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Constitution

Constitution & Rules

ARTICLE 1 NAME:
This organization shall be known as the Westman High School Hockey League (W.H.S.H.L.).

ARTICLE 2 MEMBERSHIP:
The Westman High School Hockey League shall be open to membership from any high school in the Westman Area provided their entrance is sanctioned by both the school administration and School Board. Membership may be acquired by the submission in writing of an application to the Executive prior to the Annual or subsequent meeting and a majority approval by League voting delegates. Information regarding membership will be communicated to school personnel only. All co-op school applications must be approved by MHSAA. No school can be added to the co-op without MHSAA approval.

ARTICLE 3 PHILOSOPHY:
The Westman High School Hockey League (WHSHL) provides student-athletes with an opportunity to benefit from a rewarding experience while maintaining a strong commitment to academic success and their school community. The WHSHL promotes an environment which focuses on good sportsmanship, teamwork and the development of life-long skills, while promoting healthy living and individual growth.

ARTICLE 4 LEAGUE EXECUTIVE:
The Westman High School Hockey League shall be governed by the League Executive duly nominated and elected at the Annual or subsequent meeting. Volunteers for any position may be accepted with the consent of the majority of the voting delegates.

The Executive shall consist of a President, Commissioner and Secretary-Treasurer.

ARTICLE 5 DUTIES OF THE LEAGUE EXECUTIVE;
PRESIDENT
The President shall preside at all League, Executive and Special meetings and perform the duties usual to the office of President.

The President should exercise the powers of the Executive in case of emergency, when it is impossible for him to obtain a vote of the Executive or the Appeals/Suspension Committee.

The President should sit on all Committees as an ex officio voting member.

The President can suspend a member school, teams, players or coaches subject to ratification at the next following meeting of the Executive.
The President will only vote in order to break a tie.
The President shall organize and preside over any appeals.
The President, if possible should not be directly affiliated with any member team.

COMMISSIONER
The Commissioner in the absence of the President or in the event of his inability to act, shall have and exercise all the powers of the President and shall at all times be an ex official voting member of all committees.

The Commissioner’s primary function will be to see that the Rules, Regulations, and Procedures of the W.H.S.H.L. are carried out in accordance with the Constitution.

The Commissioner will be responsible for scheduling, compiling results, playoffs, team registration and player registration.

The Commissioner is the first contact with regard to suspensions/appeals. He shall record and enforce any suspensions (in accordance with constitution and CAHA Rule Book).

The Commissioner shall notify the President and the Coach involved of any disciplinary actions taken against a particular player(s) or team.

The Commissioner will validate players under suspension by other Leagues or organizations.

SECRETARY-TREASURER
• The Secretary-Treasurer and/or President shall notify members of all meetings. The Secretary-Treasurer shall record proceedings at all League meetings.
• The Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare and distribute meeting minutes and all correspondence to teams on all League matters.
• The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep accurate records of the Westman High School Hockey League including a current list of all Executive officers and team contacts with addresses and phone numbers.
• The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain an accurate account of all monies and matters of a financial nature and to present a Financial Report at the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE 6 APPEALS/SUSPENSION COMMITTEE:
The Appeals/Suspension Committee shall consist of: The President -The Commissioner - One Administrator(The Administrator shall be appointed by the President.)

ARTICLE 7 APPEALS:
- All appeals regarding matters which are not specifically provided elsewhere in the Constitution such as: eligibility, registration, releases and/or transfer of players, etc., shall be made in writing and submitted to the President for review by the Appeals/Suspension Committee.
- All appeals regarding suspensions shall be made in writing to the Commissioner within forty-eight (48) hours of the incident under consideration. Under exceptional circumstances a verbal appeal may be allowed by the Commissioner.
- All expenditures relating to an appeal will become the sole responsibility of the appealing party.
- All appeals are assessed a thirty-five dollar ($35.) fee payable to the League. The League will refund the fee if the appeal is successful.
- Appeals can only be submitted by coaching staff, management or administration of member schools, i.e., parents, community organizations, community members, etc., must direct their concerns/problems to their school.

