Sioux Center Hockey Association Policies and Procedures



Develop a sense of team play and sportsmanship

Develop the playing skills of each participant


Help our youth develop into better hockey players and adults through the experiences they gain as participants in organized hockey. Encourage each youth to consistently put forth his/her best effort, to have the courage to accept the results of the effort, and to have the determination to constantly strive to improve that effort.

Amendments and Exceptions To Policies and Procedures

To amend policy and procedures, the Board needs to meet twice. This can be done at two regular meetings, a regular meeting, or two special meetings. Special meetings must be called in accordance with the By-laws.

At the first of the two Board meetings, an authorized Board Member makes a motion to amend the policy and procedure manual, clearly stating how the new policy and procedure should read. Another authorized Board Member then Seconds the motion. The President then requests all Board Members to discuss the change with the SCHA membership with the intent to vote on the amendment.

Amendments can be made to add, delete or change the existing policy and procedure manual. At the following meeting the amendment is brought up, discussed, and a vote taken. A majority vote changes policy and procedure.

An Exception to policy and procedure is voted on at a regular or special meeting. The exception applies to a specific case only. The criterion being that it is for the good of the organization in total. A majority vote carries the motion.

Governing Body

The Sioux Center Hockey Association (SCHA) is a nonprofit association that is part of the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council which is a part of the City of Sioux Center. SCHA is a local association, which is a member of the Midwest Amateur Hockey Association (hereinafter MWAHA), South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association (hereinafter SDAHA), and USA Hockey. SCHA is, therefore, subject to by-laws handed down by these governing bodies.

SCHA is governed by the City of Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council; Members of the council are resistible for managing the affairs of the association's board through guidance, vision and oversight of the diverse activities of the association. SCHA board are elected by membership of association, appointed by the SCHA board or appointed by the City of Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council. A Board members term is limited shall be no more than three (3) years. After the three year term, Board member can assume the same position if elected, appointed by the SCHA board or appointed by the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council. A formal set of by-laws is available on the web page.

The SCHA board will consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Risk Manager, Registrar, Director of Coaching, Director of Officiating and Director of Scheduling . The ACE Coordinator will be present at all board meeting as advisory member for the Sioux Center Recreation and Art Council.

SCHA Board Members


Position duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Work with the Association director to coordinate in-house recreation league practices and games

Act as Chairperson for the Board meetings.

Attended monthly Board meetings

Hold additional SCHA meetings as necessary to inform the board of policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Attended affiliate/district/league meetings

To Chair the fall and spring parents meeting

Oversee all duties of SCHA and liaise with elected board members to ensure all SCHA functions are appropriately facilitated.

Serve as a direct link between SCHA and the City of Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council.

Vice President A (youth):

Position duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Act as Chairperson for the Board meeting in absence of President.

Attend SCHA monthly board meetings

Attend to the needs of the youth division

Serve as liaison between SCHA board and coaches/parents/team managers of youth divisions

Organize, manage and oversee cross ice program including coach recruitment, team selection and other cross ice duties

Ensure all U10 teams are meeting game commitments.  Assist with schedule as need be.                                                                       

Vice President B (SDAHA):

Position duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Attend SCHA monthly board meetings

Attend to the needs of the league level teams

Serve as a direct line for the local SDAHA league teams involved with the association

Serve as liaison between SCHA board and coaches/parents/team managers of high school age divisions

Attend all SDAHA league meetings


Position duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Attend SCHA monthly board meetings, and document the minutes of the meeting

Work with the Web master on keeping the Web page current.

Work with the President on the agenda for the next meeting.

Send out a notice of the monthly or extra board meetings to board members, along with minutes of previous months minutes.

Ensure all SCHA policies, procedures and by laws are properly updated and resubmitted to board members to ensure all information is current.


Position duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Maintain a complete financial record and all income and expenses.

Monthly budget reports of income and expenses.

End of the year budget report

Director of Coaching:

Position duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Recommend to be a level 3 coach

Attend SCHA monthly board meetings

If necessary, forward the names of the registered coaches to the proper USA Hockey location

View the work of the coaches whenever possible and offer constructive criticism to improve the program

Assist in development of educational materials and serve as a resource in the development of such materials.

