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Fair Play Roles and Responsibilities?

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. What is Fair Play?
  2. Role of the Player?.
  3. Role of the Coach?
  4. Role of the Parents?.
  5. Role of the Officials?
  6. Role of the Spectators?
  7. Role of the League Organizers?
  8. Safety Requires Teamwork?

What is Fair Play:

Fair play is a universal concept that forms the foundation for all sport. Fair play does not change the rules of the game. Fair play goes far beyond scoring and winning. It is about the devolopment of skills and character, on and off the ice, that lead to a life long enjoyment of sport and recreation. Fair play allows all athletes the same opportunity to develope skills, the chance to display those skills in an atmosphere of respect, and to develope an appreciation of the efforts of all participants.

All involved in the game must be proactive and a good role model in the promotion of the values of fair play.

Role of the Player:

  • 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" as these can spoil the activity for everybody.
  • I will respect my opponents, because without them there would be no game.
  • I will do my best to be a team player.
  • I will remember that winning isn't everything - that having fun, improving my skills, making new friends and doing my best are also important.
  • I will acknowledge all good plays/performances - those of my team and my opponents.
  • I will remember that coaches and officials are there to help me. I will accept their decisions and show them respect.


Role of the Coach:

  • 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 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 age and ability.
  • 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 upgade my coaching skills.
  • I will work in cooperation with officials for the befefit of the game.

Role of the Parent:

  • 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, violence or bulling.
  • 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 the game.
  • I will make my child feel like a winner by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.
  • I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or loosing a game.
  • I will remember that children learn best by example. I will applaud good plays/performance by both my child's team and their opponents.
  • I will never question the official's judgement 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.

Role of the Officials:

  • I will make sure that every player has an reasonable opportunity to perform to the best of his or her ability, within the limits of the rules.
  • I will avoid or put an end to any situation that threatens the safety of the players.
  • I will maintain a healthy atmosphere and environment for competition.
  • I will not permit the intimidation of any player by word or action. I will not tolerate unacceptable conduct by myself, other officials, players or spectators.
  • I will be consistant and objective in calling infractions, regardless of my personal feeling towards a team or individual players.
  • I will handle all conflicts firmly but with dignity.
  • I will accept my role as a teacher and role model for fair play, especially with young participants.
  • I will be open to discussion and contact with the players before and after the game.
  • I will remain open to constructive criticism and show respect and concideration for different points of view.
  • I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my officiating skills.
  • I will work in cooperation with coaches and for the benefit of the game.

Role of the Spectators:

  • I will remember that participants play hockey for their enjoyment. They are not playing to entertain me.
  • I will not have unrealistic expectations. I will remember that players are not professionals and should not be judged by professional standards.
  • I will respect the official's decisions and I will encourage participants to do the same.
  • I will never ridicule a player for making a mistake during the game. I will give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort.
  • I will condemn the use of violence in any form and will express my disapproval in an appropriate manner to coaches and league officials.
  • I will show respect to my team's opponents, because without them there would be no game.
  • I will not use bad language, nor will I harass players, coaches, officials or other spectators.

Role of the League Organizers:

  • I will do my best to see that all players are given the same chances to participate regardless of gender, ability, ethnitic background or race.
  • I will absolutely discourage any sport program from becoming primarly an entertainment for the spectator.
  • I will make sure that all equipment and facilities are safe and match the athletes' age and abilities.
  • I will make sure that the age and maturity level of the participants are considered in program developement, rule enforcement and scheduling.
  • I will remember that play is done for its own sake and make sure that winning is kept in proper prespective.
  • I will distribute the fair play codes to spectators, coaches, athletes, officials, parents and media.
  • I will make sure the coaches and officials are capable of promoting fair play as well as the developement of good technical skills and I will encourage them to become certified.
  • Safety Requires Teamwork:

    Safety Handbook