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  1. Can a Player who is released from one “AAA” Team tryout for another “AAA” Team as a transfer? ?
  2. Will “AAA” Tryouts begin any earlier than the “AA” Tryouts begin now (Most begin the 3rd weekend in August) ?
  3. How will start up costs be handled by these new “AAA” Teams?
  4. Will there be a process in place to insure that the best 17 players are selected regardless of District Association or other?
  5. If “AAA” prove to be unsuccessful for whatever reason, what changes could be made during the pilot or after?
  6. Could an existing “A” Team (Association) have the ability to apply for “AA” status or simply be forced to “B” Hockey?
  7. Why would the AAA Zone Proposal allow District 7 to leave the District B zone, when District B have paid thousands of dollars in court costs to prevent Ottawa West from leaving District B?
  8. Will AAA cost more than AA?
  9. Who will run AAA?
  10. Can a new “AAA” Zone Association alter the established policies and procedures to fit their own particular needs, including underage player movement and payment to coaches.
  11. Could an estimated budget be made available so that prospective parents could better understand the cost structure?
  12. Why has the AAA Committee proposed dropping an entire level of hockey? Does that not violate one of the key directions, to wit “to minimize the effect of AAA on other levels of hockey”?
  13. If a child cannot try out for AAA but is skilled enough to make a team, will there be any problem with him or her playing AA? In other words, will this not unbalance the lower level, to the detriment of all?
  14. How will you ensure that the best players are selected for each team?
  15. Why do you expect the cost of AAA to be significantly higher than AA?
  16. What relationship exists between the AAA Proposal and the CJHL Prospects Program?

 


1. Can a Player who is released from one “AAA” Team tryout for another “AAA” Team as a transfer? ?

No, the player is released back to their home assoc / district as presently covered by the rules governing competitive transfers in the ODMHA , as well as the new draft bylaws / consititutions for "AAA".

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2. Will “AAA” Tryouts begin any earlier than the “AA” Tryouts begin now (Most begin the 3rd weekend in August) ?

As there will still be only 3 tiers of hockey with which to contend, tryout dates will likely be consistent with the present "AA" dates and they will vary from District to District. There will be a synchronization of tryout release dates to allow released players the opportunity to try out for Upper Canada Cyclones/

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3. How will start up costs be handled by these new “AAA” Teams?

Each AAA Zone Association will determine their own startup budget. In all likelihood, this will be limited to sweaters, tournament fee advances and some administrative expenses. The Zone Association will determine how these expenses will be paid. Eventually, we would expect the team budgets to do so. It is the job of the AAA Steering Committee to ensure that each Zone Association follows the rules laid out for AAA implementation.

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4. Will there be a process in place to insure that the best 17 players are selected regardless of District Association or other?

Coach selection/ evaluation/ and oversight by the Steering Committee will ensure this in the best manner possible. The draft by-laws will lay out the process for naming an Executive to each Zone Association, to ensure that the various Associations are fairly represented.

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5. If “AAA” prove to be unsuccessful for whatever reason, what changes could be made during the pilot or after?

It is not possible to comment on what changes could / would be made until something surfaces (good or bad) that requires action. The Steering committee being in place will address any issues as they arise through the proper process within the ODMHA.

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6. Could an existing “A” Team (Association) have the ability to apply for “AA” status or simply be forced to “B” Hockey?

The Committee anticipates that this may occur and if so will be dealt with as per the ODMHA guidelines.

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7. Why would the AAA Zone Proposal allow District 7 to leave the District B zone, when District B have paid thousands of dollars in court costs to prevent Ottawa West from leaving District B?

There are two essential issues to consider, both relating to AAA League competitive balance. At the outset, Ottawa West was selected to balance the population numbers between the Zones. With Ottawa West joining Nepean and Kanata, every Zone has approximately 5,300 players, plus or minus 200. If Ottawa West were left with District B, there would be a gap of 1,800 players between Zones 2 and 4. To start the AAA pilots with such a large discrepancy could put the entire pilot into question.
 