Seek out and recruit coaches for the SCHA

Maintain list of association coaches and certifications earned and inform coaches of any recertification requirements needed

Ensure coaches are informed of available coaching clinics

Insure that the USA Hockey ADM and LTAD programs are implemented for appropriate leagues /teams

Serve as the Liaison between coaches and parents/players.

Director of Officiating:

Position duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Recommend to be level 3

Attend SCHA monthly board meetings as needed

Seek out and encourage new people to become officials.

Prepare an annual report of activities

Distribute applications for referee registration to new officials

Assist all officials with the completion of the direct registration process.

Have the ultimate authority to determine the acceptability of an official.

Distribute the proper referee manuals at seminars.

View the work of the officials whenever possible and offer constrictive criticism.

Serve as the liaison between the league coaches, players and the SCHA in general.

Organize certification clinics, first aid programs, and offer constrictive criticism.

Serve as the liaison between the league coaches, players and the SCHA in general.

Organize certification clinics, first aid programs, and officiating clinics.

Assign and supervise officials for sanctioned SCHA or USA Hockey games and tournaments.

Ensure that all of the officials are current in their certifications form USA Hockey. The Director of officials will be USA Hockey Certified (Any Level).

Director of Scheduling:

Position duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Attend SCHA monthly board meeting

Work with the State Director of Scheduling

Work with the tournament committee on Scheduling games


Work with the coaches and team managers to schedule and confirm games as needed to fill season

Assure that the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of SCHA, MWAHA, SDAHA and USA Hockey is followed at all times.

Work closely with ASC staff to ensure efficient and complete utilization of ice time.


Position duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Attend SCHA monthly board meetings

Responsible for coordinating all aspects of player registration

Keep registration forms updated on the web

Receive completed registrations and registration fees.

Be certain that all registrations are properly completed and comply with USA Hockey regulations.

Record and promptly forward all individual registrations and team membership application forms with the proper fees to the USA Hockey Associate Registrar for MWAHA and to SDAHA

Distribute all materials, official guides, rule books and miscellaneous publication to registered teams

Collect and forward to the USA Hockey Office all fees for Invitational Tournaments

Maintain registrations by team, age, etc….

Coordinate team registrations and tournament sanctions with affiliate representative and USA Hockey associate Registrar for MWAHA and SDAHA

Responsible for communication with USA Hockey Associate registrar for MWAHA and SDAHA.

Review the Registrar's Handbook annually.

Risk Manager

Organize first aid and CPR clinics for all required individuals (coaches, managers, locker room monitors, refs, etc…)

Position duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Attend SCHA monthly board meetings

Develop a working knowledge of the Liability, catastrophic and excess accident insurance programs of USA Hockey

Assist with the registration process (but cannot act as Registrar).

Develop an understanding of the definition and the requirements of a sanctioned event and special event

Serve as a source of information for injury reporting, claims filing, risk identification, and correction.

Receive notice and report serious injuries; especially potential catastrophic injuries.

Serve as the risk management liaison between the district and SCHA.

Assist the SCHA coaching and officiating programs in implanting risk management as part of curriculum.

SCHA Board Meetings

Regular SCHA Board meetings are held at the All Seasons Center (ASC) @ 7:00p.m. on 1st Wednesday of the month. Interested individuals desiring to attend a Board meeting should verify date, time, and place with the SCHA Secretary. The minutes of  SCHA board meetings will be posted on the Web page.

Any change in meeting format must be in writing and given to the Secretary no less than 10 days before and no more than thirty days after the last board meeting. Agenda to the board meeting will be sent out to board members prior to the next board meeting.

Board Meeting Format: All meetings will be conducted using Robert's Rules of Order in the following format:

Opening by the President

Comment or Concerns from Visitors (moved from end of meeting)

Review last months minutes

Report from treasurer

Report from Vice President A & B

Report from Directors





Closed meeting

Risk management report





SCHA utilizes ice for practices and games at the City of Sioux Center's All Season Center (ASC). Facility requirement are as follows:

ASC is ZERO Tolerance Facility - This applies to players, coaches, and spectators.

The rink is not open until 60 minutes prior to the first game of the day or 30 minutes prior to the first practice of the day.

No food or drink, with the exception of water, is allowed in the locker rooms or the player's bench areas.

No food or drink is allowed near announcers/scorers bench areas.

