Codes of Conduct

Disciplinary Committee

  • Cathy Dinn
  • David Evans
  • Vacant

Deer Lake Minor Hockey has inplemented a three person Disciplinary Committee to oversee and adjudicate instances where breaches of the codes of conduct below have occurred, and where members of the Deer Lake Minor Hockey Association, including Players, Parents, Coaches etc. are suspected of conduct unbecomming.

The following Term of Reference lays out the roles and responsibilities of the committee as well as complaint procedures and potential suspension guidelines.

Deer Lake Minor Hockey Association wishes to thank our disciplinary committee members for all the work they are completing. We ask all parents to review the roles and responsibilities of this committee and is encouraged to avail of their services if a situation ever arises. We are hopeful that an email account for our disciplinary committee will be available very shortly.


  1. Get involved with your son or daughter’s team in a positive way.
  2. Let your son or daughter know you enjoy having them involved with the game.
  3. Don’t lose perspective, emphasize the values associated with the game.
  4. Be supportive and don’t let expectations become a burden to your son or daughter.
  5. Model respectful behaviour for your son or daughter.
  6. Be there for your child whether they win or lose.
  7. Make safety, respect, fair play and fun a priority.
  8. Support your child emotionally.
  9. Encourage your child to participate but avoid pressuring them to play the game.
  10. Communicate with your son’s or daughter’s coach in a professional effective manner.

Player’s Code of Conduct

  • Respect and adhere to all ideals, policies and rules determined by the HNL., the Deer Lake Minor Hockey Association, and your team.
  • Respect the rules of the game, opponents, officials and their decisions.
  • Maintain self-control at all times.
  • Attend as many games and practices as reasonably possible. Be present before games and practices in a timely manner. Notify the coach ahead of time if you will be absent.
  • Respect the facilities, either home or away, in which you are privileged to play.
  • Exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship, teamwork and positive attitude at all times when representing your team and the league.
  • Refrain from using foul language towards teammates, coaches, officials or opponents.
  • Accept defeat graciously.
  • Show respect for the decisions, judgment and authority of the officials and timekeepers.
  • Show respect for the feelings and abilities of the players on the other team.
  • Accept the capabilities of other players.
  • Ensure that your equipment is complete, safe and in good condition.

Code of Conduct for Parents

  • I will not force my child to participate in hockey.
  • I will remember that my child plays hockey for his or her enjoyment, not mine.
  • I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • 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 a game / event.
  • I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.
  • I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • I will remember that children learn best by example.
  • I will applaud good plays / performances 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 activities.
  • I will respect and show appreciation for the volunteer coaches who give their time to provide hockey experiences for my child.