1. Play for fun, not just to please your parents or your coach.
2. Play by the rules of hockey, and abide by the spirit of the game.
3. Never argue with the on-ice officials: let your coach ask the questions.
4. Control your temper: don’t slam sticks, trash talk or throw equipment as it spoils everyone’s enjoyment.
5. Winning isn’t everything: having fun, making friends and doing your best are equally important.
6. Cheer all good plays, whether by your team or your opponent.
7. Respect your opponents; treat others as you wish to be treated.
8. Play for fun and to improve your skills. Don’t be a show-off trying for the most goals and points.
9. Congratulate your coach, your team and your opponents. Without them, you don’t have a game.
Spectator and Parent Code
1. Remember: children play sports for their enjoyment, not yours. They are not professional athletes.
2. Encourage your child to play by the rules.
3. Teach your child that an honest effort is more important than victory. This ensures any game result is accepted without disappointment.
4. Help your child work towards skill development and good sportsmanship.
5. Shout encouragements of a general nature (i.e. “Go Knights!”). Do not yell specific directions (i.e. “skate” or “shoot”) to your child or any other player – it definitely does not help your child enjoy his or her (not your) game, and may be at odds with the coach’s instructions resulting in a confused player.
6. Never ridicule or yell at any child for making a mistake or losing a game.
7. Children learn best by example. Don’t embarrass your child by behaving improperly in the arena.
8. Applaud all good plays by both teams.
9. Do not yell at the officials or question their judgment and integrity.
10. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from the game.
11. Recognize the value and importance of all volunteers as it is their time, effort and resources that provide hockey for your child.
1. Teach your players to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials and opponents.
2. Ensure all players get equal instruction, support and playing time.
3. Remember: all players need a coach they can respect. Be generous with praise and set a good example.
4. Never ridicule or yell at any child for making a mistake, performing poorly or losing a game.
5. Encourage players to have fun and have confidence in themselves.
6. Be understanding when players have other interests and obligations that conflict with their hockey activity.
7. Work in co-operation with officials; do not yell at the officials or question their judgment and integrity.
8. Make sure that the equipment and facilities are safe and match the players’ abilities.
9. Recognize the value and importance of all volunteers as it is their time, effort and resources that provide hockey for your team.