GTHLA Team Membership
Background
The Good Times Hockey League of the Arts (“GTHLA”, “we” or “league”) was founded on the ideals of sportsmanship, fun, safety, camaraderie, collaboration, imagination, creative expression, community, social awareness, inclusion, equity, communication, responsibility, empathy, participation, understanding, being proactive and always building trust. We expect each team to adhere and promote these values.

The GTHLA is an affiliate of the Hockey Association of the Arts. The HAA’s mission statement is posted here, at gthla.hockeysociety.org/about-the-gthla.

As the manager and representative of your team you acknowledge the following information and expectations and undertake to apprise your fellow teammates of the same:
Fair Play
1. All teams are expected to adhere to all the GTHLA and Hockey Canada rules posted at gthla.hockeysociety.org/about-the-gthla/rules-and-policies/ and www.dmhl.ca/hockey/cha_rulebook.pdf

2. All teams agree to take responsibility for their players’ actions. It is everyone’s prerogative to establish and maintain a fun, safe, equitable and cooperative environment on the ice. All teams agree to extend common respect to everyone on the ice. The team agrees to enforce strong sportsmanship and communication while promoting the values and mission of the league.

3. League officials are provided on and off the ice for guidance. The officials, including the Fair Play Committee, will provide a minimum acceptable guideline in assisting teams and players to remain within the values and mission of the league.

We realize that on-ice confrontations always start from the actions of an opposing player. It is important to acknowledge that offences are often accidental, but no matter what, retaliation is even more inexcusable and will escalate the situation. Referees are present to supervise games, and it is important to accept that they cannot see the entire surface of play and may not be able to witness every infraction. A sincere apology after fouling someone is necessary, especially if the referees did not see the foul. It should be no different then a pick-up game without referees.

If there are any issues with missed infractions or consistent unsportsmanlike behaviour from specific opposing players, players agree to indicate it to their captain, who can then discuss it further with the referees and/or opposing captains during the game. After the game, the team can discuss issues with league officials and opposing team captains and managers to increase understanding within the framework of the league’s values and mission. Teams are requested to file a game report after every game to the Fair Play Committee rating their opponent’s sportsmanship. Finally, every team agrees to demand discipline from their own players before they request more from others.

Teams are encouraged to file game reports 24 hours after each game at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-6DCbASFC8s798piw9ye_fGWIbTdOQQFK9J97bPc0h3gg_A/viewform
Captains
4. Teams must have identifiable captains and alternate captains during the game in order for the teams and officials to communicate more effectively.
Scheduling
5. All Toronto teams must be prepared to play in Greater Toronto on Monday to Thursday 7PM to 10PM; Friday 7PM to 11PM; Saturday 10AM to 11PM and Sunday 10AM to 10PM. Games out of Toronto can be scheduled on Saturday and Sunday from 12PM to 8PM for Toronto based teams. Toronto based teams must be prepared to travel up to twice during a season to games out of the Greater Toronto area and within 150 km. Each team is responsible to give the league at least a two month notice if they are unavailable to play at any specific time within the preceding times. The league’s goal is to have the schedule locked 2 months ahead. Playoffs are not an exception, in terms of giving notice on a team’s unavailability. There is potential for 2 games on a weekend when the schedule dictates it as a necessity. Exhibition games that are scheduled after the league’s playoffs have started may get bumped to a later date to accommodate the playoff schedule. All teams are responsible for keeping up to date with the league’s schedule and ensuring that their team shows up for their scheduled games. The league volunteers supervising the scheduling will provide as much notice as possible in the event of schedule changes.
Social Events
6. Each team is encouraged to host a social event for the benefit of the league’s membership before the season ends.
General Meetings
7. Each team must have at least one representative at each of the three General Meetings during the year.
Additional Ice-Time
8. Teams can book additional one hour and one and a half hour exhibition games at anytime. Teams can also book ice-time for their own pick-up games or practices. Sparkles Hockey Academy is also available for single or a series of practice(s) with instruction. Bookings are subject to ice-time availability and rates are subject to change without notice.
General Information
9. Teams are expected to collaborate through assisting the league in administration work and fundraising and to always work towards benefiting the league as a whole and never to exploit the league and its community for the benefit of an individual, team or a group, unless the management of the league pre-approves (e.g. helping raise some financial assistance for a member who has lost his/her main source of income due to an accidental hockey injury). Teams are encouraged to share their ideas, imagination and creativity. By doing this we hope to build collaboration, cooperation and strengthen community around our values.
Volunteering
10. The league is dependent on volunteer help in completing numerous tasks. Team fees will be discounted the following season for volunteer work, where possible, and at the discretion of the league’s management. Extraordinary individual volunteer work will receive honorariums at the discretion of the league’s management. All volunteer information is on the league website.
For Member Teams Participating in Playoffs:
Rosters
11. Playoff Team Members must enter their initial team roster on the league’s website (gthla.ca) by their first game of the season. Only players on this roster are eligible to be designated “Exempt Players” for the playoffs. Notification and a written explanation of “Exempted Players” on a team’s roster have to be submitted to the league prior to two weeks before the start of the playoffs. Teams’ final playoff rosters have to be submitted to the league one week before the playoffs start. All roster correspondence to the league must be done through the gthlamembership@hockeyaa.net email address. Details on roster rules can be found at gthla.hockeysociety.org/about-the-gthla/rules-and-policies/ (see rule 2.1).
Playoff Byes
12. If a team wants to wave its right for a bye past the first round of the playoffs, its manager must inform the league two weeks before the playoffs begin through gthlamembership@hockeyaa.net
Travel During Playoffs
13. Any Toronto based team that plays an out of Toronto based team for the playoffs must be prepared to travel to the opponent’s home rink if a game is so scheduled.
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