I. KAIHA affiliated teams will operate under the playing rules of Mid-Am USA Hockey.
II. All teams will play out of Iceland Sports Complex. An occasional use of a different venue is permissible due to cancelled or unavailable ice.
III. Teams uniform colors are Maroon, Black, and White. All teams are encouraged to wear white helmets, black gloves, and black pants.
IV. Practice Players: KAIHA encourages travel teams to invite players that did not make the travel team as practice players. The number of players and skill level should be considered to insure that the team can have a productive practice.
Players that play in other associations when a reasonable KAIHA option exists are not permitted to practice with any KAIHA teams unless they get an exception through the Board.
A reasonable option may be considered within one level of play, i.e.: AA to A is reasonable, AAA to A may be an exception.
V. Players Playing in Higher Age Level: All players are required to play in their age level unless they get an exception from the Board. The Board should consider the following factors:
*Does the player moving up jeopardize the number of players needed to compete at the appropriate age level.
*Is the player moving up going to contribute in the games or just be a limited bench player.
*Are there any concerns from a physical, emotional, or social perspective (typically applies to U12 and under).
VI. Absenteeism Policy: Players are required to attend all practices and games. Excused absences related family event (religion...etc.), activity related to school grade and health are permitted.
Each team can make the final decision for handling unexcused absences. It is recommended that teams are more lenient in the preseason since KAIHA supports multiple sport athletes and that this policy is clearly communicated at the beginning of the season and that the team is consistent on how they handle this policy for all their players.
VII. Certification: All coaches on the ice and bench will be certified by USA Hockey, in good standing and meeting all age specific requirements. In addition, team managers are required to register with USA Hockey, complete Safesport modules and complete a background check.
All players are required to be registered with USA Hockey.
VIII. Behavior: All KAIHA members will follow the rules and regulations at all facilities while representing KAIHA.
IX. Jersey numbers: Current players in the association can keep their number throughout their youth hockey experience. All players that have not played in the previous LIC travel season, must select a number that is not duplicate with players above and below their birth year If a player takes a season off or wants to change their number, they must select a number that is not duplicate with players above and below their birth year. If 2 players want the same number that is available, the first tiebreaker will be the numbers of years as a KAIHA member.
The second tiebreaker will go to the oldest player.
Other special circumstances can be reviewed with the KAIHA board for a decision.
X. KAIHA Corporate Account: The minimum balance in the account will by approximately $3,000 or an adequate amount to cover one year of KAIHA expenses (website, certifications) Maximum balance is $2,000 over minimum to be used for purchases that benefit the organization. Purchases over the maximum can occur with board approval. Otherwise, balances over the maximum will be evenly divided and allocated to each LIC travel team.
XI. Locker Room Policy: In addition to the development of our hockey players and enjoyment of the sport of hockey, the safety and protection of our participants is central to KAIHA's goals.
KAIHA adheres to USA Hockey's SafeSport Program as a means to help protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse, and other types of misconduct, including emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment, and hazing. To help prevent abuse or misconduct from occurring in our locker rooms, KAIHA has adopted the following locker room policy. This policy is designed to maintained personal privacy as well as to reduce the risk of misconduct in locker rooms.
At Iceland Arena there are 10 locker rooms available for our program's use. Rooms A, B, C, D have been shared restroom and shower facilities with one adjoining locker room. The remaining locker rooms do not have restrooms or showers. Some teams in our program may also occasionally or regularly travel to play games at other arenas, and those locker rooms, rest rooms and shower facilities will vary from location to location. KAIHA team organizers will attempt to provide information on the locker room facilitates in advance of games away from our home arena. At arenas for which you are unfamiliar, parents should plan to have extra time and some flexibility in making arrangements for their child to dress, undress and shower if desired.
