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March 16th, 2010, 12:36 pm #1



As you are aware, last April, in an e-mail sent to all referees in the State, along with the Presidents of member team organizations, AHAI issued a mandate that they were taking over all assigning of officials in the State.

AHAI created new Committees to handle the development of officials and evaluations, a job duty that IHOA also controlled. AHAI left the teaching of seminars to IHOA.

We were no longer responsible for the assignment, development, evaluation and control of our referees. In effect, IHOA became a skeleton organization.

The purpose of the job action (Strike) is to make a concerted effort to:

- Bring AHAI to the bargaining table and Get our IHOA organization back.
- Insure our continued independence.

Get our IHOA organization Back.

IHOA has been serving the hockey community well, for the past 35 years. The takeover by AHAI has been a dismal failure.

They will tell you that there have been more evaluations than at anytime prior. This is true. However, you are all aware that many referees have received six (6) and seven (7) evaluations during the season. Some have reached ten (10), while some have received none. Why all of the evaluations? The evaluations reached such high numbers in order to justify the enormous amount of money they extracted from teams throughout the State. (See Financials)

What purpose did all of these evaluations serve? Many officials commented that the evaluations were not really a learning experience, as non-certified USA Hockey instructors performed them, but they did put $15.00 into the pockets of the evaluators.

There were officials that were being evaluated on games that served no appreciable purpose, except to justify the expenditure of money and reach high evaluation numbers. Level 3 officials being evaluated on Mite Bronze games? "Liars figure and figures lie."

The takeover by AHAI has been a dismal failure. While a handful of new referees have been developed, it does not justify the $75,000.00 that has been extracted from the Illinois teams. Just ask the coaches. (See Financials)

How do we accomplish this purpose?

When the issue of a job action was first broached, believe it or not, one organization asked, "What took you guys so long?" Our answer was simple; we did not want to hurt the players during the regular season.

However, the time has now come when it is vital that we take a stand to insure the future of our organization. While we recognize that spring leagues are starting up, we also are cognizant of the fact that there are independent assigners who will assign enough work for our membership during this job action.

To that end, we will begin a JOB ACTION on APRIL 1st, 2010.

Officials throughout the State will be asked to officiate only games that are assigned by non-AHAI assigners. The AHAI assigners are simply designated on the web as "ASSIGNER AHAI."

Officials are free to accept games from assigners that are independent. Anyone not one the above list is affiliated with, or is, an AHAI assigner. Click for List.

We do not envision that this job action will last very long, once AHAI recognizes our concerns. But rest assured, our goals will NEVER be accomplished without the effort of each and every member of IHOA.

This may well be the only time in the history of IHOA that we can make a difference for our organization and ourselves. WE NEED EVERYONE!

Finally, a petition is attached hereto, requesting that the paid members of AHAI step down from the IHOA Board. IHOA needs to be free from this conflict of interest and AHAI control.

It took an enormous effort last August to finally get some $85,000.00 that was due and owing to IHOA from the assigner account. We got it back and it is in the IHOA bank account. The non-paid members of IHOA forced the issue with the IHOA Board and AHAI to bring about this accounting.

CHANGE CAN HAPPEN AND IT STARTS WITH YOU!

Click on Resources menu link above for further information and updates.


PETITION TO REMOVE CERTAIN PAID EMPLOYEES.

This Petition will be presented to the IHOA Board at the next Board of Directors Meeting.
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March 16th, 2010, 12:40 pm #2



As you are aware, in an e-mail sent to all referees in the State, along with all of the President’s of Team organizations, AHAI issued a mandate that they were taking over all assigning of officials in the State.

AHAI created new Committees to handle the development of officials and evaluations. AHAI left the teaching of seminars to IHOA.

As part of their takeover, they instituted a service fee of $5.00 for every game played in the State of Illinois.

The breakdown is as follows:

To date (August 1, 2009 - March 6, 2010) there have been 20,122 games played in the State.

A. $110,610.00 has been charged to the teams in Illinois and collected.



B. $20,122.00 is paid to Ken Michel to use the assignment program that has been mandated by AHAI.



AHAI Officiating Program

“All AHAI games must be assigned using the Ref’r’Ranger desktop software …”


C. $20,122.00 is paid to AHAI. (We still don’t know why they get this fee, as they charge every team in Illinois to register and AHAI get money from USA Hockey, as an affiliate, for every player registered in Illinois.



