Player Code of Conduct
The mission of ShinnyUSA is to provide a fun, safe and organized recreational ice hockey program for adults regardless of their playing experience. We strive to be the number one alternative to competitive adult ice hockey leagues for individuals seeking a more relaxed atmosphere wherein they can enjoy the game, enjoy the company and camaraderie of their fellow participants, and contribute to their own wellness and physical well-being.
Participants in all ShinnyUSA events represent ShinnyUSA, and as such are expected to conduct themselves in a positive and disciplined manner which will promote our mission and reflect favorably on our hockey program. The following general “guidelines” were set forth to foster the promotion of our mission, and are to be followed by anyone participating in a ShinnyUSA event:
Be on Time
Participants should be on time for all games and ShinnyUSA programs. Participants are expected to arrive early enough to dress, stretch, fill water bottles, warm up, etc. so that the game or program can begin at the appointed time without delay.
Participants should treat other participants, their friends and family, rink personnel and ShinnyUSA management and its representatives with respect, both on and off the ice.
Every participant should attempt to be a positive influence on their fellow Shinny participants by being encouraging and by refraining from making negative or derogatory comments. Better players should be a positive influence on those still learning and do what they can to help them become more confident in their game. Participants should be willing to switch teams at any point before or during games to keep the games evenly matched. Participants should also be willing to switch to another rink when there are an insufficient number of players on other rinks.
Participants are expected to refrain from any rough play that could put themselves or other participants at risk to physical injury. This includes excessive digging in the corners and pounding away at goalies who have covered the puck, and excessive physical play in front of the net. Participants are also expected to be careful with their sticks and do their best to keep them down. Participants are expected to refrain from
intentionally slashing the arms and gloves of other participants and from intentional tripping. Checking and fighting are strictly prohibited and may result in expulsion from the program.
Participants should recognize that ice hockey is a “fast-moving” sport which, despite our best efforts to play in a safe manner, often involves incidental contact with sticks, pucks, boards and/or other participants. All ShinnyUSA participants are required to wear the following protective gear: shin guards, elbow pads, hockey gloves and helmet. Additionally, Shinny USA management highly recommends that participants also wear hockey pants, shoulder pads and face protection to protect against as much incidental contact as possible.
Be a Hustler
Participants should maximize their workouts by skating as hard as they can on every shift. Shifts should be limited to 45 seconds to a minute when the number of subs allows for it. Quicker shifts allow you to skate harder while you’re on the ice, and create a faster-paced game.
Participants should recognize the mission of ShinnyUSA and accept that the organization of its programs entails a lot of time and effort by Shinny management. As such, all participants are expected to abide by the policies and procedures put forth by Shinny management. This includes: playing on the rink you are assigned to as listed on the daily rosters (unless asked to change by Shinny management), playing only on those days you have signed up and paid for unless a request to play on another day was approved by Shinny management, paying on time, refraining from bringing guests unless pre-approved by Shinny management, diligently responding to the daily attendance emails as accurately as possible (i.e. show up when responding “yes”), paying all fees for seasons for which you have signed up and been confirmed, and other policies and procedures that management may from time to time implement. The guidelines listed above have been set forth to promote the mission of ShinnyUSA and to ensure that our program remains strong. By choosing to participate in any ShinnyUSA program, you willfully acknowledge this Code of Conduct and accept it as a condition of participation. ShinnyUSA’s management reserves the right to revoke the participation privileges of ANYONE who does not comply with this Code of Conduct, or who in management’s sole discretion is deemed to be detrimental to our program.