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Administration - Bulletin Details
ISSUE #:      2015-024
 
August 17, 2015
 
TO: BC Hockey Membership
 
FROM: Randy Henderson
BC Hockey Chair of the Board

 
SUBJECT: 2015-2016 Suspension Guidelines - Senior Male
 


I.  REPORTING PROCEDURES

Penalties incurred during BC Hockey games shall be reported as follows:

  1. GAME MISCONDUCTS AND MISCONDUCTS IN THE LAST 10 MINUTES:

Rule 4.6 (c), Rule 4.5 (b) and all Game Misconducts in Section II

In games played under the jurisdiction of a League, Misconduct Penalties in the last ten (10) minutes of a game and all Game Misconducts shall be reported by fax or email to the President of the League, immediately upon completion of the game. The original copy of game sheet and referee report must be mailed to the same recipient within 48 hours of completion of the game.

  1. MATCH PENALTIES AND GROSS MISCONDUCTS: 

In all instances in which Match and Gross Misconduct Penalties are assessed; the Referee shall forward the game sheet and referee's report by fax or email immediately upon completion of the game. The original copy of both forms must be mailed within 48 hours of completion of the game to the BC Hockey office as set out below. Those failing to abide by this ruling will be subject to suspension. For certain offences and/or where appropriate, BC Hockey will notify the League or Team responsible for ensuring the suspension is served. 

All game reports must be forwarded to:

BC Hockey

6671 Oldfield Road,

Saanichton BC

V8M 2A1

Phone 250-652-2978 Fax: 250-652-4536

Email info@bchockey.net

II. MAJOR AND GAME MISCONDUCT MINIMUM SUSPENSIONS


For reporting procedures, please refer to Section I (a)

 

PRE-GAME / POST-GAME ALTERCATIONS

MINIMUM SUSPENSION

Any Player involved in pre-game / post game altercations where Majors & Game Misconducts are assessed (max 5 per team)

1 Game

Coach of team whose players are so penalized

3 Games

plus a $2000 fine during Hockey Canada regional and national championships.

1 Game

plus a $250 fine during BC Hockey Championships.

Any team involved in a pre-game or post-game brawl

$250.00 fine during BC Hockey Championships

FIGHTING RULE 6.7

MINIMUM SUSPENSION

Any player who engages in his 3rd fight in a season.

1 Game

Any player who engages in his 4th fight in a season.

2 Games

Any player who engages in his 5th fight in a season.

3 Games

Any player who engages in his 6th fight in a season.

Indefinite suspension

Third (3rd) man in a fight  [Rule 6.7 (c)]

1 Game

Any player receiving a fighting major penalty, which is a result of a second or subsequent fight during the same stoppage of play.

1 Game

LEAVING THE BENCH RULE 9.5

MINIMUM SUSPENSION

Any player identified as the first to leave the players’ bench during a fight. [Rule 9.5 (b)]

2 Games

Any player identified as the first to leave the penalty bench during a fight. [Rule 9.5 (b&d)]              

3 Games

 

 

 

The Coach of the team whose player is penalized under the above two points.

2 Games

plus a $2000 fine during Hockey Canada regional & national championships.

2 Games

plus a $500 fine during BC Hockey Championships.

 

 

The Coach whose player left the player bench but is not identified as the first to leave the players or penalty bench during an on ice altercation [Rule 9.5 (c)]

1 Game

plus a $1000 fine during the Hockey Canada regional and national championships.

1 Game

plus a $250 fine during BC Hockey Championships.

Any player identified as being the first to leave the players bench to start a fight.

3 Games

Any player identified as being the first to leave the penalty bench to start a fight

4 Games

INSTIGATOR RULE 6.7

MINIMUM SUSPENSION

1st Offense

Game Misconduct

2nd Offense

1 Game

3rd Offense

3 Games

The Coach of a team whose player is penalized for a 3rd Instigator or Aggressor

3 Games

REMOVING HELMET INFRACTIONS

MINIMUM SUSPENSION

 

Any player who removes his chinstrap before or during a fight

1 Game

If a player removes his helmet and releases his chinstrap to fight and the opposing player doesn’t, the former will be assessed an additional two-minute minor penalty.