D. $60,366.00 paid to AHAI Development Committee. When the takeover began, the IHOA Board (which included AHAI’s paid employees) also earmarked the sum of $14,000 to the AHAI Officiating Committee. Bringing the total amount in their development fund to $74,366.00.





AHAI assigner also charges the teams $3.00 per game for the assignment of referees. They have also collected $60,366.00 to be distributed by and between the assigners, who are now paid AHAI employees, along with a number of your IHOA Board members.

At the last IHOA Board meeting, a paid AHAI employee noted that only two assigners are “really” assigning games. That means that the 2 assigners are earning $30,000 each this season. If that is the case, from what fund is every one else getting paid? The development fund?

More likely than not, since they haven’t even dented the original $14,000 given to them by the IHOA Board. The members are entitled to an accounting!


RECAPITULATION

Development Fund - $74,366.00
AHAI Officiating Committee - $60,366.00
AHAI - $20,122.00
Ken Michel - $20,122.00
IHOA Checking Account - $80,000.00
TOTAL - $254,976.00
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Blind mice
Blind mice

March 17th, 2010, 3:02 am #3

Illinois hockey $$$$$ Tripped over my wallet and broke my ankle!!
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STRIPES

March 18th, 2010, 4:22 am #4

Maybe AHAI realizes that Illinois reffing is the worst around the Midwest. Michigan and Missouri and Wisconsin are all head and heels better then Illinois...GOOD LUCK IHOA
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anon

March 18th, 2010, 12:22 pm #5

your nuts!! Wisconsin and Missouri refs are horrible! Illinois are much better!
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dirk dangles
dirk dangles

March 19th, 2010, 4:06 pm #6

Missouri is by far the the worst piss poor
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March 20th, 2010, 12:29 am #7


As you are aware, last April, in an e-mail sent to all referees in the State, along with the Presidents of member team organizations, AHAI issued a mandate that they were taking over all assigning of officials in the State.

AHAI created new Committees to handle the development of officials and evaluations, a job duty that IHOA also controlled. AHAI left the teaching of seminars to IHOA.

We were no longer responsible for the assignment, development, evaluation and control of our referees. In effect, IHOA became a skeleton organization.

The purpose of the job action (Strike) is to make a concerted effort to:

- Bring AHAI to the bargaining table and Get our IHOA organization back.
- Insure our continued independence.

Get our IHOA organization Back.

IHOA has been serving the hockey community well, for the past 35 years. The takeover by AHAI has been a dismal failure.

They will tell you that there have been more evaluations than at anytime prior. This is true. However, you are all aware that many referees have received six (6) and seven (7) evaluations during the season. Some have reached ten (10), while some have received none. Why all of the evaluations? The evaluations reached such high numbers in order to justify the enormous amount of money they extracted from teams throughout the State. (See Financials)

What purpose did all of these evaluations serve? Many officials commented that the evaluations were not really a learning experience, as non-certified USA Hockey instructors performed them, but they did put $15.00 into the pockets of the evaluators.

There were officials that were being evaluated on games that served no appreciable purpose, except to justify the expenditure of money and reach high evaluation numbers. Level 3 officials being evaluated on Mite Bronze games? "Liars figure and figures lie."

The takeover by AHAI has been a dismal failure. While a handful of new referees have been developed, it does not justify the $75,000.00 that has been extracted from the Illinois teams. Just ask the coaches. (See Financials)

How do we accomplish this purpose?

When the issue of a job action was first broached, believe it or not, one organization asked, "What took you guys so long?" Our answer was simple; we did not want to hurt the players during the regular season.

However, the time has now come when it is vital that we take a stand to insure the future of our organization. While we recognize that spring leagues are starting up, we also are cognizant of the fact that there are independent assigners who will assign enough work for our membership during this job action.

To that end, we will begin a JOB ACTION on APRIL 1st, 2010.

Officials throughout the State will be asked to officiate only games that are assigned by non-AHAI assigners. The AHAI assigners are simply designated on the web as "ASSIGNER AHAI."

