September 1 2016
Code Of Ethics:
The FCHL is a working man's league. The players can expect to play one day and show up for work the next day.
The FCHL is more important then any individual team. While each team wishes to win, a team cannot take actions that are a detriment to the league or undermine the league.
The FCHL executive must be shown respect even when a league ruling goes against a particular team.
The FCHL is interested in having a competitive league and will work towards parity between the various teams.
The FCHL is interested in the viability of each team and promoting senior hockey in each league community.
The organization shall be known as the "Fort Carlton Hockey League", hereinafter referred to as the â€œLeague"
The objectives of the League shall be to control, improve and foster amateur hockey in the area which it embraces, within the framework of the Saskatchewan Hockey Association hereinafter referred to as the â€œSHA".
.01 a. Members who hold a franchise in the League and who have paid all league fees, dues, and performance bonds shall be full members.
b. Full members enjoy all privileges of the League and have full voting rights. Each team gets one vote.
.02 Probationary Members.
a. A new member may be granted a probationary franchise, by majority vote of the League Governors.
b. Probationary members shall enjoy all privileges of a full member including the right to vote, except at the Annual Meeting.
c. After two years a probationary member can become a full member with a simple majority vote of the League Governors.
d. New applications for a league franchise must be made to the League President in writing by August 31.
e. Any team receiving a leave of absence from the League does not receive a vote.
1.04 Fees and Performance Bond
.01 The League fees will be set at the fall meeting, or at any meeting deemed necessary by the President. The SHA certification fees are set by the SHA, they are required to paid prior to any league play.
.02 The League Performance Bond will be $ 500.00 . The bond must be into the League before any games can be played.
2.01 League Officer
.01 The League officers shall consist of a President, and two (2) Vice-Presidents. Officers will hold office for a two year term. The President will be elected at the fall annual meeting. Each center will provide a Vice-President for the league on a rotational basis as determined by the League Governors. Failure to comply will result in a $500.00 fine.
Rotation shall be as follows:
.02 The President shall appoint the Secretary-Treasurer, one or two jobs, and a Statistician. They will not have voting rights.
.03 No League Officer may hold the position of League Governor, Coach, Manager, Trainer or Player.
.04 When dealing with league matters, League Officers mileage will only be covered with the prior approval of the league President.
.05 Board of Governors
a. The Board of Governors of the League, hereinafter called the League Governors, shall consist of the President, two (2) Vice-Presidents and one Governor appointed by each team. The League Governors are the League's Supreme body.
b. Each team, though it's Governor shall have one vote. ( in the absence of the Team Governor his designated alternate shall vote for him.)
c. The President shall only vote in case of a tie. (Vice-Presidents do not have a vote)
d. In the event of a vacancy, the Governors may waive Article 2:01.03 and appoint a Team Governor to act as a temporary President, or Vice-President. This appointment shall carry the full authority of the office,
3.01 Annual Meeting:
.01 The annual meeting of the Board of Governors shall be held on the second Wednesday of September of each year. The location will be designated by the President and each club shall receive due notice.
.02. The League Governors shall at the annual meeting:
a. Award full membership to probationary members.( The League Governors may choose to extend probationary membership to a club for an additional year.)
b. Elect a President in odd calendar years, and appoint Vice-Presidents at the annual meeting.
c. Any change to amendments to be in the president's hand by August 15 and circulated to member teams by Sept 1 to be considered at the annual meeting. . All constitutional changes required a 2/3 majority vote. Anything not covered by our constitution or bylaws shall be guided by the constitution and bylaws of the SHA or CHA.
d. Conduct other business of the Board of Governors as the President or the Governors deem necessary.
4.01 Duties and Powers of the President:
.01. The President shall have the power to represent any or all of the League Governors on any occasion, and will be responsible to the governors for the same. In the absence of the President, one of the Vice-Presidents shall have powers of the President in every respect.
.02. Call meetings of the League Governors whenever necessary, or at the request of any three (3) club members.
.03. To give a full report to the SHA Executive Director regarding any suspensions of hockey clubs, managers, coaches, players, referee, or any other officials.
.04. Deal with business of a minor nature, not needing the decision of the League Governors.
.05. Appoint a Secretary-Treasurer and a Statistician.
.06. The President or his designate shall have sole authority to determine the suitability of playing conditions of ice during League and Play-off Games.
.07. Chair all meetings of the League Governors and League Officers.
4.02 Duties of the Secretary Treasurer.
.01. Record all minutes of the League Officers and Governor's meetings, record all receipts, and payments, deposit all monies in a bank of the League's choice, pay all accounts of the League as they come due and as directed by the President.
.02. Send notices of all meeting to The League Governors or Officers as directed by the President.
.03. Supply at League expense a copy of the constitution, players cards, minutes, etc. and other correspondence necessary to carry on League business.
.04. Forward to the SHA a current copy of the League constitution.
.05. Supply a financial statement for the fall annual meeting.
4.03 Duties of the League Statistician:
.01. Record and keep accurate statistics on all teams and players in the League on a daily basis and to provide this information on the league website.
