Regulations & Procedures


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.


A. Coaches must be approved by the bylaws of their respective Team as well as meeting and adhering to the League bylaws under 2.24.

B. Any Coach brought before the Discipline Committee for inappropriate conduct or not abiding by the coaching code of ethics as determined by USA hockey is subject to be suspended by Discipline Committee from coaching in any League games. The coach will need to be reapproved the following season by the Board to continue to coach in the League.

C. Any Member Coach found tampering with any other Member Team Player(s) or new Draft Player(s) are subject to suspension by the Discipline Committee. Tampering includes but in not limited to: encouraging players to not attend their member team tryouts; encouraging players to display a poor showing ("sandbagging") in the draft tryouts in order to be passed over by another Member Team; or encouraging players to not show up for any tryouts and then petitioning the board to play for their team. Note: It is not the intent of the rule to create a "tattle tale" environment. Petty complaints will not be considered. It is the intent to deal with serious offenses that can be supported with facts and witnesses.

D. Coaches will support the Pre-Post Program and will encourage their selected players to play for the Pre-Post Team in all Pre-Post activities.

E. Coaches must provide proof that they have are compliant with the current background check requirements with USA Hockey.


A. Off-ice officials are considered an extension of the on-ice officiating team. In order for the game to run smoothly, a good group of off-ice officials are necessary to assist the on-ice crew. They are an extension of the on-ice officiating team. Even though their powers are limited, their responsibilities are a necessary part of successfully playing a game. In essence, they are assisting the on-ice officials in the overall conducting of the game. With this in mind, we prefer to refer to them as off-ice officials and when working in coordination with the on-ice officials, they form the officiating team.

B. The off-ice officials is to serve as a liaison between the officials and the teams both before and after the game. The off-ice officials will be responsible for securing the game rosters from each team prior to the start of the game. After the game, they will ensure the scoresheet is properly completed and signed by the officials and will distribute a copy to each team, with the appropriate copy going to the league Commissioner.

C. As part of the game officiating team, it is important for the off-ice officials to remain impartial at all times. This is difficult to do, especially since a family member or close friend may be participating in the game. However, impartiality must be maintained at all times in order to dispel any notions of favoritism and to create the positive playing environment. If you have difficulty in accomplishing this, you may wish to review you involvement as an off-ice official. We certainly expect the on-ice officials to remain impartial and teams should expect the same standard from office officials.

D. Another important role of the off-ice official is to monitor behavior in and around the area known as the penalty benches and scorer's bench. Players, who have been penalized, may behave in an unsportsmanlike manner by trying to incite an opponent, use obscene or vulgar language or be disrespectful to the off-ice officials. In addition, these penalized players may be harassed by spectators leaning over the glass. In many instances, this action may be unobserved by the on-ice officials. It is the responsibility of the off-ice officials to report these incidents to the on-ice officials during the next stoppage of play.

E. Finally, the role of the off-ice official includes undivided attention to the game in progress. The game clock must be stopped and started at the appropriate times and special attention should be paid as to whether the clock is functioning properly. Goals, assists and penalties, as reported by the referee, must be recorded accurately and quickly in order to minimize unnecessary delays. Penalty expiration situations must also be handled smoothly and efficiently in order to create a fair playing environment. If there is any questions or uncertainty regarding a situation, the issue must be addressed with the on-ice officials as soon as possible. All of these special tasks require the complete attention of the off-ice officials for the duration of the game. Failure to do so may result in a less than totally positive game environment for all of the game participants.

F. The official scorer is the individual who is responsible for the completion of the game scoresheet. In some cases, the official scorer may also serve as the P.A. announcer. The game scoresheet is the official record of that game and will be sent to the league office upon completion while copies are distributed to each team. During the course of the game, the official scorer will record information on the game scoresheet, such as goals and assists and penalties, as reported to him/her by the on-ice officials. The official scorer is also responsible for recording saves (and/or shots on goal). They may ask the penalty bench attendants for assistance with this duty as each one can be responsible for one team's shots or saves.

G. Once the game has been completed; the official scorer should check the scoresheet completely for accuracy and neatness. Any last minute information must be recorded on the scoresheet prior to it being signed. This includes goals per period, shots on goal (or saves), last minute subtractions from the game rosters (those player(s) who did not dress and participate in the game) and any notes regarding special awards (hat trick, playmaker, shut-out) or suspensions that need to be included on the scoresheet.

