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A Reminder of Respect
Submitted By Brad Bell on Sunday, December 3, 2017
Goderich Minor Hockey is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals- players, bench staff, spectators and game officials- are treated with respect.

It has recently come to my attention that certain individuals and groups within GMHI have been abusing our game officials and conducting themselves in a manner that is not consistent with the values or Code of Conduct of Goderich Minor Hockey or the OMHA.  

Be advised: 

Insulting language or gestures towards the referee in the arena is just as unacceptable as it would be on the street or in the grocery store. The context of hockey does not change what is appropriate or what should be tolerated, and our children should not be led to believe otherwise.  As role models to these young players, it is everyone's responsibility to demonstrate dignity and respect, no matter what the venue. 
 
Members and participants shall not engage in any activity or behaviour that is not consistent with the values of fairness, integrity and mutual respect.  I have directed our GMHI Referee Assignor to notify all referees that any further incidents from spectators will result in the immediate suspension of game play until the referee has removed the spectator in violation of the Code of Conduct.  
 
Players, coaches and officials make mistakes. Hockey is a game played, coached and officiated by humans. Players have the greatest opportunity through the course of a game to influence it's outcome more than any referee who just 'blew' a call ever will. 

Hockey is a game, let's keep it fun for everyone. 

President Brad
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