2003 Womens Division Breakout Session - Notes


 

AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
2003 ANNUAL MEETING 
Sunday APRIL 27TH  - 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WOMEN’S DIVISION SESSION							
1. Call to Order  9:05am

          Role Call:    

Zoe Harris

ACHA Women's Division Vice President

Christina Pendrak

ACHA Women's Division Commissioner

Mike Zorza

Northern Michigan University

Bill Finn

UMASS-Amherst

Kelly Craven

UMASS-Amherst

Craig Payment

Michigan State Univ.

Shawn Henn

Michigan State Univ.

Blake Marshall

Iowa State University

Jim Henry

Univ. at Buffalo

John Burke

Robert Morris Univ.

Mike Grainsky

Bates College

Beth McCann

University of Rhode Island

Jeremy Sharpe

Penn State Univ.

Bob DeGemmis

Univ. of Maryland

2. Old Business  - none

3. Women’s Vice President Elections

  • Zoë Harris

4. Selection of 2004 National Tournament Site:

  1. Michigan State University

        1st:  Buffalo  2nd:  UMASS  Vote:  9 for 0 against 0 abstentions

        Result:  Passed

Michigan State will host the 2004 tournament in East Lansing, Michigan during the second or third week of March.  Dates and details will be posted shortly.

5. ACTION ITEMS

          A. HOUSE KEEPING

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst & ACHA

- Eliminate Part (ii)

C.               ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

5.     WOMEN’S DIVISION

Full-time faculty member or staff, with proof of employment, who participated in a minimum of five (5) games for said team in each season from the 1999-2000 season to the present.  Faculty and staff will not be allowed to participate after the 2002-2003 season.

No vote was taken as this is housekeeping issues only.

B. MEMBERSHIP – Cancellation of games

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst

SUGGESTED CHANGE: Make this the same for all divisions

H.        MEMBERSHIP OPERATIONS STANDARDS

1. Any Division I, II, or III ACHA team, which fails to honor a confirmed scheduling commitment except under an act of God shall have membership benefits suspended immediately and declared ineligible for rankings and national tournament consideration. In addition the ACHA Board of Directors may levy fines on programs found in violation of justifiable game cancellation standards. An Incident Report must be filed with the ACHA office on each contentious game cancellation incident.

Any ACHA Women’s Division team which fails to honor a confirmed scheduling commitment except under an Act of God or circumstances outside their control, is responsible to pay for all costs associated with the game, including ice rental fees and referees.  If a team cancels three or more games in one season without extenuating circumstances, the team shall be ineligible for regional or national tournaments.  Any disputes regarding the circumstances under which games are canceled shall be reviewed by the ACHA Board of Directors. An Incident Report must be filed with the ACHA office on each contentious game cancellation incident.

With a friendly amendment, this action was put to a vote.

        1st:  Umass-Amherst,  2nd:  Michigan State,  Vote:  9 for,  0 against,  0 abstentions

        Result:  Passed

The rule will now read as follows:

Any ACHA Women’s Division Team which fails to honor a confirmed scheduling commitment except under an Act of God or circumstances outside their control, without giving four weeks notice, is responsible to pay for all costs associated with the game, including ice rental fees and referees.  If a team cancels two or more games in one season without extenuating circumstances, the team shall be ineligible for regional or national tournaments.  Any disputes regarding the circumstances under which games are canceled shall be reviewed by the ACHA Board of Directors.  An Incident Report must be filled with the ACHA office on each contentious game cancellation incident.

C. MEMBERSHIP DATES

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst

SUGGESTED CHANGE: Would like to request more time (later date than Jan 31st)

Part III        Team Eligibility Requirements

C.        MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

5.                Submission of the second semester ACHA membership form for Division I, II, III and Women’s Division by January 31st.

This action was withdrawn by UMASS after discussion from the group.  Clarification was made that any team who needed more time beyond the deadline due to circumstances of school, etc. may request an extension of the deadline from the Women’s Division Vice President.

Submissions from URI

ACHA Team Qualification: Every team must be approved by Nov 1st to qualify for competition in the ACHA. All paper work and required information must be submitted and approved by the above date to ensure all teams are eligible. 
 
This action was withdrawn by URI  after discussion from the group and based on discussion from the action above.  No teams may join the Women’s Division after November 1st, however, paperwork may be turned in passed this deadline if an extension is granted.
 
            D. GAME SCHEDULES
 
Submission from Buffalo
Current: VI,A,4,D(page 11)

Change:(add to end of paragraph) All games for the entire season must be scheduled and reported by October 15th to count for the rankings.

After discussion and a friendly amendment, this action was put to vote.

        1st:  Michigan State,  2nd:  URI,   Vote:  9 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions.