H. The official scoresheet then should be signed by the official scorer in the appropriate place prior to inspection by the on-ice officials. The on-ice officials should cross out all of those portions of the scoresheet that have not been used . This is done to prevent any information from being added to the scoresheet after the officials have properly signed the document. Once satisfied that the scoresheet is accurate and complete, the officials will sign the scoresheet and retain their copy(s)

I. Alterations, amendments, corrections, changes may only be authorized through the agreement of the on-ice officials. No Coach, Parent, Penalty Bench Personal may authorize any changes made to the scoresheet. A Coach may ask an on-ice official to make a change and only through the on-ice official will a change be allowed. Once the scoresheet is signed at the end of the game, no changes will be allowed.


FT. WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
PRE-POST POLICIES & PROCEDURES
GENERAL REPRESENTATIONS

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Ft. Wayne High School Hockey Association (FWHSHA) Pre-Post Program is to organize and promote youth hockey players who are members of FWHSHA League high school teams under FWHSHA rules. Our goal is to encourage the development of good sportsmanship, teamwork, and individual achievement in hockey.

PURPOSE
The Pre-Post Program hockey program is established for high school hockey players to compete at the All Star level following a philosophy that stresses a high competitive level of hockey and sportsmanship.

MEMBERSHIP
All players and coaches on FWHSHA Member Teams, parents and legal guardians of those players, and any persons actively assisting in the program shall be deemed to be members of FWHSHA.

RESOLVED
Players and family members of FWHSHA officials including board members, commissioner, and coaches shall not receive any preferential treatment in any aspect of Pre-Post Program activities. This includes, but is not limited to, team tryouts, playing time in games, selection for coaching or officiating, etc.

GOALS
• To experience personal enjoyment, satisfaction, and confidence from both personal and team achievements.
• To learn, develop, and refine the fundamental skills of hockey.
• To blend individuals and their skills into successful team play.
• To demonstrate good sportsmanship in victory and defeat.
• To encourage good effort, team spirit, and responsible behavior.

TRYOUTS AND TEAM STRUCTURE

GENERAL INFORMATION
1. The Commissioner supervises tryouts for all Pre-Post Program teams. The Commissioner will administer all Pre-Post tryouts in conjunction with the President and Vice President. Any exceptions to the Policies and Procedures during the tryout process, including injuries and interpretation of the tryout procedure, will be subject to the approval of the FWHSHA Executive
Committee. Tryout results will be posted as soon as possible in the Arena Center and on the FWHSHA website. It is the players’ and parents’ responsibility to check the postings and be aware of the schedules.
2. A team tryout fee will be charged per player at the time of registration, this will cover ice time and incidentals.
3. During the tryout process, it is essential that there be no unnecessary contact or communication between parents and the players, Commissioner and coaches. Any necessary communication (such as illness, injury or equipment problems) should be initiated by the player or routed through the Commissioner or Vice President. Any attempt at "lobbying" will be reported by the Commissioner to the full board for appropriate action.
4. All players shall wear an Approved HELMET and a PLAIN (WHITE, RED
OR BLACK JERSEY WITH NO NAMES) and STANDARD SOCKS FOR TRYOUTS.
5. High School Varsity or Junior Varsity players from the immediately preceding season will register indicating whose roster they were on the prior season.
6. Players who were not high school players during the immediately preceding season must register indicating their home school or if they are a Draft player.
7. Selection of the Pre-Post Team. The top 20 skaters (unless less than 20 or more than 20 as approved by the Executive Committee) and the top 2 goalies based on tryout evaluations will skate in up to three practice sessions or scrimmages under the direction of the Pre-Post Team Coaches. Players may be released following any session or scrimmage. Following the final practice session, the Coaches will meet with the Commissioner, Vice President, President and any available members of the executive committee who do not have children trying out for a position on a Pre-Post team to select 20 skaters and 2 goalies (or as adjusted by the Executive Committee).
8. Selection of the Pre-Post teams shall follow these procedures:
Upon the conclusion of the Coach’s selections the Commissioner will present the Pre-Post team rosters to the FHSHA President immediately after the final determinations. The final selections shall be posted and the players selected, and their parents (or guardian) shall sign a commitment agreement and complete all Information required by FWHSHA and USA Hockey.

INJURIES DURING TRYOUTS
An injury/illness is a very unique and difficult situation during the tryout process and will be handled as follows:
a. If a player is injured or is ill before tryouts, the player will be placed in a pool to be determined by the Executive Committee. This will be based upon a mandatory note from a physician, an internal interview of prior coaches and past FHSHA history.
b. An injury/illness occurring during or before the tryout process will be treated as an incomplete tryout and thus would require coaches to place this player in the pool as an additional skater to the roster. This assures the player accorded the level of play recognition they deserve.

