Constitution

 

C.H.A. CONSTITUTION

This constitution governs and controls all aspects of the Continental Hockey Association (C.H.A.) and its franchises and members. All new amendments to this document that have been adopted by the League will be highlighted in RED.

 

 

Table of Contents

  1. THE LEAGUE: 4
  2. GENERAL INFORMATION: 4
  3. LEAGUE CONSTITUTION: 4
  4. LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP: 4
  5. AMENDMENTS: 4

III. OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER: 4

  1. COMMISSIONER: 4
  2. DUTIES: 4
  3. TERM OF OFFICE: 4
  4. REMOVAL OF COMMISSIONER: 4
  5. VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER: 4
  6. BOARD of DIRECTORS & DIVISIONAL VICE COMMISSIONERS: 4
  7. BOARD of DIRECTORS: 4
  8. DIVISIONAL VICE COMMISSIONERS: 4
  9. ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS: 4
  10. DUES: 4
  11. REGULAR SEASON GAMES and REPORTING: 4
  12. PLAYOFF GAME REPORTING: 4
  13. STATISTICS: 4
  14. FAILURE TO COMPLETE REGULAR SEASON GAMES ON TIME: 4
  15. ROSTERS: 4
  16. TYPES: 4
  17. QUALIFIERS: 4
  18. RESERVE QUALIFIER: 4
  19. NON-QUALIFIERS: 4
  20. ROSTER PROCEDURES: 4

VII. THE FREE AGENT/AMATEUR DRAFT: 4

  1. DATE and LOCATION: 4
  2. DRAFT PROCEDURES: 4
  3. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY: 4

VIII. TRADES: 4

  1. PROCEDURES: 4
  2. REPORTING METHOD: 4
  3. TRADING PERIODS: 4
  4. TRADE FREEZES: 4
  5. TRADING OF DRAFT PICKS: 4
  6. FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS: 4
  7. FORMATS: 4
  8. LEAGUE FORMAT: 4
  9. SEASON FORMAT: 4
  10. TIEBREAKERS: 4
  11. ESTABLISHING LINE UPS AND SCHEDULES FOR LEAGUE PLAY: 4
  12. PRE-SEASON PREPARATIONS: 4
  13. PLAYER SHIFT ALLOWANCES and OTHER REQUIREMENTS: 4
  14. GAME REQUIREMENTS: 4
  15. PENALTIES FOR PLAYER OVERUSE: (This standard was adopted and used starting with the 2010/11 season) 4

XII. PLAYOFF PLAYER USE GUIDELINES: 4

  1. PLAYER AVAILABILITY: 4

XIII. RULES OF PLAY: 4

  1. GAME RULES: 4
  2. HOME TEAM: 4
  3. OVERTIME: 4
  4. MISCELLANEOUS: 4
  5. CHECKING GAME: 4
  6. PRESSURE OFFENSE: 4

XIV. C.H.A. PLAYOFFS: 4

  1. QUALIFYING FOR THE PLAYOFFS: 4
  2. LINE UPS and STRAT FILES: 4
  3. 7th GAMES, IN ALL SERIES: 4
  4. LEAGUE AWARDS: 4
  5. AWARDS COMMITTEE: 4
  6. AWARD TYPES: 4

 

I. THE LEAGUE:

 A. GENERAL INFORMATION:

  1. The league and its member-franchises shall be known as the CONTINENTAL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION (C.H.A.).
  2. The league was founded in 1971 by Harry Conover and Robert Frost.
  3. The league has adopted FACE-OFF HOCKEY as the official game of the C.H.A.
  4. The current C.H.A. is comprised of 20 member-franchises.
  5. The league shall compete for the CONOVER CUP, which is presented to the C.H.A. playoff champion
  6. September 1st shall be the official starting date of each CHA YEAR. All league actions take effect on this date, unless otherwise modified herein.

II. LEAGUE CONSTITUTION:

A. LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP:

  1. For purposes of this section a “member” is defined as the person or persons who take a regular active role in the ownership duties of one of the C.H.A. franchises. Thus if two persons are involved in a regular fashion in the ownership of a single league franchise, both persons are considered C.H.A. members. However, with regard to proposed amendments and modifications of this constitution each franchise shall have but one (1) vote, irrespective of the number of members per franchise.
  2. All members of the C.H.A. are expected to participate fully in all league functions, including the following:
    1. pay league dues as required by the Commissioner in a timely fashion;
    2. purchase current edition of FACE-OFF HOCKEY game and/or player disk;
    3. prepare both qualifying (Q) and non-qualifying (NQ) rosters of players;
    4. vote on league proposals;
    5. prepare for and participate in league drafts;
    6. prepare game strategies (“strat files”) both home and away during the season;
    7. play the required games on the official game engine
    8. answer all communications from the league or any other participating member team.
    9. while communications among members is always encouraged, some common courtesies should be observed. Time of day should be realized when placing telephone calls to league members. No telephone calls should be made after 10:00 p.m. The controlling time zone is that of the member to whom the call is placed;
    10. e-mail is an acceptable means of communication. Please be courteous when sending e-mails to league members or the league as a whole. Refrain from using profane or abusive language at all times. If a member has a complaint with another league member, communicate directly with the other member and not to the league, in general. E-mail “flaming” will be cause for dismissal from the league;
    11. follow all league rules and regulations as set forth by the league Constitution or as directed by the league Commissioner or his designated representative(s);
    12. accept all sanctions as applied by the league Commissioner or the league board of directors.
  3. League members, in good standing, may request that another League member play their home games for them ONLY in cases of extreme emergencies.
  4. Absentee ownership of teams will not be permitted within the C.H.A.

