AAA Zone: A geographic subdivision made up of several centres for the purpose of providing AAA category hockey.
Age Division: Age groups within the Branch for competition. Example: Juvenile (’95 under 21 years of age as of December 31st of the current season, ’96, 97), Midget (’98, ’99, 00), Bantam (’01, ‘02), Pee Wee (’03, 04), Atom (’05, 06), Novice (’07, 08), and Pre Novice (Initiation Program) (’09 ‘10, 11’). May also be referred to as “Division”.
Age Sub Division: Age groups within divisions. Example: Minor Midget, Minor Bantam, Minor Pee Wee, Minor Atom, and Pre-Novice. May also be referred to as “Sub Division”.
Member Association: A local Hockey Organization operated and controlled by a duly elected Board of Directors, the members of which shall designate from among themselves the signing officers of that club.
Balanced Schedule: A schedule in which each participating team plays the same number of games and in which every team plays each competing team the same number of times home and away.
Branch: A member of Hockey Canada (HC). The OHF is the recognized HC branch within the jurisdiction of the OHF as defined by the HC Constitution.
Branch Championship: An OHF sanctioned series or tournament to declare champions of the OHF at the age divisions and categories as determined by the OHF Board of Directors.
Bristol: A league within the ALLIANCE Hockey Seeded League that is formed by “reseeding” teams at the approximate mid-point of the current season. For categorization purposes, the league champions qualify for the OHF “A” Championships.
Category: A centre’s/zone’s level of competition (i.e. AAA, AA, A, MD, Select, House League, etc.).
Centre: A recognized hockey organization within the ALLIANCE. May also be referred to as “Association”.
Championship: An ALLIANCE sanctioned tournament/event to declare champions of the ALLIANCE at the age divisions within House League, House League Select and Minor Development as determined by the ALLIANCE Executive and Operating Committee.
Competitive: Refers to the caliber of “representative hockey” including AAA, AA and A in the ALLIANCE. May include other categories (i.e. BB, B, CC, C, DD, D, etc…) outside of the ALLIANCE.
Constellation: A league within the ALLIANCE Hockey Seeded League that is formed by “reseeding” teams at the approximate mid-point of the current season. For categorization purposes, the league champions qualify for the OHF “AA” Championships.
Contract: A written agreement between two associations’ Ice Schedulers that outlines a series schedule and provides all the necessary information related to the series.
Home Ice Advantage: During playoffs or play-downs a team that has home ice advantage does automatically earn the right to start the series at home, it is dependent on which center has first ice avail- ability. If the team with home ice advantage starts on the road the next two games will be scheduled in their facility, in a 4 of 7 games (2, 3, 5 & 7).
Ice Schedulers: Individuals responsible for the scheduling of games within the ALLIANCE. This position is appointed by each ALLIANCE Association. Ice Schedulers are a part of the Structure Committee.
Mileage Chart: A reference document that is used to determine the
travel fees for referees. The chart is to be used where applicable. Associations are not to deviate from the amounts.
Minor Development (MD): A category of minor hockey which defines programs that are not true select hockey and not competitive (i.e. AAA, AA, A).
Neutral Referees: ALLIANCE registered officials who have no direct affiliation with the two associations competing.
Official Game Report: The official report of the activity from a sanctioned game verified by team officials from each competing team and signed at the completion of the game by the on ice officials.
On Ice Officials: Refers to the Referee and/or Linesman.
On Ice Sanctioned Activity: Refers to training, practice or game competition involving members that are conducted within facilities used for ice hockey.
Paid Employee: A paid employee is any staff person or volunteer that is paid an annual salary, part-time wage or annual honorarium for work undertaken on behalf of either the ALLIANCE or a member association, with the exception of referee appointees to various ALLIANCE bodies.
Pavilion: A league within ALLIANCE Hockey formed by AAA teams. For categorization purposes, the league champions qualify for the OHF “AAA” Championships.
Playdowns: Post-season competition in which teams participate for the purpose of naming an ALLIANCE Playdown Champion.
Playoffs: Post-season competition in which the teams competing have been eliminated from ALLIANCE Playdowns but continue to participate for the purpose of naming an ALLIANCE Playoff Champion.
Seeded Division: A league that is comprised of teams of AA and A or Minor Development Tier 1 & 2 categorization. The league “reseeds” at the approximate mid-point of each season into Constellation (AA) and Bristol (A) Divisions and MD Tier 1 and 2.
Suspended Game: A scheduled game that is interrupted due to an act of God or other reasons as determined by a Member Partner.