ODMHA Special General Meeting - Jan. 30, 2010

At the Special General Meeting of the ODMHA on Jan. 30, 2010, AAA was unanimously approved as the top tier of hockey in the ODMHA, starting with the 2010-2011 season.

The AAA Committee, under direction from the ODMHA Zoning and Constitutions Committee, will begin work immediately to draft the necessary amendments to ODMHA governing documents. This will install AAA as an ongoing part of the ODMHA's hockey programs.


AAA Special Meetings - 2010 - See AAA News for Jan. 16 Meeting Information

This is the third and final year of the "AAA" pilot project and to ensure all levels of hockey have adequate time to prepare for the upcoming season there will be two special meetings held. The first meeting will be, January 16th, from 1300 to 1500 (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm), in the ground floor conference room at the Hockey Office. This meeting will be open to all District Chairs, Association Presidents, members of any / all hockey associations and general public for a short Power Point presentation by the "AAA" Steering Committee and an open question and answer session to explain;
where the project started;
where it stands to date;
and if successful in becoming a full fledged league within the ODMHA where it may be leading.

The second meeting is set for 2 weeks later (January 30th, same time & place) and will be a Special General Meeting (all voting members of the ODMHA - Executive, Minor Council, District Chairs and Association / League Presidents with voting authority). The two week time frame will allow the Presidents and District Chairs to discuss the information presented and at the second meeting vote on whether the pilot ends and "AAA" is endorsed as a full time league or in the case of negative vote how can we move forward in an alternate direction. This early vote will allow planning to continue in a meaningful fashion for next season. Any other outstanding issues will be dealt with at the regular spring AGM.

Andy Baird,
Director At Large, ODMHA
Chair of "AAA" Steeriing Committee


AAA Pilot Approved

At a special meeting of the Ottawa District Minor Council, on January 29th, 2007 a motion was
put forward stating that:

"A branch-wide "AAA" league will commence in the ODMHA, for the 2007-2008 hockey
season, in accordance with regulations and policies drafted by the "AAA" Sub-committee
under mandate from Minor Council".

This motion was in relation to all information prepared to date by the AAA sub-committee and is
to be a 3 year pilot project commencing at the Midget and Bantam levels for 2007-2008. The
motion was presented by the chairperson of the sub committee and seconded from the floor.
A motion to amend was presented and seconded from Minor Council members who supported
the “AAA” pilot proposal but wished to amend the start date until the 2008-2009 hockey season.

Discussion on both the motion and the amendment to the motion lasted for over an hour before
the ODMHA President, Mr. Mike Depratto, called for a vote. This was an open vote with all
members, District Chairpersons, and Executive council free to vote as they wished.
The amendment was defeated and the motion to proceed with the pilot project passed. This
approval means that there is a tremendous amount of work to be done to launch the pilot and can
only succeed with the full cooperation of all. The sub-committee members will continue working
with the Districts and yet to be formed Zone executive bodies to ensure that this transition be
carried out as smoothly as possible.

The creation of a "AAA" tier of hockey will bring the ODMHA into alignment with the rest of
Canada where "AAA" already exists as the top minor hockey tier. It will also involve a
restructuring of the two remaining tiers of competitive hockey to ensure the least amount of
disruption to all levels, including house league, the grass root foundation for all of the
competitive leagues.

The proposal for 5 new "AAA" catchments and the draft supporting documents are available for
viewing online through links at the ODMHA website, www.odmha.on.ca.