 B. AMENDMENTS:

  1. All proposals must be submitted by August 1st of each year. A 30 day discussion period will be held. During this 30 day period previously submitted proposals may be withdrawn or rewritten and resubmitted. Additional NEW proposals (other than those previously submitted by the 8/1 date) may be submitted ONLY IF they are supported by a minimum of 6 franchises. This is to allow the opportunity to make adjustments to other areas that may be affected by any previously submitted proposal. The deadline for all proposals is August 30th. Voting by the entire league membership will commence within 7 days or at a time frame agreed upon by the Commissioner. All proposal passed by league membership will become effective immediately the same year, before the start of the new season, or at a date specified within the proposal.
  2. All proposals received, will be published by the Commissioner in a “CHA Update” distributed prior to that year’s Free Agent/Amateur Draft and on the league web site, if available.
  3. A proposal must receive 60% or more of the votes cast by league members voting, in order to be adopted.
  4. This is typically the only way in which proposals may be made and the only time when proposals will be voted upon, except that at request of a member submitting any proposal, a petition can be made to the league members which requests a special vote to enable a proposal to be voted upon immediately rather than wait until the day of the CHA draft. This petition for a special vote to waive the timing rule in Section II. B. requires a 2/3 (66.6%) majority to be successful.

 

III. OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER:

A. COMMISSIONER:

  1. The position of league Commissioner shall be filled by a member of the league by election of the membership as explained elsewhere in these provisions.
  2. If more than one member expresses the desire to assume the role of Commissioner, then the selection of a Commissioner shall be by simple majority vote of the league membership.

B. DUTIES:

  1. The Commissioner shall be empowered to and shall oversee and direct all league functions, procedures and matters (except as delegated to a league member or members) and resolve all league-related problems, disputes or questions in a manner not otherwise inconsistent with other provisions of this Constitution.
  2. The Commissioner shall have the responsibility to provide the membership with a “CHA Update” on the average of twice a month during the months of October to April, inclusive, and on the average of once a month during the months of May to September, inclusive.
  3. The Commissioner possesses the final decision-making power concerning interpreting and applying any portion of this Constitution, except those that would affect his continued tenure in the position of Commissioner.
  4. The Commissioner may terminate the membership of any league member for good cause except that the Commissioner’s removal decision may be vetoed upon motion of any league member supported in writing or by phone call to the Commissioner by at least 10 other members within 20 days of announcement in the CHA Update of the Commissioner’s decision to remove a member.
  5. When a vacancy occurs within the league, the Commissioner shall form a search committee consisting of at least one (1) volunteer from each conference and the Commissioner. This committee will review the experience of applicants and make recommendations to the league. All such recommended candidates will become league members unless an objection is raised within 10 days of submission by 10 or more League members.
  6. The Commissioner shall appoint a member of the league to serve in the capacity of “DEPUTY COMMISSIONER”. This “DEPUTY COMMISSIONER” shall perform duties as assigned by the Commissioner.

C. TERM OF OFFICE:

  1. The term of the CHA Commissioner shall be for two years, with elections held in even numbered years at the annual draft/convention. A new or returning Commissioner will take office after the conclusion of the draft/convention. Any CHA member in good standing may run for Commissioner by notifying the other members of the league of their intention to run at least 14 calendar days prior to the day of the election year annual draft.

 D. REMOVAL OF COMMISSIONER:

  1. A Commissioner may only be removed from office for cause: i.e. inability to perform the duties of office or malfeasance.
  2. It shall take a vote of 2/3rds of the league membership (currently 14 votes) to remove a Commissioner (2/3rds of 20).
  3. If the Commissioner is removed from office at a time when the regular season and/or playoffs have not yet been completed, then the DEPUTY Commissioner temporarily assumes the Commissioner’s seat for the remainder of the current season. The successor to the removed Commissioner, once the season in progress has been completed, shall be any member expressing the desire to fill the position or, in the case of 2 or more members seeking the Commissioner’s position, as elected by simple majority vote of the league membership.

E. VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER:

  1. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Commissioner, due to resignation, then he shall have the power to appoint his own successor or to call for an election to select a replacement.
  2. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Commissioner, other than those set forth in paragraph C. 1., D. 1. or E. 1., then the DEPUTY COMMISSIONER shall temporarily assume the Commissioner’s seat for the remainder of the term of office of the previous Commissioner.

IV. BOARD of DIRECTORS & DIVISIONAL VICE COMMISSIONERS:

A. BOARD of DIRECTORS:

  1. The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and the four (4) Divisional Vice Commissioners.
  2. The Board of Directors shall perform such duties as directed by the Commissioner.

 B. DIVISIONAL VICE COMMISSIONERS:

  1. Each division shall elect their Vice Commissioner, with the approval of the Commissioner. The term of the Vice Commissioners   shall be for two years, with elections held in odd numbered years at the annual draft/convention. A new Vice Commissioner will take office on September 1st of the year. Any CHA member in good standing may run for Vice Commissioner by notifying the other members of the league of his/her intention to run at least 14 calendar days prior to the day of the election year annual draft.
  2. The Divisional Vice Commissioner shall be the advocate for their division in league matters.
  3. The Divisional Vice Commissioner is responsible for their division in meeting league standards.
  4. The Vice Commissioner and Divisional Vice Commissioners shall administer “overuse” penalties to offending teams.
  5. The Divisional Vice Commissioners shall perform any other function as assigned by the league Commissioner. The Vice Commissioner’s duties shall include the operation of a vacant franchise until a replacement General Manager is found to ensure that league operations are no longer interrupted as we have experienced in the past
  6. A Divisional Vice Commissioner MUST recuse himself when a decision will affect his team.

