Minor Hockey :: Code of Discipline
REGULATION TWENTY-FIVE - CODE OF DISCIPLINE
25.1 The Association has a Code of Discipline Policy to:
25.3 TYPES OF SUSPENSIONS
A. GAME SPECIFIED: The offender is removed from specified games and shall not participate in any games, including exhibition, as a player, on ice or off ice official until the suspension is served in full.
B. SUSPENSIONS: The offender is removed for a specified number of games from all hockey excluding practices and tryouts.
25.4 WHEN AND WHERE FOR SUSPENSIONS
A. Suspensions shall commence immediately.
B. Teams that are members of sanctioned leagues, who have their season schedule and playoffs approved by the HNS, shall be subject to game specified suspensions. Game specified suspensions result in the offender being suspended immediately from the game the penalty was assessed. The specified games begin with the team’s next meaningful game.
C. Sanctioned tournaments may, at their discretion, use either time specified or game specified suspensions during the tournament. Suspensions extending beyond the tournament will revert to the normal disposition of suspensions the team normally plays under.
D. In the event the team has completed all league, playoff and tournament games for the season, a time specified suspension and/or game specified suspension shall be issued for the following season by the respective HNS officials.
E. However, any player under a game specified suspension, other than that assessed for a violation of Hockey Canada Rule 9.6, that has been carried over from a previous season shall not be prohibited from participating in pre season tryout activities (not including exhibition games). Carry over suspensions from previous season will start being served on October 15th.
Coaches and players who are suspended indefinitely, shall not be eligible to take part in practices or other team activities until deemed eligible by HNSMC Discipline Committee.
F. Meaningful games are regularly scheduled games, sanctioned tournament games and pre- approved exhibition games verified in writing by the Regional Director. Games approved after a suspension has occurred will not count as meaningful games.
G. In divisions of Atom and below and Female hockey, a minor penalty shall be assessed any player who, in the opinion of the referee, intentionally body checks, bumps, shoves or pushes an opposing player. A major penalty and game misconduct shall be assessed if such intentional body contact results in injury.
H. The MINIMUM suspensions listed in this Code of Discipline shall be applied by the appropriate Council official. If such official determines that the offence warrants a suspension other than that listed, he/she shall report same to the Council Discipline Committee complete with his/her recommendation. A player who is playing as an affiliate will serve the suspension with the team he/she is registered with and may not play as an affiliate again until the suspension is served.
I. Any incident involving a player or coach who receives a suspension of 10 games or more as a result of applied Code of Discipline infractions stemming from one incident, shall be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Chair of HNSMC, VP Operations HNS, Chair of Female Council and the Referee-in-Chief of HNS (ex officio) which will determine the final suspension.
25.5 The onus for control of a team rests with the officials of the team, or any person(s) acting for the designated officials of the team. They are, therefore, responsible for ensuring that, without further notice from anyone, players and/or officials serve the minimum suspensions.
25.6 Failure of officials to ensure that suspensions are served as assessed may result in the suspension of the officials, team, and/or Association from further play, pending review by the President or Designate of the HNS.
25.7 In accordance with Hockey Canada rules, no team official may enter the official’s dressing room during
or after a game on the day of the game.
25.8 Any registered member having been suspended by Hockey Nova Scotia and seeking reinstatement in any capacity shall not be reinstated without the approval of the Hockey Nova Scotia Executive Committee.
25.9 Any person placed under suspension shall not be eligible to participate in any event under the jurisdiction of Hockey Nova Scotia, Hockey Canada, International Ice Hockey Federation, or any other organization with which Hockey Nova Scotia has a formal agreement.
25.10 Any player suspended in Minor or Minor Female Hockey at the end of a season and is graduating to a higher division within Hockey Nova Scotia must serve his/her remaining suspension at the start of the next regular season scheduled games. The player is allowed to participate in training camps and exhibition games that are part of the tryout process. Once the team is picked the player will not be permitted to play further pre-season exhibition games until his/her suspension has been served.
25.11 STICK BANGING is considered any banging of a player or players’ stick(s) on the boards, or any part of the player’s or penalty bench for any reason. After one (1) warning by the referee, teams will be assessed a bench minor for “stick banging”. A player on the ice in all instances will serve this penalty.
25.12 The President or designated representative, shall have the power to suspend summarily any player, coach, manager or other team official in minor hockey or female hockey for ungentlemanly conduct on or off the ice, or for abusive language to any game participant before, during or after a game.
25.13 The following policies and/or minimum suspension guidelines of Hockey Nova Scotia are aimed towards ensuring high standards of skill and fair play, integrity and good sportsmanship by HNS member players, coaches and team management.