4.04 Duties and Power of the League Officers:
.01. Deal with and rule on all protests.
.02. Assess fines, suspensions, or expulsion from the League of any club, manager, coach, player, referee or other official refusing to accept or comply with the rules of the League or for foul play or unfair or unsportsmanlike conduct, individually or collectively at any place where hockey is being played or at any meeting.
.03. Rule when a team and player have a dispute.
4.05 Duties and Powers of the Board of Governors:
.01. Conduct the business of the League at annual meetings and as required during the hockey season.
.02. Admit new members to a probationary franchise by majority vote.
.03. Admit probationary members to full membership in accordance with Articles 1 and 2..
.04. Readmit or reinstate, by majority vote any club, coach, manager, player, or referee under suspension, upon application by such club or person in accordance with appeal procedure set out in article 6.
.05. Suspend or revoke by a majority vote, ANY TEAM FRANCHISE, which employs on a consistent basis dirty tactics designed to injure and/or intimidate players of other teams.
.06. Act as sole custodian of all League trophies and be sole judge as to where trophies will be stored and maintained, to accept or refuse or purchase new trophies as deem desirable.
.07. League voting can be done by secret ballot when it is requested.
.01. The League Officers will only entertain protests dealing with points arising from the rules and regulations or the constitution.
.02. Protest and all supporting evidence thereof must be in duplicate signed by the President of the protesting club, and counter signed by the club manager. The protest should be forwarded to the League President postmarked or sent by email within 24 hours of the advertised time of the game protest mail a deposit of $200.00 which will be forfeited to the League if the protest is not upheld. A further copy of the protest, duly signed must be forwarded to the club being protested against by fax or sent via email within 24 hours of the game.
.03. The club protested against will have 24 hours from the receipt of a protest in which to file a defense, along with a deposit of $200.00 and it will be forfeited to a league if the protest is up-held.
.04. The President or appointee may attend games to determine proof and gather evidence
.01. An appeals committee consisting of a vice-president plus two non-involved league governors will hear appeals of League Officer's rulings. A deposit of $200.00 will accompany an appeal. It will be retained by the League if the appeal is unsuccessful.
.02. The Appeals Committee may readmit or reinstate any club, manager, coach, player or official suspended or reduce or increase the suspensions and/or fines thereof.
.03. Officials (referees, linesmen and minor officials) appealing a suspension needs only write the President and his appeal will be heard at the next League Governor's meeting.
a. The president will present the League Officer's ruling to the Appeals Committee along with all pertinent information.
b. The appealing club or official will present their case.
c. The Appeals committee alone will by majority vote decide the results of the appeal.
.05. Decisions of the Appeals Committee may be appealed to the SHA.
7.01 League Games:
.01. All clubs of the League must be aware that their priority in any game they may contemplate playing or competitions they may consider entering is to the playing schedule of the league. The league shall be deemed more important than other games. Cancellations must be reported to the President immediately. (Exception SHA Provincial Playdowns).
.02. Postponement of scheduled games, whether in league or play-offs, must be arranged between the clubs concerned at least 48 hours before the scheduled game time, and the President must be notified immediately by email or text of postponement and rescheduling. An exception would be granted for inclement weather.
.03 Any postponed league game must be played by the end of the season and a new game date must be placed with the league within one week from the time of cancellation. Noncompliance with the one week deadline will result in a $50.00 fine to both teams. Within 72 hours the home team will name two dates to reschedule the postponed game. The visiting team will then have 48 hours to select one of these dates. If one team will not agree, the President will select the date (and place if necessary), and order the game played.
.04. Any team or teams found to be at fault for missing a game deadline (season or play-off), will be be fined $500.00.
.05. Any team postponing a scheduled league game in order to participate in an EXHIBITION or other game whether at home or away from home, shall forfeit their bond to the League, unless mutually agreed by both teams.
.06. Any or all clubs not finishing the schedule on the assigned dates for the year's schedule will be subject to a fine of $500.00. This may only be altered for reasons such as long term inclement weather, etc. and will be decided by the President. This includes dates for both regular season and playoff.
.07. A picture of all score sheets must be emailed to the statistician and President by 8:00 AM of the day following the game.
Failure to do so carries a $25.00 fine.
8.01 Tied Game:
.01. In League Play-offs, SHA rules pertaining to overtime periods will be followed.
.02. During the regular season if a game is tied a five minute, four on four sudden victory shall be played. If the game is still tied there will be a three man shootout with the visiting team shooting first. If still tied, a sudden death shootout shall occur..
9.01 Rules and Regulations:
.01. With exception of those rules and regulations specifically mentioned and covered here, the SHA rules and regulations shall prevail in their entirety.
.02. Team Complement: Each team may sign up to 25 players not including affiliates.
..03. No additions will be added to the player's list after the cut-off date set by the SHA with the exception of goaltenders. A replacement for an injured goaltender will follow the current year SHA procedure.