 

V. ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS:

A. DUES:

  1. There are no league dues.

B. REGULAR SEASON GAMES and REPORTING:

  1. The league schedule for shall be 82 games played as follows:
8 games within division (4 home/4 away) 32 games
6 games within other conference division (3 home/ 3 away) 30 games
2 games against other conference (1 home/1 away) 20 games

 

  1. League regular season games shall be completed by each franchise according to a month-to-month schedule of games as announced by the Commissioner at the beginning of the season.
  2. For each home game played, the franchise shall complete a game report. The game report will be that as generated by the game software. Upon generating a game report, the franchise shall retain one copy and provide the opponent and the remainder of the League a copy, via e-mail, before the completion of that segment of the schedule.

C. PLAYOFF GAME REPORTING:

  1. All playoff games shall be played and the results reported to the Commissioner, as described in B. 3. above and in accordance with deadlines announced by the Commissioner to participating teams in advance of each series.
  2. Playoff games which are not reported in accordance with these deadlines shall be forfeited in favor of the visiting team.

D. STATISTICS:

  1. Franchises must keep a record of both their team and individual player statistics, combining information contained in game reports for their team’s home and away games. The computer game will generate each team’s statistics.
  2. The Commissioner will be responsible to merge all individual team’s statistics into a league statistical database and distribute same to the League.

E. FAILURE TO COMPLETE REGULAR SEASON GAMES ON TIME:

  1. All regular season games shall be completed on or before the deadline set by the Commissioner for each segment of the schedule.
  2. If the Commissioner does not receive the required games by the midnight of the deadline date, the Commissioner will quick-sim the games immediately. This way, there is no penalty for the odd chance that somebody might miss a deadline. No explanations needed, no harm, no foul, and no penalty. Nobody gets angry with anyone else and the league keeps on schedule.
  3. Because this Constitution also specifies the ways in which there must be active participation by a member to remain a member, the quick-simming of late games by the Commissioner as detailed above, is not to encourage a member to become a habitual tardy GM. If any one team misses a deadline date more than twice during a season, this will cause the league to call into question the desire of the offending team to play the games.
  4. The regular season shall be completed by April 30th of each year, unless modified by the Commissioner.
  5. The results of any games which are not reported to the Commissioner by 12:01 AM (local time for the Commissioner) on APRIL 30th (or a regular season final deadline date as modified by the Commissioner) shall be deemed forfeited by the home team.
  6. For each forfeit loss that a franchise suffers, two points shall be added to their regular season point total, solely for purposes of determining drafting position. Thus, a franchise may not improve its drafting position by incurring forfeit losses.

 

VI. ROSTERS:

A. TYPES:

  1. Each franchise will maintain a two-part roster, comprised of a qualifier” portion and a “non-qualifier” portion.
  2. The qualifier roster may contain up to 28 “Q” players and 2 “RQ” (RESERVE Q) PLAYERS.
  3. The non-qualifier roster may contain up to 40 “NQ” players.

 B. QUALIFIERS:

 

  1. Any player who is at any time during his CHA career placed on a team’s qualifier roster must remain on the qualifier roster or be cut.
  2. A team may never move a player off the qualifier roster to the non-qualifier roster.
  3. If a player is acquired in trade and was on the qualifier roster of the team from which he was obtained, he must be placed on the qualifier roster of his new team.
  4. Any forward or defenseman who appeared in 30 or more regular NHL season games in the preceding NHL season, and any goalie who appeared in 15 or more regular NHL games the preceding season, must be placed on a team’s qualifier roster or be cut.
  5. If in a succeeding NHL season, a forward or defenseman, previously placed on a team’s qualifier roster, plays in less than 30 NHL regular season games, or if a goalie, previously placed on a team’s qualifier roster, plays in less than 15 NHL regular season games, the forward, defenseman, or goalie must, nonetheless, remain on the team’s qualifier roster or be cut. He cannot be demoted to the non-qualifier roster simply because his NHL games played in one season may fall below the initial games played requirements for placement on the qualifier roster.
  6. Any player with less than the number of NHL games played, as specified in the preceding paragraph, which would mandate placement on the qualifier roster may, nevertheless, be placed on the qualifier roster if a team so desires. But such a player can never be demoted to the non-qualifier roster. A team may want to do this if it has open “slots” on its qualifier roster, while its non-qualifier roster has no open slots.
  7. A player once appearing during his CHA career on a team’s qualifier roster may never appear on any team’s non-qualifier roster unless the player is “cut” during his career and subsequently redrafted. In other words, if a player is cut by a CHA team and is later acquired by another CHA team by way of the annual draft, then the player’s status as a qualifier or a non-qualifier begins anew. For example, if a skater was on a team’s qualifier roster for several years and then cut, and then in that year, or several years later, he was acquired by a team in the annual player draft, the skater could be placed on the non-qualifier roster of the team drafting him if in the NHL season completed prior to submission of rosters, he had played in fewer than 30 (15 for goaltenders) regular season games.
  8. Only previously rated “Q” players may be placed on the 2 Reserve Qualifiers (“RQ”) status.

