This is the first official minutes written by the Rules Committee. The minutes document will outline rules issues discussed and decisions made during the Tournament, throughout the year, and at all Rules Committee meetings. Action items and suggestions will be noted as well as disposition of such. The minutes will be kept on file from this point forward.
These issues were discussed in Helsinki as they came up:
1. The contingent from Moncton said they were told by the Host that they could not submit a bid to host the Tournament in 2007 because they did not have a team in the last two tournaments, as required by the rules. After a quick discussion by the Rules Committee, it was agreed thatthe Moncton guys attend the tournament every year as the OGFE or the Screechers and couldsubmit a bid. Many players combine with players from other facilities or cities to form a team. The spirit of the rule is that whoever bids must have attended the tournament for the past two years, but did not necessarily need to have entered a team.
ACTION: The Rules Committee agreed to change the word “team” to “representatives from the
bidding team” in the appropriate Rules paragraph. COMPLETED.
2. Once again, the question of what day(s) bids could be submitted to host a future tournament arose. The Rules clearly state that bid proposals be submitted on the Wednesday team representative meeting at the Tournament.
SUGGESTION: The bid rules be incorporated into the bid proposal template. ADOPTED.
SUGGESTION: A bid rules reminder plus the bid proposal be sent via email to all teamcoordinators prior to the Tournament. This could be incorporated into the list of "things to do" in the Tournament Host Package. NOT ADOPTED.
3. A list of rule changes were presented to team representatives for discussion and vote as per the Rules. After discussion, the team representatives voted to give the Rules Committee authority to make changes to the Rules as necessary.
ACTION: Delete the paragraph requiring a team representative vote to change rules and add a paragraph giving authority for rule changes to the Rules Committee. COMPLETED.
4. A hockey game ended in a 0-0 tie. Opinions differed on how many points to award. The Rules Committee agreed the Rules state that 10 points be awarded every game, so a 0-0 tie will result in each team being awarded 5 points.
ACTION: Add a sentence to the Rules stating a 0-0 tie will result in each team being awarded 5 points. COMPLETED
5. There is no criteria in the rules defining the Old-Timers division. After asking around, the consensus was that a Host would determine if there would be such a division and what the criteria would be to play in that division.
ACTION: Add a sentence to the Rules stating that the Host would determine eligibility requirements to play in the Old-Timers division. COMPLETED.
These items were discussed and voted on by the previous Rules Committee:
1. Delete the 90% and “10%er” rule and change to “one” non-ATC player per team. This change was voted against; however, it was agreed that the wording could be changed from percentages to actual numbers.
ACTION: Change the reference to percentages to "non-ATC, non-grandfathered players: 1 per team, except for teams with more than 15 players, up to 2 are allowed." COMPLETED.
2. Allow immediate family members (parent, spouse, sibling, child of age) of an ATC player to play with that ATC player on their home team only and not count as a 10%er. NOT ADOPTED.
3. Change the fee for an eligible player to play on a 2nd team from the current full player fee to the difference between the player entry fee and the non-player entry fee. Example: Helsinki player fee 190 EU minus Helsinki non-player fee 90 EU equals price of 100 EU for a player to play on a 2nd team. In addition, a player must be added to the roster of the 2nd team and be fully paid prior to that team’s first game. All other previously published restrictions still apply such as player rating and/or eligibility considerations. After a team's first game, no additional player may play for that team except in the case of injury as previously addressed in the rules. All of this was agreed to.
ACTION: Incorporate all of the above into the rules. COMPLETED.
4. Change the substitute goalie rule from “a goalie from the same or lesser division” to allow any goalie to sub for a team as needed. This was voted against; however, the rules for substitute players for injured vs. no-show goalies was clarified.
ACTION: Review and revise use of goalie substitute for injured or no-show goalie. COMPLETED.
5. Add specific penalties to the rules to address use of illegal players. This was voted against; however, since there was already a precedent for teams using such players to forfeit their points, it was agreed this should be incorporated into the rules as well as a statement of accountability of the team coordinator.
ACTION: Add paragraph: Coordinators will be held accountable to insure any player they use is eligible to play in the tournament and on their team. A team that uses an ineligible player will as a minimum forfeit all won points to the opposing team for any game the ineligible player was used. COMPLETED.
These items were discussed and initiated by the new Rules Committee.
1. It was agreed that the Rules would be re-written for clarification and to incorporate any new rules or rules changes that were adopted. COMPLETED.
2. It was agreed that an official "bid proposal" document be developed for use by any team that wants to bid to host the Tournament. Use of such will be incorporated into the Rules. COMPLETED.
3. It was agreed that a bank account would be opened and a "tournament fund" would be established and managed by the Rules Committee. The tournament fund would be made up of float money collected from the Helsinki Host, plus a minimum of $1000 U.S. contributed from each future Host. These monies would be used to pay expenses such as tournament web-site maintenance and for float money disbursements to future tournament Hosts. Details of such including accounting will be developed and written into the Rules. Chris Schenk will establish a bank account with Bank of America to deposit initial funds as soon as they are collected. COMPLETED.
4. It was agreed that a tournament Host accounting process and template would be developed. Use of such will be written into the Rules. COMPLETED.
5. It was discussed and agreed that the tournament fund would pay for one extra night's hotel room in St. Johns for the rules committee members, to allow for an extra day to work on pending projects. Any future requests for funds such as this would be discussed and voted on as needed.
6. McGowan volunteered to create and maintain a minutes binder to record issues we discuss and act upon. A point of contact will be designated for each action item initiated, and the status of such will be tracked and updated until closed out. COMPLETED.
7. Maintenance of the current ATC Hockey website was discussed. It was decided to continue using Dwayne McLean as the web-master and pay him $300 U.S. per year for the service, beginning in January 2005.