Locker rooms

Locker rooms must be supervised at all times by 2 approved adults. This includes before and after practices and games.

The coach is ultimately responsible, but may request supervision by team manager or team parent.

Locker rooms are to be cleaned at the end of practices or games.

If damage is done to a locker room, the room will be locked and the team coach or supervisor will be called. Team members will be asked to return to the rink immediately to clean up any mess. Additional penalty to the team may include loss of locker room use for the next game or practice.

No sticks are allowed in the locker rooms.


Only rink staff can be on the ice the same time the Zamboni is on the ice.

Players or coaches may enter the ice arena only after the Zamboni driver closes the door.

Players are reminded not to throw items on the ice while the Zamboni is resurfacing.
If there is damage to the Zamboni, repair costs will be the responsibility of the player involved and his/her parents.

Only rink management personnel are allowed in the Zamboni room.


Players and coaches are not to be on the ice prior to their scheduled practice time and a coach must be on the ice before players are allowed to go on the ice.

Players and coaches are to leave the ice at the end of their scheduled practice time.

Dressing is not allowed in the lobby of the ASC.

Any Hockey meeting using the ASC Facility must be scheduled with the SCHA Board and the ACE Coordinator.

MWAHA, SDAHA, and USA Hockey has policies and procedures regarding screening of employees or volunteers, consumption/use/abuse of mood altering substance(s), zero tolerance, sexual, and physical abuse. SCHA hereby adopts the following USA Hockey policies and procedures as part of it standard operating format. They are as Follows:

Screening Policy

It is the policy of USA Hockey, MWAHA, SDAHA, and SCHA to not authorize or sanction programs that it directly controls any volunteer or employee who has routine access to children (anyone under the age of majority) who refuses to consent to be screened by USA Hockey, MWAHA, SDAHA and SCHA before he/she is allowed to have routine access to children in USA Hockey's or SCHA's programs. Further, it is the policy of USA Hockey that it will require its affiliates (SCHA) to adopt this policy as a condition of its affiliation with USA Hockey.

Consent to be screened Forms

Will be filled out by all coaches, managers, and board members, whether volunteers or employees, and also by all additional people in contact with underage players that the Risk Manager will determine necessary.

Screening Review Process

If any of the following appear, a person may be disqualified and prohibited from serving as an employee or volunteer of SCHA if the person has:

1. Been convicted ( including crimes the record of which has been expunged and pleas of “no contest” ) of a crime of child abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, physical abuse, accusing a child's death, neglect of a child, murder, manslaughter, felony assault, any assault against a minor, kidnapping, arson, criminal sexual conduct, prostitution related crimes or controlled substance crimes.

2. Been judged liable for civil penalties or damages involving sexual or physical abuse of children.

3. Been subject to a court order involving any sexual abuse or physical abuse of a minor, include but not limited to domestic order or protection.

4. Had their parental rights terminated.

5. A history with another organization (volunteer, employment, etc…) of complaints of sexual or physical abuse of minors.

6. Resigned, been terminated or been asked to resign from a position, whether paid or unpaid, due to complaint(s) of sexual or physical abuse of minors.

7. Has history of other behavior that indicates they may be a danger to children in SCHA.

Physical Abuse Policy

It is the policy of USA Hockey, MWAHA, SDAHA, and SCHA that there shall be no physical abuse of any participant involved in any of its sanctioned programs, Training Camps, Hockey Clinics, Coaches Clinic, Referee Clinics, Regional and National Tournaments or other USA Hockey events by any employee, volunteer or independent contractor. Physical abuse means physical contact with a participant that intentionally causes the participant to sustain bodily harm or personal injury. Physical abuse also includes physical contact with a participant that intentionally creates a threat of immediate bodily harm or personal injury. Physical abuse does not include physical contact that is reasonable designed to coach, teach, or demonstrate a hockey skill. Permitted physical conduct may include, but is not necessarily limited to, shooting pucks at a goaltender, demonstrating checking and other hockey skills, and communicating with or directing participants, during the course of a game or practice, by touching them in a non- threatening, non-sexual manner.
Upon reasonable proof of a violation of this policy, the violator may be suspended or permanently banned from SCHA programs.

