4.1 Zero Tolerance Policy

Zero tolerance is a policy developed by the Canadian Hockey Association and endorsed by the MHMHA.

  1. Members, players and participants are asked to, and are expected to, abide by the Bylaws, Rules, and Policies of the Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Association. Their behavior is expected to align with the spirit of the Bylaws, Rules, and Policies of this code.
  1. All members and participants of the Association shall respect other members, officials, parents, players, fans, team officials, volunteers, executive committee members, employees and property of the association. Any inappropriate conduct, threats, harassment or abuse (including the use of profanity) directed towards game or team officials, members, parents, fans, volunteers, executive committee members, employees, damage to the property of the Association or another Association or facilities  where association events are held, will not be tolerated.
  1. All members, fans, and participants of the Association shall respect the game of hockey and shall behave in a manner so as not to make a travesty of the game.
  1. Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Association will not tolerate LOUD, obscene, obnoxious coaches, managers, assistants, players, parents, or fans. Such individuals will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the disciplinary section.
  1. Parents and fans are not permitted in the dressing room except as expressly permitted by the respective division head and/or coach to assist their child in changing before or after a game or practice.
  1. Under no circumstances will a parent or fan enter the opposing team’s dressing room.
  1. Within the Medicine Hat Minor Hockey membership Coaches and other team official’s players, parents, and fans are not permitted under any circumstance in the official’s dressing room, nor are they to confront game officials about the game.
  2. Violation by any member, fan, or participant of any provision of this Code of Conduct – Zero Tolerance will result in disciplinary action being taken by the Association against such individuals as provided in this document.
  3. Harassment and Bullying in all its forms, including cyber bullying (ie. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) will not be tolerated during the course of any Medicine Hat Minor Hockey activity or program. All those involved with Medicine Hat Minor Hockey, including its volunteers, players and parents/guardians of players are responsible for making every reasonable effort to uphold this commitment. Specifically, this includes refraining from harassing or bullying behavior, responding promptly and informally to minor incidents of harassment or bullying and following Local or National policy guidelines for reporting or responding to more serious complaints of harassment or bullying. Everyone is encouraged to report incidents of harassment or bullying.
  4. The inappropriate use of camera’s, cell phone or any other type of recording device is Strictly prohibited in dressing rooms OR the inappropriate use of any camera’s, cell phones or any other type of recording device is also strictly prohibited in and around player’s benches. This includes coaches, parents, players, and visitors. Disciplinary action, including possible suspension will follow any breach of this rule.
  5. Any vaping paraphernalia or related equipment is not allowed in the dressing rooms or rinks.
  6. Coaches and Assistant Coaches will have their cell phone available in Case of Emergency for that use only.
  7. Also, after a game a picture may be taken by a team official or parents for a memory photo of the team under a special occasion such as a tournament or playoff win. Privacy Rules apply to any of these photos taken.
  8. Any parent, who are engaging in team activities during games and practices are required to have a Police Record Check.


Zero Tolerance – On Ice Officials

Zero Tolerance also deals with players and coaches who show disrespect to all on ice officials.  To curb abuse, officials will penalize team officials and players who, through words or gestures, made an obvious attempt to:

  • intimidate an official
  • challenge the authority or competence of an official
  • incite abuse or disrespect of an official by others
  • embarrass an official
  • direct personal comments or gestures at an official

Any verbal abuse or physical gestures designed to intimidate or embarrass officials that resulted in a penalty to team officials or players may also result in disciplinary action by the governing body.  Penalties for such actions will be a “game” or “gross” misconduct and a review by the Division Director or Zone Disciplinary person for further action if necessary.

4.2 Code of Conduct For Parents

  1. I will not force my child to participate in hockey.
  1. I will remember that my child plays hockey for his or her enjoyment, not mine.
  1. I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflict without resorting to hostility or violence.
  1. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is as important as winning so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of the game.
  1. I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and hard.
  1. I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  1. I will remember that children learn by example. I will applaud good plays and performances by both my child’s team and their opponents.
  1. I recognize officials are being developed in the same manner as players and will be supportive of their decisions during games.
  1. I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from the hockey environment.
  1. I will respect and show appreciation for the volunteers who give their time to hockey for my child.

*All parents must fill out and sign Parent Pledge found in 9.1 Appendix A


4.3 Code of Conduct For Players

  1. I will play hockey because I want to, not because someone else wants me to.
  1. I will play by the rules of hockey and in the spirit of the Game.
  1. I will control my temper, so I do not spoil the activity of everyone.
  1. I will respect my opponents.
  1. I will do my best to be a true team player.
  1. I will remember that winning isn’t everything – that having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best are also important.
  1. I will acknowledge all good plays and performances – those of my team and my opponents.
  1. I will remember that coaches and officials are there to help me. I will accept their decisions and show them respect.


*All players must fill out and sign Player Pledge found in 9.2 Appendix B


4.4 Code of Conduct For Coaches

  1. I will be reasonable when scheduling games and practices remembering that young athletes have other interests and obligations.
  1. I will teach my athletes to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials, opponents and Teammates.
  1. I will ensure all athletes receive equal instruction, discipline, support and appropriate, fair playing time.
  1. I will not ridicule or yell at my athletes for making mistakes or for performing poorly. I will remember that children play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
  1. I will make sure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the athlete’s ages and ability.
  1. I will remember that children need a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
  1. I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.

*All coaches must fill out and sign Coaches Pledge found in 9.3 Appendix B