Policies

   

Policies:

Blizzard Hockey follows the Hockey Nova Scotia Female Hockey Regulations:
https://hockeynovascotia.ca/admin-member/resources

 

Coaching/Manager Certifications
Respect in Sport
Criminal Records Checks
Tryouts and Selection Policy
Coach Selection Process
Fees and payment schedule
Refund Policy
Team Finances
Team Budget Policy
Team Fundraising Policy
Sponsorships and Donations
Jersey and Equipment Policy
Media and photos/video



Coaching/Manager Certifications

In order to be a Coach or Manager, there are specific certifications that you must have from Hockey Canada and Hockey Nova Scotia.  All of the necessary courses are provided in the fall. Any courses you require are paid for by Blizzard Hockey. Visit Hockey Nova Scotia's site for info on certifications and courses needed for the level you intend to coach. https://hockeynovascotia.ca/coach/coaching-requirements

Blizzard teams must have at least one female member on the team's bench staff. (Coaches and Assistant Coaches)



Respect in Sport

The Coach / Manager Respect in Sport certification is not the same as the Parent's Respect in Sport certification.
All bench staff and managers must have this certification. Link: https://hns.respectgroupinc.com/
Parents Respect in Sport:  https://hnsparent.respectgroupinc.com/




Records Checks

The Criminal Records Check (CRC) is done through the CB Regional Police. In-person paperwork sessions will be organized in the fall.
Everyone with a team role needs to have CRC completed. Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Trainers, managers, Dressing Room Supervisors and Safety Reps. We recommend every parent who attends the rink regularly have this certification to allow them to volunteer when needed.

 

Tryouts and Selection Policy

Players must attend the first session, and at least 50 per cent of the evaluation sessions.  Top level evaluations will take place first at all levels, followed by lower level evaluations if necessary, depending upon the number of players registered. 

Players will be assigned a pinnie/jersey for tryouts, which they should wear during all of their ice sessions, as the number they are wearing will identify them to evaluators.

Independent evaluators will be assessing the players to determine team placement. Parents, guardians and players are not to have any contact with the evaluators.

For all tryouts, depending upon the number of players participating, cuts may take place after the second and subsequent tryout sessions.

Any player who has an outstanding account balance is not eligible to participate in tryouts until those fees have been paid.  All players must be registered with the Hockey Canada central registry in order to participate in tryouts. This is for insurance purposes.

Hockey Nova Scotia regulations permit a female player to try out for a minor team. Female players choosing to play female hockey will have to attend the female tryout process from the beginning and are not permitted to be part of both a minor tryout process and female evaluation process at the same time.

F2.21. Female players choosing to play female hockey must attend the female tryout process from the beginning and will not be permitted to be part of both a minor tryout process and female tryout process at the same time.
a. Exception - Female players who try out for Major U18 Female will be permitted to be part of the Association female tryout process.


Once the first tryout session begins in each division/level, late registrations will be not be accepted unless a team still has space available on its roster after evaluations take place.

Once team selections have been made, rosters will be posted on the Blizzard FHA website.

 

 

Coach Selection Process

The Call For Coaches occurs every year in mid-summer. Application form link:  Call for Coaches!

If more than one person seeks a head coaching position for a team, the coaching selection is made by an independent three-person panel convened by the Coaching Co-Ordinator and approved by Blizzard's Board of Directors. The indpendent panelists can not have a child trying out for the team in question.

The selection panel may conduct an interview process in-person or by Zoom.

 

Fees

Registration must be completed by October 1, 2020 to allow for league and team planning. Payments can be made in installments or parents can pay in full at registration. The first payment of 50% is due by October 1st. Payments may be made by e-transfer to payment@capebretonblizzard.ca or in person by cheque or cash. Parents can provide postdated cheques. The final cheque can be dated no later than November 1st of the current hockey season.

Anyone that does not make arrangements for payment of fees by November 1st will be suspended from all Blizzard activities until payment arrangements are made.

