Equipment use and safe environment
- ll equipment should be Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certified to ensure safety standards.
- Wear appropriate protective hockey gear correctly at practices and games. This includes: helmet with facemask, mouth guard, chin strap, neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, jock/jill strap, hockey pants, shin guards and ice hockey skates.Equipment must fit properly.
- A properly fitted mouth guard protects your gums and teeth.
- Keep your equipment in good shape.
- Sharpen your skates regularly and replace a cracked helmet or face guard.
- Ice conditions should be checked regularly. It is important for arenas to maintain good ice conditions at all times.
- Keep first aid equipment nearby at all times.
- Work to improve your fitness. Injuries often occur due to poor conditioning.
- Warm-up and stretch before a practice or a game. Improved flexibility may help prevent injuries.
- Cool down after a practice or a game.
- Practice your skills and use proper techniques. This helps you be a quicker and better player.
- Listen to your coach’s safety recommendations to avoid being injured and to avoid causing an injury to another player.
- Learn how to avoid head contact with the boards and other players.
- Keep your head up. Keep arms stretched out and up when hitting the boards.
- Stay in control of your speed so that you are able to stop or change direction when needed.
- Stay alert. Stay sharp. Stay focused.
Everyone’s role is key in encouraging sportsmanship and ensuring that a fun and positive experience is had by all.
- Demonstrate a positive attitude and work together as a team.
- Know and respect the rules at all times.
- Respect the sport, yourself, teammates, opponents and officials.
- Never hit anyone from behind.
Coaches, officials and parents
- Encourage and promote team work. Set a positive example.
- There should be zero tolerance towards intentional violence.
- Coaches should be certified and officials should be qualified to teach players about dangerous situations.
- Rules must always be enforced.
Don't play injured
- Pay attention to early signs of injury.
- Never play through an injury.
- Seek medical attention immediately when an injury is suspected.
- Respect the recommendations and activity restrictions prescribed to ensure a full recovery.
- Return to hockey only once fully recovered. Your return to play should be gradual to ensure you are physically and mentally ready to play and to avoid re-injury.
Last updated: July 2013, November 2015, February 2016