Affiliate Players

It is JDF philosophy that all players, Atom Division and up, should be given the opportunity to AP whenever possible to strengthen their individual skills by competing in a more demanding environment. In doing so, we believe it enriches the players’ skill base, offers additional ice time while stimulating a desire to excel in hockey. While higher division teams need permission from the team of which the affiliated player is registered, there are few exceptions that would popularize a position to withhold service. If the parents and or player do not wish to AP to the team above or if the team below is significantly short of players (i.e 3 or 4 players missing) that too would be a prominent reason to deny Ap’ing a player up. 
Please find below the spreadsheet TEMPLATE for tracking your teams AP’s for the 2016-2017 Season.
These are requested to be sent in at the end of each month until Season end to record on the master list for teams AP’ing and utilizing the AP’s they are assigned.
Please make sure when you are requesting AP’s: A few notes to start you off…

  • Coaches "MUST" communicate with their managers when they receive notice of player absences, and when players are going to be "AP'd" up 
  • Managers from one team to another should be sharing family contact info when requested
  • AP’s MUST be on your roster to play in ANY games with your team.
  • Players are only allowed to AP to ONE team.
  • Make sure to note AP beside AP player’s name on Game sheet.
  • Remember COMMUNICATION is the most important tool.

NO House (rec) player can be AP'd to a rep team until after that house player has played their first league game. This means that T3 coaches have to wait until AFTER October 15, and confirm that first league game has been played.   JDFMHA VP OPERATIONS will provide teams with a list of affiliate players once HCR is complete.  Please do not have AP players out until you have been given a confirmed list of AP's designated to your team. 

T2 and T1 coaches can AP AFTER their first tiering game. Your AP LIST will be the entire team below, this will allow for the dynamic circumstances you may face throughout the season. 

We must ensure this process is followed to prevent any fines from occurring.

To help us track affiliate players, coaches or managers MUST fill out this form each time an AP participates with their team.


Affiliation of players is helpful in enabling our teams to function, dealing with injuries, suspensions and so forth. More importantly it is a key piece in our development model, allowing a multiple of players to get added ice time, experience at a higher level, and exposure to varied coaching and strategic tactical training.  The opportunity to use an AP player in a game may be infrequent or never arise for your team but practices are just as important in the AP developement model at JDFMHA.  Please, do not be too worried about calling all your AP's up to your practices and having no opportunity to utilize them in a game, it is still developement.


Players may only be affiliated to one teams each. When using the player in a game you must mark “AP” beside their name on the game sheet.
When calling a player up to a practice or game, there must be contact between coaches & managers of the respective teams involved. You do not contact the player directly. This will require sincere working relationships between coaches for the betterment and development of our players.

Affiliation Model
Over recent years, the affiliation practices have been uneven and sometimes non-existent from team to team and division to division. As such, JDF offers the following model for our members to follow:
T1: Players will be affiliated by MM or JR teams; they will affiliate T2
T2: Players will be affiliated as a team by T1; They will affiliate the T3 team
T3: Players will be affiliated by T2; They will affiliate from Midget Recreation select players
Midget Rec can select from available Bantam Rec, second year only
T1:  They will affiliate players off the Bantam T2. 
T2:  They will be affiliated by T1, they will affiliate the T3 team.
T3:   They will affiliate select players from C teams
Follows same model.
Follows the same model except A teams choose the B1 team, B1 choose the B2 team, and B2 team selects from C teams. Atom Recreation does not have a team they are permitted to AP from.  No affiliation from Novice or below.

In summary, the following changes are now in effect:

  • An affiliate player who does participate in more than ten games will be deemed to be an ineligible player. 
  • Affiliate players may not play an eleventh game until their carded team has completed their season. 
  • Affiliate players are now limited to ten (10) games maximum over the course of a season. This does not include Exhibition or Tournament games.  The purpose of this limitation is to prevent the use of "permanent affiliates".  Your team has several AP's, please utilize them all.  Please note, recreation teams cannot AP a player up for a for a game unless they are below 14 skaters and can only affiliate up to 14.  Representative teams can only AP up to the current number of skaters on their roster.
  • Affiliation guidelines are now consistent at minor, junior and senior hockey.  
  • The five game limit after January 10 no longer applies. 
  • Only 2nd year recreational players will be selected to AP to recreational Division above, (unless special approval given)
  • ATOM developmental players cannot AP to peewee recreational
  • ATOM-MIDGET “C” 1st or 2nd year players can be selected to AP to T3 team or in Atom it would be Atom B2 team 
  • A player can only AP to a team if their name is on that teams HCR…the names are selected and given to each team Manager/Head Coach at the beginning of the Season.  Players who are not on the HCR can practice with a higher team but cannot play games.
  • The option to AP rests solely with the player and their parents.  If they do not wish to - then that is fine.  Another names will be selected.
  • If a player is requested to AP for a practice or game, in all cases the Coach and Manager of their own team should be contacted to ensure that they know one of their players is being asked to play up.  If there are practice and game scheduling concerns then the Coach and Manager should let their concerns be known to the other team.  For T3 teams, given that there is more than one team to draw from in recreation, coaches can try and AP from the rec team that won't be affected as much as taking a player from a team that already has an ice time committment, wherever possible. 
  • There is separate correspondence about goalies.  Harold Bloomenthal put out guidance on the lateral affiliation of goalies: LAP
    • This only applies to house teams and only when the team in question has NO goalkeeper.
      • Note:  teams must try and use your regularly affiliated goalie as a first resort. In other words a Bantam house goalie should be the first call up to a Midget house team and they should have one affiliated. If that goalie isn't available, then the lateral approach becomes the next option.
      • JDFMHA President needs to tell VIAHA who is being proposed to play, why the rostered goalies aren't available, what game is involved etc and get his permission.  If there's a legitimate last minute emergency we never want to cancel the game but try and give as much advance notice as possible.  If you have one please play him. You can't laterally affiliate a backup.
    • You can select any Goalie that plays on one of the house teams in the same level. Example if you are Atom house you pick from the other Atom C goalies.
    • A list of C goalies has been provided earlier on this season. You may need to call around to find a goalie who is willing and available.
    • Try to pick the goalie from a team that's not playing that day. That's the preferred method. If that doesn't work you have to ask lateral coaches who their backup will be that day and request him. No coach is to refuse a proper request of this nature. Having a backup is considered a luxury and coaches are being asked to forgo that if another team is in need.
    • No changes to rosters are required for goalies. Just put “LAP” beside the goalies name on your game sheet. You need to request permission from JDFMHA President and he will forward ASAP to VIAHA.

All new affiliations or alterations go through VP Operations for approval. JDFMHA won't deny a legitimate request from a coach/manager but all requests must be reviewed before approval.

All teams should review their list of affiliates quickly and add to it prior to January 10th if needed. The HCR is frozen after that. 

At the end of the day, good communication (advanced notice) is the primary tenet in realizing a successful AP program. We wish to offer players more ice time and exposure to an elevated level of hockey, whenever possible.

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