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Code of Conduct



A. Administrators Code of Conduct:

1. Follow the rules and regulations of USA Hockey and your association to ensure that the association’s philosophy and objectives are enhanced.
2. Support programs that train and educate players, coaches, parents, officials and volunteers.
3. Promote and publicize your programs, seek out financial support when possible.
4. Communicate with parents by holding parent/player orientation meetings as well as being available to answer questions and address problems throughout the season.
5. Work to provide programs that encompass fairness to the participants and promote fair play and sportsmanship.
6. Recruit volunteers, including coaches, who demonstrate qualities conducive to being role models to the youth in our sport.
7. Encourage coaches to attend USA Hockey clinics, and advise your board members of the necessity for they’re training sessions.
8. Make every possible attempt to provide everyone, at all skill levels, with a place to play.
9. Read and be familiar with the contents of the USA Hockey Annual Guide and Official Playing Rules.
10. Develop other administrators to advance to positions in your association, perhaps even your own.

B. Coaches Code of Conduct:

1. Winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one. Care more about the child than winning the game. Remember that players are involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.
2. Be a positive role model to your players, display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical safety of players.
3. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent and honest; be fair and just; do not criticize players publicly; learn to be a more effective communicator and coach; don’t yell at players.
4. Adjust to personal needs and problems of players; be a good listener; never verbally or physically abuse a player or official; give all players the opportunity to improve their skills; gain confidence and develop self-esteem; teach them the basics.
5. Organize practices that are fun and challenging for your players. Familiarize your self with the rules, techniques and strategies of hockey; encourage all your players to be team players.
6. Maintain an open line of communication with your player’s parents. Explain the goals and objectives of your association.
7. Be concerned with the overall development of your players. Stress good health habits and clean living.
8. To play the game is great; to love the game is greater.

C. On-Ice Officials Code of Conduct:

1. Act in a professional and businesslike manner at all time and take your role seriously.
2. Strive to provide a safe and sportsmanlike environment in which players can properly display their hockey skills.
3. Know all playing rules, their interpretations and their proper application. Remember that officials are teachers. Set a good example.
4. Make your calls with quiet confidence; never with arrogance.
5. Control games only to the extent that is necessary to provide a positive and safe experience for all participants.
6. Violence must never be tolerated.
7. Be fair and impartial at all times.
8. Answer all reasonable questions and requests.
9. Adopts a “zero tolerance” attitude toward verbal or physical abuse.
10. Never use foul or vulgar language when speaking with a player, coach or parent.
11. Use honesty and integrity when answering questions.
12. Admit your mistakes when you make them.
13. Never openly criticize a coach, player or other official.
14. Keep your emotions under control.
15. Use only USA Hockey-approved officiating techniques and policies.
16. Maintain your health through a physical conditioning program.
17. Dedicate yourself to personal improvement and maintenance of officiating skills.
18. Respect your supervisor and his/her critique of your performance.

D. Parents Code of Conduct:

1. Do not force your children to participate in sports, but support their desires to play their chosen sport. Children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment. Make it fun.
2. Encourage your child to play by the rules. Remember that children learn best by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams.
3. Do not embarrass your child be yelling at players, coaches or officials. By showing a positive attitude toward the game and all its participants, your child will benefit.
4. Emphasize skill development and practice and how they benefit your young athlete. De-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
5. Know and study the rule of the game and support the officials on and off the ice. This approach will help in the development and support of the game. Any criticism of the officials only hurts the game.
6. Applaud a good effort in both victory and defeat and enforce the positive points of the game. Never yell or physically abuse your child after a game or practice-it is destructive. Work toward removing the physical and verbal abuse in youth sports.
7. Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They are important to the development of your child and the sport. Communicate with them and support them.
8. If you enjoy the game, learn all you can about hockey-and volunteer.

E. Players Code of Conduct:

1. Play for FUN.
2. Work hard to improve your skills.
3. Be a team player-get along with your teammates.
4. Learn teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.
5. Be on time for practice and games.
6. Learn the rules and play by them. Always is a good sport.
7. Respect your coach, your teammates, and your parents, opponents and officials.
8. Never argue with an officials decision.



A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (Zero Tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a player:

1. Openly disputes or argues any decision by an official.
2. Uses obscene or vulgar language at any time, including any swearing, even if it is not directed at a particular person.
3. Visually demonstrates any sign of dissatisfaction with an official’s decision. Any time that a player persists in any of these actions, they shall be assessed a misconduct penalty. A game misconduct shall result if the player continues such action.


A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (Zero Tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a coach:

1. Openly dispute or argues any decisions by an official.
2. Uses obscene or vulgar language at any time, including any swearing, even if it is not directed at a particular person.
3. Visually demonstrates any sign of dissatisfaction with an official’s decision including standing on the boards or standing in the bench or doorway with the intent of inciting the officials, players or spectators. Any time that a coach persists in any of these actions, they shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty.


1. Officials are required to conduct themselves in a businesslike, sportsmanlike, impartial and constructive manner at all time. The actions of an official must be above reproach. Actions such as “baiting” of inciting players or coaches are strictly prohibited.
2. On-ice officials are ambassadors of the game and must always conduct themselves with this responsibility in mind.


The on-ice officials will stop the game when the parents/spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or the game. The on-ice officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/spectators from the spectator’s viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body. This inappropriate and disruptive behavior shall include:

1. Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
2. Taunting of player, coaches, officials or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence or physical violence.
3. Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing are, player’s bench, penalty box or on ice surface, directed in any manner as to create a safety hazard.


The discipline policy will be used as a guideline for penalties of offenses for a player, coach, or member of SYHA when required.

1. 1st Offense – Written probation for 45 days, any other offense within the 45 days will be a (1) week suspension.
2. 2nd Offense – (1) week automatic suspension
3. 3rd Offense – (2) week automatic suspension
4. 4th Offense – Dismissal from program without refund