Sexual Abuse Policy

It is the policy of USA Hockey, MWAHA, SDAHA, and SCHA that there shall be no sexual abuse of any minor participant involved in any of its sanctioned programs, Training Camps, Hockey Clinics, Coaches Clinic, Referee Clinics, Regional and National Tournaments or other USA Hockey events by any employee, volunteer, or independent contractor. Sexual abuse of a minor participant occurs when an employee, volunteer, or independent contractor touches a minor participant for the purpose of causing the sexual arousal or gratification of either the minor participant or the employee, volunteer, or independent as contractor. Sexual abuse of a minor participant also occurs when a minor player touches any employee, volunteer, or independent contractor for the sexual arousal or sexual gratification of whether the minor participant or the employee, volunteer or independent contractor, if the touching occurs at the request or with the consent of the employee, volunteer, or independent contractor. Neither consent of the player to the sexual contact, mistake as to the participant's age, nor the fact that the sexual contact did not take place at a hockey function are defenses to a complaint of sexual abuse.

Upon reasonable proof of violation of this policy, the violator will be banned or suspended permanently from USA Hockey sanctioned programs and/or programs of its affiliate associations.

Reporting Abuse

Any person receiving a report shall immediately report it the incident to the Risk Manager.

Complaints should be put in writing, but the need to conduct an appropriate investigation exists whether or not the complaint is put in writing.

The Committee should try to conclude the investigation within two weeks of receiving the complaint.

If the committee determines there is probable cause to proceed, they shall inform the Accused of their intentions.

If the committee determines that the Accused poses a threat of harm to any hockey player, they shall immediately suspend the Accused, pending a hearing.

The investigation is confidential and should not be disclosed to anyone other than the Accused, the Complainant, the Hearing Body and the proper law enforcement or child protection authorities as appropriate.


The Association shall appoint a five-person Hearing Body composed of the Investigation Committee and additional members as necessary. The hearing should occur within a week of the investigation. The Hearing Body will follow the by-laws of MHA and USA Hockey.

Substance Abuse Policy

SCHA endorses the mood altering substance policy as set forth by USA Hockey and stated below:

It is the considered judgment of the Board if Directors of USA Hockey that consumption/use/abuse of mood altering substance is detrimental to a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit in an athletic participant. This is especially true for those participants aspiring to develop their talents in the furtherance of their playing, or coaching, or officiating career in the sport of ice hockey. Therefore, with the best interests of its participants in mind, USA Hockey prohibits use be any participants of mood altering substances during active participation on its programs, and upon discovery of any violation shall take action to remove the participant from participation in its programs for a reasonable period of time. Further, USA Hockey hereby recommends that regulations concerning the prohibitions, programs and affiliates adopt reasonable regulations concerning the prohibition of consumption/use/abuse of mood altering substances, and a reasonable enforcement thereafter, in order to maintain the health of our athlete participants, the integrity of our programs, and the eligibility of all of our competitors for competition.

For purpose of this policy, the words “mood altering substances” shall include the following:

  1. Intoxicating beverages, including, but not limited to, alcohol.
  2. Nonprescription or prescribed controlled substances.
  3. Prescription or prescribed controlled substances when used to an excess in violation of doctors orders, or to produce the state of intoxication in the participant.
  4. Tobacco Products.
  5. All mood changing or mind altering illegal substances

Any Violation of the Substance Abuse rules must be reported to the Board President. A written record regarding the dates of any violations will be made. The Board will review with the following penalties:

  1. First violation
    1. Penalty: After confirmation of the first violation, the participant shall lose eligibility for the next two consecutive games or two weeks of a season, whichever is greater. Player may participate in team practices during the suspension. No exception is permitted for a player who becomes a participant in a treatment program.
  2. Second Violation
    1. Penalty: after confirmation of the second violation, the participant shall lose eligibility for the next six consecutive games or four weeks, whichever is greater. Players will not be allowed to participate in team practices during the suspension. No exception is permitted for a player who becomes a participant in a treatment program.
  3. Third Violation
    1. Penalty:
      1. After confirmation of the third or subsequent violations, the participant shall lose eligibility for the next twelve consecutive games and also practice time during those twelve games.
      2. If after the third or subsequent violations, the player on her/his own violation becomes a participant in a chemical dependency program or treatment program; the student may be certified for reinstatement in SCHA activities after a minimum period of six weeks. Such certification must be issued by the director or counselor of a chemical dependency treatment center.