COACHES SELECTION COMMITTEE
A. The committee will be comprised of the Executive committee. The President will chair the committee.
B. The committee has the authority to interview coaches from within or outside Ft. Wayne to find the best possible staff and to fulfill the needs of the program.
C. Proof of current C.A.P. applicable level of certification or promise to complete the certification process will be required before the candidate will be considered for a coaching position. Coaches who do not obtain the required level of certification will not be rostered and will be prohibited from any on ice team participation or any position on the bench during games. (USA Hockey or FWHSHA insurance programs do not cover persons not rostered on a team).
D. The committee shall bring its recommendations for Board of Directors. A majority vote of the Board is required to approve coaches and assistants.
COACHES’ DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Coaches will promote team spirit and set a good example of sportsmanship and good conduct both on and off the bench. All coaches must have clear knowledge and understanding of the

FWHSHA Policies & Procedures and District 6 rules.
A. The Head Coach is responsible for operation of the team. His main objective is to teach and develop hockey skills consistent with the goals and objectives of the FWHSHA.
C. In accordance with FWHSHA bylaws, only Coaches whose names appear on the team roster may be in the players’ box during games and ALL MUST complete all USA HOCKEY requirements and registrations.
D. The Head Coach will select the with approval of the Coaching Committee the selection of assistant(s).
  1. Person(s) selected MUST have current Certification Cards on file with USA Hockey.
  2. Person(s) selected should have similar hockey philosophies, thereby creating
a good working relationship beneficial to the players.
E. Each Pre-Post Team will select a Manager and other personnel they feel are needed and shall designate their duties.
F. . The Head Coach is expected to be available to discuss any problems with the players and/or parents, keeping in mind that his prime responsibility is to the whole team and not to any one individual.
G. The Head Coach will keep practices and games in good proportion and in accordance with
FWHSHA bylaws and must strive for at least one practice every week, using ice whenever possible.
H. Coaches will meet with parents shortly after the teams are selected to discuss their goals, philosophy and disciplinary principles, to review any additional team expenses, and to discuss ways in which parents can assist the team.
I. Coaches will instruct team captains to shake hands with referees and opposing coaches before and after games.
J. Coaches will instruct players on proper conduct during the national anthem. (Stand at
attention with helmet under the left arm and stick on the ice in the right hand.)
K. The team parents will pay any reasonable trip expenses of head and assistant coaches including room, board and transportation. Expenses will be reimbursed for room rate plus tax, actual gasoline expense, and $40.00 per day for meals. Reimbursement for additional expenses is optional and will be up to each respective team.
L. Failure to adhere to and enforce FWHSHA rules and procedures will subject the Coaches to disciplinary action in accordance with the disciplinary proceeduces as provided in the FWHSHA bylaws
M. Coaches shall not be restricted from coaching teams outside of FWHSHA.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A TEAM MANAGER
The manager must be knowledgeable of the rules and guidelines put forth in the Policies & Procedures and are responsible for all functions listed herein either by delegation or by carrying
out these functions personally. Head coaches always have the prerogative of handling some of these functions themselves.
A. Ice Schedule. The Manager is responsible for scheduling ice times for the team and will repost such times to the Commissioner. Should they need assistance in doing so they may turn to the Commissioner for help.
B. Team Finances. Manager will collect an agreed upon amount from the parents to cover such expenses such as additional ice time, games, and tournaments as well as non-parent coaches' expenses for out-of-town tournaments and end-of-the-season trophies or plaques (optional). All additional expenditures must have the consent of the parents.
D. Team Statistics. Manager will be responsible for providing game performance statistics per the coach’s needs.
E. The Manager may be responsible (as directed by the head coach) for procuring entry into additional tournaments.
F. Travel Arrangements. Manager, arrange team lodging and advise parents of their responsibility for securing their family’s reservations, and provide directions to arenas.
H. Eligibility Records. Manager shall be prepared provide officials with copies of each player's birth certificate, insurance certificates and other pertinent data at each league game or tournament.
I. Games. At the coach’s direction, the manager shall assist in scheduling games and to arrange for referees.
J. Injuries. The team manager must have signed Consent to treat forms for each player in their possession and is responsible for the filing of appropriate forms.
K. Schedules. The team manager shall supply monthly schedules of all games, practices and team activities at least one week before the first scheduled activity of the month. The manager will assure that revisions get communicated to all parents in a timely fashion.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF PLAYERS
Players have an obligation to their teams and to the association to contribute to a positive experience for everyone by being exemplary team members.
A. The members of the FWHSHA (which, as defined earlier, includes all players, coaches, parents and volunteers) expect the following from all players:
  1. To take pride in their team and contribute to the team’s unity.
  2. To adhere strictly to the coach’s rules and be supportive of coach’s practice plans, game plans and other decisions.
  3. To participate in all games and practices unless there is a compelling reason for missing.
  4. To notify the coach or manager in advance when they must miss. A reason such as religion class, school activity, illness, etc must be given.
  5. To be at the rink by the appointed time as set by the coach.
  6. To be attentive when coaches explain practice drills, game strategies, or pass along other information such as what practice or game sweaters to wear at the next event.
  7. To be properly attired for games and practices. (correct sweaters, uniform socks, etc.)