2 Games

Any player who removes an opponent’s helmet or releases an opponent’s chinstrap before or during a fight

2 Games

HARRASMENT OF OFFICIALS

MINIMUM SUSPENSION

Game Misconduct – Verbal Abuse of Official (When Game Misconduct is assessed)

1 Game

 

PHYSICAL FOULS

MINIMUM SUSPENSION IF NO INJURY RESULTS

MINIMUM SUSPENSION IF INJURY RESULTS

Head Contact when a Major Penalty (+GM) is assessed

1 Game

2 Games

Checking  from Behind when a Major Penalty (+GM)  is assessed

1 Game

2 Games

           

III. REFUSING TO START PLAY


Team officials penalized under Hockey Canada Rule 10.14 (a, b & c), Refusing to Start Play, including withdrawing a team from play, shall be subject to an indefinite suspension pending an investigation.

IV. DRESSING ROOMS – Hockey Canada Rule 1.13 (c)


Team Officials penalized under Hockey Canada Rule 1.13 (c) shall be subject to indefinite suspension pending an investigation.

V. MATCH PENALTY MINIMUM SUSPENSIONS


For reporting procedures, please refer to Section 1 (b)

 

RULE

PENALTY DESCRIPTION

MINIMUM SUSPENSION IF NO INJURY RESULTS

MINIMUM SUSPENSION IF INJURY RESULTS

6.1 (a)

Deliberate attempt to injure

3 Games

6 Games

6.1 (b)

Head Butting

2 Games

4 Games

6.1 (d)

Hair pulling (when a Match penalty is assessed)

2 Games

4 Games

6.1 (d)

Grabbing the Facemask (when a Match penalty is assessed)

2 Games

4 Games

9.6 (a)

Physical Harassment of Official

Indefinite Suspension

Indefinite Suspension

  6.1

 

Deliberate Injury

Indefinite Suspension

Indefinite Suspension

  6.1 (f)

Butt – ending or Spearing  (when a Match penalty is assessed)

2 Games

4 Games

    6.5 (e)

Head Contact when a Match Penalty is assessed

2 Game

4 Game

    6.4 (b)

Checking  from Behind when a Match Penalty is assessed

2 Games

4 Games

    9.7

Spitting at an opponent, team official or game official

3 Games

3 Games

The above-noted suspension guidelines are minimum guidelines and accordingly may be subject to a lengthier suspension as it relates to the severity of the infraction.  Any of the above noted penalties may be subject to Indefinite Suspension pending an investigation by BC Hockey.  There shall be no appeal of any suspension imposed that is an automatic minimum suspension indicated under the rules set forth in this section.

NOTE 1:    Tournament games sanctioned by BC Hockey will be considered league games for the purpose of this bulletin.

NOTE 2:   For suspensions in effect prior to the Christmas Break, the days between the last scheduled league or tournament game prior to the Christmas Break and the first scheduled league or tournament game shall not be included in determining the number of days served.

NOTE 3:   Match and Gross Misconduct Penalties that result in a suspension to be served after the conclusion of league and / or playoff game(s) it will be served at the start of the next season.

VI. GROSS MISCONDUCTS

For reporting procedures, please refer to Section I (b)


Hockey Canada Rules 1.13 (c), 3.6 (g), 4.7 and 9.2

  1. All Gross Misconduct penalties will receive a minimum suspension of three (3) league games. 

  2. Gross Misconducts for racial slurs and obscene gestures will receive a minimum suspension of six (6) games. 

  3. All Gross Misconducts will be reviewed and further disciplinary action may be taken on gross misconducts for obscene gestures and abuse of officials.

 

RULE

PENALTY DESCRIPTION

MINIMUM SUSPENSION

1.13(c)

When a Gross Misconduct is assessed to a team official entering the Official’s dressing room

3 Games

3.6 (g)

When a player undoes their own or opponents chinstrap or removes their helmet prior to the start of a fight.

