Constitution Amended 2022
Southwest Saskatchewan Hockey League
Constitution May 1, 2011
Amended 2012, Amended 2014-2016, Amended 2017, Amended 2020
Amended September 2022
This organization shall be known as the “Southwest Saskatchewan Hockey League", hereinafter referred to as SSHL or League. This league shall include teams of the U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U18 Divisions as defined by Hockey Saskatchewan.
The objective of the SSHL shall be to control, improve and foster amateur hockey in the area, within the framework of HOCKEY SASKATCHEWAN, hereinafter referred to as Hockey Sask.
- Member is defined as a Hockey Association that has been accepted to the SSHL. This will be understood throughout the document.
- The league as is presently stands shall consist of Shaunavon, Maple Creek, Gull Lake, Cabri, Frontier, Swift Current, Herbert, Gravelbourg, Glentworth, Ponteix, Kincaid, Assiniboia, Eastend, Central Butte, Coronach and Lafleche.
Hockey Associations willing to comply with and abide by the rules and regulations of the league may, upon payment of a $50 membership fee, make an application to join the League. Such applications are to be voted on and the team accepted by a majority vote of the members in good standing at the Fall Meeting.
- Leave of absence may be granted when applied for by any member.
- No Tiered or Leveled teams are allowed to play in the SSHL, except a 15 year old team playing out of any centre of the SSHL, but cannot be an “AP” to any SSHL team in the U18 league. If your center only has one (1) team registered at that level you can register a ghost team for the purposes of “AP” only.
- Executive Committee:
The Executive Committee of the League shall consist of the Past President, President, Two (2) Vice-Presidents, Five (5) Commissioners, Secretary and Treasurer. Any majority of the aforementioned shall constitute a Quorum. Each Commissioner shall be reimbursed $250 per season. The President will be paid $250, Vice President $200, the Secretary and the Treasurer shall each be reimbursed $250 per season as well as all expenses incurred during their duties as Secretary and Treasurer. Mileage for all is set at Hockey Sask’s present rate. Each reimbursement shall be paid half at midseason and the other half at the end of the season.
- Swift Current shall have one person in the Past, Present or Vice President position, as well rotate into all other positions.
- Secretary shall be from the same Community as the President.
- Treasurer shall be appointed by the Executive Committee and will be reviewed on an annual basis.
- The President, Vice President, Past President, Secretary and Commissioners shall be two-year terms; with the Past President, President, Vice President and Secretary having alternating terms with the Commissioners.
- After new members have completed their probation they can be added at the AGM.
- Positions of the Executive are determined by rotation as outlined in the SSHL Rules and Regulations.
4.1 Website Personnel:
The Website Personnel position will be a hired position with an honorarium of $30 per team per season to be paid annually.
The Treasurer will ensure that an independent review will be completed annually on all SSHL accounts and finances. This review will be presented at the AGM and approved.
- Annual Meeting:
The Annual Meeting shall be held in March or April of each year at a place and time to be designated by the President, of which each center shall have at least 14 days notice.
- All Meetings will be held in a central location to be determined at the Annual Meeting.
- Only members in the League in good standing will be allowed voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.
- One vote per league member up to a maximum of six (6), based on the number of teams played in the League the previous year as of January 10th in U11, U13, U15 and U18. For example, Shaunavon had one U11, U13, U15 and U18 team last year. One person representing Shaunavon will vote with 4 votes.
- Set the amount of fine to be assessed for different infractions.
- Set the annual associate fee for each team.
- Any new Associate Members admitted into the SSHL will be on a 2-year probation period, subject to review at the end of each season.
- The performance Bond required by the SSHL will be $200 per Age Division per Association Member.
- Duties and Powers of Executive:
- To conduct the business of the League in its entirety between annual meetings, and to have complete control of hockey activities within its membership.
- To re-admit or re-instate any club, coach, manager, player or referee under suspension, upon application from such suspended person or club.
- To act as sole custodian of all League trophies and to designate where such trophies shall be stored and maintained. Accept or refuse any new trophies or purchase any new trophies for hockey competition if deemed advisable.
- To produce and make available a copy of the Constitution and rules and regulations to each club.
- To deal with and rule on all protests
- To impose any disciplinary action deemed necessary for any club, coach, manager or player committing infractions of Hockey Sask bylaws and regulations set forth by the Southwest Saskatchewan Hockey League
- In the absence of the President, or at his request, the Vice President shall have full powers of the President in every respect.
- The President shall have the right to represent any or all of the Executive Committee on any occasion and will be responsible to the Executive for same.
- To give a full report to Hockey Sask secretary regarding any suspensions of hockey clubs, managers, coaches, players or any other team officials.
- Duties, Powers and Qualifications of the League Commissioners:
- There shall be five (5) commissioners, one for each division, U11, U13, U15, U18 and female.
- A commissioner shall be neutral and not connected with any club member in any way.
- He/she shall be interested in and have good knowledge of hockey.
- He/she shall act in any advisory capacity to the League and assist on rulings on matters such as protests, fines, suspensions, etc.
- All suspensions to be handed out will follow Hockey Sask guidelines.
- To deal with business of a minor nature; which does not require the decision of the Executive Committee between meetings of the committee.
- To assess fines, suspend or expel any club, coach, manager, player or referee refusing to accept and obey league play.
- Commissioners will be paid mileage from the league for the first visitation. If a team requests the commission to attend a game, the commissioner will consult with the executive and it will be decided if he goes. Any request after the first will be the obligation of the requesting team to pay mileage for any further visitations if deemed necessary.
