KEEPING INLINE HOCKEY FUN
|CODES OF CONDUCT
Participation in sports can be a great learning experience for players, coaches,
referees, parents and administrators. These experiences often
transfer into our daily lives at home, at school and in the office
or during our recreational time.
USA Hockey InLine has developed the following codes of conduct to establish standards for
in-line hockey participants. All participants are encouraged to
adopt these policies in order to provide a positive and rewarding
experience for everybody involved in the program. These codes of
conduct are based on sportsmanship and fair play while creating a
fun and positive environment.
PLAYERS CODES OF CONDUCT
- Play for FUN and enjoyment of the
- Winning is a consideration, but not
the only one, nor the most important one.
- Work hard to improve your skills.
- Be a team player - get along with
and cooperate with your teammates.
- Learn teamwork, sportsmanship and
- Be on time for all games and
- Learn the rules and play by them.
Always be a good sport.
- Respect your coaches, teammates,
parents, opponents and the officials.
- Never argue with the decision of an
official or coach.
- Respect the arena and its
facilities. Without them you wouldn't have a place to play.
REFEREES CODES OF CONDUCT
- Act in a professional and
businesslike manner at all times and take your role seriously.
- Strive to provide a safe and
sportsmanlike environment in which players can properly display
their in-line hockey skills.
- Know all playing rules, their
interpretations and proper application.
- Remember that referees are
"teachers." Set good examples.
- Make your calls with quiet
confidence, never with arrogance.
- Control games only to the extent
that is necessary to provide a positive and safe experience for
- Violence must never be tolerated.
- Be fair and impartial at all times.
PARENTS CODES OF CONDUCT
- Do not force your children to participate in sports, but support their
desires to play their chosen sport. Children are involved in organized
sports for their enjoyment. Make it fun.
- Encourage your child to play by the rules. Remember, children learn best
by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams.
- Do not embarrass your child by yelling at players, coaches or officials.
By showing a positive attitude toward the game and all of its participants,
your child will benefit.
- Emphasize the benefits of skill development and practices. De-emphasize
games and competition in the lower age groups.
- Know and study the rules of the game and support the officials. This
approach will help in the development of the sport.
- Applaud a good effort in victory and in defeat; enforce the positive
points of the game. Never yell or physically abuse your child after a game
or practice - it is destructive. Work toward removing the physical and
verbal abuse in youth sports.
- Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They are important to the
development of your child and the sport. Communicate with them and support
- If you enjoy the game, learn all you can about it and volunteer!
COACHES CODES OF CONDUCT
- Be a positive role model to your
players, display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical
safety of the players.
- Care more about your players than
winning the game. Remember, players are involved in in-line hockey
for fun and enjoyment.
- Be generous with your praise when
it's deserved. Be consistent and honest, fair and just. Do not
criticize players publicly. Learn to be an effective communicator
and a good listener; don't yell at the players, never verbally or
physically abuse a player or an official.
- Adjust to the personal needs and
problems of the players.
- Give all players the opportunity to
improve their skills, gain confidence and develop self-esteem.
Teach them the basics of the game.
- Organize practices that are fun and
challenging to the players. Familiarize yourself with the rules,
techniques and strategies of in-line hockey. Encourage all of your
players to be "team players."
- Maintain an open line of
communication with the players' parents. Work together to develop
the goals and objectives of the program.
- Be concerned with the overall
development of your players. Stress clean living and healthy
- To play the game is great. To love
the game is greater.
SPECTATORS CODES OF CONDUCT
- Display good sportsmanship. Always
respect players, coaches and officials.
- Always act appropriately; do not
taunt or disturb other fans; enjoy the game together.
- Cheer good plays of all
participants; avoid booing opponents.
- Cheer in a positive manner and
encourage fair play; profanity and objectionable cheers or
gestures are offensive.
- Help to provide a safe and fun
environment. Throwing items on the playing surface can cause
injury to players and officials.
- Support the referees and coaches by
trusting their judgment and integrity.
- Be responsible for your own safety
- remain alert to help prevent accidents caused by flying objects
and other avoidable situations.
- Respect locker rooms as private
areas for players, coaches and officials.
- Be supportive after the game - win
or lose. Recognize good effort, teamwork and sportsmanship.
ADMINISTRATORS CODES OF CONDUCT
- Follow the rules and regulations of
USA Hockey InLine and your league to ensure that the philosophies
and objectives are met.
- Support programs that train and
educate players, coaches, parents, officials and volunteers.
- Promote and publicize your
programs. Seek out financial support whenever possible.
- Communicate with parents regularly
by holding parent/player orientation meetings; be available to
answer questions and address problems.
- Work to provide programs that
encompass fairness to the participants and promote fair play and
- Recruit volunteers, including
coaches, who demonstrate qualities conducive to being positive
role models to the youth in our sport.
- Make every possible attempt to
provide everyone, at all skill levels, with a place to play.
- Read and be familiar with the
official playing rules and the by-laws of your organization.
- Recruit and train other
administrators to advance to positions within your association,
perhaps even your own.