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BOARD MEETING

Saturday, December 7 - 10:00AM - 1:00PM
 
Megan's Room
6591 A Street - 1st Floor
Anchorage
 
 
Comp Council Meeting
December 7th
8:00AM - 9:30AM

October 30, 2019

Dear USA Hockey member –

As the hockey season begins in full, we continue to receive reports of disturbing incidents involving racial and other derogatory slurs, behavior which is reprehensible and has absolutely no place in our game, especially around our children.

As you are all aware, USA Hockey has long had a Zero Tolerance Policy towards any type of abusive conduct, specifically under Rule 601 (e.3), which states that anyone who uses language that is offensive, hateful or discriminatory in nature anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game, shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty. For reasons which I cannot explain or understand, this penalty does not seem to be enough of a deterrent to stop this conduct.

I am issuing a directive effective immediately that anyone assessed a penalty under Rule 601 (e.3) will now receive an automatic Match Penalty, in lieu of the game misconduct penalty that currently exists, and shall be immediately suspended until a hearing is conducted by the governing USA Hockey Affiliate or junior league. The applicable Affiliate or junior league is required to conduct a hearing within 30 days of the incident and the individual may be subject to further discipline.

Further, our on-ice officials have protocols in place that address situations where a player is accused of saying something that violates Rule 601 (e. 3) but is not heard by the officials. While the officials cannot assess a penalty in that circumstance, they are instructed to notify the coach of the offending team and it is critical that the coach take immediate and appropriate action. Officials must also report the incident through the game reporting system, and Affiliates must review all incidents, whether penalized or unpenalized, to ensure proper application of the rules.

We also receive reports of racial harassment and discrimination among teammates; this behavior must be addressed through submitting appropriate reports through our SafeSport Program.

Parents and coaches, please take the time to address these issues with your kids. Helping educate them on these topics is an important part of our overall effort to eliminate any type of discriminatory language or behavior from our sport.

While the vast majority of our hockey games are conducted in the spirit for which they were intended, we must remove offensive, hateful or discriminatory language or behavior from our game.

Please join me in stamping it out and ensuring we have an environment that is free from discrimination of any kind. Thanks for doing your part and I hope this will be the best and brightest hockey season for you and your family.

Yours in hockey,

Jim Smith


In our continued efforts to educate and provide resources pertinent to the Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect, please see links below to a new video piece that contains examples of acceptable and unacceptable body checks. This piece is approximately three minutes and a shorter version of the 16-minute video that was released earlier this season. As you’ll hear, the voice over on this short form piece is aimed at parents, but the video is appropriate for all audiences.
 
The Dropbox contains two files, one with subtitles and one without. Feel free to share and use as you’d like.
 
Thanks much and hope this finds everyone doing great!!
 



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