ARTICLE 8 SUSPENSIONS:
- All suspensions shall be served immediately and in consecutive League, playoff, tournament and exhibition games.Team Members under suspension will not be eligible for any games.
- All suspensions accumulate from one category to the next.
- All suspensions carry over into play-offs and provincials. Commissioners should be prepared to forward records to Provincial Convenor’s Committee. In order for any game to qualify for a suspension served, the games must have been scheduled (i.e. sanctioned in writing) prior to the time that the penalty was incurred.
- Suspensions carry over from one year to the next.
- In order for a suspension to be served a game has to be scheduled before the suspension happens.  Any carry over suspensions from year to year has to be served after the starting of the league with a scheduled game in that year. 
- A tournament shall remain as counting two (2) games toward the total number of games played but all games played in the tournament will count towards serving a suspension.  
Insert Suspension Chart here.

ARTICLE 9 VOTING:
Each member team in good standing shall be represented by a least one (1) delegate at all meetings.  If this delegate is a staff member from the school team they represent, they will be entitled to one (1) vote on any Westman high School Hockey League matter.

Any member of the Executive who is not the school’s voting delegate will be permitted one (1) vote on all Westman High School Hockey League matters with the exception of the President who will only vote to break a tie. The voting majority shall be a simple majority of the votes cast at the meeting.

More than one-half of all voting members will constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE 10 MEETINGS:
ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting of the Westman High School Hockey League will be held no later than the weekend closest to the first day of May of each year at a location and date to be decided upon by the President.

Amendments to the Constitution can only be made at the Annual or any Special Meeting of the organization, provided that thirty (30) days of notice of the special amendment has been given to the President and members of the organization.  Any changes/motions submitted inside the 30 days will require 2/3 majority approval to reach the floor for consideration.

REGULAR MEETINGS
All other meetings for the purpose of handling League business shall be at the call of the President. Members shall be informed at least one month prior to the scheduled meeting.

SPECIAL MEETINGS
At the request of the Executive, the President shall call a Special meeting. No subject shall be discussed or considered at any Special meeting except that specified in the notice.

ARTICLE 11 ELIGIBILITY
The Westman High School Hockey League will follow eligibility guidelines set by the MHSAA handbook and the current letter of agreement between MHSAA and Hockey Manitoba. In the event a team/school wishes to appeal a player’s eligibility to participate in the League, all communication, correspondence, and decisions shall be referred to MHSAA.

ARTICLE 12 ROSTER:

WHSHL SUSPENSION LENGTH
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Checking from Behind   - 2 3 Indefinite  
Major (5 Minutes)   1 3 indefinite    
Misconduct (10 Minutes)  
Starts at time penalty assessed  
- - 1 3 indefinite
Game Misconduct   1 3 indefinite    
Fight   3 indefinite Season    
Gross   3 indefinite Season + indefinite    
Match  
Spear, Buttend, or attempt to injure  
3 indefinite      
Spitting 5        
Any penality that was assessed in the last 10 minutes, adds 1 game
2 - 10 minutes misconducts in the same game is a game misconduct
4 minor penalties or 3 stick penalties - removal from the game (game ejection)
Any team that uses a suspended player will forfeit any team or player points accumulated in that game, the team is fined $50 and head coach maybe suspended until dealt with by the league.

a) All teams must adhere to roster guidelines and deadlines set out by MHSAA and Hockey Manitoba
b) Teams will be allowed to dress a maximum of seventeen (17) skaters two (2) goaltenders for each game.
A maximum of four (4) non-players will be allowed on the bench. A member of the school teaching staff (at least one member in the case of co-op schools) must be on the team bench at all times.

ARTICLE 13 RULES:
The Westman High School Hockey League will be governed by C.H.A. rules except for the following:

CLEARING THE PUCK OVER THE GLASS -  Team clearing the puck over the glass is not allowed to make a line change When the defending team clears the puck over the glass while in their own end-zone, they will not be allowed to make a change. Should the puck deflect off a player or the glass on its way out, a change is permitted. Exception: a) Should the goaltender clear the puck over the glass, they would still be assessed a minor penalty for delay of game.

The team in violation of icing the puck is not allowed to make any line changes before the following faceoff.

Team cannot change during a Timeout.

Team can change when a penalty has occurred.

Teams must agree on all of the officials (refs and linesmen) for Playoff AND Provincial Playoff Games.

FIGHTING:
To be defined as a Team Member(s) having thrown one punch or punches in an attempt to create a fight or means of retaliation. The referee must make a discretion call between a pushing incident and an actual fighting incident. If a fight does occur the referee should penalize the players in the following manner:

First Offense:
Both Team Members will receive five (5) minutes, game ejection and an additional three (3) games suspension. (Four (4) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes.)

