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Placement Committee Role and Responsibility

The PAHL Placement Committee was started in the 1999-2000 season to address on-going issues regarding competitive imbalance in the PAHL.  The Committee is comprised of five to eight volunteers representing PAHL member organizations, or are "independent" participants who have an in-depth knowledge of youth hockey and the PAHL organizations.
The Committee reviews the preliminary competitive team placements of PAHL member organizations to identify potential inappropriate slotting of teams in the competitive divisions.  After reviewing and researching the team compositions, the committee recommends changes to PAHL Executive Board regarding competitive structure for each division.  The Executive Board then approves or rejects the recommendations for the season.
The Committee Chair maintains a centralized database of all players in the PAHL.  PAHL member organizations submit initial rosters and all roster changes to the Committee Chair during the season.  From the database, the Committee is able to continuously monitor the competitive balance in the PAHL during the season, and reports any issues to the PAHL Executive Board for action  if needed.
The Review Process

The review process begins with the submission of team rosters to the Committee Chair immediately following an organization's tryouts.  Between mid-August and late September, committee members meet weekly to review and assess the competitive make up of the divisions for the coming season.  Associations are required to submit additions and deletions to their rosters in a timely manner both in the pre-season and throughout the entire playing season (refer to the PAHL Rules for detail).
The Committee's review follows the general process flow, below:
  • Organizations submit rosters to the Chair.  Rosters are entered into the centralized PAHL database to be used for analysis.
  • The database is used to calculate a statistical team score for each team in the PAHL.
    • An experience score is automatically calculated for each player on a team roster.  The total score is comprised of points assigned to: the last three years playing experience, the records of the players' teams for the last three years, the player's age as of the start of the PAHL season (9/1).
    • The team score is calculated by adding and/or averaging the individual player scores of all players on the teams' rosters.
    • The overall statistical results provide the Committee a starting point in their analysis.
  • Beginning in mid-August, Committee members review a series of reports generated from the database including:  Total team scores and average player scores for each team in each division; playing experience from prior seasons distributions; "self placement" of the team; past history of the team coach and/or organization. 
  • From the reviews, potential anomalies (e.g. an team that is self placed in the "AA" division that appears to belong in an "A Minor" level), and will request additional information from the organization and/or that the team in question schedule scrimmages to demonstrate their competitive abilities.
  • Once scrimmage results have been submitted, and all available data is reviewed, the committee will provide the PAHL Executive Board with the list of team placement recommendations for the coming season.
  • The PAHL Executive Board will approve all, none or some of the changes as they deem appropriate.  Final team placements are communicated to member organizations on or before the annual PAHL Scheduling Meeting in September.
  • Associations can appeal the approved competitive placements at the PAHL Scheduling meeting.  Appeals must be made at this time so divisions can be finalized for game scheduling.
  • Throughout the season, roster changes are submitted to the Committee Chair (both additions and deletions) for continuous competitive monitoring by the committee.

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