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Code of Conduct

Board of Directors Code of Conduct

The Board of Directors is governed by the Demons Youth Hockey Association Bylaws. Any and all persons bringing issues to the Board, whether in Executive Session or Open Forum, will be treated with respect and fairness by all Board members.

(The following Codes of Conduct were prepared by USA Hockey's Youth Council.) 

Coaches Code of Conduct

  • Winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one. Care more about the child than the winning of the game. Remember players are involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.
  • Be a positive role model to your players, display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical safety of players.
  • Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent, honest; be fair and just; do not criticize players publicly; learn to be a more effective communicator and coach, don't yell at players.
  • Adjust to personal needs and problems of players, be a good listener, never verbally or physically abuse a player or official; give all players the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence and develop self-esteem; teach them the basics.
  • Organize practices that are fun and challenging for your players. Familiarize yourself with the rules, techniques and strategies of hockey; encourage all your players to be team players.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with your players' parents.
  • Be concerned with the overall development of your players. Stress good health habits and clean living.
  • To play the game is great; to love the game is greater.

Parents Code 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 its participants, your child will benefit.
  • Emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit your young athlete. De-emphasize competition in the lower age groups.
  • Know and study the rules of the game, and support the officials on and off the ice. Any criticism of the officials only hurts the game.
  • Applaud a good effort in victory and in defeat and 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 very important to the development of your child and the sport. Communicate and support them.
  • If you enjoy the game, learn all you can about the game and volunteer.

Players 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 coach, your teammates, your parents, opponents and officials.
  • Never argue with the official's decision.

Other General Guidelines

  • Foul, vulgar or abusive language shall not be used by anybody associated with the Demons organization. (Coaches, players, parents, spectators).
  • Coaches and teammates should treat each other equally. Treat each other with respect.
  • All players shall receive an equal amount of playing time.
  •  If a player or assistant coach cannot make a game or practice, they should contact the coach as soon as possible so he may make the necessary arrangements.
  • No players are allowed on the ice without a coach or parent present.

Policies and Procedures

In addition to the guidelines above, the DYHA maintains a Policies and Procedures document, which is available upon request from a DYHA board member.   

Any violations of Codes of Conduct, Policies or Procedures of the DYHA could result in, but not be limited to, a written warning from the Board of Directors or the scheduling of a disciplinary hearing which can lead to suspension or removal from the Association as determined by the Board of Directors.

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