        Result:  Passed

The rule will now read as follows:

Women’s Division regional ranking will be determined at the beginning of each season by the Women’s Division Commissioner.  There will be four rankings per season, with the final ranking being issued exactly 1 month before the national tournament.  All games for the entire season must be scheduled and reported by the first ranking to count for the rankings.  All other games scheduled and played will be considered non-ACHA games.

Submissions from URI

Game Schedule Submission: Every team must submit an ACHA game schedule by Nov. 1st. This schedule may not change or be altered. Any game added will not be taken consideration for ranking.

This action was withdrawn by URI due to the above action passing.

E. PLAYER ELEGIBILITY

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst

SUGGESTED CHANGE: Change date to after final ranking

IV.        PLAYER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

D.               GENERAL PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

No Division I player may be added to a team roster after February 15. No Division II, III, or Women’s player may be added to a team roster after January 31.

This action was withdrawn by UMASS after discussion.  The membership was reminded that teams may request an extension of deadlines from the vice president for extenuating circumstances, such as when school administrations start after ACHA deadlines.

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst

SUGGESTED CHANGE:  (12) credit hours, same as D-3

c.     Women’s Division student athletes must enroll in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours for associate and baccalaureate degree students, or a minimum of six (6) hours for masters, doctoral, or professional degree students.  An equivalent standard shall be applied to institutions utilizing a quarter system.

This action promoted lots of discussion and then was put to vote.

        1st:  Buffalo,  2nd:  URI,  Vote:  4 for, 3 against, 3 abstentions.

        Result:  Passed

        Move to Amend and discuss above rule change – passed

After further discussion and a friendly amendment the rule was put to a vote:

        1st:  Buffalo, 2nd:  Michigan State, Vote:  8 for, 0 against, 1 abstention.

        Result:  Passed

The rule will read as follows:

c. Women’s Division student athletes must enroll in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours for associate and baccalaureate degree students, or a minimum of six (6) hours for masters, doctoral, or professional degree students.  An equivalent standard shall be applied to institutions utilizing a quarter system.  Starting in the 2004-2005 season, Women’s Division student athletes must enroll in a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours for associate and baccalaureate degree students, or a minimum of six (6) hours for masters, doctoral, or professional degree students.  An equivalent standard shall be applied to institutions utilizing a quarter system.

As a side note, starting 2004-2005 undergraduate students will also need to complete a minimum of 12 hours to be eligible the following semester/quarter.

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst

SUGGESTED ADDTION:

                        g.     Women’s Division student athletes who are rostered in at least twenty percent (20%) of their team's scheduled games (pre-season, exhibition, regular and post season games, etc.), shall be deemed to have used a full year of eligibility.  A Women’s Division student athlete may be granted an additional year of eligibility if she was rostered in less than twenty percent (20%) of his team's scheduled games for any given season. The names of red-shirted student athletes must be submitted in writing at the beginning of the season along with the team's registration forms.

After discussion and a friendly amendment, the action was put to a vote:

        1st:  Buffalo,  2nd:  Michigan State,  Vote:  8 for, 0 against, 1 abstention.

        Result:  Passed

The rule shall read as follows:

g.  Women’s Division student athletes who are rostered in at least twenty percent (20%) of their team’s ACHA only scheduled games (regular and post season games), shall be deemed to have used a full year of eligibility.  A Women’s Division student athlete may be granted an additional year of eligibility if she was rostered in less than twenty percent (20%) of her team’s ACHA scheduled games for any given season.

F. LENGTH OF GAME

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst

SUGGESTION CHANGE:          All teams shall play three 17-minute stop time periods. Same as D-3

V.  RULES OF PLAY

                H.        Women’s Division provisions:

2.    Game length of Women’s Division games will vary according to available ice times.  All teams should strive to play three 15-minute stop time periods (1.5-hour game); however, one-hour games will be allowed.  Ice cuts will be determined according to available ice; at least one resurfacing is recommended but not required.

This action was withdrawn by UMASS due to the action below.

Submissions from Buffalo

Current: V,K,2 (page9)  .....All teams should strive to play three 15-minute stop time periods (1.5-hour game); however, one-hour games will be allowed. 
Change:  All teams should strive to play three 17-minute stop time periods (2 hour game); however, three 15 minute stop periods will be allowed (1.5 hour game).  Any game length that is less than three 15-minute stop periods should be deemed an exhibition game only and not count for rankings.  A game that is curfewed after 1.5 hours would count as a regular game.
 
After discussion and a friendly amendment, the action was put to vote:
          1st:  Iowa,  2nd:  URI,  Vote:  8 for 1 against, 0 abstentions.
          Result:  Passed
The rule shall read as follows:
All teams should strive to play three 17-minute stop time periods (2 hour games); however, three 15-minute stop periods will be allowed (1.5 hour game).  Any game length that is less than three 15-minute stop periods shall be deemed a forfeit for the home team.  A game that is curfewed after 1.5 hours would count as a regular game.
 

