Code of Conduct & Zero Tolerance Policy

PHL required forms

The PHL requires all parents and players to complete the League Zero Tolerance form prior to the season.

Parent's Code of Conduct

  • Do not force your children to participate in sports, but support their desires to play their chosen sports. Children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment. Make it fun.
  • Encourage your child to play by the rules. Remember, children learn best by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams.
  • Do not embarrass your child by yelling at players, coaches or officials. By showing a positive attitude toward the game and all of its participants, your child will benefit.
  • Emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit your young athlete. De-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
  • Know and study the rules of the game and support the officials on and off the ice. This approach will help in the development and support of the game. Any criticism of the officials only hurts the game.
  • Applaud a good effort in both victory and defeat, and enforce the positive points of the game. Never yell or physically abuse your child after a game or practice – it is destructive. Work toward removing the physical and verbal abuse in youth sports.
  • Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They are important to the development of your child and the sport. Communicate with them and support them.
  • If you enjoy the game, learn all you can about hockey – and volunteer.

Spectator's Code of Conduct

  • Encourage athletes to compete within the rules and to resolve conflicts positively.
  • Never ridicule a participant for making a mistake during a competition, practice or training session.
  • Respect the decisions of officials and encourage participants’ continued effort.
  • Display good sportsmanship. Always respect and show appreciation to all players, coaches, officials and volunteers.
  • Act appropriately; do not taunt or disturb other fans; enjoy the game together.
  • Cheer good plays of all participants; avoid booing opponents.
  • Cheer in a positive manner and encourage fair play; profanity and objectionable cheers or gestures are offensive.
  • Help provide a safe and fun environment; throwing any items on the ice surface can cause injury to players and officials.
  • Do not lean over or pound on the glass; the glass surrounding the ice surface is part of the playing area.
  • Support the referees and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity.
  • Be responsible for your own safety – be alert to prevent accidents from flying pucks and other avoidable situations.
  • Respect locker rooms as private areas for players, coaches and officials.
  • Be supportive after the game – win or lose. Recognize good effort, teamwork and sportsmanship.

24-Hour Rule

Central Mass Outlaws Hockey (CMO) is committed to providing a positive learning environment where all individuals are treated with respect. Being a member of this program should be a positive, rewarding, and beneficial experience for all - players, coaches, parents, officials, and volunteers. To ensure that all members of our association are treated fairly and with respect, we encourage everyone to communicate in a positive manner and to follow certain guidelines when discussing issues about practices and games. CMO fully endorses our Codes of Conduct, and encourages all members to follow proper procedures when dealing with sensitive issues. We understand that hockey can be an emotional sport for many and we want to ensure that our players and members interact in a fair and safe environment. Unfortunately, there have been some incidents when members have acted in a negative and less than professional manner

Unless there is an immediate safety issue, parents/guardians of players must wait 24 hours prior to contacting the team’s manager following the tryout, game or practice of incident related to their child. The 24-hour period is a time to logically assess the situation and afford a "cooling off" time for all parties so things can be discussed in a calm, unemotional manner and not "in the heat of the moment". Failure to abide by this guideline will result in the disciplinary action.

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