 C. RESERVE QUALIFIER:

  1. Each team may place up to 2 “Q” players into a RESERVE QUALIFIER status if they met the following standard:
    1. If in a preceding NHL season, a forward or defenseman plays in less than 30 NHL regular seasons games, or if a goalie, plays in less than 15 NHL regular season games, he may be given RESERVE QUALIFIER status. He cannot be demoted to the non-qualifier roster simply because his NHL games played in one season may fall below the initial games played requirements for placement on the qualifier roster.
    2. A “RQ” player may remain on RESERVE QUALIFIER status for as long as he meets the requirements of that status.
  2. A team may never move a player off the reserve qualifier roster to the non-qualifier roster.
  3. If a player is acquired in trade and was on the reserve qualifier roster of the team from which he was obtained, he must be placed on the reserve qualifier roster of his new team.
  4. Any reserve qualifier skater who appeared in 30 or more regular NHL season games in the preceding NHL season, and any reserve qualifier goalie who appeared in 15 or more regular NHL games the preceding season, must be placed on a team’s qualifier roster or be cut.
  5. A “RQ” player has the same status as a “Q” or “NQ” player and may be traded at any time.

D. NON-QUALIFIERS:

  1. The non-qualifier roster may include any skaters who appeared in less than 30 or more NHL regular season games in the preceding NHL season, or any goalie who appeared in fewer than 15 or more NHL regular season games the preceding season, and who have never been on the qualifier roster of any CHA team, subject to the “cut and redraft” provisions of paragraph B-7.
    1. It should be noted that determination of a drafted player’s status as a qualifier or a non-qualifier is not made at the time that the player is drafted, but rather as of the annual date for submission of rosters as announced by the Commissioner.

E. ROSTER PROCEDURES:

  1. Protected rosters will be due on a date specified by the Commissioner each year.
  2. The annual player draft will generally not be conducted until late July or early August. Thus, any player drafted in the FREE AGENT/AMATEUR DRAFT will be placed in a “DR” status and will not be placed on a team’s qualifier or non-qualifier roster until the date announced by the Commissioner for the submission of rosters.
  3. It is entirely possible, therefore, that a team could draft a skater in the FREE AGENT/AMATEUR DRAFT who appeared in more than 30/15 or more NHL games the preceding season, but when submission of protected rosters are due on a date specified by the Commissioner, the player can be placed on the team’s non-qualifier roster since, in the NHL season just completed, he had appeared in fewer than 30/15 NHL regular season games. In effect, drafted players have approximately a ten month “limbo” period when they are property of a CHA team but on neither the qualifier or non-qualifier roster, but are designated as “DR” (Drafted Player). If a franchise does not submit its annual protected rosters by the date announced by the Commissioner, the Commissioner shall submit a qualifier and non-qualifier roster on behalf of the franchise.
  4. The Commissioner may designate a member each year to be responsible for receiving protected rosters from the franchises and assembling a listing of each receiving franchise’s protected players, both qualifiers and non-qualifiers, in alphabetical order. The member designated to handle this task shall also prepare a list, in alphabetical order, of all players who have been cut by the franchises. The member so designated shall also prepare separate cumulative listings, in alphabetical order, of all qualifiers and non-qualifiers currently on franchises’ protected rosters.
  5. Each member shall review his own team rosters of qualifiers and non-qualifiers for accuracy
  6. If a player is left off the qualifier or non-qualifier roster in error (by either the member designated to prepare the rosters for the league or the franchise submitting its rosters) and this error is not reported by the affected franchise within 30 days of receipt of the rosters, to the league member who prepared the rosters in final form for league distribution, the roster as distributed stands and any players not listed are deemed cut.
  7.  You cannot pick up free agents during the season.

 

VII. THE FREE AGENT/AMATEUR DRAFT:

 A. DATE and LOCATION:

  1. Will be held annually, subsequent to the current year’s NHL Amateur Draft, on the first (1st) Sunday in August. (New 2012)
  2. Will be coincidental with a CHA Convention.
  3. The site will be determined so that a majority of the franchises may participate.
  4. You cannot pick up free agents during the season.

B. DRAFT PROCEDURES:

  1. The 6 non-playoff CHA teams will be entered in a draft lottery as soon as possible after the conclusion of the regular season. The results of the draft lottery will determine who gets the first overall selection in the upcoming CHA draft, and will only affect the first round of the draft (all subsequent rounds will be based on actual finish).
    1. Using a random draw device ( i.e., labeled balls or slips of paper), the Commissioner, or his designated representative, will conduct the draft lottery with teams having the following chances of being awarded the first overall pick:
      • 20th overall finish – 6 chances in 21
      • 19th overall finish – 5 chances in 21
      • 18th overall finish – 4 chances in 21
      • 17th overall finish – 3 chances in 21
      • 16th overall finish – 2 chances in 21
      • 15th overall finish – 1 chance in 21
  1. DRAFT LOTTERY RESTRICTIONS:

In order to maintain an air of FAIR PLAY, the following restrictions will be enforced for the lottery.

    1. If one of the lowest four (4) teams (17th, 18th, 19th or 20th place teams) wins the lottery that means that the team winning the lottery will get the # 1 pick in the draft, and the remaining teams will lose only one position in the drafting order.
    2. If the 15th place team wins the lottery, he can move up only three (3) places in the drafting order. This team would go from picking 6th overall to 3rd overall with the movement for the rest of the teams as spelled out above.
    3. If the 16th place team (seed # 2) wins the lottery, he can move up only three (3) places in the drafting order. This team would go from picking 5th overall to 2nd overall with the movement for the rest of the teams as spelled out above.
    4. The lottery will be held at a time and place designated by the Commissioner.
    5. If the Commissioner’s team is a lottery team, a non-lottery Division Vice Commissioner will conduct the draft lottery.