B. BEHAVIOR.
1. There will be ZERO tolerance of abusive behavior. Harassment, obscene language or gestures, and other behavior deemed to be abusive directed toward coaches, coaches’ representatives, referees, minor officials, opponents, teammates, spectators or association officials will not be tolerated and will have the following consequences:
  • First Offense: The player will be verbally warned.
  • Second Offense: The player will be removed from the game, practice or other team event. In the case of games or practices, the player will be required to leave the premises and will be warned in writing.
  • Third Offense: The player will be removed from the team pending a meeting with FWHSHA Discipline Committee. Penalties will range from a one game suspension to removal from the team.
2. Any player incurring a MATCH penalty for "Attempt to Injure" or other offense deemed equally serious by the coach shall be subject to suspension beyond the USA HOCKEY rules by the FWHSHA Discipline Committee.
3. If past history indicates that a player cannot appropriately represent FWHSH, he will not be allowed to participate in tournaments.
4. Any player misconduct not specifically alluded to above will be dealt with on an individual basis by the FWHSHA Discipline Committee.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS
Exemplary conduct is expected of all parents.

A. DUTIES and INVOLVEMENT.
1. Assure that all registration forms, birth certificates, and payments are complete and submitted as required.
2. Volunteer your time! If everyone does a little, no one has to do a lot. Please assist with team functions/responsibilities when requested.
3. Encourage players to take pride in their team!
4. Parents are responsible for their child's behavior regardless of their child's age.

B. BEHAVIOR
1. There will be ZERO tolerance of abusive behavior. Harassment, obscene language
or gestures, and other behavior deemed to be abusive directed toward coaches, coaches’ representatives, referees, minor officials, opponents, teammates, spectators or association officials will not be tolerated.
2. First Offense: A written warning will be issued by the Commissioner or a member of the Executive Committee and copied to the Board.
3. Second Offense: The parent will be required to appear before the Board. If the Board finds just cause, a two-game suspension will be invoked.
4. Third Offense: Any subsequent offense, or any offense deemed serious enough by the Board, may result in further suspension or expulsion. Any parental misconduct not specifically alluded to above, will be dealt with on an individual basis by the FWHSHA Discipline Committee.

C. QUESTIONS and CONCERNS of PARENTS.
Questions and concerns can be addressed in several ways. General questions should be directed to the coach, manager or Commissioner as described in other sections.
Specific questions regarding coaching technique or procedure can be directed to the Commissioner or Coaches. Questions regarding behavior and discipline may be directed to the Discipline Committee Chairperson and, as always, any question may be directed to a Board member.

GAME UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
Game jerseys are the property of FWHSHA and must be returned clean and in good condition at the end of the season. Failure to do so will result in an assessment. Teams may arrange for
sweatshirts and other off-ice apparel using the words (name of the team). In addition, teams may choose to purchase practice jerseys.

FWHSHA REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
Equipment requirements are set by USA Hockey and are strictly enforced. Helmets MUST be approved for play by USA Hockey. All forwards and defensemen at all levels must wear full facial protection and tethered, colored mouth guards. Goalies at all levels must wear a "cage" and helmet combination or an approved goalie helmet, plus a tethered, colored mouthpiece. Facial protection for all players must be commercially manufactured and approved for competition by USA Hockey.

PLAYER REQUIREMENTS
1. Selected players must be a member of a League Team while rostered on a Pre-Post team during the League Season.
2. Players and parents (or guardians) shall commit to play for the entire Pre-Post season.
3. Players must meet all academic requirements as provided in the FWHSHA bylaws.
FWHSHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
All disciplinary matters and any other matters not addressed in these Policies and Procedures shall be referred to the FWHSHA Board of Directors and shall be governed by the FWHSHA Bylaws or as determined by such Board at their discretion and all decisions of the FWHSHA are final.

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