Molson Challenge Cup 2008
The NLSA Spring Planning Meeting was held during the first weekend in April and many Challenge Cup issues were discussed. The following issues either highlight new ideas or note that the regulations for last season will be continued:
1. Start-up will be Saturday, May 31st. Teams were registered by May 5 and 2008 sees the return of most of the teams from last season with St. Lawrence Laurentians back to defend their championship against Mount Pearl, Holy Cross, and Feildians. The St. John’s U18s will again play in the league on an exhibition basis. All clubs will play a 20 game schedule, playing each other a totral of five (5) times. The Challenge Cup Final Weekend is scheduled for the Labour Day Weekend at the King George V pitch in St. John’s.
2. Gate charges this year will remain unchanged for regular season games. Final Weekend games will cost $ 6.00 per day. All fans over the age of 5 will have to pay.
3. The schedule is being sent to the clubs for approval this week. Teams have been given one schedule request but there will be no League shutdown for Concerts, Festivals, etc.
4. The All-Star Team and individual awards will be chosen in the same manner as last year with team reps, coaches, and fans invited to vote. The U18s have been declared not eligible for either all-star selection or individual awards as they are playing on an exhibition basis only.
5. To be eligible for Final Weekend a player must have dressed for 20% of his team's game. A player who plays more than one-half of the regular schedule will not be permitted to participate in the Senior Mega Tournament (Intermediate). The regulation requiring players to sign a form stating they will play at nationals if they win the provincial championship has been dropped from the regulations.
6. The card situation has been changed completely. The system used whereby players could have cards removed from their record has been dropped in favour of a system whereby a player will receive suspensions based on the number of cards accumulated. Four yellow cards will see a one game suspension while seven (2 games), 10 (3 games) and 12 (4 games). Dismissals (Red Cards) will see players/team staff suspended for: 1st Dismissal (1 game minimum), 2nd dismissal ( 3 game min.), 3rd dismissal (5 games min. plus a hearing from the NLSA Discipline Committee.
7. Clubs decided they did not want to return to either Extra Time or Penalties at the end of regular season games. Therefore, again this season ties will stay as ties in regular season games. During the Final Weekend, all play-off games that are tied will go to two fifteen minute extra time periods followed by penalties if the scored remains tied.
8. There will be a move to begin an NLSA Cup . This will be a two game exhibition series between the Challenge Cup winner and an all-star team selected from the remaining teams. Also it is hoped to schedule games with Memorial University thereby giving the winning team much needed competition prior to the National tournament.