The SCHA shall maintain a special file for records of violations to which only the President and Secretary have access. Records for an individual player will be destroyed when the player's eligibility with SCHA is exhausted.


In the event of an actual injury, or an incident involving a possible injury during practice or game schedule, the following procedures should be used to report these injuries to the proper claims personnel.

Participant Accident (Excess Medical) Claims:

All Claims reports should be made to the inured person's primary personal or group health insurance company first, for determination of possible benefits. Only after the injured person has reported the injury to the primary provider, may they contact USA Hockey's claims unit, for participant accident/excess medical assistance at the number shown below.

Catastrophic Injury Claims:

It is extremely important that anyone knowing of an actual (or possible) catastrophic injury, to a player or coach, immediately notify the District Risk Manager or Director of the USA Hockey National Office, (719-576-USAH). The immediate notice helps to ensure a prompt response from USA hockey. The proper claims forms may be obtained from the District Risk Manager.

Zero Tolerance Policy

In the effort to make ice hockey a more desirable and rewarding experience for all participants, the USA hockey Youth, Junior, and Adult Councils have instructed to Officiating Program to adhere to certain points of emphasis relating to sportsmanship. The campaign is designed to require all players, coaches, officials, team officials, administrators, and parents/spectators to maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during and after all USA Hockey sanction games.

Thus the following points of emphasis must be implemented by all On-Ice Referees and Linesmen:


A minor penalty for un-sportsmanlike 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 any sign 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.


A minor penalty for un-sportsmanlike conduct (Zero Tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a coach:

  1. Openly disputes or argues any decision by an official.
  2. Uses obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
  3. Visually displays any sign of dissatisfaction with an official's decision including standing on the boards or standing in the bench doorway with the intent of inciting the officials, players or spectators.

Any time that a coach persists in any of these actions, they shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty.


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 and officials must always conduct themselves with this responsibility in mind.


The game will be stopped by game officials when parents/spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or the game. The game officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/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:

  1. Use of Obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
  2. Taunting of players, coaches, officials or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence or physical violence.
  3. Throwing of any object in the spectator's viewing area, player's bench, penalty box or on the ice surface, directed in any manner that may reasonable be expected to create a safety hazard for any person at the facility.

Code of Conduct

USA Hockey has developed Codes of Conduct for administrators, coaches, parents, players, and spectators. SCHA accepts these policies as their own and they are presented in this handbook for the direction of the Association.

Administrators Code of Conduct

Follow the rules and regulations of USA Hockey, TSA, and SCHA to ensure that the association's philosophy and objectives are enhanced.

Support programs that train and educate players, coaches, parents, officials, and volunteers.

Promote and publicize SCHA programs, seek out financial support when possible

Communicate with parents by holding parent/player orientation meetings as well as by being available to answer questions and address problems throughout the season.

Work to provide programs that encompass fairness to the participants and promote fair play and sportsmanship

Recruit volunteers, including coaches, who demonstrate qualities conducive to being role models to the youth in our sport.

Encourage coaches and officials to attend USA hockey clinics.

Make every possible attempt to provide everyone, at all skill levels, with a place to play.

Read and be familiar with the contents of the USA Hockey Annual Guide and Official Playing Rules.

Develop other Administrators to advance to positions in your association, perhaps even your own.

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 is a good sport.

Respect your coach, your teammates, your parents, all fans, opponents, and officials.

Respect the facilities you play in, maintain the condition of locker rooms, and player areas.

Never argue with an official's decision.

Coaches Code of Conduct

Winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one. Care more about the child than winning the game. Remember, players are involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.

During off ice time, especially when traveling with the team, use discretion with regard to alcohol consumption

Be a positive role model to your player, display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical safety of player.

Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent, honest; be fair and just; do not criticize players publicly; learn to be more effective communicator and coach; don't yell at players.

Adjust to personal needs and problems of player, be a good listener, never verbally or physically abuse a player or official, give all players to 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 and open line of communication with your player's 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.

Parent's 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.

During off ice time, when traveling with the team, use discretion with regard to alcohol consumption.

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 of its participants, your child will benefit

Emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit your young athlete. De-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.