Locker Room Monitoring
KAIHA has predictable and limited use of locker rooms and changing areas (e.g., generally 60 minutes before and following practices and games). This allows for direct and regular monitoring of locker room areas. While constant monitoring inside of locker rooms and changing areas might be the most effective way to prevent problems, we understand that this would likely make some players uncomfortable and may even place our staff at risk for unwarranted suspicion. If the coaches are not inside the locker rooms, either a coach or voluntary locker room monitors (each of which has been screened) will be posted directly outside of the locker rooms and changing areas during periods of use, and leave the doors open only when adequate privacy is still possible, so that only participants (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room.
Parents in Locker Rooms:
Except for players at the younger age groups (Mites, Squirts, Peewee), we discourage parents from entering locker rooms unless it is truly necessary. If a player needs assistance with his or her uniform or gear, if the player is or may be injured, or a player's disability warrants assistance, then we ask that parents let the coach know beforehand that he or she will be helping the player. Naturally, with our youngest age groups it is necessary for parents to assist the players getting dressed. We encourage parents to teach their players as young as possible how to get dressed so that players will learn as early as possible how to get dressed independently. In circumstances where parents are permitted in the locker room, coaches are permitted to ask that the parents leave for a short time before the game and for a short time after the game so that the coaches may address the players. As the players get older, the coach may in his or her discretion prohibit parents from a locker room.
Mixed Gender Teams:
Some of our teams consit of both male and female players. It is important that the privacy rights of all of our players are given consideration and appropriate arrangements made. Where possible, KAIHA will have the male and female players dress/undress in separate locker rooms and then convene in a single locker room before the game or team meeting. Once the game or practice is finished, the players may come to one locker room for a team meeting and then the male and female players proceed to their separate locker rooms to undress and shower, if available. If separate locker rooms are not available, then the players will take turns using the locker room to change. We understand that these arrangements may require that players arrive earlier or leave later to dress, but believe that this is the most reasonable way to accommodate and respect all of our players.
Cell Phones and Other Mobile Recording Devices:
Cell phones and other mobile devices with recording capabilities, including voice recording, still cameras and video cameras, are not permitted to be used in the locker rooms. If phones or other mobile devices must be used, they should be taken outside of the locker room. It is permissible for the team manager to collect cell phones although the preference would be for the player to leave the phone at home or with their parent. Exception, cell phones may be used for playing music only in the locker rooms.
Locker Room Maintenance:
The locker rooms should be left in the same condition as when the players arrive. All tape and trash must be picked up prior to leaving the room. The team/player may be held financially responsible for any destruction of locker room/restroom/shower property. In addition, usage of practice balls and pucks in the locker room or lobby area is strictly prohibited.
Prohibited Conduct and Reporting:
KAIHA prohibits all types of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment, and hazing, all as described in the USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook. Participants, employees or volunteers in KAIHA may be subject to disciplinary action for violation of these locker room policies or for engaging in any misconduct or abuse or that violates the USA Hockey SafeSport Policies. Reports of any acutal or suspected violations, you may email USA Hockey at SafeSport@usahockey.org or may call 1-800‐888‐4656.
XII. Uniform and Spirit Wear Guidelines:
These guidelines are intended to be flexible as well as maintaining consistently with our brand.
• A Uniform and Spirit Wear committee should be formed and approved by the KAIHA board on annual basis• The committee should facilitate all matters in this area (addressing slow moving items, adding new items and finding alternative suppliers if appropriate… etc)• Travel team uniforms (jerseys and socks) must use the same designs which are designed with colors Maroon, Black, and White• Travel team uniforms must be supplied from the supplier selected by the committee• All travel teams are to wear white helmets, black gloves, and black pants• Travel player warmup jackets and pants must be consistent for all teams • The approved design (including color and size) of the Louisville Ice Cardinal logo must be used when using a logo on uniforms or spirit wear• House select teams can use other jersey designs but must use the approved Louisville Ice Cardinal logo• All spirit wear must be sold through the same website that the committee approves• Additions to spirit wear must be approved by the committee and the KAIHA board
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