Welcome to the ARL Fall/Winter season. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting seven months of hockey.
We wanted to send this message to all participants prior to the season in order to remind you of a few rules and procedures.
1) Once again there will be no shoot outs in the regular season. A tie will be the result and one point per team will be awarded.
2) Same as last year there will be no “Hot Dog” rule in Division 1. The remaining divisions will still have the “Hot Dog” rule.
3) We are still adhering to the 24 hour rule, for on ice issues. Of course there can be extenuating circumstances, however, 24 hours can make for a much clearer thought process.
THANK YOU to EVERYONE who participated in the ARL SURVEY in the summer. We were able to gain a lot of insight as to what is important to ARL players. Basically you want a fun playing environment, you want to share the experience with good people and you want fair and balanced competition. As a group the ARL Committee has made every effort to create five well balanced divisions AND honour as many requests ARL players have to play with specific people. Although we can’t make everyone happy we did our absolute best to accommodate you all. Please remember that this is primarily a social league with more emphasis on fun than competition so by all means get to know not only your teammates, but the players you are playing against. This will make your experience even better.
Speaking of the social nature of the ARL please note that The Crossbar will be re-opening next week. It will now be called Pub 21. There will be many exciting changes to the restaurant and I am sure it will fast become a popular place for players to hang out after the game.
Off ice, we ask that ARL players enjoy the league Facebook page. There is lots of friendly banter, fun content and some great photos by ARL player Michael Durrant. On occasion, this page is a source of communication between the ARL Committee and players. The more the merrier. This is another great way to get to know each other. Please keep the comments fun and positive and hockey related. Any event related items on the Facebook page must be ARL Committee approved so please e-mail pat if you have any questions.
For communication each division will have a representative from the committee as your team captain’s first means of communication when discussing any issues related to ARL activity. We ask that everyone follow the chain of command to ensure that questions are answered in an orderly way.
Players communicate with captains. Captains will either deal with the situation directly or within their team, or they will forward the question to the Division Convener. The Division Convener will either deal with the situation with the Captain or move it forward to the Committee as a whole. Once the issue is resolved, communication will then move back down through the chain from the Committee to the Division Convener, to the team captain and then to the players. As a group, the Committee and Captains hope this creates a positive flow of information through the league and that all participants are involved on a need to know basis.
The Division Conveners are:
Division 1 – Patte Beltrame
Division 2 – Jeff Topping
Division 3 – Jim Sleno
Division 4 – Pat Baranowski
Division 5 – Ted Lindsay
Finally, please take notice of the ever evolving website created by ARL players Cody Lusk and Bruce Johnson. It is the primary source of ARL information.
We wish you all the best in the upcoming season and as always keep the ARL spirit in mind while playing.
Keep your stick on the ice…and notice The Wave has put in a brand new sheet of ice and it is freshly painted and ready to go.
The ARL Committee