Fee Structure:

Timbits hockey - $300
Recreational/C Hockey - $450
Rep Hockey AA/AAA - $650

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, there is a possibility that hockey may be suspended at any point during the upcoming season. If hockey is suspended by Hockey Nova Scotia/Government of Nova Scotia or key facilities, prorated refunds will be issued based on when the suspension occurs and how long it will be in effect for. Government of Nova Scotia COVID-19 protocols and restrictions also impact budget and team numbers. Fees and budget considerations are based on a 20 week hockey season from mid-October to early March with no restrictions.

 


Refund Policy

PRE-SEASON CAMP

Refunds are available, minus a $15 admin fee, up to final day of registration (Sept. 5). No refunds after September 5 as ice time would be secured for the players by then.

REGULAR SEASON:

CB Blizzard FHA will refund players a certain amount based on the date of withdrawal. Players withdraw for a number of reasons but it is essential that if you are withdrawing, to contact our registrar immediately as the date the request is received is the date that will be used to calculate the refund.

Full refunds will be made prior to registration deadline on October 1st, 2021 (less a $25 admin fee).
Registrations after October 1st are considered "late registrations" and may be subject to a late registration fee.
Between October 2nd and October 15th, a 75% refund of regular season fee will be issued.
Between October 16th and October 31st, a 50% refund of regular season fee will be issued.
After October 31st, no refunds will be issued as teams' ice allocation is established by then.

Any fundraised amounts toward player registration for withdrawn players are non-refundable.
Registration refunds do not apply to special camps or try out fees.
There is no refund for season-ending suspensions.
There is no refund until jersey/s are returned.
There is no refund for already missed sessions or retroactive requests.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, there is a possibility that hockey may be suspended at any point during the upcoming season. If hockey is suspended by Hockey Nova Scotia/Government of Nova Scotia or key facilities, prorated refunds will be issued based on when the suspension occurs and how long it will be in effect for. Government of Nova Scotia COVID-19 protocols and restrictions also impact budget and team numbers. Fees and budget considerations are based on a 20 week hockey season from mid-October to early March with no restrictions.

 

Team Finances

Each Blizzard team is responsible for its own financial operations. The Team Coaching Staff must appoint a Team Manager who is responsible for collecting, banking, and disbursement of team funds. The Team Manager cannot be the spouse, direct relation, or a person residing in the same residence of the team’s Head Coach.

Fees paid to Blizzard FHA for registration entitle each player to participate on a hockey team. Blizzard provides each team in the association with jerseys, practice ice time, development ice and registration and participation in the applicable hockey league.

Each team may incur additional costs during the hockey season that are not part of the fees paid to the FHA and must anticipate and budget for these costs. These additional costs are the responsibility of the team and parent group. The funds to cover these costs will have to be raised through a payment from each family or by fundraising to cover these costs. The Team Manager shall account for fundraising and spending of the hockey team, and report to the FHA and to the parents of the respective hockey team. The Team Manager is required to provide to the team parents and to the FHA the financial information as outlined in this document and as required by Blizzard FHA Policies & Procedures. At any time, the FHA can request team financial statements or authorize the FHA treasurer to intervene on behalf of the organization.

It is recommended that the team manager provide regular updates to the team with respect to the financial position of the team in order to prevent ‘surprises’ and/or misunderstandings. A simple financial update could include a summary of money spent and on what, and how much more would be required to pay for budgeted expenditures as outlined in the initial budget.

At a minimum, Blizzard requires the following financial reporting:
• Budget reporting to FHA Treasurer as detailed above.
• A final accounting at year end of all the money raised (through fundraising, parent contributions, sponsorships, donations, etc.) and all the money spent must be prepared and reported to the parents & FHA.

Team managers will be required to set up a bank account at a Scotiabank Branch. Cheques written from the account require two signatures. Generally, the signature of the manager and one other parent (signatories are required to be set up with the bank). The two signatories should not have a personal relationship or connection outside of the team. The segregation of duties means that no single person is responsible for a transaction from start to finish.

