.1 Processing of protests will occur as follows:
.1 All protests and evidence in support thereof must be sent to the Executive Director of the ALLIANCE within forty-eight (48) hours of the start time of the protested game.
.2 Initial notification of the protest must be provided to the Executive Director by one of the following means of communication (Fax or Email).
.3 The initial notification shall provide all evidence in support thereof. Upon receipt of the initial protest, the Executive Director shall immediately contact the protested team, centre/zone via Fax or Email and shall provide the protested team, centre/zone with all the evidence in support thereof.
.4 From the time of notification by the Executive Director the protested team, centre/zone shall have thirty-six (36) hours to file a defense, stating its evidence back to the Executive Director. Except that during playoffs or playdowns the Protest Chair may rule that the defense be filed less than thirty-six (36) hours subject to the next scheduled game.
.5 Failure to comply with any or all of the above could result in the protest or the defense being declared null and void.
.2 No protest or defense of a protest shall be valid unless signed by both the President or designate of the centre/zone concerned and responsible officials of the team. The protest fee shall be $150.00 (one hundred and fifty dollars) returnable only if the protest is won, and the defense fee $100.00 (one hundred dollars) returnable if protest successfully defended. The Protest Committee shall not have the power to return the fees to any team, centre/zone.
.3 No member of the ALLIANCE shall be eligible to serve on any committee or to vote on any protest or question involving directly any team from his/her home centre/zone.
.4 A protest must be lodged for the game in which a challenged offence occurred, ie., ineligible player or coach. A protest lodged for subsequent games involving the same offence will not be considered for reversal of a game decision. In these cases, suspensions for ineligible participants will be enforced.