Sunday's meetings are breakout sessions for each division.
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Please e-mail any questions or corrections of the minutes to Erin Russ (firstname.lastname@example.org), so they can be corrected before approval at the next Annual Meeting.
· Jim Henry is the new Women’s Division VP [MORE].
· The ACHA Referee-in-Chief, Shane Hanlon is available to help teams and leagues address concerns with officials. Shane has a wide variety of materials that help educate officials and is developing an ACHA Officials Certification program. Contact Shane at email@example.com, and check out the ACHA web site for more information.
· North Dakota State University will be joining the ACHA next season and is looking for games. Will travel, reciprocation appreciated! Contact Brian Wilkie: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 701.240.5728.
· Financial penalties have been instituted for teams who are late with paperwork (without an extension) or whose membership has been suspended.
Player Eligibility Issues
· The “five year clock” has been removed from the player eligibility standards.
· For two-year schools, players deemed a “Senior” by their school follow the same eligibility rules as Seniors at 4-year schools.
· Credits earned in “J-term” will not be eligible to supplement fall semester GPA or credit deficits.
· Game contracts are highly recommended, but not required, for all teams. The Women’s Division web site will post a sample for teams to use if they do not already have their own.
· All Women’s Division games will require a five-minute overtime if the game is tied after regulation. An exception can only be made if the exception is noted in a written game contract signed by both teams.
· The final ranking of the season will be published 22 days before the National Championship begins.
· A PairWise Ranking (PWR) system will be utilized to assist the ranking committee, and the system will also have one “vote” on the committee. The Women’s Division will follow the NCAA D-III version of the PWR system.
· Lindenwood University will host the 2006 National Championship on March 9-12, 2006, in Wentzville, Missouri.
· UMASS-Amherst will host the 2007 National Championship on March 8-11, 2007 in Amherst, Massachusetts.
· Starting in the 2006-07 season, teams shall only be eligible in the national tournament on or after the second consecutive year of membership.
· Teams will indicate their ability to attend nationals by January 20. Official invitations will still be issued the day of the final ranking.
· The National Tournament format will be very similar to the 2005 format, with the following changes: Play will begin Thursday morning (instead of evening), with the quarterfinal round will played on Friday evening. Teams will be re-seeded for the semifinal round. This format has been set for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.