Communicate with your son or daughter – As a parent, one of the most important steps is to communicate with your son or daughter and explain to them why certain infractions are being emphasized. If you as a parent show frustration when a penalty is called so will your child. Be positive and avoid reacting negatively when a penalty is called.
Respect the officials – As a parent you are encouraged to visit the Hockey Canada web site to gain an understanding of the standard of plays and rules emphasis initiative. Standard of Play
Be patient with the officials as they refine their game management techniques in an effort to make the game safer and more exciting for the players. Also take the opportunity to visit the online rule book to learn about the different rules of the game. Hockey Canada Rule Book
Next time you are at the rink, try watching the game from the official’s perspective. As a parent on your child’s team, you are an important component of the team’s structure. Work with your child’s coach to support the rule emphasis and work with your coaches to teach the players what is expected of them. A major key is to encourage respect for the officials, their teammates and other players around them.
- I will be supportive to my child
- I know that players play for their enjoyment not mine
- I will display good sportsmanship, always respecting players, coaches and officials
- I will act appropriately, I will not taunt or disturb other spectators, enjoy the game together
- I will cheer good plays of all participants, and avoid booing opponents
- I will let the coaches coach my child
- I will cheer in a positive manner and encourage fair play, profanity and objectionable conduct, cheers or gestures that are offensive will not be tolerated.
- I will observe the 24 hour rule when dealing with my child’s coaching staff when problems arise
- I will remember we are our child’s role model
- Help provide a safe and fun environment, throwing items on the ice surface can cause injury to players or officials
- Do not lean over or pound on the glass, the glass is surrounding the ice surface and is part of the playing area
- I will support the referees and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity
- I will respect locker rooms as private areas for players, coaches and officials
- I will use discretion when consuming alcohol around players at team events (tournaments, practices or games)
- I understand that failure to comply with the KMHA Code of Conduct and Fair Play Codes could result in a suspension or expulsion from the KMHA
Warnings can be either oral or in the form of a signed document. In accordance with Code of Conduct Section 8.4, “violation by any member of any provision of this Code of Conduct may result in an immediate and indefinite family (including player) suspension or expulsion from the KMHA”.
The real essence of warnings is effective communication, whether with a player or a spectator, so that the person is knowledgeable about the nature of the risk involved.
For an initial warning to be effective it should be:
- Obvious and direct
- Specific as to the risk and should clearly indicate the risk
- Comprehensible and must be in language that can be clearly understood
- Be given by member of KMHA Executive, to create visibility and should be implemented at the point of the risk with proper courtesy and respect shown to all parties. It should not distract from the game / event under way nor become overly contested. A “cool-off” period may be required and formal written documentation would follow-up.
Serious first or subsequent occurrences will be dealt with under Section 8.5 of the KMHA Code of Conduct.