Secondly, the League will have to continually monitor parity and there may be future situations when Associations will be moved between Zones. The pilot was committed to keeping Districts together as much as possible. "As much as possible" does not mean always.
 
Also, Ottawa West is treated separately for AAA purposes only. For every other level, Ottawa West will participate with District B. The Committtee was aware of the current dispute, but that was not within our purview. (We might add that the Zones also put Cumberland and Eastern Ontario together, when they engaged in a similar dispute many years ago). To repeat, these Zones are for AAA purposes only and as such will affect a minimal number of players in these Districts.
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8. Will AAA cost more than AA?

The answer is most likely yes. How much that difference will be will depend on the League operational and playing rules, as well as team decisions on tournaments and transportation. Any player trying out for AAA should expect the team fees to be significantly higher in AAA, but there should also be more opportunities for sponsorship and fundraising.

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9. Who will run AAA?

The AAA divisions will be part of the current AA League, which may re-brand itself as the AAA League (Atom - Peewee AA and Bantam - Midget AAA. The A League may follow suit as the AA League (Atom - Peewee A and Bantam - Midget AA). The AAA Zone Association Executives will be chosen out of the participating Districts, with oversight by the AAA Steering Committee.

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10. Can a new “AAA” Zone Association alter the established policies and procedures to fit their own particular needs, including underage player movement and payment to coaches.

The policies and procedures will stand for the duration of the pilot unless changed by the Steering Commitee, in conjunction with the ODMHA Exec.

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11. Could an estimated budget be made available so that prospective clients parents could better understand the cost structure?

A draft budget estimate will be posted to the web page as quickly as possible. Feedback from parents, coaches and other interested parties will be solicited at that time

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12. Why has the AAA Committee proposed dropping an entire level of hockey? Does that not violate one of the key directions, to wit “to minimize the effect of AAA on other levels of hockey”?

The Proposal does not drop a level of hockey. It restructures the top, elite level to 5 teams and lays out the impact of that on the lower levels. The ODMHA expressed a strong preference to keep just three levels of competitive hockey, in order to reduce the demand on scarce ice resources, and that is what this proposal delivers.

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13. If a child cannot try out for AAA but is skilled enough to make a team, will there be any problem with him or her playing AA? In other words, will this not unbalance the lower level, to the detriment of all?

This happens in all levels of competitive hockey. What the Proposal has done is to try to minimize the impediments to playing at the elite level or the next level below, such as travel, cost, or access to a suitable level of hockey. There will always be players who play at a lower level for a variety of reasons, both personal and financial.

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14. How will you ensure that the best players are selected for each team?

The Committee feels that all of that begins with a solid coach selection protocol, a sound Zone Association structure and the very nature of the AAA level. With just 5 teams, games will be extremely competitive and there will be little room for anyone but the very best. In addition, the AAA Steering Committee and the AAA League will be assessing compliance with the pilot's foundation rules and the relative competitive balance of the divisions.

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15. Why do you expect the cost of AAA to be significantly higher than AA?

There could certainly be more travel and more use of buses, both for the regular season and tournaments. In time, there will be Ottawa AAA tournaments, but, for now, most tournament play will be outside the ODMHA. Players will be expected to buy their jerseys and cover all fixed administration costs. As indicated in 8. above, we will post an estimated budget as soon as possible. Some of the elements under consideration are compensation for coaches, sweaters and other equipment, fundraising or sponsorship opportunities, startup costs. etc. In the end, the collective decision of the coaching staff and the parent group will determine how much the budgets will be, as it does today.

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16. What relationship exists between the AAA Proposal and the CJHL Prospects Program?

None whatsoever. The CJHL is offering a package of ice and games pointing to the Prospects Tournament in Toronto, which is a commercial, private sector enterprise.

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