Congratulations to all the players on our 14U Elite team, Coach Sharrow and Coach Trischitta on bringing home the . They defeated the 2nd seed New Englad Stars in the semi-finals and then the 1st place Southern New Enlgand Devils for the division Champsionship in two very competitive divison games.
Massachusetts Hockey Taking a Stand on Poor Conduct
In this morning’s Massachusetts Hockey #MassProud newsletter, the story below had a bad link. We believe that it is important to share this information with our membership properly and that is why you are receiving this 2nd email this morning. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving from Massachusetts Hockey!
Taking a Stand on Poor Conduct
Coach suspended 2 years for abuse of officials and four spectators suspended indefinitely for zero-tolerance violations
As a result of recent separate incidents, a Massachusetts Hockey youth hockey coach and a group of four parents have been subject to disciplinary action. In an effort to address Parent/Spectator Conduct Massachusetts Hockey has adopted a new Parent/Spectator Conduct Reporting System.
A Massachusetts Hockey discipline panel, after a hearing, has suspended a youth hockey coach from all USA Hockey and Massachusetts Hockey activities for a period of two (2) years followed by two (2) years of probation, as a result of his actions in a game in October.
Near the beginning of the second period of the game, one of the coach’s players was assessed a minor penalty. Subsequently, a number of the coach’s other players were assessed minor penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct, based on comments being made by the players to the officials. As a result of the additional penalties, the coach engaged in a profanity laced verbal tirade against the officials. The officials assessed additional penalties and subsequently ejected the coach from the game when he refused to end his tirade. As the coach continued his actions, both the fans and his players began yelling at the officials.
Since there was approximately six of the coach’s players needed to serve a penalty and the coach refused to leave the bench, the officials ended the game. The coach continued his profanity laced verbal tirade against the officials and at one point he opened the bench door nearest to the middle of the rink and appeared to be headed onto the ice in the direction of the officials. One of the officials advised the coach it was not a good idea to come out onto the ice and the coach remained on the bench, walked to the other end of the bench, exited the bench onto the ice to exit the ice surface. As the coach exited the ice, he flipped off the officials with both of his middle fingers. Throughout this incident, the coach engaged in profanity laced verbal abuse of the officials. The actions of the coach in turn fueled a show of disrespect of the officials by the coach’s players and his team’s fans.
After the officials entered the officials’ locker room, one of more of the coach’s players began banging on the door to the officials’ locker room. The officials reported that the coach’s voice could be heard outside of the door. The local police were called and needed to escort the officials from the building.
The discipline panel found that because the coach’s behavior violated numerous cannons of the USA Hockey Code of Conduct for Coaches, USA Hockey Code of Ethics, the USA Hockey Zero Tolerance Policy and amounted to conduct critically detrimental to the game as defined by USA Hockey Rule 601(e)(2), a two (2) year suspension followed by two (2) years of probation was warranted.
In a separate incident based on the actions of several players and spectators on November 6 in Tewksbury, four spectators have been summarily suspended by Massachusetts Hockey and are currently banned from attending or participating in any USA Hockey events. Each of the parties has the right to request a hearing before a Massachusetts Hockey discipline committee if they so desire.
Massachusetts Hockey will continue take a strong stance on unacceptable, coach, player and parent conduct to curb unacceptable behavior and monitor the behavior of players, coaches and parents at games and when necessary, take disciplinary action.
To that end it has created an online parent conduct reporting system which will allow parties to report possible incidents of unacceptable parent conduct and zero tolerance violations directed by parents toward officials and players – which information will be provided to leagues and programs to review and address.
We hope you are all well and have enjoyed the first month of the season. As the weather turns colder, we want to make you aware of a very serious issue that all Massachusetts Hockey programs and leagues are dealing with - a severe referee shortage.
As you may be aware, at this point, a large number of referees have either not returned this season or left since the season started.
While we are still investigating and trying to determine the basis, our initial investigation has determined that the biggest reason cited is the abuse they receive from coaches, parents, and players. The constant harassment over calls over the split-second decisions they are making on the ice has taken its toll. Massachusetts Hockey is down 900 officials from pre-Covid season numbers to now.
Since this season started, we have already experienced several troubling incidents, including: a referee needing a police escort after a 8U game; a young female referee quitting in the middle of a set of games due to parent harassment; a parent coming on the ice trying to get at a referee; and parent entering the scorer’s box to berate a player on the other team for a penalty against her child. These are just a few examples of what is going on every weekend.
The referee pool is dwindling, and we need to take steps in a positive manner to reverse this. Our officials are everyday people just like our parents, who have real jobs but try to work a side job to help our kids play a game, earn a little extra income and give back to the game. It would appear that many people, for whatever reason, have lost this understanding and somehow believe that our officials need to be at the same level as what they see on TV at the college or NHL level.
Just as a player will turn a puck over or a coach make a wrong decision during a game, we realize that our officials can miss calls that may or may not have an impact on a game. That said - this does not give anyone (parents, players, coaches) the right to abuse them. Talk to your children about respecting the referees. Players should not be arguing every call against their team. Unfortunately, this is what is happening far too often and is unacceptable.
Massachusetts Hockey and USA Hockey have a Zero Tolerance Policy for abuse of officials. If someone is found abusing officials, including a player, coach or a parent, they will be subject to discipline including suspension and/or being banned from attending future games. In accordance with the Massachusetts Hockey Abuse of Officials (Zero Tolerance) Policy, any coach or player receiving an abuse of official game misconduct penalty is subject to an additional game suspension as a result of any game misconduct penalty, for a total of two games. Furthermore, if a coach or player receives a second game misconduct penalty under the Playing Rule 601 during the course of the same season, the coach or player will receive an additional two game suspension, for a total of 3 games. In addition, parents and spectators are subject discipline as well. Holding discipline hearings for parents is the last thing we want to do.
Again, we ask you to practice patience and good judgement. The children are all watching us and following our example. We all need to make a better effort to respect the officials and keep them working.
Reminder, if you have not already done so, please be sure you have completed the PHL zero tolerance form online. We are stating to see penalties where MA hockey and the PHL will be asking for confirmation that this was completed.
PHL Zero Tolerance Forms
All teams playing in the PHL will have additional zero tolerance forms required. There are 2 versions of the form 1 for all coaches/managers & 1 for all players/parents
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