A player who is identified by the referee as being the instigator of the fight shall be assessed an additional two (2) minute penalty.

Second Offense:
Any Team Member(s) involved in a second fight will receive five (5) minutes, game ejection, plus indefinite suspension from further League and play-off games until dealt with by the League’s Appeals/Suspension Committee.

An instigator receives an additional two (2) minute penalty.

Third Offense:
Season suspension plus indefinite suspension (which may carry over into future years).

MAJOR:
Team Member is removed from the game with the five (5) minute penalty served by any player.

First Offense
Team Member will automatically be suspended for the next regularly scheduled game - original game plus one (1). (Two (2) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes).

Second Offense
Team Member will automatically receive an additional three (3) games - original game plus three (3). (Four (4) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes.)

Third Offense
Team Member receives an indefinite suspension until dealt with by the League’s Appeals/Suspension Committee.

c) GAME MISCONDUCT:
Team Member is removed from the game.
First Offense
Team Member will automatically be suspended for the next regularly scheduled game - original game plus one (1). (Two (2) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes.)

Second Offense
Team Member will automatically receive an additional three (3) games - original game plus three (3). (Four (4) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes.)

Third Offense
Team Member receives an indefinite suspension until dealt with by the League’s Appeals/Suspension Committee.

d) CHECKING (HITTING) FROM BEHIND: For a minor penalty, the Team Member is removed for the remainder of the game.

First Offense
No suspension. If this penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of the game, the player is suspended for the next game as well.

Second Offense
Team Member is suspended for two (2) games (three (3) if penalty occurs in the last 10 minutes).

Third Offense
Team Member is suspended for three (3) games (four (4) if penalty occurs in the last 10 minutes).

Fourth Offense
Team Member receives an indefinite suspension.

e) MISCONDUCT: (Ten (10) minute misconduct.)
First and Second Offense
Team Member serves 10 minutes.

Team Member receiving a misconduct which cannot be served in its entirety in that game will automatically be suspended for the next regular scheduled game - original game plus one (1).

Third Offense
Becomes a game misconduct (one (1) additional game; two (2) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes).

Fourth Offense
Becomes a second game misconduct (three (3) additional games; four (4), if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes).

Fifth Offense
Team Member receives an indefinite suspension until dealt with by the League’s Appeals/Suspension Committee.

f) GROSS MISCONDUCT
A gross misconduct shall be penalized as follows:
First Offense
Team Member is assessed five (5) minutes, game ejection and automatic three (3) game suspension. (Four (4) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes.)

Second Offense
Indefinite suspension until dealt with by the League’s Appeals/Suspension Committee.

Third Offense
Season suspension plus indefinite suspension (which may carry over into future years).

g) MATCH: A match penalty is an infraction involving spearing, butt-ending or any attempt to injure.

First Offense:
Team Member is assessed five (5) minutes, game ejection and automatic three (3) game suspension. (Four (4) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes).

Second Offense:
Team Member receives an indefinite suspension until dealt with by the League’s Appeals/Suspension Committee.

Third Offense:
Season suspension plus indefinite suspension (which may carry over into future years).

NOTE: As of 1999-2000, spitting is a match penalty and also results in a five (5) game suspension.

Accumulation process for fighting, major, misconduct and match penalties shall carry over from League to exhibition, tournament and playoff games.

ACCUMULATING MINOR PENALTIES
Any player who receives four (4) minor penalties in one game shall be removed from the game (this is not a misconduct). Penalty time may be served by any player.

Any player who receives three (3) stick penalties in one game shall be removed from the game (this is not a misconduct). Penalty time may be served by any player.

An altercation (physical) involving a referee will be dealt with by the Hockey Manitoba Discipline Committee. The individual affected would be under indefinite suspension until situation is dealt with.

Any team that uses a suspended player will forfeit any team or player points accumulated in that game. The team will be fined $50 and the head coach may be suspended until dealt with by the league.

h)  Face-offs after a penalty...
When players are penalized at a stoppage of play so as to result in penalties being placed on the time clock to one team, the ensuing face-off shall be conducted at one of the two face-off spots in the offending team's end zone.  There are 3 exceptions to this application:

i)  when a penalty is assessed after the scoring of a goal - face-off at center ice

ii)  when a penalty is assessed at the end (or start) of a period - face-off at center ice

iii) when the team not being penalized ices the puck - face-off in the neutral zone outside the blueline of the team icing the puck.

