BCHL is taking a business approach for the 2022-23 season and beyond.
The league officially approved several initiatives at its AGM, which was held May 26-27 in Salmon Arm.
Starting this season, the league will hold a scorecard on all 18 teams. According to a press release, he will cover all areas of team operations, including hockey operations, off-ice business standards and facility infrastructure.
“The League Standards Dashboard acts as a way for each of our 18 teams to recognize their individual strengths and weaknesses and work to make improvements that will ultimately benefit their organizations as well as the league as a whole. “said Chris Hebb, whose title changes from commissioner to CEO according to a business theme. “It is difficult to assess progress without measurable data and this dashboard will provide that tool to every team and help guide their efforts and resources to improve their franchise.”
According to a press release, each team will have four years to reach a certain level, although BCHL director of communications and events Jesse Adamson said the league won’t drop a hammer on franchises that aren’t up to speed. the height.
“We will work with them to make sure they get there,” he said. “The goal is to raise our standards across the league, not to punish teams that struggle to get there.”
One standard that should be in place in all BCHL arenas by the end of year four is video review. The Chilliwack Chiefs installed video review at the Chilliwack Coliseum last year and a number of other teams are expected to introduce it for 2022-23.
The league also plans to eliminate all player fees by year four.
Following high profile incidents in the NHL (Kyle Beech) and at the major junior level, BCHL is adopting a formal policy allowing its athletes to report any type of abuse, harassment or discrimination they may face in playing in the league.
The league is introducing a “safe sport officer” who will be on call and act independently of the BCHL and its teams. Each team will also have an ‘Athlete Advocate’ who will act on behalf of the players. Players will be able to report incidents to either person or use the reporting methods already in place.
“The safety of our athletes is at the forefront of everything we do,” said Steven Cocker, whose title is changing from deputy commissioner to chief operating officer. “We’ve made progress in recent years to protect our players on the ice, but they also need to be protected off the ice.”
BCHL created the policy using the Sport Dispute Resolution Center of Canada (SDRCC) as a resource.