.04. Injury to a goaltender, application together with a doctor's certificate should be made to the League President who can authorize a replacement.
.05. All registered players and affiliates will be eligible for play-offs regardless of the number of league games played.
.06. The team must dress a minimum of 11 players for all games. Failure to comply will result in a $200.00 fine.
.07. Players officially registered and playing in the League shall not be allowed to play in another league. Offenders may be suspended for balance of the season.
.08. Elite Players: Teams are eligible to register up to 6 elite players in any season.
a). An Elite player is defined as any player that has played 20 or more games in a league or leagues that classified as major junior, CIAU, NCAA semi pro or pro league.
b) A player is eligible to register on a team as a non-elite if he is at or over the age of 35.
.09. No more than one team shall be allowed to play out of one center without prior approval. If a team plays out of two centers (eg through amalgamation) they must designate their home base so that player qualifications can be assessed.
.10. The FCHL boundaries are as follows:
.. The FCHL is considered a category A league in the SHA handbook for the
purposes of establishing boundaries.
10.01 Registration of Players:
.01. All players must be certified on an SHA Certification Form before they may play. (this is necessary for insurance purposes.) A copy of this form must be in the League secretary's possession prior to the first league game. (PLAYERS MAY NOT PLAY UNTIL THEY ARE CERTIFIED.)
.02. Players may be added to the Certification list by sending or faxing the name, address, birth date and previous team to the SHA. A copy must be forwarded to the President and Statistician.
.03. The final cutoff date for adding players follows the SHA deadline for the current season.
.04. A player in the league cannot hold a players card in another league except with special executive approval. (eg. to represent Saskatchewan in special events such as the Allan Cup).
.06 Any player on a teamâ€™s certification list and is playing on a team in the league must remain with that team for the current season unless approved by the executive or deleted by the first team before Jan 10.
.07. Any player who is playing on a performance bond, that bond shall be reviewed each year by the executive. If a player violates his bond the President shall suspend him. Any appeals to the ruling shall be made to the executive and shall be accompanied by $200.00 cash or certified cheque. The executive shall make a ruling within seven days or if a request is made to have the ruling sooner they (player or team) shall pay any or all expenses incurred by the league.
.08.a. If a player playing in the league is found to be ineligible, every game that he played will be considered a loss for the team.
b. The team who plays an ineligible player will be fined $200.00 and a team official will be suspended for a minimum of three games. If a second offence occurs then the team official will be suspended for the rest of the season.
c. The player(s) can be suspended pending an investigation; all proof must be presented to the offending team (names, documents, etc.).
.01. All teams are required to have a representative at all league meetings. Failure to send a representative will carry a $100.00 fine.
.02. Any team failing to return a game for whatever the reason may become liable to a fine of $500 payable to the league and a possible forfeit of bond money. The money must be paid before the offending team can play another game, be it league or playoff. Referee and linesmen will be paid regular fees if not notified.
.03. All player fines must be paid before that team plays its next game. If a team fails to do so an additional fine or fines shall be added. All team fines shall be taken out of the performance bond and the bond must be replenished within 48 hours.
.01. Suspensions will follow the current year minimum suspension guidelines listed in the SHA hand book. This applies to any rules listed in the SHA handbook. The league may assess additional suspension (s) after reviewing the game report.
.02. There will be a $25.00 fine assessed for each game of the suspension. If the suspension is 2 games the fine will be $50.00 and continuing from there. If the suspension assessed is for a specified time the league executive will determine the fine.
.03. Suspensions carry over into the play-offs and into the next season. All suspensions may be verbal followed by written notice. However lack of notice does not absolve the team or player from that suspension.
13.01 Regular Season Games:
.01. A schedule will be drawn up at the league scheduling meeting to be held on the first Wednesday in October.
.02. At the scheduling meeting all teams must bring a minimum number of weekend dates to correspond with the number of weekends available for the regular season play, with appropriate ice times consistent with FCHL policy. Failure to provide these dates will result in a $500.00 fine.
.03. The playing schedule will be inspected, discussed and approved by all clubs prior to the start of the season. After which there will be no further alterations except in exceptional circumstances.
.04. The playing format of the league play and play-offs will be set at every fall meeting.
14.01 Play-off Positions:
.01 Play-off positions will be decided strictly in accordance with the procedure determined at the fall meeting. The fall meeting shall decide the number of teams in the play-offs and the number of games to be played in each rounds.
.02. The League Officers shall have the right to vary the length of series if weather conditions make this necessary or desirable.
15.01 League Trophies:
.01. All league trophies are the property of the league and remain in the hands of the league. Players who receive these trophies get to keep only the keeper trophies. The league trophies are left with the executive, except for play-off and league winner trophies, these are to be returned by December 15th of the next season.
.01. Honorariums will be set at the fall meeting.
a. President- $100.00 per team or a minimum of $1000.00
b. 1) Treasurer- $50.00 per team
2) Secretary- $25.00 per meeting
c. Vice-Presidents- mileage as set out by league
d. Statistician- $100.00 per team or a minimum of $1000.00