Should the number of CHA non-playoff teams change in a future season, the Board of Directors shall revamp the draft lottery accordingly.

  1. The draft shall be ten rounds.
    1. The order of selection for the first 6 picks of the first round will be the six non-playoff teams as determined by the draft lottery.
    2. The remaining order of selection for the first round determined by teams selecting in inverse order of their point totals in the previous regular season, except the winner of the CONOVER CUP will select in the 20th position and the runner-up from the Cup Finals, selecting in the 19th position. All other positions will be adjusted accordingly.
    3. The order of selection in rounds two through ten will be determined by franchises selecting in inverse order of their point totals in the previous regular season, except the winner of the CONOVER CUP will select in the 20th position and the runner-up from the Cup Finals, selecting in the 19th position. All other positions will be adjusted accordingly.
  2. In the event that two or more teams are tied in total points, a tie-breaker system shall be utilized to determine a team’s final drafting position, as detailed elsewhere in this Constitution.
  3. All ten rounds of the draft will be conducted by via the internet for the benefit of those not attending in person. The member(s) conducting this draft will contact franchises not in attendance via internet for their draft selections.
  4. If a franchise decides not to attend the draft or elects not to participate in all ten rounds, then that franchise must submit a written draft list to the member(s) conducting draft, which must be received by a date no later than that announced in the CHA Update the Commissioner.
  5. If a franchise does not personally attend the draft, or chooses not to participate in all rounds via the internet and the franchise has not timely submitted a written draft list, any picks of such franchise shall be chosen by reference to a sequential list of that year’s amateur draft.
  6. If a written draft list is submitted by a franchise, the list shall be placed in a sealed before being placed in another envelope addressed to the member(s) conducting the draft.
  7. The sealed envelope containing a franchise’s draft list shall not be opened before the draft the member(s) receiving it. The list shall only be opened once the draft actually commences.
  8. Written draft lists shall be comprised of a legible listing, in order of preference, of 200 eligible draftees. “Eligibility” requirements are defined in Section C below. If CHA should change from 20 teams, then the number of eligible draftees that will be will change accordingly. For example, if the league expanded to 22 teams, then a draft would be comprised of 220 choices.
  9. No telephone calls will be placed to a franchise for their selection.
  10. The member(s) conducting this draft shall provide the Commissioner, within 3 days of the date of this draft, with a complete round-by-round written listing of players drafted, both in order of sequence drafted, and also by CHA franchise, showing each franchise’s draft choices in sequential order. The Commissioner shall then publish these lists in the next scheduled CHA Update.
  11. Any franchise which is determined during or after this draft to have drafted an ineligible player, simply forfeits that draft pick and the ineligible player.
  12. Franchises will have until after the conclusion of the regular CHA season following this draft to decide whether a player selected in this draft is to be placed on the franchise’s qualifier roster, non-qualifier roster, or cut. This decision must be made by the date set by the Commissioner for submission of team protected rosters.

C. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY:

  1. Players eligible for the Free Agent/Amateur Draft are:
    1. Any player drafted by an NHL team during the current year’s NHL draft, and not currently on another CHA franchise’s roster;
    2. Any player drafted or signed by an NHL team prior to the current year’s NHL draft or at any time up to the date of that year’s CHA Free Agent/Amateur Draft, but never drafted by a CHA franchise;
    3. Any player previously cut from a CHA franchise’s roster and not on any CHA franchise’s roster at the time of that year’s CHA Free Agent/Amateur Draft;
    4. Any European player or any American or Canadian high school, collegiate, or junior player or any other player who would otherwise be eligible to be drafted by an NHL team under NHL rules who, at the time of the CHA Free Agent/Amateur Draft, is not on any CHA franchise’s protected roster. This includes any player who was eligible to be drafted in previous years by the NHL but went undrafted, or who is eligible to be drafted in the current NHL draft but goes undrafted.
  2. Franchises will have until the conclusion of the regular CHA season following this draft evaluate players selected and will then be required to elect whether a drafted player is placed on the franchise’s “qualifier” roster, “non-qualifier” roster, or cut from the team.
  3. This election must be made by the date for submission of franchise protected rosters.

 

VIII. TRADES:

A. PROCEDURES:

  1. Trades may only involve players and/or draft picks that are property of their franchise.
  2. Franchises may not agree as part of a trade to protect another franchise’s player on its roster.
  3. A player cannot be “loaned” to another franchise and thereafter returned to his original franchise. While such loans made overtly are prohibited, the Commissioner may also void a trade and/or assess the penalty of forfeited draft picks, if the Commissioner feels a trade is, in reality, the completion of a loan agreement.
  4. Any trade made by any member is subject to the scrutiny of the Commissioner. While it should not be frequently invoked, the Commissioner has the authority to void any trade if he believes that one franchise has been grossly taken advantage of in the deal. Before voiding the trade, the Commissioner shall obtain from each member participating in the trade, their explanation as to why they feel the deal should be permitted to stand. Such explanations may be obtained by way of telephone conversation, e-mail, or may be submitted by mail.
  5. New league members will be on probation for a one-year period after joining the league. During this time, the Commissioner may void any trade made by the new member, if the Commissioner feels that the trade is not in the best interest of the new member or the league.

