Rules and Regulations
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(Updated September 21 2014)
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On Ice Game Rules On Ice Governance Personal Conduct Personal Injury Waiver Non Contact Recreational Hockey Slap Shot Rules Fighting Retaliation to Fighting Alcohol & Drugs
Player Administration Game Request Emails Attendance Confirmation Game Status Reports Reporting Deadlines Illegal Recruitment Payment Information Refund Policy
Section 1: ON ICE DEMEANOR/ Personal Conduct
1.0: PERSONAL INJURY WAIVER
It is mandatory that every player understands and accepts the terms of the personal injury waiver (whether by signature, verbal agreement or electronically responding to) prior to stepping onto the playing surface.
WAIVER/ROSTER: The person whom responds in the affirmative to this form (by electronically or verbally confirming their attendance), hereby request permission to participate in or on the facilities operated by the City of Ottawa. In executing this unconditional waiver, I state that my attendance and participation in the stated activity is voluntary. I assume all risk of injury to my person and property that may be sustained in connection with any activity including leagues, tournament, and pick up games. I hereby, for myself, my heirs, administrators and assignors, release, waive, and discharge Peter Walsworth (the organizer), the City of Ottawa, its sponsors, agents, representatives, or officials from all claims, demands and actions and causes of action of any sort for injury sustained to my person and/or property during my participation in the activities including tournaments due to negligence or any other fault. In addition, I have read and accept the specific rules and regulations (posted on the sporting website) that govern each event to which I am participating in. I further agree to display good sportsmanship at all times. I have read this waiver and fully understand its terms, conditions and meaning.
This waiver is electronically signed each time the player records their attendance on the sporting website (mandatory for participation). However, in the event of a system malfunction each player acknowledges that by consenting to the waiver once, the player accepts that its coverage is in effect for the remaining games within that season/ session.
Players without Internet service:
Will be required to complete a paper version of the personal injury waiver. This waiver will cover their participation until the end of the existing season/ session.
1.1: NON CONTACT RECREATIONAL HOCKEY
There is to be NO intentional contact or aggression made during the game at any time. All players should be prepared for "incidental" contact and/or collisions - but this should be only a result of the flow of the game and not done to impede or interfere with any other player (including the goaltender).
Failure to abide by this rule may result in a suspension or expulsion from the group (at the discretion of the convener only).
Please respect that players are joining our programs for enjoyment and though the games are competitive, "there are no cups to be won!". Fair play and respect are expected by each member of capitalhockey.ca at all times.
1.2: SLAP SHOTS (our standard rule in effect)
Slap shots are permitted ONLY if the player has a clear line to the net (NO ONE ELSE IS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THE PUCK). This rule may be rescinded at any time by the convener should the group not abide by this basic safety regulation.
If a player takes a slap shot (or an abnormally careless or hard shot) into another person or crowd they may be subject to discipline (suspension and or expulsion from the group). JUST DON'T DO IT!
Slap shots are considered any shot where the player lifts his stick higher than his waist to produce more power behind the shot.
1.3: NO SLAP SHOT AGREEMENT (an enforcement tool only)
A "No Slap Shot Agreement" is made with a specific group when all efforts to stop dangerous shots from happening, fails. This is a step made by the convener to gain control over the group. The agreement stipulates that EVERY player agrees that if they take a slap shot during the game they will be suspended for the next. This is done in a group forum so that every player witnesses the others in agreement. The rule is then enforced via peer pressure and is an effective way to stop the issue from escalating. If a NO SLAPSHOT AGREEMENT IS ENFORCED - ALL players MUST keep their sticks below their waists when shooting at all times (no exceptions). Only the convener of the group may levee a suspension onto a player.
1.4a: FIGHTING (verbal or physical)
We have a "Zero Tolerance" fighting rule. If you get into a physical altercation with another player, both players will be dropped from the program.
ANY minor incidents of fighting (being verbal or physical & either on or off of the playing surface) may result in suspension or immediate expulsion from the group. The convener reserves the right to solely assess the incident and levee a punishment ranging from a reprimand, a game suspension(s) or for more severe infractions, expulsion from the program. Any lost ice time caused due to a fighting infraction (of any sort) is non refundable.
In on ice situations where a player has been interfered with (in any way) by another. The player MUST not take it upon themselves to retaliate in efforts to exact payback or revenge. Instead, that player should approach one of the team captains and/ or the on ice conveners and CALMLY explain the situation. If the player feels they may be too excited to calmly discuss the problem, they should wait until after the game (or later on via email) to raise their concern.
IF the player decides to retaliate against another player (being it a right or wrong circumstance) they will be considered in violation of rule 1.4a "Fighting" and may be subject to further discipline.
