Team and Spares Policy

Team Size:

  1. Each TCM team shall include 18 players, including the team leader.
  2. Each team will draft 1 designated goalie and 5 designated big sticks.
  3. If each team in the draft has drafted all of its designated goalies and defenders, any extra goalies or defenders can be picked by any team.

Use of Spares:

  1. At the annual draft, the team leaders will collectively agree on a spares list comprised of any undrafted players that have been approved for admission to the club by the TCM executive.
  2. During regular season play, any team leader may call any spare to play in a game if he has received notice of an expected absence from a regular member.
  3. Team leaders are responsible for communicating their own expectations around notification to their teammates at the beginning of the season.
  4. Team leaders should make an effort to replace an absent player with a player of similar skill and position when picking from the spares list. The intent is to ensure that we are not “high-grading” or always calling out the same individuals.
  5. Team leaders should attempt to call spares prior to picking up regular players from other teams, but it is understood that this will still be necessary in many circumstances.
  6. Spares will be asked to pay a registration fee of $50 and they must complete the online registration in order to be eligible to play.
  7. Spares may not be used in any play-off game except where allowed by a vote of the club executive.
  8. New players may be added to the spares list during the course of the season by a vote of the executive.
  9. Should a regular player need to quit the club for the remainder of the season, a player from the spares list can be asked to replace the missing player for the remainder of the season based on a vote by the TCM executive. In the event a player is added to a roster in this way, the cost of his registration shall be $10 x the number of games remaining in the season.
  10. Any person who quits the club mid-season and then returns will be added to the spares list for that year, but will be included in the regular draft the next year. If a player quits the club for any reason other than injury, work or family commitments, that individual will only be admitted back into the club if so voted by a majority of the executive.

Use of Sideline Spares:

  1. During regular season play, a team leader may pick up a spare player from another team if he has fewer than 13 players dressed or if he has no goalie or if he lacks three big sticks.
  2. A team leader may add spares until he has 13 (or 14 if replacing a goalie or big stick).
  3. Both team leaders must agree on the players selected and the spare selected should be similar in skill and position to the player(s) absent. The intention is to avoid loading a team with more talent than usual.
  4. A team leader may elect not to add spares, provided he has 10 dressed players.
  5. With the exception of replacing an absent goalie, spares may not be used in play-off games.

Notice and Absences:

  1. Except in extenuating circumstances, players should give at least 24 hours notice to their team leaders of an expected absence.
  2. Players who are absent 4 or more times during a season WITHOUT notifying their team leaders may be asked to leave the club by a majority vote of the TCM executive. As an alternative, a player may also be allowed to complete a season but not re-admitted the following year if 4 or more absences without notice have occurred.
  3. Players who miss 5 or more games (with notice), except due to injury, may not be re-admitted to the club in the following year, based on majority vote of the executive.
  4. Players who miss 50% or more of the games prior to the Christmas Break may be replaced by a player on the spares list by a majority vote of the executive.
  5. An exception shall be made to the policies 2-4 above if a player has advised TC Masters PRIOR to the draft of his limited availability.