Submissions from URI

V. Rules Of Play:
     H. Women's Division Provisions:
          2. Game length of Women's Division games will vary according to available ice times. All teams should strive to play three 15 min. periods (1.5 game): However, one hour games are allowed. Ice cuts will be determined according to available ice: at least one resurfacing is recommended but not required.
Change: Game length of Women's Division must be 15 min. periods striving for 18-20 minute periods. Resurface ice at least once in between 2nd and 3rd period.
 
This action was withdrawn by URI due to the action above results.

G. RANKING

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst

SUGGESTED CHANGE: Only coaches on the ranking committee

B.                RANKING COMMITTEE COMPOSITION

4.        The Women’s Division Ranking Committee shall consist of a subcommittee of coaches and/or other non-player parties, and the Committee Coordinator or Women’s Division Commissioner. These members will apply for appointment to the Women’s Division Vice President.”

This action was withdrawn after discussion; please see results below.

Submitted by MSU – Craig Payment

Section VI, rule B. section 4. 

Reads - Women’s Division ranking committee shall consist of subcommittee of coaches… 

Add - Each team shall have a maximum of one representative directly and currently affiliated with such team.  

This action was added to the below action, please see results below.

Submissions from URI

The Women's Division Ranking Committee shall consist of a subcommittee of coaches and/or other non-player parties and the Committee Coordinator or Women's Division Commissioner. These members will apply for appointment to the Women's Division Vice President.
Change:  The Women's Ranking Division Ranking Committee shall consist of equal representation form each region. Committee members must be members of the ACHA Coaches/Assistant Coaches/staff member. Each member must participate in every ranking, if not they will be removed form the committee immediately.

After discussion on the three  above actions, and friendly amendments, the actions were put to a vote.

        1st:  Michigan State,  2nd:  Iowa State,  Vote:  8 for, 0 against, 1 abstention.

        Result:  Passed.

The rule shall read as follows:

The Women’s Division Ranking Committee shall consist of  a subcommittee of coaches and/or staff currently and directly affiliated with an ACHA team, and the Committee Coordinator or the Women’s Division Commissioner.  These members will apply for appointment to the Women’s Division Vice President.  A maximum of one representative from an ACHA team will be appointed to the committee.  Each member must participate in every ranking, baring extenuating circumstances, or they will be removed from the committee immediately.

Submitted by MSU – Craig Payment

Section VI, Rule A. section 4 subsection b. 

Reads - Teams will be ranked on a regional basis. 

Proposed Change - Teams will be ranked on a National Basis

After discussion and a friendly amendment, the action was put to a vote:

        1st:  Northern Michigan,  2nd:  Iowa State,  Vote:  8 for,  0 against, 1 abstention.

        Result:  Passed.

The rule shall read as follows:

Teams will be ranked on a regional basis as well as top 15 nationally.

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst

SUGGESTED ADDITION: Outline development for ranking procedure

VI. Ranking Procedures

d.        Women’s Division regional ranking will be determined at the beginning of each season by the Women’s Division Commissioner.  There will be four rankings per season, with the final ranking being issued exactly 1 month before the national tournament.

This action was withdrawn after discussion.

H. NUMBER OF GAMES

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst

SUGGESTED CHANGE: Eight games and you must play at least 4 other teams in your division

2.        Women’s Division provisions:

a.     Women's division teams need only compete in a minimum of six (6) games per season against other ACHA Women's Division teams.

A section of this action was included in the action below; please see results below.

Submissions from BUFFALO
Current: VI,B,4,c(page11)  ......Division III and Women's Division teams need only compete in a minimum of six (6) games per season.........Women's division teams need only compete in a minimum of six(6) games per 
season against other ACHA Women's Division teams.
Change: Division III teams need only compete in a minimum of six (6) games per season. Women's division teams need only compete in a minimum of ten (10) games per season against other ACHA Women's 

Division teams.

After discussion and a friendly amendment, the action was put to a vote:

        1st:  Northern Michigan,  2nd:  Michigan State,  Vote:  9 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions.

        Result:  Passed.

The rule shall read as follows:

Women’s division teams need only compete in a minimum of eight (8) games per season against other ACHA Women’s Division teams.  A minimum of 4 other ACHA teams must be played to be eligible for the national tournament.  Starting in the 2004-2005 season, ACHA Women’s Division teams need only compete in a minimum of ten (10) games per season against other ACHA Women’s Division teams.  A minimum of 4 other ACHA teams must be played to be eligible for the national tournament.

