CSHL League Meeting
November 4, 2009
Programs attending: Canton-Akron, Cleveland Barons, Cleveland Hts., Cleveland Skating Club, Columbus Capitals, Elyria, Erie, Euclid, Fremont, Garfield, Geauga, Gilmour, Mentor, North Olmsted, Parma, Rocky River, Shaker, Strongsville, Tri-County, Winterhurst and Wooster.
Not in attendance: Brooklyn, CCYHA Blue Jackets.
Board Members attending: Tim O’Shaughnessy, Mark Clendenin, Mike Goetz, Terry Horonzy, Dan Straka, Chris Kendel, Don Lewis, Pam Rice, and Jim Smith.
Not in attendance: John Stojak, Mike Radosevic
All Head of Programs and CSHL Board Members in attendance introduced themselves.
The paperwork associated with team placements and prior meeting minutes for 9/9/09 was distributed and a motion to approve the minutes as presented requested. A grammatical correction to the minutes was noted by Cynthia Bova and by Terry Horonzy. Terry Horonzy made a motion to approve the minutes with noted changes and the motion was seconded by Janet Martineau. All in favor, motion passed with corrections.
Greg Shantery was introduced by T. Horonzy as the National Tournament Director for 2011. It has been 15 years since Cleveland was awarded the last tournament. This tournament will take place in 2011 at Gilmour and Mentor requiring significant volunteers and assistants. There could be as many as 48 teams in 4 different divisions. Greg indicated that this was the 5th attempt to get the national tournament and that Cleveland was awarded the U18 Division. In the past it’s been the 11 district winners. The new format will splits up into 4 conferences by registration numbers within the states and Ohio, being the largest, with the least number of registrants. He was not sure whether Cleveland will go with a pre-post team in that division, or a full season team. He expects that putting a full season team together will be difficult given the limited number of midget teams. If they go to a pre-post it will hurt the splinter groups such as the Jacks, Team Ohio, The Prospects, and the Renegades. He is looking to pull everyone together to create one team to represent Ohio.
Terry Horonzy introduced Scott Paluch as the USA Hockey representative for the ADM for the Mid-Am Region. Scott is working on getting out and explaining the model and getting out at grass roots to review the basic guidelines to develop young players on and off the ice. They have been able to get on the ice this season doing mostly mite and squirt clinics with 50-60 players on the ice and moving them through different stations. The model is a partnership with the NHL who has put finances behind rolling the model out.
The model is very comprehensive but in the early years will be focused on mites and squirts and trying to get them off to a start that is ADM inclusive. One of the big parts of that is moving mites to cross-ice games and adjusting the practice to games ratio to a more responsible split.
Tim O’Shaunessy inquired as to the IL model that any mite aged team is limited to a maximum number of games and all games are cross ice and Scott Confirmed that IL has a cross-ice Learn-to-Play and a cross-ice advanced program.
Tim O’Shaughnessy follow up question was to the amount of time that is needed when we get coaches together. Scott indicated that at the mite and squirt level 60 minutes on the ice and 60 minutes with parents provides a sufficient amount of time to accomplish the introduction.
Jim Smith introduced Steve Thomson from Puckmasters and Ben Shank from the Cleveland Monsters. They presented a joint program between the two which is “Play like a Monster” as an opportunity for CSHL participants.
Ben Shank introduced the “Monsters Olympic Tribute” that is taking place on 1/29/10. The team will be conducting an auction of Olympic commemorative worn Monster jerseys that night along with an autograph session with Jim Craig. They typically generate net revenue from the jersey auction of around $6,000 and those proceeds would benefit the CSHL this year. They would like to see a minimum of 5 game tickets sold per CSHL team. With 1,000 game tickets sold the CSHL would receive 75% of the jersey auction revenue and 100% of the Chuck-a-Puck revenue which approximates $700. Should tickets sold surpass 1,200 the CSHL would receive 100% of auction proceeds and 100% of C.A.P. revenue. The game tickets are discounted to $15 and can be sold by programs as a fund raiser for up to $20.
The CSHL has blacked out January 29 and no games will be scheduled for that evening.
The schedule for the November 7th Saturday regular season scheduling meeting was handed out. It will be held at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Center with Bantams at 8:00, Peewees at 10:30, Squirts at 12:30, and Mites at 2:30. This will be run similar to the pre-season scheduling meeting and is mandatory for coaches or their representatives.
Tim O'Shaughnessy spoke briefly on the mechanics of the scheduling meeting and that it is very similar to what we have done in the past. With regard to team placement petitions there were 10 petitions from the roughly 150 CSHL teams. Of those 10 petitions 5 were granted and 5 were denied. Five teams requested to move up and three were granted. Five requested to move down and 2 were granted.
Tim O’Shaughnessy described the division sizes and the number of games being played as was dictated by the division size. He noted that if the Mite A1 division wanted to add a 3rd game and move number of regular season games from 10 to 15 the CSHL would allow it. He would require that program heads make that decision only and significant factor should be ice availability.
A vote was held between programs participating in Mite A1 and they approved, by majority 5-1, with Elyria being the descending vote, to increase to 15 games. Motion passed and Mite A1 will increase from 10 to 15 games.
Mike Cordish initiated a conversation regarding team placement and asked the CSHL Board to please reconsider his request to move the Garfield Heights Peewee team from A3 to B. A discussion followed and the Board moved to reconsider the denial of the petition after the meeting adjourned.
Mike Morgan then asked the board to review the placement of the Euclid Mite 1 team currently playing in A2. The CAHA team played them and was not remotely competitive and Mike wants to know whether this team should be moved up to A1. Tim O’Shaughnessy noted that for team placement we look for RPI breakpoints for team placements in deciding which level is appropriate and we tend not to move teams from one level to another without their request unless we have a sense that the system is being played.
Tim O’Shaughnessy stated that he will recommend to the board next year that the number of pre-season games for all levels be changed to 6 due to the fact that Christmas and New Years both fall on Saturdays and will eliminate to weekends. This would add two more weeks to regular season. Conversation followed.
Mark Clendenin commented on the following:
1. It is the coaches and HOP’s responsibility to make sure players sit out games as determined in the CSHL By-Laws.
2. Please make sure that the By-Laws are flowed for curfew game notification
3. Remember that only players on CSHL rosters can play in regular season games. This will only affect CSHL regular season games.
a. Terry Horonzy reminded all that we had previously designed it that both HOP’s had to agree before any player could be released. This will only work in CSHL regular season games. Players are able to leave any association provided they do not owe you any money. USA Hockey will not hold up their release if financial obligations are met.
Coaches must wear hockey helmets when out on the ice during practices. This was adopted by USA Hockey years ago and we must adhere to this rule. The penalties can be severe for not following this rule up to loss of program registration number for repeat offenders.
Motion to adjourn made by Janet Martineau, seconded by Chris Kendel. All in favor, meeting adjourned.