3 Games

4.7

Gross Misconduct

3 Games

 

9.2 (f)

Harassment of Officials – Obscene Gestures or racial slurs

6 Games

There shall be no appeal of any suspension imposed that is automatic under the rules set forth in this section.

VII. ZERO TOLERANCE - DRUG/ALCOHOL


BC Hockey adopted a zero tolerance Drug/Alcohol awareness policy. That policy prohibits the use of drugs/alcohol during activities sanctioned by a minor hockey association or with BC Hockey. All incidents must be investigated and dealt with on an individual basis.  The recommended minimum suspension for violations is 30 days from all participation within the association.  (This includes practices).  Associations and teams have the responsibility to investigate all situations, if there are questions or concerns, please contact the Divisional Director.

VIII. SERVING OF SUSPENSIONS


A. General

Tournament games sanctioned by BC Hockey will be conserved league games for the purposes of this bulletin. Please note, team officials, players, or officials may not practice with their team during the term of the suspensions listed below if the suspension is in excess of thirty (30) days. If a suspension would have been less than thirty (30) days, but is extended due to the rules regarding carry-over suspension, then BC Hockey may consider whether to grant permission for a player, team official or official to participate in practices or tryouts.

B. Carry-over Suspensions

For a suspension made pursuant to this bulletin that is in effect immediately prior to the Christmas break, the days between the last scheduled league or tournament game prior to the Christmas break and the first scheduled league or tournament game shall not be included in determining the number of days served.

For a suspension made pursuant to this bulletin that is in effect immediately prior to and does not conclude by the conclusion of the league and / or playoff games, the suspension will be served at the start of the next season. The start of the next seasons shall be deemed to be:

a)   In any district that has adopted a regulation or policy setting a start date for carry-over suspension for that district, the date so specified.

b)   In all other districts, the first scheduled exhibition or league game of the season in which the player would otherwise have been rostered to play (or, in the case of an official, in which the official would have been eligible for assignment at his / her level of qualification; and

c)   In any event, no later than September 1.

C. Players

A Player receiving a suspension as a result of a Match, Gross Misconduct or any other penalty outlined in this bulletin shall be prohibited from playing in games as well as from acting as an Official or in any other official capacity with a Team, League or Association within BC Hockey. 

Players who have a suspension that carries over past the final game of a season shall be eligible to participate in tryouts. Tryouts would include any BC Hockey High Performance camps during the summer. However, the suspended player will be prohibited from playing in exhibition or regular season games until the suspension has been served in full.                                       D. Team Officials

A Team Official receiving a suspension as a result of a Match, Gross Misconduct or any other penalty outlined in this bulletin shall be prohibited from participating with the Team from one hour prior to any games until one hour after the conclusion of any games and from acting as an Official and in any other official capacity with a Team, League or Association within BC Hockey.

Team Officials who have a suspension that carries over past the final game of a season shall adhere to the same suspension stipulations that applied upon the conclusion of the previous season as noted above, with the suspension continuing with start of the next season.

E. Officials

An Official receiving a suspension under any regulation or policy governing the officiating program shall be prohibited from officiating until the expiration of the suspension plus playing in any games and acting in any other official capacity with a Team, League or Association within BC Hockey.

An Official who has a suspension that carries over past the final game of a season shall be permitted to attend an HCOP clinic for certification purposes while under suspension but will be prohibited from upgrading to a higher level of certification while under suspension.

F. Hockey Canada Rule 4.6 (b) (c) (Misconducts)

A Player receiving a suspension as a result of Hockey Canada Rule 4.6 or a Local / District Association suspension for accumulated penalties shall be prohibited from playing in game situations until the expiration of the suspension. 

G. Other Suspensions

A Player suspended by BC Hockey or under a suspension imposed by a Team, League or Association that has been honored by BC Hockey shall be prohibited from playing in any games, acting as an official and from acting in any other capacity with a Team, League or Association within BC Hockey.  

BC Hockey personnel or an Official of a Team, League or Association, when suspended by BC Hockey or under a suspension imposed by a Team, League or Association that has been honored by BC Hockey, shall be prohibited from playing in any games, acting as an Official and acting in any other capacity with a Team, League or Association within BC Hockey


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