NEAHL 2018-19 Season Plan

Sep. 01, 2018

NEAHL 2018-19 SEASON PLANS (as communicated at AGM):

  • Per NEAHL Bylaws and Regulations, teams must be fully registered with NEAHL by October 1st
  • There will be NO pre-season scheduling meeting (at all divisions)
  • All pre-season games will be scheduled by Division Governors
  • Teams will be playing a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 9 pre-season games
  • Pre-season ice allocations must be provided to respective Division Governor by October 10th
  • For pre-season, all associations will need to provide 20% more home ice slots than teams they have registered in the division (this will provide Governors the required flexibility to schedule all pre-season games)
    • for example: number of home ice slots to be provided per pre-season weekend based on number of teams:
    • [1 team=2 ice slots; 2 teams=3 ice slots; 3 teams=4 ice slots; 4 teams=5 ice slots; 5 teams=6 ice slots; 6 teams=8 ice slots; 7 teams=9 ice slots; 8 teams=10 ice slots; 9 teams=11 ice slots; 10 teams=12 ice slots]
  • In pre-season we will be striving for parody, not geography.
    • Expect to play 2 games per weekend during pre-season, with short notice as to who and where you play.
    • Teams will know who and where they are playing weekly by Tuesday at NOON so they will be able to release their ice if not required.
    • Teams may be playing against teams from different tiers to determine where they best fit.
    • Regular season may take geography into account at Governor’s discretion (ie: using a North/South sub-division to help reduce travel- if number of teams in a tier allows this. We need a minimum of 10-12 teams in a tier for N/S to work effectively).
  • TOTAL number of games for pre-season and regular season will be around 20-24 games, based on number of teams/tier (playoff games are not included in this count).
  • Pre-season games will NOT count for Atom & Peewee
  • Pre-season games will count for Bantam & Midget (but only games for teams who remain in same tier after pre-season
  • Regular Season scheduling meeting will take place in Vermilion on Saturday, November 10th
  • Pre-season Timeline:
    • October 19-November 4th (3 full weekends)
    • Exhibition games can count towards pre-season analysis (need to be sanctioned by Hockey Alberta as usual)
    • Games can be scheduled on the Nov 10th weekend (but only with Governor input and approval of opponents)
  • Regular Season Timeline:
    • November 12-February 16 (Atom & Bantam)
    • November 12-February 23 (Peewee & Midget)
  • Playoff Season timeline:
    • February 18 to March 10  (Atom & Bantam)
    • February 25 to March 16 (Peewee & Midget)
  • TIERS: based on the total number of teams registered per Division (striving for approx. 8-10 teams per tier)
    • Atom & Peewee divisions will have 5 Tiers (Tier 1-5)
    • Bantam division will have 4 Tiers (Tier 2-5)
    • Midget division will have 3 Tiers (Tier 2-4)
  • **Teams will NOT be allowed to participate in Tournaments during the pre-season timeline (Oct 19-Nov 4) in order to best determine placement and proper tiering for Regular Season play in the league**
  • Associations are given some flexibility to place teams where they belong based on GRID according to skill level
    • If two teams are placed in the same tier based on the grid (or end up in the same tier), they MUST be split evenly
    • ie: for those with multiple teams, if a team is too strong and gets moved UP one tier, all affected teams will need to be reassessed by the said Association before regular season play
  • The accountability of making and placing teams properly is put upon Associations. Honesty and Integrity is required to make this season plan successful.
  • Associations will place their teams in the appropriate tiers according to the "NEAHL Tiering Grid" below (based on Alberta One Standardized Tiering Grid)




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