EMHA Hockey Zero Tolerance
Verbal and Physical Abuse of Officials
Inappropriate Spectator Behavior
Why Zero Tolerance?
Recently, several negative aspects of today’s society have crept into the sport of ice hockey with a vengeance. The increasing number of verbal & physical assaults against on-ice officials is a growing problem. This problem has resulted in a decrease of officials wishing to participate in minor hockey. This verbal abuse is present in all levels of our game.
As a result of the alarming number of situations where verbal abuse has been directed against officials, the EMHA has developed a Zero Tolerance Policy regarding the verbal abuse of officials and inappropriate spectator behavior. Verbal abuse of officials is the first step leading to physical abuse of officials.
To make ice hockey a more desirable and rewarding experience for all participants, the EMHA has instructed the Officiating Program to adhere to certain points of emphasis relating to sportsmanship. These points were implemented to maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during and after all Saskatchewan Hockey Association sanctioned games.
What is Zero Tolerance?
Players A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (Zero Tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a player:
Coaches A Bench Minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (Zero Tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a coach:
Spectators On-ice officials will stop the game when the parents/spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or participants of the game. The on-ice officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/spectators from the spectators viewing and game area, or if comfortable ask the spectator to leave on their own. The game will not continue until the spectator has left the ice surface. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by the EMHA. This inappropriate and disruptive behavior shall include:
Officials Officials must apply these guidelines in a realistic manner and must be careful not to get overly technical in their enforcement. This policy is designed to eliminate direct confrontations with Officials while still allowing players and coaches an avenue to communicate in a calm and reasonable fashion.
Officials are required to conduct themselves in a businesslike, sportsmanlike, and non-vindictive manner at all times. The actions of an Official must be above reproach. Actions such as "baiting" or inciting players or coaches are strictly prohibited.
On –ice officials are ambassadors of the game and shall always conduct themselves with this responsibility in mind.