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League Structure



1. Conferences:

i.	The league is organized into two conferences from which the league will align teams and schedule games. (Est. 1986)
ii.	The league consists of a total of twenty-four teams in the league. As such, each conference will consist of twelve teams. (Est. 1986, Amend. 1997)


2. Divisions: 

i.	The conferences are further sub-divided into two divisions. (Est. 1986, amend. 1997)
ii.	Each division will consist of six teams. (Est. 1986, amend. 1997)


3. Teams:

i.	Each team has its own City name and nickname. (Est. 1986)
ii.	Each team has its own logo. (Est. 1996) 


4. Schedule:

i.	The regular season schedule is Twenty-one games. All games will include the statistics from Monday through to and including Sunday’s NHL games. The subsequent four weeks, following the conclusion of the regular season will be our playoff games. (Est. 1986)
ii.	Two weeks of the NHL season will not field enough games for our season. These are the first week of the season and the all-star break or Olympic break. If there are not enough minimum weeks to play a season, namely Twenty-six games, we will require a change in the schedule format in accordance to defined rules. (Est. 1986)
iii.	The COO prepares the schedule for each season using a set formula. This schedule is distributed to all league owners at the Annual Meeting. Any changes to the schedule must be approved by the league in general. (Est. 1986)
iv.	A season is defined as October 1 to the Tuesday following Victoria Day. (Est. 1987. amend. 2000)
	

5. Playoffs:

i.	The top three teams in each division plus the next two best teams in each conference make the playoffs. (Est. 1986, amended 1998)
ii.	All tie-breaking formulae are on the basis of Wins, Goals, Points Scored, Goalie Wins then highest seed. (Est. 1986, amended 2007)
iii.	The division winning teams are seeded one and two as long as they remain alive in the playoffs. (Est. 2000)
iv.	For every playoff round, the highest seeded team (based on points in season) plays the lowest seeded team. The second highest plays second lowest, etc. (Est. 1986)  


6. Executive Committee:

i.	An executive committee made of 3 owners will oversee league operations in the following capacity:
	President - oversee all aspects of league operations including communications and maintenance of the Rule book
	COO – scheduling, weekly statistics, game results, trades
	CFO - treasurer and payroll 
	Other duties of the Executive Committee include maintenance of the league website and coordinating drafts. (Est. 1997, amend. 2000)
ii.	The executive committee members serve a two year term until voted upon by league members once again. (Est. 1997)
iii.	The duties of the executive committee are as follows:
	Maintain league operations
	Arbitrate league disputes
	Rule on any league proposals (Est. 1997)
iv.	The executive committee is not empowered to make changes to league rules which have a financial impact on any members - i.e.: payroll, salary or payouts. (Est. 1997)
v.	Any decision taken by executive committee will be forwarded in writing to the parties and to league members in general. If there is any grievance with said decision, the decision can be overturned by a league vote based on league voting rules. (Est. 1986)	
				

7. Rules Committee

i.	The purpose of the Rules Committee (RC) is to arbitrate an appeal that is presented in writing by a member or group of members of the Board of Governors (BOG). The member or group of members requesting the appeal is hereinafter referred to as the plaintiff. The defendant in the appeal may be either another BOG member or it could be a group of owners – depending on the facts of the case.
ii.	When presiding over an appeal case, the RC can only interpret existing TMHL rules; it does not formulate new rules.
iii.	The RC consists of 5 members plus 2 alternate members all elected from within the BOG and each member will serve a term of 12 months.
iv.	The 2 alternate members are not active voting members of the RC. An alternate member will vote in an appeal case only if it replaces the vote of an existing committee member 
v.	Elections for the 7 positions within the RC are held during the annual September BOG meeting.
vi.	Once elected, the five members of the RC must themselves elect a Chairman. An existing committee member may NOT vote on an appeal case IF:
1)	the member is either a plaintiff or a defendant in the appeal before the RC, OR
2)	the member is unavailable (which includes, but is not limited to, illness, vacation, personal absence, out-of-town business)

