Cherokee Spring Break Practice Times

For those of you that are traveling this week for Cherokee County Spring Break, please travel safely and have a great week.  For those that are going to be in town, please follow the combine practice schedule for players on those particular teams.  Coaches should focus on skill building this week rather than strategy and team concepts.  Please work on, skating skills (starting, stopping, crossovers, transitions), stick handling, passing, and shooting.  Between the coaches and players present at each practice, everyone should be covered.  

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Referee GoPro Video Serves as Instructional and Reviewable

  As we grow as a league and more players join the program with varying levels of experience and rules interpretation, we want to keep CHILL games as fair as possible.  As volunteer referees we do the very best job we can each and every game to ensure safety and gamesmanship.  We are certainly human and make our share of mistakes and missed calls.  Last year we started recording games through a GoPro helmet cam.  Those videos have served multiple purposes including a way for people who couldn’t be at the game to see it, and as an instructional media for both our senior and junior referees to review calls made or potentially missed. CHILL’s two most senior referees, Matt Hackett and Jeff Murchison, spend countless hours watching videos of games recorded to provide the best results game after game.  Recently, in CHILL’s most competitive division, the ECHL, a couple calls required additional attention and we asked for guidance from the Referee-In-Chief for AAU/USARS, Paul Pelletier.

We want to enforce that intentional retaliatory actions are not acceptable especially when serious injury could result. Both situations were penalized by the referee; however, after reviewing the video footage, the call as it should have been made at the time would have been a 5 minute Major Penalty to the team and Match Penalty ejection from the game (recorded on scoresheet as 10 minute penalty).  As stated in the AAU rules, Match Penalty may be followed with a suspension based on the review from AAU Disciplinary Committee.  After this video footage was brought to the league director's attention, he  consulted with the National Referee-In-Chief for AAU/USARS and sent him the videos to review.  Under his advisement after reviewing the videos, since the proper call was not made for a 5 minute major and to eject the player for the remainder of the game, the player should serve a one game suspension. 

In this instance, the player in the yellow helmet curls back toward the puck, deliberately loads up and delivers a cross-check to the head of an unsuspecting player. 

In this instance the Blue player #13 sees his teammate wrecked at the red line, he then makes a deliberate B-line to retaliate and send a message to the tan player.  Just before contact he switches his stick to one hand and prepares for impact.  He checks the tan player into the boards without making any attempt to make a play on the puck, wiping them both out.

In an attempt to eliminate "intentional cheap shots," we felt the appropriate course of action was to suspend both players for their next regularly scheduled game.  Again, we try to make the calls on the rink to the best of our knowledge and ability, but in this instance, having not dealt with this type behavior with any regularity only two-minute minor penalties were assessed for interference and roughing.  There are multiple reasons a player could be suspended from playing.  But to be clear, we operate under the rules of AAU/USARS and intent to injure another player is a Match Penalty according to AAU and each player should have been ejected from the game.  

Here is the rule out of the AAU/USARS Rulebook

NHL/AHL & ECHL games rescheduled

Rink update 10:00- The moisture in the air is not allowing the rink to dry. I am canceling the AHL/NHL games and rescheduling them for tomorrow at 2:00pm.

Also the ECHL games are being rescheduled for tomorrow at 4:30pm.

I will post a schedule later tonight with game times.

SPHL and IHL games originally scheduled to start at 12:00 will remain scheduled in a 2:00 today to start the season.

-- See you at the rink! Matt Hackett Hockey Director 770-851-1558

Games Delayed 2 hrs

Hockey Update 7:45am.....
It is misty raining and the rink is wet.  All games will be delayed at least 2 hrs.  Please make plans accordingly.  All volunteer shifts will be pushed back 2 hrs and will shift according to the scheduled delays.  We will work to get the rink dried as soon as the weather cooperates to do so.  Thanks for your help and patience.