Kawartha Blazers Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct identifies the standards of
behaviour that are expected of all Kawartha Blazers members, including players,
coaches, parents, directors, and volunteers. The Kawartha Blazers are committed
to providing and maintaining a sledge hockey environment where all individuals
are treated with respect.
The following information deals with specific guidelines for the behaviour of
Parents, Players, Coaches, On and Off-Ice Officials and Executive members and
forms the Kawartha Blazers Code of Conduct.
During the course of all Kawartha Blazers activities and events, members of the
Kawartha Blazers shall conduct themselves at all times in a fair and
responsible manner. They shall refrain from comments or actions that are
disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist, or sexist. Behaviour that
constitutes harassment or abuse (as defined by Canadian Hockey governing
bodies) will not be tolerated by the Kawartha Blazers.
Members shall avoid behaviour that brings the Kawartha Blazers or the sport of
Sledge Hockey into disrepute, including but not limited to abusive use of
alcohol and non-medicinal use of drugs, or that endangers the safety of others.
Kawartha Blazers members shall at all times adhere to the Kawartha Blazers Codes
of Conduct and rules governing Kawartha Blazers events and activities. Failure
to comply with the Codes of Conduct may result in disciplinary action. Such
action may result in the member losing their membership or some of the
privileges that come with membership with the Kawartha Blazers including the
opportunity to participate in club activities.
Guidelines for Players
one guiding principal of the Kawartha Blazers Sledge Hockey program is to
have fun, work hard and to develop hockey skills, teamwork and sportsmanship.
quote from Hockey Canada says it all, “From the pond to the pros, success in
hockey begins with respect. Players who respect themselves, teammates,
opponents, coaches, trainers, GAME OFFICIALS, administrators, parents and fans
develop winning attitudes both on and off the ice.”
Blazers Sledge Hockey supports the Hockey Canada Fair Play Code
I will play
hockey because I want to, not just because others or coaches want me to.
I will play
by the rules of hockey and in the spirit of the game.
respect my opponents.
control my temper – fighting and mouthing off can spoil the activity for
I will do my
best to be a true team player.
remember that winning isn’t everything and that having fun, improving
skills, making friends and doing my best are also
acknowledge all good plays/ performances – those of my team and my opponents.
remember that officials are there to help me. I will accept their
decisions and SHOW THEM RESPECT.
I will make a
commitment to my team at all times by attending all practices, games,
meetings, special events, and by playing to the best of my
respect my coaches at all times and remember that my Coaches are providing me
with the opportunity to learn and play the game of
If I feel
strongly about something and wish to discuss it with the coach I will do so in
the dressing room before or after a game so that the outcome of a game is not
that respect for authority is a valuable life lesson.
I will not
argue with a referee after a whistle since arguing will NOT change his or her
I will share
pertinent health issues with team management.
I will wear
all proper equipment during games and practices.
Behaviour Guidelines For Coaches
Winning is a consideration, but neither the only one nor the most important
one. Care more about the player than winning the game. Remember players are
involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.
Be a positive role model to your players, display emotional maturity and be
alert to the physical safety of players. Do not appear for games or practices
while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. Show respect for on-ice and off-ice
officials at all times.
Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent, honest; be
fair and just; do not criticize players publicly; learn to be a more effective
communicator and coach; don’t yell at players.
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.
Organize practices that are fun and challenging for your players. Familiarize
yourself with the rules, techniques and strategies of hockey; encourage all
your players to be team players.
Maintain an open line of communication with your players, their parents or
guardians. Explain the goals and objectives of your association. Be concerned
with the overall development of your players. Stress good health habits and
To play the game is great; to love the game is
Behaviour Guidelines for Parents
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.
Encourage your child to play by the rules. Remember that children learn best
by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams. Do not embarrass your
child by yelling at players, coaches, or officials. By showing a positive
attitude toward the game and all of its participants, your child will benefit.
Should you wish to confront your child’s coach about a practice or game related
issue, please wait 24 hours before doing so. Emotions can cause
miscommunication and misunderstandings. Emphasize skill development and
practices and how they benefit your young athlete.
Know and study the rules 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.
Applaud a good effort in victory and in 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. Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They are important
to the development of your child and the sport.
If you enjoy the game, learn all you can about the game, and volunteer!
Behaviour Guidelines for Spectators
Display good sportsmanship. Always respect
players, coaches, and officials. Act appropriately; do not taunt or disturb
other fans; enjoy the game together. Cheer good plays of all participants;
avoid booing opponents. Cheer in a positive manner and encourage fair play.
Profanity and objectionable cheers or gestures are offensive and will not be
Help provide a safe and fun environment; throwing any items on the ice surface
can cause injury to players and officials.
Do not lean over the boards or pound on the glass; the glass surrounding the
ice surface is part of the playing area.
Support the referees and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity. Be
responsible for your own safety - - be alert to prevent accidents from flying
pucks and other avoidable situations.
Respect locker rooms as private areas for players, coaches, and officials.
Never appear for a game while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
Be supportive after the game…win or lose. Recognize good effort, teamwork and
Behaviour Guidelines for On and Off – Ice Officials (Referees and Time
Act in a professional and businesslike manner at
all times and take your role seriously.
Strive to provide a safe and sportsmanlike environment in which players display
their hockey skills.
Know all playing rules, their interpretations and their proper application.
Remember that officials are “teachers”.
Set a good example. Make your calls with quiet confidence; never with
Control games only to the extent that it is necessary to provide a positive and
safe experience for all participants.
Violence must never be tolerated. Be fair and impartial at all times. Answer
all reasonable questions and requests. Adopt a “ zero tolerance” attitude
toward verbal or physical abuse.
Never use foul language when speaking with a player, coach or parent.
Use honesty and integrity when answering questions.
Admit your mistakes when you make them.
Never openly criticize a coach, player or other official.
Keep your emotions under control.
Behaviour Guidelines for Executive Members
Follow the rules and regulations of the Canadian
Hockey Federation, the
Ontario Minor Hockey Association and the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association to
ensure that the philosophy and objectives of these organizations are promoted.
Work with on ice officials, coaches, parents, and other executive members to
provide a positive and safe experience for all participants. Support programs
that train and educate players, coaches, parents, officials and volunteers.
Promote and publicize your programs.
Never appear for an association event while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
Communicate with parents by being available to answer questions and address
problems throughout the season. Treat all players, coaches, and other
volunteers with fairness, to promote fair play and sportsmanship.
Recruit volunteers, including coaches, who demonstrate qualities conducive to
being role models to the youth in our sport. Perform your duties impartially,
in furtherance of the aims of the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association. Do not use
your position or influence to further purely personal objectives.
This is a GAME
Coaches are VOLUNTEERS
Referees are human
Everyone wins with respect
First priority is having FUN!
If we all follow the
above, winning will take care of itself!