B. REPORTING METHOD:

  1. Trades shall be reported to the Commissioner, immediately after they are made. An email recitation of the trade, announced by one of the members involved, and confirmed by an email from the other member involved in the transaction and sent by the members to the Commissioner, is the preferable way to confirm a trade. Trades may also be confirmed verbally, such as if made face-to-face during the annual convention/draft, but it is then preferred that both parties report the trade to the league members by e-mail.

C. TRADING PERIODS:

  1. Generally trades can be made at any time during the year, except when a trade freeze is in effect.
  2. Trades may be made once the season has begun play. However, a trade made in one segment of the season does not become effective until the start of the next segment of the season.
  3. A trade made in the final segment of the season will not become effective until the completion of the playoffs.

D. TRADE FREEZES:

  1. Every year, the Commissioner shall announce time periods during which trading is prohibited – a trade “freeze.”
  2. One trading freeze period will commence annually on the date when protected rosters are due and will be lifted on the date that updated protected rosters are sent to the franchises.
  3. Another trade freeze will be imposed again prior to the start of a season, in order to merge the team rosters from the new season player’s disk and will be lifted when the season disk is distributed to each team to start the season.

 E. TRADING OF DRAFT PICKS:

  1. Generally, trades of draft picks are not permissible until April 1st of the prior calendar year(e.g., April 1, 2012 for 2013 draft picks), and only after the franchise trading the draft pick(s) has paid in full its league dues for the upcoming season.

F. FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS:

  1. “Future considerations” may be players or draft picks and may be part of a trade. However, the specific nature of the future considerations must be made clear to the Commissioner at the time the trade is reported. Future considerations must not be a mystery.
  2. Future considerations in a trade may be based on a contingency (e.g., the number of goals scored by the player in the NHL season).
  3. Future considerations, when based on such a contingency, may not be a future draft pick which cannot yet currently be traded (e.g., a 2013 draft pick being a future consideration in a trade made in June, 2011).
  4. Contingencies that are made part of a trade and which are deemed acceptable to the Commissioner, are binding on both franchises.

 

IX. FORMATS:

A. LEAGUE FORMAT:

  1. In participating in the CHA, members are obliged to utilize the FACEOFF hockey game, and are further obliged to adhere to the then current playing instructions as contained in the instruction booklet or software documentation and their supplements, except for specific modifications as contained in this Constitution or as directed by the Commissioner.
  2. It is each franchise’s/member’s responsibility to purchase an up-to-date version of the computer game.
  3. The CHA utilizes “combination” cards and/or computer ratings in league play for those players who played for two or more teams the preceding NHL season.

 B. SEASON FORMAT:

  1. The CHA shall be a two conference league, with two divisions in each conference.
  2. Order of finish in each division shall be determined by total points.
  3. A team is awarded two points for a win in regulation time or in the five (5) minute Overtime period, or in the SHOOTOUT.
  4. A team will be awarded 1 point for a five (5) minute overtime loss, or a SHOOTOUT loss.

C. TIEBREAKERS:

  1. If the regular season ends with two or more teams in the same division having the same number of points, the following tie breaker system shall be utilized, in the following order, to determine which team finishes higher overall:
    1. First tie breaker: total wins.
    2. Second tie breaker: Regular season record of tied teams against each other.
    3. Third tie breaker: Fewest goals allowed.

 

X. ESTABLISHING LINE UPS AND SCHEDULES FOR LEAGUE PLAY:

A. PRE-SEASON PREPARATIONS:

  1. Each team will prepare two Strategy Files (Strat Files), one for home games and one for road games, for each segment of the schedule.
  2. Strat files for each road segment must be sent to each opponent, prior to the start of play in that segment. A single strat file for the season may be distributed at the beginning of the season, but must be changed if and when a trade has been made. A copy of each strat file must be sent to the Commissioner also.

 

XI. PLAYER SHIFT ALLOWANCES and OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

A. GAME REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Each team MUST dress 18 skaters a game. Each team is required to dress a starting goaltender and back up for each game. Teams must dress 18 skaters per game, to cover at least the minimum number of shifts per game, per position, as stated elsewhere in this Constitution.
  2. For every league game, both regular season and playoffs, a team shall have a minimum total of sixty (60) shifts [120 minutes] available among the defensemen in uniform for that game and a minimum of thirty (30) shifts [60 minutes each at left wing, center, and right wing, among the players in uniform for that game.
  3. Goaltenders may not start or play in more regular season games than the number of NHL games in which they appeared. An exception to this provision is an in-game injury to a team’s starting goalie. A goalie coming into a game as an injury replacement will not have that appearance counted against the number of games in which he is otherwise eligible to appear. However, if the backup goalie comes into a game for a reason other than an injury to the starting goalie, such as the starter being pulled for poor performance, or the starter receiving a game misconduct, the backup goalie’s entry into the game is counted against the number of games in which he is otherwise eligible to appear.
  4. The maximum number of CHA games in which a skater can appear is the number in which he appeared during the NHL season upon which his computer rating is based.
  5. Forwards may normally only play the position(s) for which they are rated. This only applies to forwards, not to defenseman. Thus, “LD” defensemen may play right defense and “RD” defensemen may play left defense, without any out-of-position penalties whatsoever.
    1. The only circumstances which might permit deviation from this provision, as pertains to forwards, are in-game injuries, major penalties, misconducts, or game misconducts.
  1. PENALTIES FOR PLAYER OVERUSE: (This standard was adopted and used starting with the 2010/11 season)
  1. A penalty shall be imposed upon any team that has over used a player during the course of a season.
  2. The following criteria shall be used that will place a team into a PLAYER OVER-USAGE PENALTY (“POP”)
    1. 5 or more players (skaters only) that are overplayed during the current CHA Season OR
    2. 4 players (skaters only), 1 of which has 2 overplayed games
    3. EXAMPLE:
  • Ø TEAM X has 5 players all with 1 overplayed game = TEAM X assessed the “POP”.
  • Ø PLAYER “A” overplayed 1 game, PLAYER B overplayed 1 game, PLAYER C overplayed 2 games – While I only had 3 players overplayed, one had > 1 overplayed game (PLAYER C) which would make TEAM X assessed the “POP”.
  • Ø If TEAM X has PLAYERS A, B, C, and PLAYER D all with ONE overplayed game, TEAM X would NOT be assessed the “POP” (4 players with only 1 overplayed game each). So basically you’re allowed 4 overplayed games for 4 players, but if there’s one player with > 1 game, you’re “POP” eligible.

