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Mission Statement:

It is the mission of KAIHA to promote and foster a positive youth hockey experience for players, families and members of our association that can be applied in all aspects of life.

Our Philosophy:

The Kentucky Amateur Ice Hockey Associations (KAIHA) goal is to introduce the youth of our area communities to the great game of ice hockey, such that every child, through their participation in the program, can enjoy a positive, character building sports experience while creating a passion for the game.

Emphasis will always be placed upon education, personal development, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The individual conduct of board members, coaches, players, and parents will be maintained to ensure a positive culture in which all can honor the sport, and exemplify an organization in which to be proud of.

KAIHA will not discriminate against any person or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or sexual preference.


Article 1- Organization and Membership

Section 1:  Name

The name of this association shall be Kentucky Amateur Ice Hockey Association (KAIHA).  The association teams will play as the Louisville Ice Cardinals.


Section 2:  Address


     308 Fall Harvest Court 

     Louisville, KY 40223


Section 3:  Non Profit Status

This association shall be a non-profit Association and/or Corporation

  1. This Association is organized and shall be operated exclusively as an exempt organization under provisions of section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service code of 1954, as amended and as may be amended in the future.
  2. This Association shall have no capital stock and shall not be conducted for pecuniary profit.
  3. If for any reason this Association is dissolved, all monies of this Association after all outstanding bills are paid, will be equally distributed to the active “General Membership” and all equipment donated to another non-profit Hockey Association.
  4. While the organization will participate in fundraising activities, no part of the organization's earnings shall inure to the benefit of any individual.


Section 4:  Area Represented

The area represented by KAIHA will include but not be limited to the greater Louisville area including Southern Indiana.


Section 5:  Insurance

KAIHA will at all times maintain General Liability Insurance coverage as well as, Directors and Officers Liability Insurance through USA Hockey.  KAIHA shall be informed of the limits of the policy, and of any changes to those limits which may be made by USA Hockey at its sole prerogative.  KAIHA retains the right to obtain whatever additional insurance coverage’s it may desire, at its own expense. (Section pending USA Hockey affiliation approval).


Section 6 - General Member

An active member of this organization is (1) a participant in good standing, and/or (2) a parent, step parent, guardian, or other person who pays the required fees of any child participating in the youth hockey programs operated by KAIHA. In addition an active member shall also include all officers, division representatives, head coaches, managers, assistant coaches and appointed officials. This group shall be known in total as the “General Membership”.


Article II:  Board of Directors

Section 1:  Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the KAIHA Board shall include but not be limited to the development, review and approval or denial, by majority vote, of all business initiatives, practices, conduct, policies and affairs of KAIHA as well as fill any vacancies which may occur. Existing board members are responsible for making nominations for open board positions. Nominee’s for vacant Board positions must be approved by a two-thirds majority of board members.


Section 2:  Meetings

Regular board meetings will be held quarterly at a minimum.  Special meetings may be called by the President or at the request of the majority of the board members. These meetings are typically closed. Below is the typical order of business:

  1. Roll call
  2. Open items from previous meeting
  3. Committee reports
  4. Old business
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. New business
  7. Adjournment
  8. Board members may phone conference in to a meeting if unable to attend.  Two missed board meetings in a calendar year without calling in may result in expulsion from the board.


Section 3:  Quorum

A majority of current sitting board members must be present to constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting.  A quorum is necessary for the conduct of business.


Section 4:  Limited Liability

No board member shall be liable in any manner for any debts or obligations of the Association and shall not be subject to any manner of assessment by virtue of his/her membership.


Section 5:  Resignation

Any member of the Board may resign and/or withdraw from membership in the Association at any time, upon written notice of his/her desire to do so, delivered to the President or Secretary of the Association.


Section 6:  Board Positions

The KAIHA Board will consist of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and General Directors.  The Board will have representation from Coaches, Parents and Iceland Sports Complex.


Section 7:  Compensation

The KAIHA Board of Directors shall not receive any monetary compensation for their services as board members but may receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred on behalf of the association.


Article III: Officers and Duties

Section 1:  The President (who must be a member of the Board) shall:

     A.  Be named as KAIHA President in all governmental filings.

     B.  Preside as chairperson at all meetings of KAIHA.

     C.  Recommend to the Board officers for election.

     D.   Appoint individuals to committees and positions as he/she shall see fit for the benefit of KAIHA not otherwise accommodated in the By-Laws.    

     E.  Appoint a representative to each organization of which KAIHA is a member.

     F.  Be an ex-officio member of all committees.

     G.  Authorize all disbursements by the Treasurer.


Section 2:   The Vice-President (who must be a member of the Board) shall:

     A.   Assume the duties of the President in his/her absence.

     B.   Assist the President whenever necessary.

     C.   Assist in conflict resolution between parent(s) and coach(es), or player(s) and coach(es).

     D.   Act as liaison between Board of Directors and KAIHA parents in presenting issues that need to be addressed by Board of Directors.


Section 3:  The Secretary (who must be a member of the Board) shall:

     A.  Be named as KAIHA Clerk in all governmental filings.

     B.  Record notes from the discussions at all meetings of KAIHA and its Board of Directors.

     C.  Notify all members of upcoming meetings.

     D.  Maintain files of correspondence to and from KAIHA.


Section 4:  The Treasurer (who must be a member of the Board) shall:

     A.  Be named as KAIHA Treasurer in all governmental filings.

     B.  Be responsible for depositing all funds of KAIHA in accredited banking institutions.

     C.  Make funds available for payment of bills and other obligations of KAIHA.

     D.  Keep true and accurate accounts.

     E.  Make financial reports to KAIHA at regular meetings or as requested by the Board of Directors.

     F.  Obtain disbursement approval from the President.


Article IV:  Amendments

Amendments to the by-laws shall be presented in writing to the Board of Directors at one meeting and discussed and voting on at the next subsequent meeting of the Board of Directors.  A two-thirds majority vote of the Board will pass the amendment.  The amended by-laws when approved by the Board shall supersede any or all previous by-laws of KAIHA.  Copies of the current by-laws shall be posted on the association website and made available to the general membership.