Affiliation Policy for all OSAAAHA Minor Midget and Midget eligible players
Updated as of February 19, 2013
The purpose of this document is to clarify the position that the Ottawa Senators AAA Hockey Association holds on the question of the affiliation of our 15 and 16 year old eligible players. As an association we believe that the responsibility to our players is as follows:
- Safety of the players
- Social development as it pertains to our immediate community and the hockey community at large
- Skill development
- Competitive development
- Team development
- Prepare & promote each player when and where ever possible
As a result of this focus we have instituted an association affiliation policy. This policy is in line with Hockey Canada guidelines but is governed and will be enforced by OSAAAHA. Any player registered with our association will be required to follow this policy without exception. It should be noted that the purpose of this strict approach is not to restrict our players in any way but rather to protect our 15 and 16 year old players and their families from policies that are subject to limitless interpretation.
How to contact a prospective player
If a team would like to use an affiliated player the head coach or general manager of the junior team is required to call Blake Callaghan to ensure that there is not a conflict. A follow up e mail will also be required.
N.B. At no time will a OSAAAHA player be contacted directly from a junior team. The team seeking affiliation from any OSAAAHA must follow this procedure outlined herein or the request for affiliation will be denied. This policy will be strictly enforced.
The following are reasons why a request would not be granted:
- All players must be members in good standing before they are allowed to play as an affiliated player
- Any player that participates in a game or practice at the Jr. Level and does not have consent from his Technical Director will become a member not in good standing
- A player cannot play in a junior game while serving a suspension at the minor level
- Jr. teams to provide each association with copies of all affiliation forms for record keeping
- Scholastic demands
- Disciplinary action from his coach or association
- Risk and Safety
OSAAAHA 15 Year old players
15 year old players can play a maximum of five (5) games with a Major Junior team and a maximum of five (5) games with a Junior A or B team. It is Major Junior AND Junior A or B. If a Major Junior team does not use the fifteen (15) year old affiliation option, you are restricted to a maximum of five (5) games with a Junior A or B team.
OSAAAHA 16 Year old players and 17 Year old players
16 year old and 17 year old players affiliated players are restricted to ten (10) games with the affiliate team(s) from the beginning of the season to end.
All eligible affiliated players are allowed to practice with their affiliated Junior Team provided that they have approval from Blake Callaghan and there Midget team.
In conclusion, it is the mandate of the OSAAAHA to put the safety and development of each of our registered players above the needs of Junior hockey. If it is determined that eligible players being recruited for affiliation have met all of the criteria to support their affiliation, no player will be denied the opportunity to experience the affiliation.
Coach/GM of team requesting affiliation _______________________________
Parent/Guardian of Player to be affiliated _______________________________
Player to be affiliated ______________________________
Blake Callaghan ______________________________
Coach of player to be affiliated _______________________________