Code of Conduct: Senior Players

DIHA is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members and the gear that facilitates that activity. Senior players are expected to meet the following standards of behaviour:

  • Play hockey for enjoyment above all other things
  • Communicate with team coaches and managers about their availability and health
  • Learn the rules of ice hockey, submitting to the rulings of officials without argument
  • Be on time and properly equipped for all practices and games
  • All DIHA gear, included the gear room be treated with respect
  • Aim for improvement in all aspects of their game
  • Support their team and team members on and off the ice
  • Respect opponents through good sportsmanship
  • Respect coaches and listen to and follow their instructions
  • Respect the rules of all sporting and other facilities
  • Encourage others to play ice hockey through modelling and promoting the sport

Players can have the following expectations:

  • Have fun on and off the ice
  • Play in a safe, supportive environment
  • Have qualified coaching and develop as a player
  • Play the game at a competitive level
  • Be able to ask questions and learn more about the game of ice hockey
  • Be able to ask questions of the Association and its coaches and officials at an appropriate time and place
    DIHA has a zero tolerance policy towards:
    • Verbal abuse, physical abuse, fighting, or any other unsportsmanlike behaviour
    • ‘Hazing’ or other team or rookie initiation rituals
    • Performance enhancing or illegal drug use
    • Alcohol consumption immediately before or during on-ice activities.

Any breaches of this agreement will result in the “Dealing with Breaches” mechanism being initiated.

Dealing with Breaches of the Club’s Code of Conduct

The implementation of the Code of Conduct includes a process to deal with any alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct. The Code committee’ is to hear any alleged breaches. It is up to the club to decide who should be on this committee at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) or nearest committee meeting after the terms of acceptance, and the committee to hear any said complaint will be named in the AGM (or nearest meeting) minutes of the year that said complaint is laid. This committee has the authority to determine how alleged breaches should be dealt with.

The process to hear alleged breaches are as follows:

  • The complaint must be in writing, addressed to the club secretary and be received within 48 hours following the alleged incident
  • The committee will consider the alleged breach and all of the information available
  • The committee will set a date, time and venue for a hearing if it deems a hearing is necessary
  • Establish appropriate penalties for breaches, eg: stand down from playing for a certain length of time, suspension from the club, monetary fine or ultimately banned from being involved with the club at any level
  • All necessary parties will be advised of the decision verbally and in writing within 28 days of a decision being made or hearing being held
  • The manner of bring an appeal must adhere to the following:
    • An appellant brings an appeal by sending a notice of appeal to DIHA Board
    • The notice must be received by the DIHA within 28 days after the date on which the Code Committee gives a copy of the decision to the appellant

It is the responsibility of the club committee to set standards and provide guidelines for club members’ behaviour on and off the rink. Once a Code of Conduct has been formulated, the committee should communicate this to all its members. It is the responsibility of the committee to have a reasonable expectation of gaining agreement. Without agreement it is reasonable to expect that the suggested signatory not be invited to aspects (some or all) of DIHA.

Contact the Secretary of the Board for further information.