Regulations & Procedures - ARTICLE I: THE OPEN DRAFT

A. The League President, Vice President, Commissioner, and Secretary will run the open draft.

B. The Secretary will keep minutes of the Draft procedure with particular attention to the:

  • order of each team
  • names of each player taken
  • name of team drafting
  • record of each team passing
  • any agreements made by any teams
  • sign in sheet of all attendees

C. The League will conduct one night of open tryouts for the purpose of drafting players.

D. Immediately following the draft tryout, the drafting of players will occur. There will be a draft for all skaters and a separate draft for all goalies. If a team(s) has more than two goalies, they must send goalies to the open draft until they have just two goalies or all other teams have two goalies. Teams that have no goalies will draft first, followed by teams with only one (1) goalie.

E. The order of draft shall take place in reverse order of finish of the previous year's FWAHSHL regular season standings until all teams have at least two goalies. The last placed team only will be entitled to get the first two draft picks in order to create parity within the league, unless there is less than a 30% point difference between the two bottom teams (example 40 point season would be 12 points or a 30 point season would be 9 points). This rule does not apply to a realigned team.

F. The Head Coach for each team will announce their selection. Teams will alternate selections until one team declares they have filled their roster. All remaining players are available to the team with open roster spots

G. Teams with no goalies and draft in the first round of the goalie draft will select their second draft choice after all teams with only one goalie have drafted in the second round.

H. The skater draft shall take place in reverse order of finish of the previous year's FWAHSHL regular season standings.

I. No team can draft players if they have cut players at their individual tryouts. Teams may cut a goalie if there are more than 2 goalies trying out, and may still go to the player draft.

J. If a team has twenty (20) or more players after their team tryout then the team may not participate in the draft, until each team has 20 on its roster or passes.

K. If a team passes when their turn is called, they will no longer be eligible to draft any player until the last team eligible passes when there are still players deemed eligible to play at the Varsity level.

L. Once the draft is over; any new players coming into the League will start over following the current draft order unless they belong to a home school or are the property of a team from past play. The draft order will follow the rules listed in Section E. The Secretary will document each transaction.

M. Sending players into the JV program does not represent a "cut". Each team is allowed to send two (2) players to the JV team. These players must come from the member school tryout.

N. A previously released player from a school that currently maintains a team, and who does not participate in the open draft, is not eligible to play for any other team unless specifically approved by the Executive Board.

O. Players that do not participate in a member school tryout or the open draft will be considered for individual tryout status as follows:

a. Players that attend a member school can try out for their school team up until the night of the open draft. After that date, in order to be considered, their particular situation must be brought before the Executive Board. Should the team who has their rights pass on this player the next team in order of the draft will have the next right of refusal until the player is either selected or passed and rule b. below will apply

Player who attends a Member Team

  • Must contact the Commissioner of the League to request a petition to the Executive Board to attend a tryout of the Member Team (the Executive Board reserves the right to have the petition in person or by email)
  • Petition must be made by the player
  • If the Executive Board approves the player's petition, the player may tryout at the next available tryout.
  • Should a Member Team either cut the player or if they pass on the player prior to the tryout the next available Team in the Draft will have first rights to the Player.
  • The Member Team will announce to the Executive Board the time and date of their tryout and the Commissioner will communicate the tryout to the other Member Teams should another Member Team be interested in scouting the Player should the Player become available.
  • The Player must meet all of the Player Eligibility requirements

b. Players who do not participate in the open draft and are not member school players will not be allowed to try out for any varsity teams after the conclusion of the open draft. After that date, in order to be considered, their particular situation must be brought before the Executive Board.

Player of a Non Member Team

  • Must contact the Commissioner of the League to request a petition to the Executive Board to attend a tryout of a Member Team (the Executive Board reserves the right to have the petition in person or by email)
  • If the Executive Board approves the player's petition, the player may tryout at the next available tryout as determined by the Commissioner.
  • The Commissioner will determine who the next Draft Eligible Team who has an opening or has an interest in having the Player tryout with their team.
  • The Commissioner will announce to the Teams the time and date of the tryout should another Member Team be interested in scouting the Player should the Player become available.
  • The Player must meet all of the Player Eligibility requirements

c. Players who moved into the area and did not participate in the open draft, regardless of whether they are or are not a member school player will not be allowed to try out for member team until they notify the Executive Board their status.

Player of a Member Team

  • Must contact the Commissioner of the League to request a petition to the Executive Board to attend a tryout of the Member Team (the Executive Board reserves the right to have the petition in person or by email)
  • Petition must be made by the player
  • If the Executive Board approves the player's petition, the player may tryout at the next available tryout.
  • Should a Team either cut the player or if they pass on the player prior to the tryout the next available Team in the Draft will have first rights to the Player.
  • The Commissioner will announce to the Teams the time and date of the tryout should another Member Team be interested in scouting the Player should the Player become available.
  • The Player must meet all of the Player Eligibility requirements

P. A Player Scout will be at every tryout to evaluate skill levels of the less qualified players. If the player cannot perform those basic skating techniques then he will be considered unqualified

Players will be judged on the following:

  • Stopping – both directions
  • Forward crossovers – both directions
  • Backwards skating

The Player Scout has to be a person who has:

  • Coached for no less than 5 years at a minimum of AA or AAA level in Youth hockey
  • Played at least a minimum of 10 years hockey and preferably at a high level

Q. Home schooled players are considered Non Member players even though they may be part of a Member Team's school district.