Chairman’s Responsibilities:
i.	When notified of an appeal request, The Chairman of the RC has the following responsibilities: 
•	determine who is the plaintiff and who is the defendant
•	if the Chairman declares himself as either the plaintiff or the defendant, then he is temporarily suspended from any further involvement in the RC and he must communicate to the remaining members of the RC that an interim Chairman must be elected to preside over the current appeals case. An interim Chairman HAS to be a member of the RC. The permanent Chairman resumes his responsibilities upon conclusion of the appeals case.
•	determine if the appeal has merit.  In doing so, the Chairman MUST discuss the merits of the case with AT LEAST 2 other members of the RC (who may be alternates) who are NOT potential plaintiffs or defendants in the case. If an appeals case does not have merit, the Chairman must give the reason why in writing stating applicable TMHL rules.
•	If a case has merit, notify all 5 members of the RC that an appeal case will be heard
•	determine, using step 8 below, if alternate members MUST replace existing members of the RC for an appeals case that is before the RC
•	consult with all members of the RC to determine if there exists a conflict of interest with regards to the case at hand. In doing so, the RC committee must refer to the Conflict of Interest Guidelines below. In instances where a RC member declares a conflict of interest, then that RC member is replaced by an alternate member for the case before the RC
•	declare the deadline for the plaintiff and defendant to deliver written submissions
•	prepare a written statement of fact surrounding the appeal
•	collect plaintiff and defendant written submissions
•	distribute the statement of fact and all submissions to members of the RC for vote
•	provide a reasonable deadline for each member of the RC to submit their vote
•	collect all votes, which are cast by secret ballot
•	tabulate and declare the result of all votes to the members of the RC, plaintiff and defendant
•	document, for historical reference and precedent, all RC decisions on the TMHL web site

Voting:
i.	When a RC member casts a secret vote, it must do so in the form of either a word document or an email that does not show their decision in the ‘subject’ area of the email. The document must first clearly state whether the vote is in favour of the plaintiff or the defendant AND then it must give the reason for the vote.
ii.	THE DECISION OF THE RC IS FINAL. There is NO opportunity to appeal to the Board of Governors
iii.	All 5 votes must be cast before the Chairman of the RC can declare an official decision in the appeal.
iv.	When deciding an appeals case, a member of the RC has only the written statement of fact prepared by the chairman and the written submissions of the plaintiff and defendant to assist him in making a ruling. An RC member MAY initiate contact with other RC members and/or with the plaintiff and/or with the defendant in order to obtain more information; any information obtained through said contact may be shared at the discretion of the RC member that is initiating the contact.
vii.	During an appeals case, the plaintiff and defendant are prohibited from discussing the merits of the case outside of their written submission UNLESS the discussion was initiated by an RC member or another owner. Any evidence of unprovoked lobbying will result in a $______________ fine payable by a team determined by the RC Chairman. This discussion ban begins the moment the Chairman identifies and communicates the identities of the plaintiff and the defendant and ends upon the communication of the vote result

Deadlines:

i.	The deadline to request an appeal to the RC shall be 12:01 PM on the Monday following any decision communicated by the TMHL that is disagreeable to the person who wishes to make an appeal.
ii.	Once a vote is announced, the chairman uses discretion to determine if the decision of the rules committee is retroactive to the date of the appeal.  A RETROACTIVE DECISION IS ALLOWED
iii.	ONLY THE CHAIRMAN may determine if a decision of the rules committee is retroactive.
iv.	As a guideline, the RC has 3 days to make a decision on an appeal once they have the statement of fact as well as the submissions from the plaintiff and defendant.


 Conflict of Interest Guidelines:

The following guidelines apply to ANY situation where an owner of the TMHL is required to cast a vote on matters before the TMHL (whether within the Rules Committee or not):

i.	As a general principal, a conflict of interest exists where an owner may inherit a DIRECT benefit as a result of a decision on a issue before the TMHL
ii.	All owners of the TMHL are honourable gentlemen
iii.	Because owners of the TMHL are honourable, they must THEMSELVES declare if they have a conflict of interest when asked to vote on any matters before the TMHL
iv.	An owner may declare an opinion that another owner has a conflict of interest, but they CANNOT force another owner to involuntarily abstain from voting because of a charge of conflict of interest.


8. League Voting:

i.	In all cases, league issues are decided on a simple majority basis (50% plus 1). (Est. 1986)
ii.	The required number for a league vote to be conducted is a quorum of 75% of the owners. (Est. 2000)
iii.	Unanimous votes are required for any financial rule change. (est. 2000)


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