This page outlines what to do if someone on your team receives a Game Misconduct or Match Penalty and related topics

 

GAME MISCONDUCT PENALTIES

If a player and/or a coach receives a GAME MISCONDUCT penalty, the team should upload a copy of the scoresheet from the game the penalty was incurred, as well as the subsequent scoresheets showing that the game(s) was/were served.  It is recommended to send the initial scoresheet immediately after the infraction and subsequent sheets showing the games served should be sent or uploaded after all games have been served.

You can upload a copy of your scoresheets here: KVHA Scoresheet Collector - Formstack.  Scoresheets can also be scanned and emailed, copied and dropped in the office door mail slot at KV Brighton 

Be sure to note clearly on the subsequent game's score sheet(s) that the player (name & number) or coach is serving the game misconduct from (date of the game when they were assessed).  Do not write this on the scoresheet label, write it in the notes section or an area that will copy to the other two sheets.

MATCH PENALTIES

If a player and/or a coach receives a MATCH penalty, the team needs to immediately notify KVHA, who will then notify the MAHA District 4 Chair.  The MAHA Chair will review the incident report and notify the player's parent of the next steps.  If warranted, MAHA will ask the coach or association for additional information to conduct an investigation.  Match penalties do not always trigger a hearing.   If the infraction falls under the standardized discipline rule, this allows the district chair to assess discipline. Once the discipline is assessed, the findings/results will be sent to the player/family and they have a right to request a hearing or accept the disciplinary action assessed.

You will need to provide a copy of the subsequent game's score sheet showing that the assessed player or coach did indeed sit out their game(s).  Be sure to note clearly on those score sheets that the player (name & number) or coach is serving the game misconduct from (date of the game when they were assessed).  Do not write this on the scoresheet label, write it in the notes section or an area that will copy to the other two sheets.

Copies of scoresheets can be scanned and emailed, copied and dropped in the mail slot at KV Brighton, or you can upload a copy of your scoresheets here: KVHA Scoresheet Collector - Formstack.  It is recommended to send the initial scoresheet immediately after the infraction and subsequent sheets showing the games served should be sent or uploaded after all games have been served.

 

AMENDING CALLS?

Officials do have the opportunity to amend an original penalty within a reasonable time frame from the original occurrence.  It would fall under supplemental discipline. In some cases, referees check with the referee in chief to see if they gave the appropriate penalty.  In some cases, if an official later learns that a player sustained an injury, they may assess a match penalty after a game misconduct has been called. 

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS & PENALTY PROGRESSIONS

The following circumstances deal with the most common disciplinary actions that have come before the District 4 Council in recent years.  These are not inclusive.  Refer to Section XVI of the M.A.H.A. Annual Guide for the complete list.

  • It is the responsibility of the Head Coach to review the game scoresheet, after signature by the game officials, for any Game Misconduct or Match penalties.  The Head Coach is responsible to take any necessary action based on the scoresheet review.  If the Head Coach is not at the game, the acting Head Coach and/or Team Manager are responsible.
  • All Match penalties must be reported by the Head Coach (team staff member in his absence) within (24) hours following the incident to the District Council Chairperson in the District where the team is registered.  Violation of this rule may result in additional suspension of the team official.
  • A player, or team official, receiving a Match Penalty is automatically suspended from all amateur hockey activities (including practices and off-ice team activities) until a decision is rendered under the standardized discipline policy or until a hearing is held by the District Council.
  • A coach or manager, upon the findings of the District Council, who knowingly allowed the participation of an ineligible player or coach in any game shall be subject to a recommended suspension of not less than one year.  A player or coach receiving a game misconduct is ineligible to participate in the next game.  Not sitting out the next game, and noting that on the scoresheet, will constitute allowing the participation of an ineligible player or coach.
  • A player, upon the findings of the District Council, who knowingly participated in a game as an ineligible player, shall be suspended for not less than thirty (30) days.  A player receiving a game misconduct is ineligible to play the next game.  Not sitting out the next game will constitute participating as an ineligible player.
  • If, as the result of a hearing, the allegation of deliberate assault on a game official (referee, linesman, official scorekeepers, game timekeepers, penalty timekeepers, goal judges, statisticians, and public address announcers) is sustained , the player or team official shall be suspended for a minimum period of one (1) year, followed by probation for a period to be determined by the District Council.
  • When a player, coach, or manager receives a game suspension(s), he/she shall not be eligible to participate in the next game(s) that were already on the schedule of that team before the incident occurs.  (The reason for this change is to stop a team from scheduling a “midnight game”, real or phantom, to circumvent the suspension.)
  • Head Coaches are also responsible for compliance with Rule 411- Progressive Suspensions.  Rule 411 increases game suspensions to a player who receives their third and subsequent major penalties for infractions classified as “Aggressive Infractions” during the same season.  It also adds a suspension to the head coach for a team receiving three major penalties in the same game.
  • Conduct “detrimental to hockey”: Any other conduct that is not in the best interest of promoting the mission and purposes of amateur hockey, that is brought to the attention of the District Council, will be investigated.  A subsequent hearing will be conducted if warranted by the information gathered during the investigation. (Reference M.A.H.A. Annual Guide: section XVI, Disciplinary Actions.)
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