Know and study the rules of hockey, and support the officials on and off the ice. This approach will help in the development and support of the game. Any criticism of the officials only hurts the game.

Applaud a good effort in both victory and 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 physical and verbal abuse in youth sports.

Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They are important to the development of your child and the sport. Communicate with, and support them. 

24 Hour Rule.  Hockey is an emotional sport - a parent is not to approach a coach to discuss a game, a game incident, or a situation that occurred during a game that has provoked an adverse emotional response or a hostile situation until at least 24 hours after the fact.

If you enjoy the game, learn all you can about the game, and volunteer.

Spectator's Code of Conduct

Display good sportsmanship. Always respect players, coaches, fans, and officials.

Act appropriately; do not taunt or disturb other fans. Enjoy the game together.

Cheer good plays of all participants; avoid booing opponents.

Cheer in a positive manner and encourage fair play; profanity and objectionable cheers or gestures are offensive.

Help provide a safe and fun environment; throwing any items on the ice surface can cause injury to players and officials.

Do not lean over or pound on the glass; the glass surrounding the ice surface is part of the playing area.

Support the referees and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity.

Be responsible for your own safety and be alert to prevent accidents from flying pucks and other avoidable situations.

Respect locker rooms as private areas for players, coaches, and officials.

Be supportive after the game- win or lose. Recognize good effort, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Violator (s) of Zero Tolerance Policy or Code of Conduct will be referred to the Board of Directors and Review Committee if:

A habitual violator of this policy to the extent that it disrupts practice, game, or otherwise causes harm to the team.

A violator, in any incident that seriously threatens the safety, of players, coaches, or Parents/Spectators. It is the person being violated responsibility to report it to the ACE Coordinator or Risk Manager. Ethics Code of Conduct Report Form must be filled out.

The Board and Review Committee will review the behavior determining if sanctions are justified and establishing the sanction, set up by MWAHA, SDAHA, and USA Hockey.

Sanctions for Violations: A violation of the Zero Tolerance Policy or any Code of Conduct may result in the following sanctions:

  1. Sanction One. A warning in the form of a certified letter informing the individual that the purpose of this warning is to allow them to make changes to the behaviors so they continue to participate or attend SCHA events.
  2. Sanction Two. Suspension of the individual's privileges to participate in or attend any SCHA events for a period of one year. A player or their parents who have been suspended by the Association because of conduct violations shall be allowed to register the following year, as long as their account is in good standing.
  3. Sanction Three. Immediate removal of the parents and child (ren) from the Association. The parents and child (ren) will further be denied registration for any future SCHA programs.

Although these policies and procedures provide a three-tiered system of sanctions, the Board, in its sole discretion, may impose any of the above sanctions for any violations. That is, a player or parent may be removed under Sanction Three even though they have not previously received a sanction under Sanction One or Sanction Two, if the Board determines the violation is severe enough to warrant such action. Decisions of the Board in this regard are final.

Responsibilities/Job Duties

Team Managers

Position duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Serving as a direct link between their team, their respective team coach, their respective team parents, registrar, SCHA scheduler, Equipment Coordinator, and any SCHA committee as necessary.

Act as a liaison and primary contact between parents, coach staff, and any SCHA member as necessary.

Provide communication (meetings, letters) as necessary to facilitate exchange of information.

Provide parents with team rosters, parent names and phone numbers.

Maintain documentation for team and individual players (team roster, birth certificate, etc….).

Make all travel arrangements for team and coaches. This would include blocking rooms when necessary, communication information to parents regarding accommodations and enforcing SCHA policy regarding travel.

Work with the Association Director and the Director of Team Supervisors to schedule and confirm games as needed to fill season.

Work with the Equipment Director, Director of Team Supervisors and Association Directors to distribute, collect, repair, and clean all SCHA equipment.

Collect money from team players/parents and reimburse SCHA for cost of all tournament fees.

Work with the risk Manager to insure proper procedures are followed for all injuries.

Attend Advisory Council meetings as requested.


Position duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Play for Fun.

Work on improving your skill.

Learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and discipline

Always be a good sport.

Show respect to all members of the association.

Discipline of Players

Suspension for Game Misconducts:

1st Game misconduct ― one USA hockey game suspension with notice to local president.

2nd Game misconduct ― two game automatic suspensions with notice sent to local president.

