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: U21, U18, U15, U13, U11, U9, U7. May also be referred to as “Division”.
Age Sub Division: Age groups within divisions. Example: U16, U14, U12, U10, U8. 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.
BB & B: A category of minor hockey which defines programs that are above select hockey and are competitive (i.e. AAA, AA, A). Players do not register with a House League Team/Program.
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 “re-seeding” 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, BB/B, 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, BB/B, AA/A, and AAA as determined by the ALLIANCE Executive and Recreational/Representative Councils.
Competitive: Refers to the caliber of “representative hockey” including AAA, AA, A and BB/B 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 “re-seeding” 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.
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(s) and/or Linesperson(s).
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 BB (Tier 1) & B (Tier 2) categorization. The league “re-seeds” at the approximate mid-point of each season into Constellation (AA) and Bristol (A) Divisions and BB (Tier 1) and B (Tier 2).
Suspended Game: A scheduled game that is interrupted due to an act of God or other reasons as determined by a Member Partner.