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Buyer Beware
Submitted By Greg Macmillan on Monday, July 12, 2021
There is an alternative non-sanctioned league being offered to Huntsville skaters this season in the U9 and U11 age group.  HMHA does not have an opinion or stance in regards to this league.  We respect anyone's right to choose what is best for their circumstances in regards to hockey options.  We believe it is important that we communicate what the Ontario Hockey Federation deems the consequences of participation with this, or any, non-sanctioned league.
The following information comes directly from the OMHA.
 

Any individual who Participates in a Non-Sanctioned game, or any minor hockey association which supports such a League, is subject to the following consequences:
3.2.1 Any individual who Participates in a Non-Sanctioned Game after the Cut-Off Date will lose all privileges with the Ontario Hockey Federation for the remainder of that season, and, subject to paragraph (3) below, may only apply for the reinstatement of those privileges after the end of that season.
3.2.2 The OHF and its Members across the OHF will make every effort to ensure that local minor hockey associations and their representatives in areas where Non- Sanctioned Games exist are not supporting these Leagues in any manner whatsoever. For greater certainty, “supporting” includes, but is not limited to, assisting a Non-Sanctioned Game directly or indirectly through advertisement, promotion, ticket sales, volunteer activities, assigning Officials, sharing resources or enabling such a Game to participate in Hockey Canada sanctioned activities. We will withhold tournament sanctions and will preclude such associations from benefitting from any OHF sanctioned event by whatever means necessary, including the withdrawal of any such event from any community within the geographic boundaries of that association if need be to stress this point.
3.2.3 Notwithstanding the consequences listed in paragraph 1), anyone who Participates in a Non Sanctioned Game after the Cut-Off Date is entitled to seek early reinstatement of their privileges within the OHF by appealing to Hockey Canada’s Non-Sanctioned Hockey Reinstatement Committee, which may grant early reinstatement if it is satisfied that special circumstances exist.
3.3 The consequences described in this section of this policy will remain in effect even if the Non-Sanctioned League or team folds, or the Participant is released, suspended or fired from that League or team.

2. DEFINITIONS
2.1 “Cut-Off Date” means September 10, 2021.
2.2 “League” means a Non-Sanctioned League.
2.3 “Non-Sanctioned League” includes any amateur hockey league that operates in Canada outside the auspices/sanctioning of Hockey Canada. This currently does not include summer hockey leagues/teams, adult recreational hockey leagues/teams, high school hockey, and/or hockey schools.
2.4 “Participate” means to engage, knowingly or otherwise, in an activity within a Non- Sanctioned League that could only be engaged in within Hockey Canada if the participant was properly registered on the Hockey Canada Registry. Such activity includes, without limitation, playing, managing, coaching, officiating, or acting as a trainer. 2.5 “Participation” in a Non-Sanctioned Game will be considered to have occurred if the individual takes part in one game (including an exhibition, tournament, league or playoff game) after the Cut-Off Date.
2.6 “Game” includes any scrimmage, exhibition, tournament or League game that is played outside the auspices/sanctioning of the Ontario Hockey Federation or any of its Members.

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