Officials are free to accept games from assigners that are independent. Anyone not one the above list is affiliated with, or is, an AHAI assigner. Click for List.

We do not envision that this job action will last very long, once AHAI recognizes our concerns. But rest assured, our goals will NEVER be accomplished without the effort of each and every member of IHOA.

This may well be the only time in the history of IHOA that we can make a difference for our organization and ourselves. WE NEED EVERYONE!

Finally, a petition is attached hereto, requesting that the paid members of AHAI step down from the IHOA Board. IHOA needs to be free from this conflict of interest and AHAI control.

It took an enormous effort last August to finally get some $85,000.00 that was due and owing to IHOA from the assigner account. We got it back and it is in the IHOA bank account. The non-paid members of IHOA forced the issue with the IHOA Board and AHAI to bring about this accounting.

CHANGE CAN HAPPEN AND IT STARTS WITH YOU!

Click on Resources menu link above for further information and updates.


PETITION TO REMOVE CERTAIN PAID EMPLOYEES.

This Petition will be presented to the IHOA Board at the next Board of Directors Meeting.
AHAI is a monopolistic joke in itself that should be disbanded. It is there only to serve the many poorly-ran Hockey Clubs interests and not the the interests of the players. What other states have a 2 choice rule? What a joke...Last time I checked my father and grandfathers fought in Wars to protect my liberties...not be held against my will and force my kids to play for teams or coaches that are terrible people or terrible coaches..all because they skated there 4 years ago as a Mite? I am finding that AHAI is similar to the rest of this State of Illinois that we reside in.......crooked as the Democrat party that runs it (Blago,Daley,Stroger,etc)

What is AHAI afraid of? Are they afraid of some parents starting their own teams and stealing "little Johnny" from a Hockey Club that charges $5,000 for a Pee Wee to play..In every State surrounding us, Independent teams join respective leagues and play as Independents and are allowed in their state tournament...How many Michigan teams play in the same rink at the same level? (the answer is many)..Teams from Indiana (too far to drive on a weekly basis) charge $1500 for travel hockey...Wisconsin $2000..Do the math...50/hour for ice divided by 16 kids...In IL you need to include the high paid Hockey Directors...and maybe AHAI board

Why do we even have AHAI?...Doesn't the Central District govern this area for USA Hockey? Why is AHAI at every wish and beckon call of the monmopolistic Hockey Clubs? (When was the last club affiliation introduced in IL?..You cannot count Flames/Bruins) Has AHAI ever ruled in favor of a player against a (powerful) club? Where does AHAI get the socialistic view to direct where a player can play? Whatever happened to free markets dictating price and procedure? LET THE KIDS PLAY FOR WHATEVER TEAM THEY CAN MAKE REGARDLESS OF AGE AND LEVEL
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March 20th, 2010, 12:47 am #8

Is this true? My kid refs and I have not received any email info from IHOA and/or AHAiabout this. Above post about AHAI Obama is right on! ANd if the figures are accutrate, no question change needs to be made at the top and there are many volunteer indiciduals that would be happy to be involved. I have met many knowledgeable hockey people with good insights and managerail talents at various rinks, and this Blackhawk CUp scam is the omst expensive tournaments my id played in this year, plus I had to pay $40 for my family to see each game!

AHAI is ridiculous if above is correct, and IHOA will have a tough time executing their demands highlighted above...good for them waiting until after the regualr season. Is there some sort of meeting scheudled that we can attend? WHen do the Lords of AHAI meet? Are they Open meetings? I know NIHL and NWHL have regularly scheduled open meetings and they both have run excellent leagues thanks to may volunteeres from many clubs.
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Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam

March 20th, 2010, 12:53 am #9

How much do you think that the average persons salary is in Indiana?
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stats
stats

March 20th, 2010, 1:53 pm #10

According to data released by the US Census Bureau, in 2000, the median household income was $39,717 compared to the national average of $42,148. In 2001, the median income for a family of four was $63,573 compared to the national average of $63,278. For the period 1999 to 2001, the average poverty rate was 7.9% which placed it 8th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia ranked lowest to highest
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