Halifax Minor Ball Hockey LeagueCode of Conduct

We ask that all players and parents read and commit to the HMBHL Code of Conduct


  1. I will respect my opponents.
  2. I will play ball hockey because I want to, not just because my parents, my friends, others or coaches want me to.
  3. I will play by the rules of the League and in the spirit of the game.
  4. I will control my temper - fighting or "mouthing off" can spoil the activity for everybody.
  5. I will do my best to be a true team player.
  6. I will support my teammates, attend all possible games and arrive on time.
  7. I will remember that winning isn't everything - that having fun, improving skills, making friends are also important.
  8. I will acknowledge all good plays/performances - those of my team and those of my opponents.
  9. I will remember that coaches and officials are there to help me. I will accept their decisions and show them respect.


  1. I will remember that participants play ball hockey for their enjoyment. They are not playing to entertain me.
  2. I will not have unrealistic expectations.
  3. I will remember that players are not professionals and cannot be judged by professional standards.
  4. I will respect the official's decisions and I will encourage the participants to do the same.
  5. I will never ridicule a player for making a mistake.
  6. I will give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort.
  7. I will condemn the use of violence in any form.
  8. I will express my disapproval in an appropriate manner to coaches and league officials.
  9. I will show respect for my team's opponents, because, without them, there would be no game.
  10. I will not use bad language, nor will I harass players, coaches, officials, or other spectators.


  1. I will not force my child to participate and remember that my child plays for his or her own enjoyment, not mine.
  2. I will remember that the League is a community-based league operated for the benefit of the community.
  3. I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  4. I will teach my child doing one's best is important, so they will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game.
  5. I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  6. I will remember that children learn best by example.
  7. I will applaud good plays/performances by both my child's team and their opponents.
  8. I will never question the official's judgment or honesty in public.
  9. I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children's ball hockey games.

Coaches & League Officials

  1. I will be reasonable in scheduling games, remembering that parents have other interests and obligations.
  2. I will teach my players to play fairly and respect the rules, officials, and opponents.
  3. I will ensure that all players get equal instructions, support, and playing time.
  4. I will not ridicule or yell at players for performing poorly.
  5. I will remember that players play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
  6. I will make sure that the players' equipment and the League facilities are safe.
  7. I will remember that participants need a coach they can respect.
  8. I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.
  9. I will work in cooperation with the league officials for the benefit of the League and the game.