 

  1. PLAYER OVER-USAGE PENALTY “POP” ASSESSMENTS:
  1. Reduce the offending team’s 3rd round draft position by the total number of overplayed games from that CHA season.

Example: TEAM X had PLAYERS “A”, “B” and “C”, who combined played 4 games over their allowable games. So, their 3rd round pick which was #58, now becomes pick #62 (58+4 over played games = 62nd pick).

  1. If the team does not have a 3rd round pick in that upcoming draft, the penalty applies to their 2nd round pick, but the pick drops every 2nd missed game.

Example: TEAM X doesn’t have a 3rd but has a 2nd (pick #38). Using the same scenario above, their four players who were overplayed by 4 games now drops my 2nd round pick 2 spots (4 divided by 2) to #40.

  1. If the team does not have a 3rd or a 2nd round pick in that upcoming draft, the penalty applies to their 1st round pick, but the pick drops every 3rd missed game.

Example: TEAM X has pick #18, but that pick then drops to #20 since we had 4 overplayed games (4 divided by 3 rounded UP = 2 spots).

  1. All draft positions lost will be rounded UP which will drop the pick further (ex – 19 overplayed games = 20 fined games; 23 overplayed games = 24 fined games)

 

  1. “POP” for Goalies – Allowed 2 overplayed games for one goalie. Starting with game #3 that GM has until the start of the CHA draft to prove through box scores that their goalie was injured or was kicked out of the game due to penalty (any situation that is “abnormal”), OR, if they can prove that another GM used the wrong strat file. The penalty will be 2 times the total number of overplayed games in goal and would then fall into one of the “POP” categories above (depending on draft picks available)

Example: TEAM X overplays GOALIE “A” 4 games and cannot prove he was injured or another GM screwed up – 4 games x 2 = 8 draft spots

  1. Other “POP” Scenarios:
    1. What if I don’t have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd round pick? Answer = The penalty would start that following CHA Draft and that team’s Round 1 – 3 draft picks are FROZEN by the Commissioner so that they cannot be traded.
    2. What happens after the GM’s second consecutive offense? Answer = The penalties laid out in the “POP” above are doubled
    3. What happens after the GM’s third consecutive offense? Answer = The Vice Commissioners meet via Phone conversation to discuss the situation and potential expulsion of that GM from the league. If they decide to allow the GM to remain in the CHA, the “POP” fine will be tripled. If that GM is tossed, subject to the approval of the Commissioner, the new GM taking that team is NOT bound to the “POP” assessment (tripled draft pick position fine). The rationale is it’s not right to hamstring a new GM coming in to replace someone else’s inability to manage their team.
  2. The Commissioner may adjust any penalties for over use of a player that may be or have been imposed.

 XII. PLAYOFF PLAYER USE GUIDELINES:

A. PLAYER AVAILABILITY:

  1. The availability of players for the playoffs is governed by the following tables:
    1. SKATERS: Less than 35 NHL regular season games played – ineligible for the playoffs.
    2. GOALIES: Any goalie starting a playoff game MUST have played in 30 or more NHL regular season games. If a team does not have any goalie eligible to start a playoff game (i.e., no goalie on roster had played 30 games in prior NHL season), then the team must rotate its playoff starting assignments between the two goalies which played the most games for that team in the current CHA regular season. If the goalie dressed as your back-up appeared in less than 30 NHL games, your starting goalie may ONLY be replaced due to injury, or game misconduct penalty. The only exception would be if a team is played with the computer coach which takes it upon itself to change the starting goalie. Hence, under circumstances where a team’s back-up goalie appeared in fewer than 30 NHL games, the starting goalie may NOT be pulled merely for perceived poor play. 30 or more regular season NHL games played – may appear in all playoff games.
    3. BACK-UP GOALIES: Less than 10 NHL regular season games played = ineligible for the playoffs; 10 or more NHL regular season games played = may dress as back-up in all playoff games.

 

XIII. RULES OF PLAY:

 

A. GAME RULES:

  1. The league abides by the NHL rules programmed into the game for the current season, i.e.
    1. Coincidental penalties
    2. Overtime playing strength
    3. Shootouts

B. HOME TEAM:

  1. As home team, you are obliged to use the opponent’s coaching strategy file in playing the game unless the game is played face-to-face, or over the internet. Then each coach will control their own teams’ actions.

