Local league board 'steps aside' over roster issues with OMHA
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) has taken over operation of
the Simcoe Region Minor Hockey League (SRMHL) following that board's decision to "step aside" while they "work things out with the OMHA."
SRMHL, whose membership includes TNT, Beeton, Thornton, Innisfil,
Bradford and Schomberg along with York Region based communities,
provides a playing loop, Local League, for a collection of centres that
do not offer houseleagues at one or all playing levels. Its been
operating for over 30 years. The OMHA is its governing body.
It's believed one of the key conflicts is between the SRMHL board and
the OMHA's new regional remember, Joe Rudnick and involves a past
practice whereby the OMHA provided the SRMHL with player rosters so
that there was a way to check and keep track of player movement, but is
now refusing, citing privacy issues.
Reportedly The OMHA also wanted control of the league's web site, but
it belongs to a one person who operates it as a volunteer. It's
currently password protected.
The OMHA is holding a meeting tonight of the membership to discuss how
they are going to run SRMHL.
TNT Minor Hockey President Donna Horan told Free Press Online that she
hopes to know more about what's taking place following tonight's
"It is too bad because I think for the most part (SRMHL) was run just
fine and the OMHA should leave it alone as the membership is happy with the way
things were going," said Ms. Horan. "The membership told the OMHA the other
night they had no problem with this (sharing rosters) continuing to
keep centres from not cheating with players."