ARTICLE 14 LEAGUE GAMES:
LENGTH OF GAMES:
The latest start times the League will allow are 8:00 p.m. when there is school the next day and 8:30 p.m. otherwise.  All games (Except within the city of Brandon) are 20 - 20 - 20 min. stop time periods with a flood after each period. Games in Brandon will be 15-15-20 stop time periods whereby the home team has the right to flood after the first period if they desire.  If there is insufficient ice time left to complete the games, the time keeper will notify the referee at approximately the five (5) minute mark and the clock set at the two (2) minute mark.

OVERTIME:
There will be Five (5) minute overtime period for any game ending in a tie in regulation time.
a. No Flood
b. 4 on 4
c. Teams receive one (1) point for the tie and an additional one (1) point for an overtime win
d. Penalties - Teams must have a minimum of 3 skaters (if a penalty occurs to reduce that number, the other team will add a player.(Ex. 5 on 3)
e. In the event a regular season game is still tied after the 5 minute overtime period, a 3 player (per team) shootout will be held. If still tied, a one for one shootout continues until a winner is produced. The Home Team will choose to go 1st or 2nd and each shooter will alternate from there. Shooters cannot be used more than once during the shootout. Winning team receives 2 points while the losing team still receives 1 point for the regulation tie.

NUMBER OF GAMES:
The school hockey team will play no more than a total of forty (40) games excluding pre season and playoffs. (This may be changed depending upon expansion.) Each tournament that a school hockey team enters shall count as a maximum of three (3) games. Except for tournaments, teams in the Westman High School Hockey League will be allowed to play any team they wish (for tournaments, refer to Article 17).

TIME-OUT:
A team may be granted one thirty (30) second time out at any time during the game or any subsequent overtime.

TEAM JERSEYS:
Starting in the 2008 - 2009 hockey season, teams will alternate the color of jersey they wear at home each season. For the 2008 - 2009 hockey Season, teams will wear their dark jersey's at home and their light jersey's on the road. In 2009 - 2010, the colors will reverse to light at home and dark on the road. The alteration continues each successive season.

RED LINE:
The red line will be removed to allow passing from your own goal line to the opposition’s blue line. The red line is only used for icings.

POSTPONEMENT:
The WHSHL will make every effort to avoid cancellations or game date changes for any reason other than inclement weather. However, unforeseen circumstances do arise and the opportunity to reschedule games will be afforded if both teams and the league commissioner are in agreement.  In case of games being postponed because of severe weather conditions or equipment failure, the home team shall notify the visiting team and and league commissioner within 3 school days of an alternate date and time.  The home team will contact the referees and media.

Any team requesting a game change, (for a reason other than inclement weather) will submit $150 to the opposing team.

TEAM WITHDRAWAL:
Teams will be fined their performance bond for each offense as well as referral to the Appeals/Suspension Committee for possible further disciplinary action.

WARM-UP:
The home team will supply sufficient pucks for the warm-up.

ARTICLE 15 PLAYOFF FORMAT:
Because the number of teams participating in the WHSHL varies from year to year, structure of the playoff format may be changed from year to year. Structure will be based on majority approval of league members.

In the event of a tie in the final standings, placement of the teams involved will be determined by using the following steps until a standing is established. (If two or more teams are involved in the tie breaker, once the highest place team is determined according to Article 15b, i-v; the remaining tied teams go back to Article 15b, i-v and start the process over again and continue until final positioning is determined.)

15b
i the number of wins in League play
ii. the best record between the teams involved
iii the highest plus differential between goals for and against involving the games the tied teams played against each other
iv the highest plus differential between goals for and against in League play
v at the discretion of the Commissioner

If overtime is required during the playoffs, the following shall apply:
4 on 4 until someone scores.  An immediate 10 min (no flood) will be played following the end of the 3rd period.  If after 10 min, the game remains tied, the ice will be re-surfaced and 20 min periods will be played until a winner is declared.  In the event that icetime has expired and arena management forces both teams to leave the ice prior to someone scoring, the game will be declared a tie and the series continues with the next scheduled game.  (a 4th game may be necessary with details to be approved by the Commissioner and/or President)

**** Throughout the entire playoffs, both teams must agree upon the on ice officials for each game.

ARTICLE 16 PLAYOFF DATES:
The Westman High School Hockey League final will be scheduled to permit the League winner to proceed to the Provincial Championship. Each play-off series will be scheduled in a one(1) week period Monday-Sunday by backing up from the MHSAA Provincial Championship date. The League will be responsible to schedule play-off game dates with each team having only one (1) contact/liaison.

