PLAYER’S CODE OF CONDUCT
- Play for FUN.
- Work hard to improve your skills.
- Be a team player – get along with your teammates.
- Learn teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.
- Be on time for practices and games.
- Learn the rules and play by them. Always be a good sport.
- Respect your coaches, teammates, parents, opponents and officials.
- Never argue with an official’s decision
SPORTSMANSHIP – DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
A common challenge in youth sports today is the all-too-common attitude that winning is everything. Nothing could be further from the truth. USA Hockey believes this attitude can contribute to players, coaches and parents displaying a lack of good sportsmanship. In any athletic contest, the competitors should do their best to try and win. After all, striving to win is a part of healthy competition. But winning or losing is only a result – it should not be the reason we play the game.
Everyone in the game should have a sense of fair play. Satisfaction should come from playing your hardest and doing your best. There is a big difference between losing and being a loser. If you have done your best and played within the rules, you are never a loser. By the same token, you may win the game, but if you aren’t humble in victory, or played without respect for your opponent, you aren’t a winner.
IF WINNING ISN’T IMPORTANT, WHY SHOULD I PLAY?
The real reason to play ice hockey and other youth sports is because they are fun. When everyone displays good sportsmanship, it helps create a better environment.
Other reasons are to:
- Develop fundamental motor skills
- Acquire skills for recreation and leisure
- Learn to interact with others
- Learn values such as loyalty to a common cause, respectfor others and respect for the letter and spirit of rules
- Learn how to accept constructive criticism
- Gain a positive sense of self-worth
- Make friends and be a part of a team
There is a lot to be gained by playing hockey.
USA Hockey has developed “Codes of Conduct” for youth hockey. Try your best to display good sportsmanship and a winning attitude by following these codes.