 
Submissions from URI

a. Women's division teams need only compete in a minimum of six (6) games per season against other ACHA Women's Division Teams
Change: Women's Division teams need to play 10 ACHA games against teams in their region to qualify for rankings. The goal would be to play every team in your region.

This action was withdrawn due to the results from the above action.

I. National Tournament

Submissions from URI

Ten teams should go to Nationals. Top three from each region, 1 wild card.

This action was included in a discussion with all other actions proposed in this section, please see results below.

Submissions from Buffalo

Current: VII,B,4(page14) The Women's Division National Tournament shall consist of a single tournament involving eight teams who ….
Change: ..........shall consist of a single tournament involving 12 teams who have received….

also would need to make the corresponding change to 12 in section VII,E,4 (page 15)

This action was included in a discussion with all other actions proposed in this section and was put to a vote:

        1st:  UMASS,  2nd:  Penn State,  Vote:  9 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions.

        Result:  Passed

The rule shall read as follows:

The Women’s Division National Tournament shall consist of a single tournament involving twelve (12) teams who have received...

Submitted by MSU – Craig Payment

 Section VI, Rule B. Section 4. Last sentence 

Reads - The tournament shall be a three-day tournament to be held on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in March. 

Proposed Change - The tournament shall be a three-day tournament to be held on one of the last two weekends in March, concurrent with the NCAA women’s Ice Hockey championships.

This action was included in a discussion with all other actions proposed in this section, please see results below.

Submissions from UMASS-Amherst

SUGGESTED CHANGE: Twelve teams, top three from each division, one wild card, the past champion and the host team.  Second wild card if past champion qualifies. Third wild card if host team qualifies.

VII.         National Tournaments

B.   TOURNAMENT FORMAT

4.        WOMEN’S DIVISION

The Women’s Division National Tournament shall consist of a single tournament involving the eight teams who received the highest ranking nationally.  The tournament shall be a three-day tournament to be held on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March.

E.        TOURNAMENT SEEDING

4.        WOMEN’S DIVISION

The Women’s Division National Tournament format shall consist of a single tournament involving the eight (8) teams receiving the highest ranking in each of the assigned regions.  The lead seed among the regions will rotate in succession each year, and pools will be formed according to which region is the host region.

After discussion of all four actions and a friendly amendment to UMASS’s submission, it was put to a vote:

        1st:  Buffalo,  2nd:  Michigan State,  Vote:  9 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions.

        Result:  Passed

The rule will read as follows:

The Women’s Division National Tournament shall consist of a single tournament involving the twelve (12) teams who received the highest regional and national rankings.  The first place team in each Region, the host, and the other eight highest nationally ranked teams for the final or last Ranking shall receive a spot at nationals.  Teams will be seated in the order in which they are nationally ranked.  The tournament shall be a double-elimination, three-day tournament to be held on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March.

J. OTHER

ACHA SUBMISSIONS

AWHCA Membership. Discuss whether the ACHA Women’s Division would like to join the AWHCA for a $25 increase in ACHA Registration dues.

This item was discussed and it was suggested that coaches join the American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association (AWHCA) on their own rather than raising the dues for membership inclusion at this time.  The ACHA Women’s Division supports AWHCA membership and will continue to foster this relationship. Membership is $25 for a non-voting membership and $100 for a voting membership.  A form will be included for this optional membership to the AWHCA. For more information visit: http://www.brown.edu/Athletics/Womens_Hockey/AWHCA/

6. Discussion Items:

n       Timely submission of registration materials, and participation of nominations & votes, etc.

The ACHA request continued assistance in members getting all required information to the ACHA on time. Also, nominating and voting has increase and we encourage continued participation in a pro-active manner.

n       Ideas to get more people to the annual meeting

Tabled due to time constraints.

n       Submitting game scores

Tabled due to possible new ACHA web site and online submitting of scores.

n       Academic All American Awards. URI would like to discuss qualifications (i.e. Jr/Sr).

Recommendation to vice president to include Freshman and Sophomore to this award by URI, however the majority of the membership wished to follow current collegiate standards of only Juniors and Seniors. Bates informed ACHA Board that the title “Academic All American” was trademarked. Next year the award will be titled “Scholastic All-American.”

n       Formation of Regions: URI would like to discuss Regions with other coach input for ACHA consideration.

Regions were discussed and recommendations were made to the vice president and commissioner as the ACHA Women’s Division continues to grow. While attempts to keep the number of members in each Region equal, difficulties arise depending on which regions have growth spurts. Attempts will be made but not mandatory for equal member teams in each Region. Buffalo request East Region inclusion due to the development and their membership in the new East Coast conference.
 

7. Other business - none

8. Adjournment – 2:35pm.

 



Created by: Zoe Harris -- Last updated:Aug 28, 2003