- Attend all League meetings and facilitate Fall Scheduling Meeting and give a year-end report.
- Duties of the Secretary
- To record all minutes of the meetings, attend to all correspondence.
- To send notices to League representatives of all meetings when directed by the President.
- To send notices to team delegates of the League meetings when directed by the League President.
- To submit a copy of the approved amendments of the League Constitution to Hockey Sask Secretary for their confirmation.
- Provide the Website with all current League information
8.1 Duties of the Treasurer:
- To record all receipts and payments, deposit all monies received in a bank of the Leagues choice, pay all accounts of the League as directed by the Executive Committee and prepare a statement for receipts and payments for information at each meeting. The Treasurer is to attend the AGM and Fall Meetings as well as any other Executive meetings.
- To ensure an independent review is completed annually on all SSHL accounts/finances.
- Duties of the Two Vice Presidents:
- Each Vice President shall be responsible for Two Divisions, to be decided by the President.
- They will be Referee-in-Chief for their Divisions.
- When issues or events are in Vice Presidents’ home community, it will be referred to the President.
- Attend all League Meetings and facilitate Fall Scheduling Meetings.
- The League President and Vice Presidents shall be the only authority to decide if a protest will be entertained.
- Protests on points of rule only, as set in the League Constitution and in the Hockey Sask rules and regulations shall be heard.
- Protests and all supporting evidence thereof must be in duplication and signed by the President and Secretary of the protesting club. The protest must be postmarked within 24 hours of the game in question and forwarded to the League President along with a protest fee of $50, which is refundable if the protesting team wins. A copy of the protest must also be forwarded to the Secretary of the team involved in the protested game at the same time the protest is sent to the League President. The sum deposited is sent to the League President. The sum deposited with the protest shall be forfeited to the League should the protest be denied.
- In the event that the League President accepts the protest and receives all required information as set out in Section 8(c), the President shall rule on the protest as soon as possible.
- Associate Members:
- The SSHL shall have the right to approve associate memberships. Such memberships shall be $50, acquired by application in writing accompanied with an associate membership fee to the Executive Committee through the Secretary. Membership shall take effect upon the election of the applicant by a majority vote of the League Members at its Fall Meeting. Associate member is a hockey team that is a member in good standing in the SSHL. This will be understood throughout the document.
- The Annual Associate Membership fee shall be as set by the League at its Annual Meeting and paid to the Treasurer before such member can participate in the League.
- Representatives of associate members are entitled to attend and take part in the Annual Meeting and other meetings of the SSHL, but not eligible to vote until completion of probation being 2 years.
- Associate members shall take what steps they deem necessary for the registration and administration of personnel in teams, leagues and groups, which are strictly within their own organizations, and shall report such registration to the SHA annually.
- For each Associate Member, and Annual Team membership fee is payable as set by the League at its annual meeting. Privileges are automatically lost on default of payment or any monies due to the league. Fees are payable to the Treasurer prior to scheduling.
- Any teams not attending a meeting will be fined $200. This must be paid before the next meeting. If this fine is not paid or the town does not attend the second meeting the $200 bond will be absorbed and the town membership be abolished
- Official Scorekeepers and Timekeeper:
- It shall be the duty of the home team management to appoint and assign an official scorekeeper, timekeeper, penalty timekeeper, who once named are League officials and are responsible to the League President. They must conduct themselves as such and carry out their respective duties according to the rules.
- It shall be the duty of the official scorer to obtain names of players on the provided score sheet before the start of the games, record all goals, assists, and penalties and hand same to the referee for verification at the completion of the game.
- All Over-age players must be noted on all score sheets by an OA notation. Failure to make notation will result in a $25.00 fine to the offending team and must be paid to the Treasurer before their next game.
- Only referees registered with Hockey Sask’s Referee Division shall be allowed to referee hockey games in the League.
- Once a referee and linesmen are named, they are League officials and are responsible to the Division Commissioner. They must conduct themselves as such and are expected to use Hockey Sask standards for any suspensions.
- It shall be the duty of the referee and linesmen to sign the score sheet after the game is completed and if the referee has any remarks relative to the game, this must be written on the score sheet, signed and forwarded to the League Commissioner no later than noon the next day.
- If there are any penalties such as match penalties or any disturbances that may call for immediate action by the President, the referee must phone and report it to the President no later than noon the next day. When the President receives a report from officials of serious misdemeanor such as stick swinging, deliberate attempt to injure or other gross misconduct, he shall reach a decision regarding disciplinary action as soon as possible.
- Teams may make a request to the Division Commissioner to have assigned referees for a game or a playoff series, however this must be done 48 hours before the start of the game or play-off series. In play-off games in the U18 Division it will be mandatory that the assigned referee shall be appointed by the League.
1) League Play: The referee's game fee and travel costs are to be paid by the team that requested the assigned referee.
2) Play-off games: Travel costs are to be paid by the requesting team.
3) When a team makes a request to the League Division Commissioner to assign officials, the Division Commissioner shall, at that time, make the request known to the other team.
- Designate a liaison in each community for referees from each minor hockey association. Complaints are to be forwarded to the executive from the liaison and suspensions will be issued to the league if warranted.
- Amendments to the Constitution:
THE CONSTITUTION SHALL BE AMENDED ONLY AT THE ANNUAL MEETING AND THE INTENDED AMENDMENT MUST BE GIVEN IN WRITING TO THE LEAGUE SECRETARY AND CAN BE ADOPTED ONLY BY A 2/3 MAJORITY VOTE OF THE VOTING DELEGATES PRESENT.