In an effort to make ice hockey a more desirable and rewarding experience for all participants, the RVAHA program has instructed the Officiating Staff to adhere to certain points of emphasis relating to sportsmanship. This campaign is designed to require all players, coaches, officials, administrators, and spectators to maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during and after all RVAHA games.
Thus, the On-Ice Referees and Linesman must implement the following points of emphasis:
A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (Zero Tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a player:
1. Openly disputes or argues any decision by an official.
2. Uses obscene or vulgar language at any time, including any swearing, even if it is not directed at a particular person.
3. Visually demonstrates overt signs of dissatisfaction with an official’s decision. Any time that a player persists in any of these actions, they shall be assessed a misconduct penalty. A game misconduct shall result if the player continues such action.
Officials are required to conduct themselves in a businesslike, sportsmanlike, impartial and constructive manner at all times. The actions of an official must be above reproach. Actions such as “baiting” or inciting players or coaches are strictly prohibited.
On-ice officials are ambassadors of the game and must always conduct themselves with this responsibility in mind.
On-ice officials will stop the game when spectators displaying any disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or the game. The on-ice officials will identify violators to the building manager for the purpose of removing spectators from the spectator’s viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body. This inappropriate and disruptive behavior shall include:
•Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time. •Taunting of players, coaches, officials or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence or physical violence. •Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing area, player bench, penalty box or ice surface, directed in any manner as to create a safety hazard.
The RVAHA has adopted the following guidelines concerning penalties that occur during RVAHA 2015-2016 sanctioned games.
Game Misconduct – No board review (New change effective Jan 1, 2005)
Players receiving a game misconduct with no board review are suspended that game and one additional game suspension during next scheduled game.
Game Misconduct – Board Review Required (BRR)
(Severity of infraction dictates whether board review required)
1.Players receiving their first game misconduct (BRR) in the season will have to serve a minimum of one additional game suspension(s) during next scheduled game(s). 2.Players receiving their second game misconduct (BRR) in the season will have to serve a minimum of 2 additional game suspensions during next scheduled games. 3.Players receiving their third game misconduct (BRR) in the season are ejected for the season. 4.Board review is not needed on game misconduct penalties unless requested by the referee. If board review is requested, additional penalties, including game suspension and up to season ejection, can be administered. Late Game Penalties
Players receiving major or misconduct penalties with less than 5 minutes left of playing time will serve a two minute minor (shorthanded) penalty at the beginning of their next scheduled game. If that player is not there for that game, the captain will designate a player to serve the penalty.
Players receiving a penalty for fighting will receive a game misconduct plus an automatic additional 3 game suspension. The RVAHA will further review the incident to determine if additional suspension including season ejection is warranted.
Intent to Injure
The RVAHA board investigates all Intent to Injure penalties. Minimum penalty is 5 game suspension. The RVAHA will further review the incident to determine if additional suspension including season ejection is warranted. This includes actions against players, referees, coaches, off-ice officials, rink staff, and fans.
The RVAHA board investigates all Match Penalties. Minimum penalty is 5 game suspension. The RVAHA will further review the incident to determine if additional suspension including season ejection is warranted.
Late Season Penalties
1.Late season penalties not completely served will be carried over to the next RVAHA season. 2.The RVAHA board will investigate late season (including playoffs) penalties to determine if additional penalties are needed.
A team captain or assistant captain will have the opportunity to represent the player during board investigations. All captains (or assistant captain) will have voting privileges in board hearings. Players will not be entitled to reimbursement for games missed due to penalties incurred.
The RVAHA Board reserves the right to issue additional disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension for the rest of the season based on the severity of the infraction.
Thanks for your attention and understanding. The RVAHA was created to provide competitive ice hockey in a safe, fun environment for all players, referees, coaches, off-ice officials, rink staff, and fans attending games.
NEW FOR 2014 –SKATE GUARDS
For ALL ice hockey related activities with the ROANOKE VALLEY ADULT HOCKEY ASSOCIATION the following equipment items are mandatory to be allowed to compete;
SHOULDER PADS ELBOW PADS
HOCKEY PANTS SHIN PADS
HOCKEY GLOVES CUP w/SUPPORTER
*HOCKEY HELMET w/ CHIN STRAP
FACIAL PROTECTION - At least HALF/SHIELD or CAGE
(The Association strongly recommends use of a Mouth Guard)
(* For Adults, 18 & over, helmet does not have to be HECC Approved, but must have been designed for use in ice hockey; Final approval of any questionable equipment rest with the Executive committee of the RVAHA)
For those who participate and are under the age of 18 (but at least 14 years old), it is mandatory that all of the above articles be used, as well as the following;
HELMET MUST BE HECC Approved
FACIAL PROTECTION MUST BE FULL FACE & HECC APPROVED
MUST USE a Tethered MOUTH/TEETH GUARD
MUST USE HECC APPROVED NECK GUARD
NOTE for ALL PARTICIPANTS; All of the equipment listed above for both adult and juvenile players must be designed specifically for ice hockey use. It cannot be hybrid or multi-sport equipment. Equipment designed for lacrosse, soccer, or other sports, are designed just for that. Ice hockey equipment is designed for just that, ice hockey. The HECC Certification requirements listed ARE mandatory for your protection, and to meet our insurance requirements. Also, the facial and neck protection requirements are also in place to meet both Lancerlot Sports Complex & Berglund Center’s insurance requirements.