Code of Conduct

Rules of Conduct for Youth Hockey Participants

Shaker Heights Recreation Department

Shaker Youth Hockey Association (SYHA)

The commitment made by parents, players and coaches to participate in the long and demanding hockey season is significant. To make the season fun, safe and positive, all players and parents/guardians must agree to the following Rules of Conduct as well as to any rules of conduct imposed by coaches at the team level. The City of Shaker Heights and the SYHA Board recognizes the authority of coaches to discipline player(s) whose behavior is deemed detrimental to him/ herself, fellow teammates, opponents, coaches, or the reputation and integrity of the Shaker Heights Youth Hockey program. In fact, the City of Shaker Heights and the SYHA Board encourage coaches to institute rules for their respective team so as to allow our program to run for the betterment of all of our players. While we hope it will not be necessary, a disciplinary committee of the Board will hear all complaints involving suspensions of two or more games or for potential expulsions from the program and will act in accordance with the SYHA Grievance Policy.


1. I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.

2. I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.

3. I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players and forbid mal-equipped players on the ice.

4. I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.

5. I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.

6. I will be knowledgeable in the rules of the sport and I will teach these rules to my players.

7. I will be prepared and organized for all practices and games.

8. I will teach mutual respect between coaches and players.

9. I will remember that I am a youth sports coach and that the game is for children, not adults.

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