CRHL ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
CRHL ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (August 28, 2003) ? The Collegiate Roller Hockey League is excited to announce a plan for the future of college roller hockey that coincides with the vision of a true collegiate roller hockey league. The CRHL Board of Directors, upon pressure from their member organization representatives, drafted a reorganization proposal in mid-July addressing rising concerns about the future of the league. Shortly thereafter, the proposal was released to CRHL Members through the member organization representatives for comments. CRHL has already initiated a season-long implementation to bring the proposal to reality in April 2004 with the goal of operating the 2004-05 season under the new structure. The proposal can be viewed in its entirety on CRHLnet (http://www.crhl.net).
The essentials of the plan are that full control of college roller hockey will be placed directly in the hands of the member schools of the CRHL. All CRHL Members will elect individuals for all seats on the CRHL Board of Directors, the long-term visionary component of the organization, as opposed to the previously utilized regional or program representatives. In addition, CRHL proposes to abolish the regional, three-program based structure currently in place and replace it with a divisional structure. Each division will have differing rules, regulations, procedures and individuals overseeing the division, all decided by the teams competing in that division. This is in contrast to the current means of utilizing regional representatives to determine policies and oversee all divisions in a geographical location. Members will choose in which division to compete based upon which division is best suited to the needs and ability of their club. Members will still compete in conferences based upon their geographical location, but all conferences will be administered by localized CRHL employees and will utilize the same set of standards determined by each division.
CRHL will still oversee national operations and member benefits as well as ensure the divisions remain unique to one another and oversee the election process for all elected positions, including the individuals elected by teams to head the four divisions. These four individuals, along with individuals overseeing national aspects of the league (such as member development and marketing), will form the Executive Board, the day-to-day operational component of the league.
This plan will not only alleviate many of the reoccurring problems that exist in college roller hockey, but will also provide our members with an organization in which they can be directly engaged in the issues that affect them at all levels ? from the long-term vision and direction of CRHL to the day-to-day operations, rules and regulations.
CRHL Executive Director Andrew MacMillan said: ?There are many dedicated people throughout college roller hockey who serve as administrators of teams, leagues and other associated organizations. This new structure will finally provide these individuals with the means to move in a single, coherent, positive direction. The restructuring is, by far, the biggest step in moving college roller hockey forward and will be extremely rewarding for everyone involved, especially the Members of CRHL.?
Founded in 1999, the Collegiate Roller Hockey League has hosted the only college roller hockey national championship each season during the past five years. CRHL?s membership last season consisted of more than 150 teams competing in four divisions in more than 30 states. More information about the Collegiate Roller Hockey League is available on CRHL.net (http://www.crhl.net), the official Web site of the CRHL.
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