Footnote: We want everyone to enjoy themselves and have our programs run as smoothly as possible. However, occasionally something will happen on ice that will get people upset. We will not tolerate in any way vigilante attitudes of payback and will deal with those offenders as harshly as the initial infraction (if not more so). Simply put, don't do it!
1.5: ALCOHOL/ DRUGS
Prior to the game: Players who arrive to a game intoxicated and/or who have their motor skill impeded by drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to participate in that game (no exceptions). Any arguments that ensue as a result of enforcing this rule will fall strictly under section 1.4 regarding fighting. Don't Do It!
No alcohol or drugs are to be brought into the dressing rooms or onto the players benches at any time. First warning is a reprimand, second is a suspension. Leave it in your car!
After the game: Players who choose to consume alcohol after the game do so at their own responsibility and risk. It will be understood that in no way is Capitalhockey.ca or its conveners/ administrators to be held responsible for a person's actions following an event. PLEASE DO NOT AT ANY TIME CONSUME ALCOHOL ON CITY PROPERTY and always leave the city owned property if you intend on having any intoxicants after the game (this includes tailgating parties).
Section 2: PLAYER/ ADMINISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
There are no exceptions to the game status protocol. Each participant MUST follow these simple steps or risk not being permitted to participate in the event (liability reasons).
TWO business days before each game, rostered members of a program will receive an automated email (from the CH website) each containing a hyperlink. The players are to follow that hyperlink to the CH website where they will be asked to electronically accept the terms and conditions of the personal injury waiver and record their attendance "yes or no" for that particular game (this is mandatory for all players to be allowed to participate).
A new game request email will be issued for each game. The hyperlink contained in those emails is unique (to that game date only) and can be revisited at any time to adjust your playing status. HINT: Do not delete the game status emails until the game has been played. This way a player will be able to keep their playing status current and up to date (right up to game time).
By keeping accurate attendance, the conveners can then use the CH website to fill any roster vacancies, ensuring the games are fully populated and always at a superior level to other organizations!
Players who continually fail to accurately report their playing status may face game suspensions and or expulsion from the group. We've made this super easy for you, please do your part to keep our programs strong!
Automated Weekly Game Request Emails
From the automated emails follow the hyperlink back to the CapitalHockey.ca website
Read the waiver, then check the agree box.
Leave a comment if you want to communicate something (game related) to the convener.
Are you playing? "Yes or No".
Return to the CH website to see your playing status.
Game Status Report
2.1: FAILURE TO REPORT - Removal of a participant
Should a player/ member fail to report their game playing status (electronically or verbally) over three consecutive weeks, they will be considered ineligible for participation and dropped from their team roster. Without proper communication about their playing status, they will forfeit any remaining games within that session without any form of compensation.
Exceptions to the above are those members who have previously advised the administrator of a prolonged absence (ie: injury, business or family obligations, travel etc).
2.2: REPORTING DEADLINES
For games that are played from 9 - 11 p.m. the reporting deadline for full time players is 4:00 p.m. This gives the conveners time to contact spares while those members are still at work and more likely to see the notices.
After the 4 p.m. deadline, the convener will open up any roster spots to available spares. The full time player will have forfeited their right to that roster position after the reporting deadline.
So what if I'm too late?
After the 4 p.m. deadline, should the full time player then contact the convener by phone or email (or update their playing status on the CH website) the player may be asked to not participate should a spare have already been added to the roster. It is your responsibility to keep the conveners informed of your playing status (on time). Note: the game status emails are sent out 2 business days prior to each game (Friday @ 7a.m. for Tuesday night games & Tuesday @ 7a.m. for Thursday night games) - there really aren't any excuses for not letting us know in time.
2.3: ROSTER LIMIT OF 20 SKATERS
After the 4 p.m. deadline, the full time player MUST have the conveners confirmation that their roster position is still available and open before being allowed to participate in the event. Should the full time member show up to the game (after their position has been forfeited and offered to another network member), the full time player will NOT be permitted to participate in the game UNLESS they have (prior to the game) electronically accepted the personal injury waiver AND the total number of skaters participating in the game is less than 20 skaters.
2.4 REPORTING TECHNICAL ISSUES
Should a technical issue be the cause of the full time player not being able to adequately communicate their playing status - it is the full time players responsibility to advise the administrator of their playing status prior to the game day reporting deadline (4 p.m.). Communication of this sort can include a face to face verbal agreement, an email advisory and/or a telephone conversation.
Should the CH website or reporting tool not be functioning properly - the administrator (only) will advise the participating members and if the problem is globally affecting the entire network, will temporarily relax the game day reporting deadline restrictions. During these special circumstances - only the administrator may make the decision to relax the reporting protocol.
By registering on http://www.capitalhockey.ca/register/index.php you have provided capitalhockey.ca with personal information (name, email addresses, phone numbers etc). This information will be kept private and will not be issued to anyone (including other players in the network) without your consent.
