About The League


MEMBER CLUBS:

Battlefords Stars                       Regina Pat Canadians
Beardy's Blackhawks                Saskatoon Blazers
Moose Jaw Generals                 Saskatoon Contacts
Notre Dame Argos                    Swift Current Legionnaires
Notre Dame Hounds                 Tisdale Trojans
Prince Albert Mintos                  Yorkton Harvest


Mandate
The mandate of the SMAAAHL is to provide an opportunity for each and every player to be successful on and off the ice. The programs are designed to guide and develop each player's physical, academic, and social experiences so they will have immediate as well as future success.  Knowledge of the game is provided by managers, coaches, and qualified leaders of the community.

The SMAAAHL is comprised of twelve teams from ten communities across the province. Each team is a member of the local minor hockey association which serves as the governing body for the Midget AAA team(s) in their community.

Player Eligibility
For a player to be eligible to play in the SMAAAHL (eligible 15-17 years old), the player's parent(s) must reside in the province of Saskatchewan as their principle residence. (NOTE: the exception would be those players in residence at Notre Dame College in Wilcox). Each player will be a committed member of a SMAAAHL organization by signing a SHA "Player Registration Form" whcih will immediately be registered with the SHA central office.

Letters of Commitment
Each SMAAAHL team is provided with 20 "commitment" forms annually by the SMAAAHL office. These forms can be signed anytime between May 1st and October 1st of each calendar year. Each team has the option of utilizing this "commitment form" in preparing for the upcoming season. If a form is signed by a player as well as the team, it will indicate a player's commitment to the team, as well as the team's commitment to the player. This commitment will remain in place for one complete hockey season with this SMAAAHL member club.

Player Releases
As per SHA Regulations players registering with a SMAAAHL team for the first time must obtain a release from the last team they were registered with. The SMAAAHL has developed league regulations concerning releases that all teams must abide by. The wording of these regulations within the League Constitution is as follows:
"Tampering - Any player who has played and is regsitered by a member team may not play for any other team the following year without a release. A release may be granted either as (i)"uncontested release" where both the player and the member club which he is registered with agree to the release or (ii)"contested release" where the team of the registered player does not wish to release the player and/or suspects tampering from the club the player wishes to play on. In the case of a "contested release" the player must sit out the first five regular season games.  Any player who wishes to be released from a member team for the purpose of joining another team in the league must gain the release. The team that acquires the player through a "contested release" must also pay a $750 development fee to the league.
Rights of first Refusal. Any player who is released from a SMAAAHL team to play in a higher league and subsequently returns to the league will be made available to the team he was last registered with."

Affiliation of Players to SMAAAHL Teams
-Each SMAAAHL team has an affiliation list consisting of a maximum nineteen (19) players. Seventeen (17) skaters plus two (2) goaltenders.
-Each affiliated player will be asked to sign a letter of consent with the team that wishes to name him as an affiliate. This letter of consent will apply only if it has been registered with the SHA central office.
-SMAAAHL teams in Regina, Saskatoon, and Notre Dame may only affiliate players from teams registered in their respective Minor Hockey Associations.   Al other teams may affiliate players from within their own Minor Hockey Associations plus six (6) players from within a 160km radius of their centre.  They cannot affiliate players from centres within the 160km radius that have another SMAAAHL team (ie Moose Jaw could not affiliate players from Regina).  There can be no "permanent" affiliation of players.  Affiliate players can play no more than ten (10) games all season as an affiliate player.  Once the team they have been registered with has completed its season, the player may play with their affiliated team for the remainder of that team's season.

Financial Obligations
Each SMAAAHL team will determine their registration fee annually. Tournament fees as well as playoff expenses may or may not be included in the registration fee.

Billets
It is the parent's responsibility to provide a billet for their son to play hockey. However, all teams will assist in finding accomodations for each player. Every billet associated with the SMAAAHL must have a RCMP criminal record check registered with the SMAAAHL team.

Equipment
Each SMAAAHL team provides each registered player with a minimum of helmets, gloves, shells, jerseys and socks for each player.

Travel To and From Home
All travel to and from home is the responsibility of the parents other than travel associated with team functions.

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