REGISTRATION for the Fall session of B , C and D League IS NOW OPEN.
The LAIHA board of directors met last night for our annual meeting to discuss the proposals & changes for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. Here is the “long” of our discussion and changes that have been implemented. I will send a league-wide email that will detail the majority of the meeting decisions.
B League will remain the same. We anticipate 4 teams. There are "some" players whose skill levels are "marginal" for B league, but in order to continue to have 4 teams, LAIHA will "allow" certain players to continue to play in B League. From a roster standpoint, LAIHA needs to have at least 14-15 "rostered" players on each team as player attendance at times dwindles toward the end of the season.
Goalies will no longer register to play for B,C, or D.
B league captains will "draft" first, any goalie they choose, then C captains will draft from the pool. The remaining goalies will either tandem or play D league. LAIHA will adjust as necessary.
C league will remain as is and will not split into C+.
LAIHA hopes to have at least 6 teams.
The Friday Night Hockey League/ over 40 will become D league. LAIHA hopes to have 4 teams.
C league is a recreational league & therefore will not "force" players to play up or down, however, there will be players who are restricted (yes,forced) from playing up or down... for example, LAIHA will not allow a high level B league player to join C.
In addition, some players who currently play in C will be restricted to play in D.
While I would not want to mention names, I'm going to give 2 examples for reference.
A player who has played for UK will not be allowed to play in C.
A player who who has been playing in C that definitely needs to play D will be restricted.
As Captains, many of you can think of a few examples.
In addition, LAIHA has compiled a list of players who we feel would benefit playing in B or C.
LAIHA will send emails to those players to encourage them to play in the league that best suits their skill level.
However, there are only a few players who will be restricted.
Because we no longer have FNHL/over 40, some of the over 40 players will no longer be allowed to play in the newly formed D league.
Sean Marshall is now the referee coordinator. He will be more “hands on” to bring our referees up to a higher level of officiating. We are actively recruiting new referees with incentives to officiate. Sean will also be evaluating each referee monthly to rate/critique and encourage our officials. This is not about calls that get missed, as this will happen, but more for keeping our referees in position to make calls as necessary and other referee mechanics. We hope to have a more professional approach from our referees.
Also, LAIHA will be paying our referees more money after their first year and working to retain our new referees with pay raises and other incentives. We will also ask for our referees to give LAIHA "our money's worth." We also expect our new referees to gain experience in D league so that they gain confidence to officiate at higher levels.
Rink 2 is supposed to open September 17 and is on schedule. The rink up to this point looks phenomenal. The dasher boards have been installed. Feel free to walk in the back to look for yourself.
LAIHA plans for
B league 4 teams
C league 6 teams
D league 4 teams
We hope to start the Fall Session on Sept 18th. The potential schedule will likely be as follows.
C League Sunday & Wednesday Nights 7:15 , 8:30 and 9:45
B League Monday Nights 8:30 and 9:45 & Thursday Nights 7:15 and 8:30
D League Tuesday Nights 8:30 and 9:45 & Friday Nights 7:15 and 8:30
D league team names will be
"CHIEFS" (from Slapshot)
"Thoroughblades " with a modified logo to pay tribute to great Lexington hockey from many years ago
"Mighty Ducks" a great movie & sequels
For all of you, I will be happy to TALK with you via old fashioned phone calls if you want more information and have questions as I know you will. 859-983-4339. If I don’t answer, please send me a text to call you back and I will.
Paul Adelfio, LAIHA
We look forward to a great season.
See you on the ice.
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--- ALL LAIHA PLAYERS MUST BE REGISTERED WITH USA HOCKEY. Our liability is covered through USA Hockey. Any player who plays without a USA Hockey number registration puts our league in a dangerous place from a legal standpoint. Any player who knowingly plays without registering with USA Hockey will be suspended for no less than 1 year. No exceptions.
---All Players MUST wear a numbered jersey. (Fall and Winter Session Referees will enforce this rule.
---Players who fail to make payment in full before the first game of the session will pay a one time $50 late payment fee.
---Players who owe LAIHA fees from previous seasons may not register or play until past fees are paid in full
---Goalies must be current on fees to recieve first priority
---B League Goalie team assignments will be drafted by the team Captains at the B League draft.
---C League Goalies will be drafted each year based on the prior year standings with the Championship Team recieving last pick regardless of regular season finish.
---House Rule Hybrid icing in effect:
The rule is essentially "delayed offsides" except players may not attack until the opposing team gains control. Players clear zone same as delayed offsides or referee blowes whistle for icing. Icing waved if a "breakaway" opportunity exists. Players may enter the zone when the opposing team gains control. If the goalie plays the puck, icing is waved ( No Change). It is the responsibility of the Team Captain to explain this rule to his team and it is the responsibility of referees to remind all teams of this rule as needed during play.
---Clock set to run at 22 min first period, then 18 min for 2nd and 3rd
---Last 2 minutes the clock will stop with a goal difference of 1 or a tie if the game is held in rink 1. The last 3 minutes the clock will stop with a goal difference of 1 or a tie if the game is held in rink 2.
---In the absence of a score keeper, either team may provide a clock operator to stop the clock in the last 2 minutes of a game during a tie or a one goal difference.
---A full time player who recieves 2 or more penalties in a game will be suspended after 5 multi-penality games in a 20 game session. If the Full time player accumulates 3 additional multi penalty games, that player will be suspended for the remainder of the session. ( 8 Multi penalty games total)
---A part time player who recieves 2 or more penalties in a game will be suspended after 3 multi-penality games in a 20 game session. If the Part time player accumulates 2 additional multi penalty games, that player will be suspended for the remainder of the session. ( 5 Multi penalty games total)
---2 fighting majors accumulated in 2 years from the first major will result in indefinte suspension. The suspension is automatically appealed to a hearing before a review board. The player must request a hearing for this appeal to an LAIHA League Officer
---A team may use a non rostered player when there are less than 8 players for a game. The team may use up to 1 non rostered players in that game.
---A team must have a minimum of 5 rostered players on the ice at the begining of the game or the game will result in a forfeit for that team.
---No Team may use a non rostered player in a game when they have a minimum of 8 skaters for a game
--- A non rostered player may NOT play in any game where a team has 8 or more skaters for a game without an LAIHA approval. ( The exception may be a guest player or a former player visiting ).