The WGHA Code of Conduct identifies the standard of behaviour which is expected of all WGHA members and participants.
Wilmot Girls Hockey Association (WGHA)
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct identifies the standard of behaviour which is expected of all WGHA members and participants, which for the purpose of this policy shall include all players, parents, guardians, coaches, team managers, trainers, and anyone else involved in WGHA activities and events.
The WGHA is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect. Members and participants of the WGHA shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner consistent with the values of the WGHA which include fairness, integrity and mutual respect.
During the course of all WGHA activities and events, members shall avoid behaviour which brings the WGHA or the sport of hockey into disrepute. All members of the WGHA shall refrain from comments or behaviours which are disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist or sexist. In particular, behaviour which constitutes harassment or abuse will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with accordingly.
Failure to comply with this Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action. Such action may result in the member losing the privileges which come with membership in the WGHA, including the opportunity to participate in WGHA activities and events, both present and future.
ROLE SPECIFIC CODES OF CONDUCT:
• I will play hockey because I want to, not just because others or coaches want me to
• I will play by the rules of hockey, and in the spirit of the game
• I will control my temper – fighting and “mouthing off” can spoil the activity for everybody
• I will respect my opponents
• I will do my best to be a true team player
• I will remember that winning isn’t everything – that having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best are also important
• I will acknowledge all good plays/performances – those of my team and of my opponents
• I will remember that coaches and officials are there to help me. I will accept their decisions and show them respect.
• I will be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that players have other interests and obligations
• I will teach my players to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials and opponents
• I will ensure that all players get equal instruction, 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 game
PARENTS / GUARDIANS
• 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 one’s best is as important as winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a 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 child’s team and their opponents
• I will never question the officials’ judgment or honesty in public
• I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s hockey games
• I will respect and show appreciation for the volunteer coaches who give their time to coach hockey for my child
• I will wait 24 hours before discussing any try-out related situation, game, game incident, or situation that occurred during the game that has provoked an adverse emotional response or created a hostile situation with any member of the coaching staff, parent rep or WGHA Executive
“to play the game is good, to win is better,
but to love the game is best of all”