In an effort to make ice hockey a more desirable and rewarding experience for all participants, the USA Hockey Youth, Junior, and Senior Councils have instructed the Officiating Program to adhere to certain points of emphasis relating to sportsmanship. This campaign is designed to require all players, coaches, officials, team officials, and parents/spectators to maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during, and after all USA Hockey-sanctioned games.
The game will be stopped by on-ice officials when parents/spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or the game. The on-ice officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/spectators from the spectators viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body. This inappropriate and disruptive behavior shall include:
• Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time
• Taunting of players, coaches, officials, or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence, or physical violence.
• Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing area, players bench, penalty box or on ice surface, directed in any manner as to create a safety hazard.
For best results, parents should memorize and use the following:
Before the Game
• I love you.
• Good luck.
• Have fun.
After the Game
• I love you.
• It was great to see you play.
• What would you like to eat?
Every year, VAHA requests each family contributes to our program through volunteer hours. There is a tremendous workload and it has to be spread out to make our association a success. Opportunities include: Concession, coaches, managers, score/time keeper, penalty box attendent, and the list goes on and on. Feel free to ask any board member or league official about these volunteer opportunities. Again, Volunteers are what makes our association so great.
We realize that watching little loved ones scurry around the rink can occasionally be frustrating. But there should be limits on the manifestations of that frustration. If you take a look at the following questions and notice a bit of yourself in there, or if you answer yes to all of them, we ask that you kindly remove your name from running for hockey parent of the year.