ARTICLE 17 SCHEDULING:
i) Teams shall declare the ice times they have available at or preferably before the September meeting. Teams not having a minimum number of dates (25% more than games) by the date as agreed upon by the League, shall be fined fifty dollars ($50.).
ii) A minimum of twenty-five (25%) of the ice time dates declared must be on at least two (2) different days.
iii) Ice time dates and conflict dates will only be accepted on designated League forms.

b) i) A schedule shall be made available to each school at the September meeting or shortly thereafter.
ii) Any rescheduling must be made by the Commissioner in cooperation with the teams concerned.

The schedule shall be a minimum of twelve (12) games.

Beginning in the 1994-95 season, teams can only enter registered (MHSAA) high school hockey tournaments and invite registered high school teams to their tournaments. Tournaments must be registered/sanctioned with MHSAA. For teams traveling to tournaments in other provinces, the tournament must be approved and sanctioned by the Provincial High School Athletic Association. For U.S. tournaments, the tournament must be approved and sanctioned by the State High School Association.

ARTICLE 18 OFFICIALS:
The Westman High School Hockey League will use a three man system, with the four man system being encouraged by the league. They are responsible for completing the game sheets properly and writing up all penalties except minors (name and phone number of referee) and forwarding details to the Commissioner by fax. The officials will be kept advised of all Westman High School Hockey League revisions/deletions. The referee will meet with captains of respective teams prior to start of game to go over preliminaries. All hockey officials (referee and linesman) used in Westman High School Hockey League games will be registered Hockey Manitoba officials and the referee cannot be a parent of a player on either team.

ARTICLE 19 INSURANCE:
All member schools shall be responsible for informing their players and parents regarding the extent of High School responsibilities in this matter and insist that all players have adequate student insurance.

All teams must register as high schools with Hockey Manitoba.

ARTICLE 20 GAME SHEETS:
All game sheets of all games, be they league, playoff, tournament or exhibition, are to be turned into the Commissioner at the conclusion of any game played by member teams of the Westman High School Hockey League. This shall be the responsibility of the home team for league play, playoffs and WHSHL tournament hosts. Exhibition and games played outside the WHSHL, will be the responsibility of each WHSHL team. The home team is also responsible for faxing/calling in the game sheet to the media immediately following the game and to the commissioner with two days of the scheduled game.

ARTICLE 21 AWARDS:
The Westman High School Hockey League champion and finalist shall be awarded a permanent banner.

The Westman High School Hockey League playoff champion shall receive a traveling trophy. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise the playoff champion shall be the League’s representative in provincial High School play-offs.

ARTICLE 22 DUES:
A registration fee shall be set by the Executive each year at the September meeting to help cover operating expenses of the League. The registration fee set by the Executive at the September meeting shall reflect the cost of the champion and finalist banners. Each team will present prior to the completion of the September schedule, a cheque for fifty dollars ($50.) as a performance bond. Folding operations after the schedule has been made up or unacceptable accordance with the Westman High School Hockey League constitution will result in forfeiture of that team’s performance bond. Any member school in good standing will have the performance bond carried over for next years’ operation.

ARTICLE 23 CONSTITUTION VIOLATION:
Teams in violation of the limitation on number of games as set by the constitution shall be excluded from participation in the League playoffs.

Teams in violation of the W.H.S.H.L. rule whereby coaches must mutually agree on the referee for all play off games, will forfeit the game and will be fined two hundred and fifty dollars ($250).

Teams in violation of the following shall be assessed a fine of fifty dollars ($50.):

Failure to fax a game sheet to the Commissioner within 2 days of a game being played.

Failure to turn in team rosters to the Commissioner by November (15th).

Failure to register (in writing) with the Commissioner any games in advance of their being played.

Violation of any other article of the constitution.

ARTICLE 24 HONOURARIAMS:
President - $400
Secretary/Treasurer - $100
Commissioner - $1000
Website/Media Administrator - $1000