25.14 *New - Any player or team official who is suspended by their MHA must have the suspension notice come through the HNS Suspension Coordinator. For any suspension dealing with any form of abuse the Suspension Coordinator must copy the Chair of Risk Management. This will ensure that the suspension records of all players and team officials are properly recorded in the suspension records of HNS and can be used for any future disciplinary action.
· ALL GAME MISCONDUCTS OR MATCH PENALTIES WILL CARRY A MINIMUM ONE (1) GAME SUSPENSION. ANY GAME MISCONDUCT OR MATCH PENALTY OCCURRING IN THE LAST TEN (10) MINUTES OF A GAME, WILL RESULT IN AN EXTRA ONE (1) GAME SUSPENSION (MINIMUM 2 GAMES).
Note: THE ACCUMULATION OF PENALTIES MUST BE UNDER THE SAME RULE INFRACTION TO HAVE 2ND, 3RD AND 4TH OFFENCE.
Note: ANY MATCH PENALTY IS ACCUMULATIVE WITH COORESPONDING MAJORS
25.24 Pre-Game, between Periods or Post Game Incidents (Junior/Senior)
Fights prior to the start of the game - teams involved will receive an automatic $500.00 fine plus suspensions, which may occur as a result of review of the incident by the League Disciplinary Committee.
Pre-game warm-up - players are restricted to their half of the ice and must stay there for the duration of the warm-up:
Players who cross or touch the centerline with their skates will be assessed a Minor Penalty.
Players who cross the center ice line to instigate opponents will be assessed a Gross Misconduct
Players who instigate opponents anywhere in the pre-game warm-up will be assessed a Gross
Note: Players can only enter their opponents half during pre-game warm-up following approval from the Game Official monitoring the warm-up.
Incidents between periods or the end of game - automatic fine of $500.00 for each team, and if instigator identified, player(s) involved suspended a minimum of five (5) games and coach identified player(s) suspended a minimum of three (3) games, in addition to any other penalties, which may apply.
25.25 Line Brawl (Junior/Senior)
Definition: more than two (2) fights during the same stoppage. As players involved in line brawl suspensions will be:
Initial fight As per “Hockey Canada Rule 6.7”
All other players involved Three (3) additional games
Coach Five (5) additional games pending investigation by league.
25.26 Involvement with Fans - Players or Team Officials
Team Official(s) penalized for any incident involving a fan(s)
- indefinite suspension pending investigation by the League Disciplinary Committee.
Player(s) penalized for any incident involving with a fan(s)
-indefinite suspension for a maximum of five (5) games, pending investigation by the League Disciplinary
Any Player or Team Official making derogatory remarks in public, or through the media regarding 1) the HNS &/ or representatives, 2) the MINOR COUNCIL &/ or representatives, 3) Hockey Canada &/ or representatives, 4) Governing League &/ or representatives, or 5) Game Officials shall be fined $200.00.
i) Suspensions for regulation 10 (I) represent minimum suspensions. Disciplinary Committee may apply additional suspensions upon review.
ii) All coaches or team officials suspended, for any reason, will not be permitted in the dressing room or players area from one hour before game time until one hour after the conclusion of the game. They shall also be seated in an area of the arena as designated by the League or governing body until the suspension has been served. Any violation will result in additional suspension for the coach and a fine of $1,000.00 to team.
iii) Definition - “Coach” – Head Coach or his Designate – in the event the Head Coach is under suspension or not present.
iv) “Fines do not apply for Minor Hockey teams, according to Hockey Canada Rules & Regulations.”
v) All fines, with the possible exception of that of derogatory remarks (payable to HNS), will be payable to the Governing League.
25.27 Rule 4.6 - Game Misconduct
1st Offense Remainder of the game plus One (1) additional game
2nd Offense Remainder of the game plus Two (2) additional games
3rd Offense Remainder of the game plus Three (3) additional games
4th and Subs.-Remainder of the game plus Suspended indefinitely until dealt with by Disciplinary
25.28 Rule 4.8 - Match Penalties
1st Offense Remainder of the game plus Three (3) additional games
2nd Offense Remainder of the game plus Six (6) additional games
3rd Offense Remainder of the game plus Disciplinary Committee
25.29 Incident or Behavior Detrimental to Hockey
Offender shall be automatically suspended from all hockey activities under the jurisdiction of Hockey
Canada, HNS and MINOR COUNCIL until dealt with by proper Disciplinary Committee.
Offenses could include, but are not limited to:
“Playing under suspension”
“Playing suspended or illegal players” “Removal of team from ice”
“Travelling without a travel permit”
“Unacceptable conduct on and off the ice”
25.30 Coaches Registered with 2+ Teams/Leagues
Coaches registered in more than one league must serve their suspension in the league in which they were suspended. In addition, they will not be permitted to coach in any registered league until the suspension is served.
25.31 Registration Suspensions
A. Any player, Team Official, or Executive Member of a team or Minor Association found