Code of Conduct
**Please note this code of conduct applies to all parents and guardians of CLHA players**
CHISAGO LAKES HOCKEY PARENT'S CODE OF CONDUCT
Participation in the Chisago Lakes Hockey Association is a privilege. This Parents Code of Conduct provides the basis for conduct and discipline for parents in The Chisago Lakes Hockey Association.
Every parent or legal guardian involved with CLHA is expected to contribute in a positive manner to the players, teams and other association members both on and off ice well as the following responsibilities:
Do not force your children to participate in sports, but support their desires to play their chosen sports and positions even if that position is goalie. Children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment. Make it fun.
Encourage your child to play by the rules. Remember, 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.
Emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit your young athlete. De-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
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 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.
Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They are important to the development of your child and the sport. Communicate with them and support them.
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. Support the referees and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity.
Respect locker rooms as private areas for players, coaches and officials.
Be supportive after the game – win or lose. Recognize good effort, teamwork and sportsmanship. Be a good ambassador for the CLHA Brand.
Assure that their player notifies the head coach if he/she cannot attend a team function.
Assure that you are aware of and complete the assignment duties you are assigned by your team manager (i.e. scorekeeper, penalty box, clock attendant, locker room attendant, etc.). Remember it is YOUR responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to complete your duty.
Encourage and support your player’s team, as well as all CLHA teams, in a positive manner.
Parents are to support the CLHA philosophy of encouraging players to enjoy the game of hockey as a sport and to have fun. Parents that place undue expectations on their player(s) minimize the player(s) enjoyment and development in the game of hockey. Always remember they are kids first and foremost.
Disciplinary Guidelines for violation of the Code of Conduct
Actions or behavior which deviates from the spirit and values outlined in the CLHA code of conduct will not be tolerated. Parents are subject to the following disciplinary process
- 1st step is to allow a 24 hour “cooling off” period from the time of the violation.
- 2nd step the coach and the party in question will discuss the situation.
- If not satisfactory, 3rd step – either party shall contact the Director of Youth/Girls Coordinator.
- If not satisfactory, 4th step – either party shall contact the Vice President.
Initial Offense: The CLHA Conduct Review Board will be notified. This Review Board, consisting of the President, Vice President and Director of Youth/Girls Hockey will conduct a hearing with the parties involved. In the event there is a conflict of interest with any member of the CLHA Conduct Review Board, the CLHA Board of Directors will be responsible for appointing replacements. Discipline consistent with the violation may be given.
Subsequent Offenses: Upon subsequent offenses in the same season, the CLHA Conduct Review Board will be notified. Discipline consistent with the violation may be given, as well as placement on probation.
Chronic Offenses: Parent(s) may be suspended from all team activities for the remainder of the season, following another Conduct Review Board hearing. **NO REFUNDS OR EXEMPTIONS from fundraising responsibilities and CLHA payments will be given should the Review Board rule against the parent.
CHISAGO LAKES HOCKEY PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT
Participation in the Chisago Lakes Hockey Association is a privilege. This Players Code of Conduct provides the basis for conduct and discipline for players in The Chisago Lakes Hockey Association.
All CLHA Players Shall:
Play for fun.
Be a competitor. You are expected to give your best at all times. Play hard, play fair.
Learn teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.
Learn the rules and play by them. Always be a good sport.
Show respect toward opposing coaches, players, and game officials at all times. The use of profanity and/or gestures toward officials, players, spectators, or coaches shall not be tolerated.
Follow the directions of your coach and be willing to accept constructive criticism.
Be a team player and give credit to your teammates. Do not criticize your coaches and teammates.
Always be prepared. Keep your jerseys clean, your equipment in good repair, and your skates sharp.
Be gracious and respectful in both victory and defeat.
Refrain from drinking and/or possessing alcoholic beverages or illegally using or possessing any controlled substance or tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes and vape).
Leave the locker rooms in a clean and orderly manner. Pick up your trash!
Maintain good citizenship (i.e. grades, attendance, and conduct).
Players must attend all practices and games, or notify the head coach to be excused. Players will be excused for legitimate reasons without penalty. Unexcused absences from scheduled practices and/or games can, at the option of the coach, make a player ineligible for portions of the next game.
Disciplinary Guidelines for player violations of the Players Code of Conduct
Actions or behavior which deviates from the spirit and values outlined in the CLHA code of conduct or that disrupts the team will not be tolerated. Players are subject to the following disciplinary process:
1st Offense: Player’s coach may limit playing time, up to a 1 game maximum, and notify the Director of Youth/Girls Hockey of the player’s actions. Based on the seriousness of the conduct, the CLHA Conduct Review Board will be notified and may take further action as deemed necessary.
2nd Offense: Upon the 2nd offense in the same season, the CLHA Conduct Review Board will be notified. The Review Board will conduct a hearing with the player’s parent(s), the player (optional), and the coach. Discipline consistent with the violation may be given, as well as placement on probation. The Review Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, and Director of Youth/Girls Hockey. In the event there is a conflict of interest with any member of the above-mentioned Board Members, the CLHA Board of Directors will be responsible for appointing replacements.
3rd Offense: Suspension from all team activities for the remainder of the season, following another Conduct Review Board hearing. NO REFUNDS OR EXEMPTIONS from fundraising will be given should the Review Board rule against the player.