Re: Divisional Realignment
Not all changes are implemented at the beginning of this season, some don't take place until the 09-10 season!
Effective January 1, 2009, all teams must have a registered coach behind the bench for all games.
Effective September 1, 2009, all registered coaches must have completed a minimum of Level 1 USA Hockey coaching certification.
Effective September 1, 2009, all players must have gloves that match the color scheme of their uniform or black gloves. All gloves need not be the same manufacturer or style.
I don’t think it much to ask that teams have matching jerseys, pants and matching color helmets at a college level. This is just another way of separating the NCRHA from the local house league. As far as gloves go, DI teams wont need them until the 09-10 season, plenty of time to scrape up the money. Coaches...we did have a few teams struggle with this last season in the ECRHA. What we suggested to those teams was to find somebody...anybody. Faculty/staff member, father, mother, alumni to suggest a few. As a result, major penalties were down, fighting penalties were down, teams were more organized and the staff/official had someone to go to if there were issues with the team other than the captain. Also, schools might more willing to fatten a clubs budget if they see the league is requiring stricter regulations, happened to a few club in the ECRHA.
Head Coach,Towson Univ.