Maintenance Fee: in circumstances where a players communication (back to the administrator) is poor, a $50.00 maintenance fee may be applied to their session fees. The player will receive the $50.00 fee back at the end of the session should they utilize properly the CH websystem, keeping their attendance up to date and current (and without having to be chased). Failure to properly communicate with the league will result in the forfeiture of the players maintenance fee. The addition of this fee is at the discretion of the administrator and may be applied to a players registration costs with minimal notice.
Jersey Fee: If players are provided a Capitalhockey.ca owned jersey to wear during a game, session or tournament, a jersey fee (TBA) will be charged to the player. That fee will be fully reimbursed when the jersey is returned (cleaned and in good condition). If the jersey is not returned, or returned in poor (or unclean) condition - the player will forfeit the return of the jersey fee.
6.1 PAYMENT METHODS
Program payment can be made in one of the following methods:
You will be asked to provide a password. PLEASE keep this as simple as possible ie: what night is this for? or "what sport do we play?". If you want something more complex, please send us an email with the exact password.
Electronic Bank Transfer (our preferred method as it provides the most security): make your payment online using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
In person, by cash or cheque*: contact the administrator by email to co ordinate a time to meet. Typically we are at our weekly game locations 1/2 hour prior to the start of the game.
By mail (cheques* only s.v.p.): contact the administrator by email to obtain a mailing address to send your payment. Please follow up with a second email to let us know that payment is on its way (so we look for its arrival).
* All cheques should be made payable to Peter Walsworth
6.2 OVERDUE PAYMENTS
Payment due dates have been added to the schedule of each program posted on the CH website. They are also attached to every session notice sent by email and on social media. Three weeks prior to a registration date, the convener will send out a reminder notice to the network. LATE PAYMENTS (without prior approval from the administrator) are subject to a $25.00 late payment fee. Please make your payments in full and on time.
6.3 DEFERRED/ SPLIT PAYMENTS
Deferred or split payments are available to members who request a little more time to pay for their program. The player MUST make a request (by email) to the administrator prior to the payment due date to be considered for this benefit (it is not a guarantee) In that email the player must outline what their payment intentions are (ie: when will payment(s) be made and for how much). This information (if approved) will be kept as a form of contract between the player and the administrator. Deferred payments MUST BE APPROVED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR TO BE APPLICABLE.
Note: A late payment fee of $25.00 may apply to this transaction if the player fails to properly communicate their intentions to about payment.
Authorized Split or Deferred Payments - how they will be handled:
Enrolling in a single session (one night)
On payment due date: 2/3 of the full registration fee
1st day of the following month: the remaining amount
Enrolling in more than one program (ie: Tuesday and Thursday Nights)
On payment due date: 1/2 of the total registration fee
1st day of the following month: 1/4 of the remaining amount
1st day of the second month: the remaining balance
7.0 REFUNDS, REIMBURSEMENTS and COMPENSATION
Once a session has begun, NO refunds or compensation will be issued. The programs are NON REFUNDABLE. There will be no compensation made for any missed games (unless caused by a city arena closure).
A player's "paid" session fees are not transferable to another person or program in any way. Each paid registration is considered unique for purposes of payment.
A more comprehensive explanation: All CapitalHockey.ca programs run in conjunction through a rental agreement with the city. We are obligated to pay in advance for the ice time we reserve and as a result any player who joins as a full time member - those fees go directly to the city payment. The arrangement that CapitalHockey provides to its members is that we will host a pre determined number of games to which the player is free to participate, or decline. Our obligation as your host ends there.
Faulty Equipment: The convener of the program reserves the right to refuse any player who they feel is playing with unsafe gear. The player in this case will forfeit the game without any expectations of a refund or compensation.
Suspended and Expelled Players: Any player who has been issued by a convener, a suspension and or has been expelled from a Capitalhockey.ca program will not be compensated or reimbursed in any manor for the missed/ lost ice time.
7.1 SESSION STARTS AND CONCLUSIONS
Prior to the start of any program – the administrator will provide each capitalhockey.ca member a seasonal update. This document lists the session game dates (start and finishing dates), game times and participation costs.
All other information (ie: arena locations, maps, rosters etc) can be found on the website at http://www.capitalhockey.ca/arenas/index.php
Each Member’s Session is Unique
A member’s session may not always fall in line with the programs officially stated start and end dates.
There may be circumstances where players begin their session early or later than the group. Example: Joining at the end of a concluding program with the intention of carrying on through into the new upcoming session.
A member may join a group after a program has begun with the expectation of playing through to the conclusion of the scheduled program. Example: joining a program mid season.
In all situations, a member's session has officially begun with the participation of the first game they attend.