3rd Game Misconduct ― season suspension. A conference call may be held with the USA discipline committee to collect input from the coach and player, and to review the player's prior misconducts. If the player is allowed to continue to play, it would only be after an automatic three game suspension.

The Cost of the conference call is the responsibility of the player/parent, and the skater will not be allowed to rejoin program until fee is paid in full (approx. $75-$100)

4th game misconduct - Season suspension- No Exceptions.

“Fisticuffs” is a USA hockey Playing Rule and a major or game misconduct penalty may be assessed by officials for such incidents. SCHA can discipline players who participate in fisticuffs during any game or practice beyond what is or is not assessed by officials.


Position duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Coaching candidates must apply for coaching positions before each season.

Coaching procedures, selection, and supervision are the responsibility of the Director of Coaching, and the SCHA Advisory Council.

All coaches must be certified through the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP).

Clinic Registration fees are reimbursed to the coach by SCHA.

Each coach must have his CEP readily available during games.

Responsible for organizing team rules, disciplinary measures, practice sessions, players in the dressing rooms, players at all games and practices, and team structure.

Recommendations for Practices:

  • Plan practice before you arrive at the rink.
  • Players must be equipped properly to participate.
  • Only coaches and players will be allowed on the ice for practice.
  • Keep players busy.
  • Warm up players properly.
  • Skill drills should be done at the beginning of practice.
  • Skating-50% of practice should be devoted to skating skills.
  • Scrimmages should be instructional and not a free for all.


Hockey players are not developed in a day, a week, or a year. It takes several seasons; therefore, in addition to providing a program that undertakes the orderly development of skills be sure it is fun for players and you.


Position duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

All officials must get certified at the beginning of each season through USA Hockey officiating program.

All officials must attend a seminar at the beginning of each season pertaining to their level of certification.

All certified officials must present their certification level information to the Referee in Chief at the beginning of the season before officiating any games.

Each official must have his certification available at each game.

All officials must wear the proper USA Hockey officiating attire as outlined in the USA Hockey officials rule book and have the proper crest on their jersey.


Arrive at the rink ½ hour before each game.

Have the proper attire to officiate.

Must officiate all games according to USA Hockey Rules and the USA Hockey Rule book.

Act in a professional manner while officiating and keep the game moving, following the rules of USA Hockey.

Review standard rules of hockey before each game.

Report any incidents, game misconducts, match penalties to Referee in Chief within 48 hours after the game.

Sign the game sheet after each game.

Manager of equipment:

Position duties included, but are not limited to the following:

Assist with rental equipment up keep and needs

Assist with distributing and collecting rental equipment at the beginning and end of the season

Assist with collecting rental fees and fines on rental equipment

Assist with distributing uniforms to termites, mini-mite, mite, squirt, peewee and bantam age players

Report back on budget equipment and uniforms to the board


Academics & Community Behavior Adopted January 6, 2010 (Show old)

Note: The motivation was to encourage area high schools to recognize hockey as a sport in which students can letter, receive school based sport awards, and to allow, without penalization, students to occasionally leave early for games when travel is required for Friday night games.

Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege granted to a player by the SCHA Board of Directors. It is not an inherent right. It is the belief of the board that the privilege of participation must be earned on academic, home, and community performance.

Therefore, in order to begin participation in hockey, a player must:

  1. Be regularly attending school or be home-schooled under direct parental supervision.
  2. Have their parents' permission based on the rules of their individual household.
  3. Not be a defendant in a pending criminal legal proceeding.
  4. Meet their school's academic eligibility requirements for participation in extracurricular sport activities. (This applies only to high school students. An elementary or middle school student's academic eligibility is determined by item 2 above.)

If a player is in violation of any of the above, the player or the player's parents may request a conference between the player's parents, team's coach, and Vice President of the Board. Based on the results of this conference, the SCHA Board of Directors will make a determination regarding the player's eligibility.

Players become subject to their school academic eligibility policies upon entering high school. While in elementary school and middle school, the player's parents solely determine the academic eligibility requirements on the rules of their individual household.

During the hockey season high school aged players must continue to meet the academic eligibility requirements for extracurricular sport activities of their respective school. During a period of ineligibility a player is suspended from playing in games, but is required to attend practices and home games as a regular team participant would. A player becomes eligible to participate in games after the player's school indicates the player has met the school's academic eligible criterion. After November 1, registration fees are not refundable for periods of ineligibility.