C. OVERTIME:

  1. If a regular season game is tied at the end of three periods, then the league plays a sudden death, five (5) minute overtime, and four (4) on four (4). If the game is still tied at the end of five minutes each team will enter into a SHOOTOUT. The winning team in the shootout will be awarded 2 points and the losing team in the shootout will be awarded 1 point.
  2. If a playoff game is tied at the end of three periods, then the league plays sudden death until there is a winner. Each period in overtime will be twenty minutes, or until either team scores to win.

D. MISCELLANEOUS:

  1. If, as the home team, you fail to use the correct players, or the wrong strat file, in a regular season or playoff game, for the visiting team, the visiting team has the right to demand that the game be replayed, if allowable by the game engine.
  2. Franchises that wish to change their player use instructions for road games, once the season is underway, must notify the Commissioner and those affected teams within that segment of the schedule, in writing and with the submission of a new strat file, of the changes. Once such changes are announced, they must be followed by home teams.
  3. If such announced changes are not followed, in a game played after the announcement of the changes, then the visiting team has the right to demand that the game be replayed, if allowable by the game engine.
  4. In playing their home games, teams may deviate from their player use instructions, so long as the deviations otherwise comply with the terms of this Constitution as pertains to player usage. For example, a franchise may have indicated in its line ups and schedule distributed to the league before the season, that in a particular home game, “Player X” was to serve as an injury replacement for “Player A.” A home team may deviate from this and use “Player Y” as an injury replacement instead, as long as this is otherwise in compliance with provisions regarding player usage.

E. CHECKING GAME:

  1. May be used at any time, as the game allows.

F. PRESSURE OFFENSE:

  1. May be used at any time, as the game allows.

 

XIV. C.H.A. PLAYOFFS:

 A. QUALIFYING FOR THE PLAYOFFS:

  1. The seven (7) teams in each conference with the highest regular season point totals will qualify for the playoffs.
  2. The team in each conference that finishes with the highest point total is deemed the “conference champion”.
  3. Playoff slotting will be determined by total points in each conference. The top point finisher in each conference shall draw a 1st Round Bye. the reaming slotted team, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6. and 4 vs. 5. Successive rounds will be seeded highest point team vs. lowest point team.
  4. The higher point team will have any extra home games in each series.
  5. All playoff series shall be the best of seven (7) in a 2-2-1-1-1 format, starting at the higher rated teams’ arena.
  6. Subsequent series shall be conducted in the same manner and format.
  7. In the Conover Cup Finals, the surviving team with the highest point will be designated the home team and, thus awarded the extra home game.

B. LINE UPS and STRAT FILES:

  1. Franchises qualifying for the playoffs shall promptly communicate their starting line ups, and strat files, to their opponent so that the playoffs may commence and continue without delay.
  2. Franchises shall also provide the Commissioner and the League with summaries of each playoff game via E-mail.
  3. Franchises shall keep in touch with each other during the playoffs by telephone or e-mail, so that participating teams know their status, whether they need to play an additional game, whether they have advanced into the next round, etc.
  4. The teams winning each round shall also keep the Commissioner promptly advised in this regard.

C. 7th GAMES, IN ALL SERIES:

  1. The Commissioner or his designees (the latter in the instance of a game involving the Commissioner’s team) will •quick-sim• the 7th game of all playoff series unless the game is played face-to-face or over the internet.

 

XV. LEAGUE AWARDS:

A. AWARDS COMMITTEE:

  1. The Commissioner shall annually appoint a minimum of three members to serve as the league’s Awards Committee. They shall determine certain of the league’s award winners as noted elsewhere in this Constitution.

B. AWARD TYPES:

  1. On an annual basis, the league shall announce the following award winners, which will be commemorated with appropriate hardware:
    1. CONOVER CUP: Awarded to the winner of the CHA playoffs. The league offices shall maintain a permanent and perpetual trophy for this award and shall award the winning franchise with a smaller version of the Cup.
    2. COMMISSIONER’S PLAQUE: Awarded to the franchise finishing the regular season with the highest point total league-wide.
    3. KILGUS / CORRIE PLAQUES: Awarded to the Playoff Champions of the Charlie Kilgus & Roger Corrie Conferences
    4. BOB GUNTER PLAQUE: Awarded to the franchise which improves the most over the previous regular season, in terms of total points. Ties shall be resolved by the decision of the Awards Committee.
    5. THE FROSTY MUG AWARD: Awarded to the General Manager of the Year, as determined by majority vote of the league’s members.
    6. DIVISION CHAMPIONS: A plaque awarded to the Divisional Champions.
  2. 2. The league shall also announce the following non-hardware awards on an annual basis:
  1. CONN SMYTHE AWARD: To the best player in the playoffs, by vote of the playoff finalists.
  2. THE AMERICAN STANDARD AWARD: Awarded to the team with the biggest point drop from the previous season.
  3. ART ROSS AWARD: To the leading scorer of the regular season.
  4. HART AWARD: To the league’s Most Valuable Player, as voted by the Awards Committee.
  5. NORRIS AWARD: To the league’s best defenseman, as voted by the Awards Committee.
  6. CALDER AWARD: To the league’s best rookie, as voted by the Awards Committee.
  7. VEZINA AWARD: To the league’s best goals against average, as a team.
  8. PLANTE AWARD: To the best goaltender in the regular season, with a minimum of games played and determined by the lowest goals against average.
  9. ORR AWARD: To the league’s top point scoring defenseman.
  10. RICHARD AWARD: To the league’s top goal scorer.
  11. ALL STAR TEAMS: First and Second Teams as selected by the Awards Committee.

 

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