Members of our club need to better police themselves in order to avoid injuries resulting from rough play. We also need to show more respect for our volunteer referees. It has therefore been resolved that, in order to best address these situations, the following rule changes will apply:
Members called for penalties for rough play with intent to injure or dangerous on ice behavior, will receive a 5 minutes penalty, with an automatic match penalty: the 5 minutes penalty will be served by another team member who was on the ice at the time of the penalty. A first offence will result in an automatic minimum 2 games suspension (or possibly more after review by the disciplinary committee). The penalized player will not be allowed near the bench until after his suspensions are served.
A second time offender will receive the 5 minutes and match penalty, served as above, plus an automatic minimum 5 games suspension (or possibly more after review by the disciplinary committee). The penalized player will not be allowed near the bench until after his penalties are served.
A third offence will result in a 5 minutes and match penalty, served as above. The player’s membership will be subject to review by the board, as players with such behavior could be considered undesirable and may face permanent expulsion from the club.
Verbal or other abuse of referees:
If a player is arguing with an official:
First step: Second step: Third step:
Two- minute penalty. Out of the game.
If a player gets to the third step:
*These carry over to the next year.
Total penalty minutes review:
Players reaching a total of 15 penalty minutes during the year, (including all games, league and playoffs) will have their situation reviewed by the executive committee. A second review will take place at the 25 penalty minutes level. Both these reviews will result in a decision by the executive committee as to further action.
In order to better prepare for our fair play objective, team captains and coaches have been asked and are expected to play a key role of exemplary leadership. Volunteer referees will receive a training session to better understand the rules and expectations as to how to apply them game after game.
Members who witness on ice rough play incidents (not seen by our referees) should report same to the disciplinary committee in writing within 5 days for appropriate review.
Appeal to the suspensions, refer to PCOT Rule 4