Because SCHA does not have the resources to monitor the activities of its players, it is the parents, or guardians, responsibility to apply this rule. High schools that support youth hockey by granting awards for hockey and allowing early dismissal, when requested, for sport related travel (equivalent to other school sponsored sports) may also report academic eligible criterion directly to the SCHA Board of Directors through the Board Vice President.

High schools that have players participating in the SCHA will be notified of this policy and players attending their school not later than Nov 1 by the SCHA registrar.


Age Groups

  1. A team roster should not consist of more than 20 players.
  2. If there is a level that has 24 or more players it will be split in to two teams of 12. If there is a level with 21-23 players, excess players will move up to bring the team back to 20, or changes will be made by the board as they see fit.
  3. Who will move up? Age-starting with the oldest player with most consideration given to that player’s ability (i.e. is it the player's first year in organized hockey).

Age Groups Recognized by USA Hockey

Age divisions will be posted each year on the SCHA website to reflect the current year’s divisions.

At all levels, except junior varsity and varsity, player development will be stressed with equitable playing time for all players over the course of the season (not necessarily over the course of one game).

Playing time for individual players will not be equitable over the course of the season at the Junior Varsity and Varsity levels.  In the event there is a JV and a Varsity team during the season, Varsity will not be equitable playing time, and JV will be developmental, so equitable playing time MAY BE more prominent. 


Registration Fees


Registration fees will be determined each year with the budget. Players are to register at their appropriate age and pay the fee appropriate for that age. If a player moves to a higher division, i.e. from Squirt to PeeWee, the player will play the fee appropriate for that higher division.

Fee Reimbursement

The SCHA Board normally does not grant refunds/fee reductions. However, families may petition the Board in writing to request refunds/ reduction in extreme circumstances. The maximum refund/ reduction that the Board can grant are based on prorating weeks of play, Registration, and any outstanding debt. The SCHA Board cannot refund any USA Hockey Fees or Affiliate Fees.

Registration requirements
any person wishing to participate in the SCHA must complete all of the following registration forms & requirements. The forms will be available at schedule registration times and on the web page for the SCHA.

Required Forms (one for each player, unless noted):

  1. SCHA Hockey Application
  2. USA Hockey Online Registration Confirmation
  3. USA Hockey Consent to Treat Form
  4. SCHA player code of conduct
  5. SCHA parent code of conduct (one parent signing agrees for all parents and only one is required regardless of the number of players registered)
  6. Copy of Certified Birth Certificate
  7. Volunteer Form
  8. Athletic Physical for children entering Pee Wee level.

Required Equipment:

All Coaches, Assistants, and Players are required to wear a helmet when on the ice.


Helmet with full cage and mouth guard

Elbow pads

Shin pads



Royal socks

Hockey skates

Hockey Sticks

Mites - Squirts

Helmet with full cage and mouth guard (optional, but strongly encouraged)

Shoulder pads

Elbow pads

Shin guards


Athletic supporter with cup


Hockey Skates

Royal Socks for all levels

Hockey Skates

Hockey Sticks

Pee Wee & up

Black Helmet with full cage and mouth guard (goalie helmet does not need to be black)

Shoulder pads

Elbow pads

Shin Guards

Black Breezers

Athletic supporter with cup

Black Gloves (goalie glove and blocker do not need to be black)

Royal and White Socks

Hockey Skates

Hockey Sticks



Each year the board will plan, coordinate, and support fundraisers for the good of the membership. If separate fundraising is performed it must benefit youth hockey. The funds raised must be deposited into the General Fund. The money will be used according to the Associations approved budget.


All budgets shall be adhered to and should not be exceeded. Any exception must be brought before the Board for approval prior to the expenditure.

Sponsors Fee

Sponsor fees will be determined each year with the budget.

Volunteer Hours

Families of mini mite and mite age players will be required to earn 20 volunteer credits for the first player registered.  Families of squirt, pee wee, bantam and girls and boys JV and Varsity age players will be required to earn 25 volunteer credits for the first player registered.  The maximum volunteer commitment is 50 volunteer credits per family. Families may “buy out” their volunteer hour commitment for $500.00.