Interesting that the person in charge of SIHA hockey has taken to threatening children with sanctions..Read the letter sent out by Jeff Ingrum to his travel teams...
Note to all Travel Team Players:
The final Stallions tryout was completed this past weekend and we wish to thank all of the SIHA players who participated. There were just over 200 players that tried out for the program. SIHA is excited to be able to provide this program to our members that wish to participate. Harrow Sports has also agreed to sponsor the Stallions Pro team that just won the NARCH Winter Championship in Las Vegas, an 18-under and 21-under team will be sponsored also.
SIHA has always been extremely cautious about sponsorship for our younger players because we want to protect their amateur status for High School and College participation. CHSAA the sports governing body for high school athletics in Colorado and the NCAA for college sports do not allow players to be compensated with travel and meal expenses or free equipment to keep and then be eligible for their organizations.
SIHA does not want to risk the future of one of our player?s ability to play high school ice hockey or any other sport because they were given money, plane tickets or equipment for playing roller hockey. If you are not convinced of my statements on this situation just remember the Jeremy Bloom situation, the wide receiver for CU that is also a great skier.
Therefore, it is important that all SIHA members become aware of our new policy regarding players that wish to play travel and rec league with SIHA and then play elite with another organization that compensates the players or families with travel, food or equipment that you will no longer be able to participate in any of the SIHA programs and will effectively be removed from our organization. We are not going to risk the amateur status of our membership so that a few can receive illegal compensation for their child. SIHA is compiling a list of players that are playing with these other organizations and will have it available for CHSAA and the NCAA for any questions or inquiries.
SIHA has always tried to offer every program possible for our customer base and consider the consequences for all of our players for the long term. This exact issue is one of the reasons that my sons were never allowed to receive free equipment or play on sponsored teams because they played high school and now college football. The fact that roller hockey is not a sanctioned sport by CHSAA or the NCAA does not exempt it from becoming a sport that classifies as professional status when receiving compensation.
Harrow Sports agrees with me on this issue 100% and will follow the letter of the law with the NCAA in regards to our 18-under & 21-under teams they will support.
In regards to younger players, even 8-under or 10-under players that play for groups that compensate players with equipment or money will be removed from our organization. This compensation even if it is considered a gift is not acceptable by sanctioning body standards. This policy for SIHA members takes effect Feb. 23, 2004.
If you have any questions regarding this issue please call me at 719-380-8731.
Jeffrey J. Ingrum