 2 out 3 (4 point series) to be completed by the following Sunday

·         Home ice determined by higher seed after the round robin

 

FOUR TEAMS (Two advancing)

·         Tournament to be held the weekend prior to the OMHA Preliminary deadline date.

·         Seed teams according to standings as of Monday at 11:59pm prior to the Playdown Weekend

·         Round robin tournament with each team playing each other TWICE

·         6 games, 2 on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday

·         Top 2 teams will play a 4 out 7 ( 8 point series) for the OMHA ¼ finals. They would have 21 days to play this series.

·         Home ice determined by higher seed after the round robin

 

FIVE TEAMS

·         NDHL Tournament

FIVE TEAMS (One advancing)

·         Tournament to be held the weekend prior to the OMHA Preliminary deadline date.

·         Seed teams according to standings as of Monday at 11:59pm prior to the Playdown Weekend

·         Round robin tournament with each team playing each other ONCE

·         4 games, 2 on Friday, 2 on Saturday with top 4 teams advance to the semi-finals on Sunday.

·         The winner of the 2 semi-final games will play a 2 out 3 (4 point series) to be completed by the following Sunday

·         Home ice determined by higher seed after the round robin

FIVE TEAMS (Two advancing)

·         Tournament to be held the weekend prior to the OMHA Preliminary deadline date.

·         Seed teams according to standings as of Monday at 11:59pm prior to the Playdown Weekend

·         Round robin tournament with each team playing each other ONCE

·         4 games, 2 on Friday, 2 on Saturday with top 4 teams advance to the semi-finals series.

·         The 2 series will play a 2 out 3 (4 point series) to be completed by the following Sunday

·         The 2 winners of the semi-finals series advance to the OMHA playdowns and are seeded in the Flow Chart.

·         Home ice determined by higher seed after the round robin

 

SIX TEAMS

·         NDHL Tournament

SIX TEAMS (One advancing)

·         Tournament to be held the weekend prior to the OMHA Preliminary deadline date.

·         Seed teams according to standings as of Monday at 11:59pm prior to the Playdown Weekend

·         Round robin tournament with each team playing each other ONCE

·         5 games, 2 on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday morning with top 4 teams advance to the     semi-finals series.

·         The winner of the 2 semi-final games will play a 2 out 3 (4 point series) to be completed by the f    following Sunday

·         Home ice determined by higher seed after the round robin

SIX TEAMS (Two advancing)

·         Tournament to be held the weekend prior to the OMHA Preliminary deadline date.

·         Seed teams according to standings as of Monday at 11:59pm prior to the Playdown Weekend

·         Round robin tournament with each team playing each other ONCE

·         5 games, 2 on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday morning with top 4 teams advance to the semi-finals series.

·         The 2 series will play a 2 out 3 (4 point series) to be completed by the following Sunday

·         The 2 winners of the semi-finals series advance to the OMHA playdowns and are seeded in the Flow Chart.

·         Home ice determined by higher seed after the round robin

 

SEVEN TEAMS

Preliminary Round

-          teams split into two divisions based on League standings

-          Group A (1,2,6,7), Group B (3,4,5)

-          Group A plays single round robin, Group B plays double round robin.

Playoff Round

            - A1 vs B2, B1 vs A2, winners advance against each other for right to advance     

 

 

EIGHT TEAMS

Preliminary Round

-          teams split into two divisions based on League standings

-          Group A (1,2,7,8), Group B (3,4,5,6)

-          single round robin within group

Playoff Round

            - A1 vs B2, B1 vs A2, winners advance against each other for right to advance     

 

NINE TEAMS

Preliminary Round

-          teams split into two divisions based on League standings

-          Group A (1,2,7,8,9), Group B (3,4,5,6)

-          single round robin within group

Playoff Round

            - A1 vs B2, B1 vs A2, winners advance against each other for right to advance

 

TEN TEAMS

Preliminary Round

-          teams split into two divisions based on League standings

-          Group A (1,2,8,9,10), Group B (3,4,5,6,7)

-          single round robin within group

Playoff Round

            - A1 vs B2, B1 vs A2, winners advance against each other for right to advance

 

NOTE: Ties in preliminary round will be resolved using By-law 10.

 

Scheduling Notes:

Tournament Playdown Schedule Format and Template will be provided by the NDHL – Note: No deviation without explicit permission from the NDHL President & OMHA RD.

 

Game Times:

- No games may have a start time before 8:30 A.M.

- Novice & Atom games may not start later than 7:00 P.M.

- PeeWee Games may not start later than 8:00 P.M.

- Bantam & Midget games may not start later than 9:00 P.M.

- Teams must have a minimum of 2 hours off before they can play their next game.

 

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