Kitchener Minor Hockey follows and adopts all practices recommended and mandated by Hockey Canada. We have all players and coaches sign a code of conduct prior to beginning their season. Utilising on ice officials, coaches and off ice volunteers we oversee the behaviour of our players and volunteers throughout the season.
If an instance of inappropriate behaviour is expressed we follow the guidelines and practices expressed in our Scores Manual. Copies are available at the KMHA office.
If you have any questions regarding KMHA's behaviour policy you can contact us at the KMHA office to be put in contact with the appropriate place to report. By e-mail: [email protected], by phone 519-579-2229.
KMHA also utilises a Harassment and Abuse Committee (HAC) to investigate and assist with any issues regarding behaviour and inappropriate conduct.
Fair Play Code for Players
- I will remember that coaches and officials are there to help me. I will accept and respect their decisions.
- 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 remember that winning isn't everything - having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best are important.
- I will do my best to be a true team player.
- I will respect my opponents.
- I will acknowledge all good plays/performances by my team and appreciate those of my opponents.
Fair Play Code for Parents/Guardians
- I will not use bad language nor will I harass players, coaches, officials or other spectators.
- I will respect and show appreciation for the volunteer coaches who give their time to coach Minor Hockey and I will encourage open communication with them at all times.
- I will support all efforts to remove abuse, verbal and physical, from Minor Hockey.
- I will remember that the participants play hockey for their enjoyment, not mine.
- I will give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort. I will not ridicule any player for making mistakes during a game.
- I will not have unrealistic expectations. I will remember that the 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 show respect for my team's opponents because without them, there would be no game.
KMHA BULLYING POLICY
As part of our commitment to keeping the sport of hockey safe, KMHA has made mandatory anti-bullying clinics for all of its participants Minor Peewee aged and older. This clinic must be taken once by all participants (player/goalie) and one parent or guardian. If you are new to the Minor Peewee age group or new to Kitchener your attendance to the clinic will be required. Should the player or parent/guardian not attend, the player will not be permitted to participate in any game, practice or event with their team until the session is completed. As of January 8th, 2018 the policy has been clarified and updated to reflect this directive of the KMHA Board. KMHA is Hockey driven and created by Hockey professionals with the intent to make the Hockey environment a safer and more fun place to play. Our program is acknowledged and supported by our former Premier Kathleen Wynne - Click Here
What is Bullying?
“Bullying is a pattern of aggressive behaviour meant to hurt or cause discomfort to another person. Bullies always have more power than victims. Their power comes from physical size, strength, status, and support within the peer group.” - Department of Education
"Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumours, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose."
There are different types of bullying. They are:
Verbal bullying - name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to one's culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual comments.
Social Bullying - mobbing, scapegoating, excluding others from a group, humiliating others with public gestures or graffiti intended to put others down.
Physical Bullying - hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted sexual touching.
Cyber Bullying - using the internet or text messaging, put-down, spread rumours
Pink Shirt Day
- happens once a year every year
- wear anything pink
- to help raise awareness of bullying
Parent Respect In Sport
The Parent Respect in Sport Program is an online program that is mandated to be completed by each family for all players born 2004 and later.
Committed to creating a positive hockey experience for all, ALLIANCE Hockey provides a convenient online course for hockey parents.
Hockey Canada has their own document on bullying. It is Called Speak-Out. For more information, click the link below.