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Fair Play Code

FAIR PLAY CODE

PLAYERS

PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT

I will:

- Respect and adhere to the ideals, policies, and rules determined by Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, Calgary Minor Hockey, Northwest Warriors and my team.
- Respect the rules of the game, opponents, officials and their decisions.
- Maintain self control at all times.
- Treat everyone fairly within the context of their activity, regardless of gender, place of origin, colour, sexual orientation, religion, political belief or economic status.
- Respect other athlete's dignity; verbal or physical behaviors that constitute harassment or abuse are totally unacceptable.
- Refrain from participating in or condoning any actions involving hazing or inappropriate behavior that degrades, demeans or segregates certain players from the team
- Never advocate or condone the use of alcohol, mind altering drugs or other banned performance enhancing substances.
- Consistently display high personal standards and project a favorable image of their sport.

- play hockey because I want to, not just because others or coaches want me to.

- play by the rules of hockey and in the spirit of the game.

- control my temper. Fighting or mouthing off can spoil the activity for everyone.

- respect my opponents.

- do my best to be a true team player.

- remember that winning isn’t everything. Having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best are also important.

- acknowledge all good plays and performances, both of my team and of my opponents.

- remember that coaches and officials are there to help me. I will accept their decisions and show them respect.

Specifically, athletes shall:
a. Refrain from public criticism of athletes, coaches or officials.
b. Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language towards teammates, coaches, officials or opponents
- Attend as many games and practices as reasonably possible.
- Participate in a manner that ensures the safety of athletes, coaches and officials also participating in the game.
- Be present before games and practices in a timely manner.

PARENTS

- I will not force my child to participate in hockey
- I will remember that my child plays hockey for his or her enjoyment, not for mine
- I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence
- I will teach my child that doing ones best is as important as winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of the game
- I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard
- I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a game
- I will remember that children learn best by example, I will applaud good plays/performances by both my childs team and their opponents
- I will never question the officials judgement or honesty in public
- I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from childrens hockey games
- I will respect and show appreciation for the volunteer coaches who give their time to coach hockey for my child

COACHES

- I will be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that players have other interests and obligations
- I wll teach my players to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials and opponents
- I will ensure that all players get equal instructions, support and playing time
- I will not ridicule or yell at my players for making mistakes or for performing poorly, I will remember that players play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves
- I will make sure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the players ages and abilities
- I will remember that participants need a coach they can respect, I will be generous with praise and set a good example
- I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills
- I will work in cooperation with officials for the benefit of the games

OFFICIALS

- I will make sure that every player has a reasonable opportunity to perform to the best of his/her ability, within the limits of the rules
- I will avoid or put an end to any situation that threatens the safety of the players
- I will maintain a healthy atmosphere and environment for competition
- I will not permit the intimidation of any player either by word or by action, I will not tolerate unacceptable conduct toward myself, other officials, players, or spectators
- I will be consistent and objective in calling all infractions, regardless of my personal feelings toward a team or individual player
- I will handle all conflicts firmly but with dignity
- I will accept my role as a teacher and role model for fair play, especially with young participants
- I will be open to discussion and contact with the players before and after the game
- I will remain open to constructive criticism and show respect and consideration for different points of view
- I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my officiating skills
- I will work iin cooperation with coaches for the benefit of the game

SPECTATORS

- I will remember that particpants play hockey for their enjoyment and that they are NOT playing to entertain me
- I will not have unrealistic expectations and I will remember that players are not professionals and cannot be judged by professional standards
- I will respect the officials decisions and I will encourage participants to do the same
- I will never ridicule a player for making a mistake during a game, I will give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort
- I will condemn the use of voilence in any form and will express my disapproval in an appropriate manner to coaches and league officials
- I will show respect for my teams opponents because without them there would be no game
- I will not use bad language, nor will I harass players, coaches officials or other spectators

LEAGUE ORGANIZERS

- I will do my best to see that all players are given the same chance to participate, regardless of gender, ability, ethnic background or race
- I will absolutely discourage any sport program from becoming primarily an entertainment for the spectator
- I will make sure that all equipment and facilities are safe and match the athletes ages and abilities
- I will make sure that the age and maturing level of the participants are considered in program development, rule enforcement and scheduling
- I will remember that play is done for its own sake and make sure that winning is kept in proper perpective
- I will distribute the fair play code to spectators, coaches, athletes, officials, parents and media
- I will make sure that coaches and officials are capable of promoting fair play as well as the development of good technical skills and I will encourage them to become certified

** ABOVE CODE WAS ADAPTED FROM THE HOCKEY CALGARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Sept 2006 AND MODIFIED SEPT. 1 2014 BY NWW TO INCLUDE ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR WITH TEAMMATES