Ensure receipts are obtained or a copy provided for all transactions that take place. In general, receipts should be numbered for easy tracking and should contain the following information:

• Date of transaction
• Service rendered/purpose of payment
• Company owing payment
• Company receiving payment
• Signature of individual accepting payment
• Amount
• Form of payment

Should your team host a tournament you will need to either use your team bank account or contact the FHA Treasurer or FHA Administrator to have a tournament account set up through the FHA banking.

 

Team Budget Policy

Each team must prepare a budget for the upcoming hockey season. An optional template will be provided on the FHA website. Once prepared, the budget must be reviewed and approved by the parents of the players of the hockey team. The review needs to include a discussion at a parent meeting of the anticipated costs of the team and the level of fundraising and/or cash calls required to support the budget. The budget should be approved by at least 75% of the team’s parents.

Examples of costs to include in the budget may include, but are not limited to:
• Tournament Fees
• Team Equipment
• Team apparel (including hockey socks)
• Team social events
• Additional Player Development (i.e. dryland training, extra practices, etc.)
• Year End Party/Gifts
• Bank Fees

Blizzard FHA, as a matter of policy, does not restrict the type of costs that a team may incur. Blizzard FHA believes that parent oversight and good judgment will be the overall deciding factors when it comes to determining what spending is appropriate for each team. These costs are to be shared equally by the parents of the hockey players and can ultimately be minimized by fundraising activity.

 

Team Fundraising Policy

Fundraising activity by Blizzard teams need to be planned & budgeted for and can include, but are not limited to:
Bottle Drives
Fundraising Sales (i.e. chocolate bars, Christmas wreaths etc.)
Sponsor banners / calendars

The amount of fundraising to be done is to be determined by the parents of each hockey team. There is not a requirement to do any fundraising, however fundraising done by the team will reduce costs to the parents to cover team expenses.

 

Sponsorships and/or donations

From time to time a team may be offered a sponsorship or a donation from an individual or company in support of the team’s expenses. The sponsorship or donation may be designated for a specific expenditure or may be used at the team’s discretion. Sponsorships/donations may also take the form of a good or service (rather than money). It is recommended that all sponsorships and donations to a team be acknowledged by some form of thank you note or letter of appreciation to the donor.

 

Jersey/Equipment Policy

All players will be charged a $75 jersey deposit at the time of registration. This will be refunded at the end of the year when the jersey is returned or can be carried over to the next year.

Teams should appoint a manager who will be responsible to manage the care, maintenance, distribution, and collection of the jerseys throughout the season.

Only the equipment manager or designate can distribute jerseys to maintain accurate inventory. Throughout the year any request from the equipment room will require three days’ notice.

Jersey cleaning should be done in cold water as hot water affects the integrity of the jersey, and please use low heat or preferably hang to dry.

Game jerseys are not to be worn in practices, or at any time other than game situations or approved team functions.

Jerseys will be the responsibility of the individual player and must be returned in a similar condition at the end of the year, except for normal wear. Note: Tears, cuts, burns, glue adhesive, rips, etc. are not considered normal wear and the cost of a replacement jersey will be the responsibility of the individual player.

Failure to adhere to the above jersey policy or unreturned jerseys shall result in the player being charged the replacement fee.

 

Media and photos/video

Participants grant to Hockey Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Blizzard Female Hockey Association, with its representatives and employees the right to take photographs or video of during any event related to the mentioned organizations. Please contact the Association if you have a concern and we will endeavour to address it.
 
Hockey Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Blizzard Female Hockey Association, its assigns and transferees to copyright, may use and publish the same in print and/or electronically and may use such photographs for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, web content, or promotional documents for future Cape Breton Blizzard Female Hockey Association and Hockey Nova Scotia events.
 
Individual or group photos that include my child that are submitted by another parent may be posted on the Cape Breton Blizzard Female Hockey Association website or social media pages anytime during the hockey season. These images are for the purposes of illustrating the game of hockey and development of related activities, and may be used by Cape Breton Blizzard Female Hockey Association or its assigns. These images are not for sale and will be used only by Cape Breton Blizzard Female Hockey Association or other agencies working with Cape Breton Blizzard Female Hockey Association.