The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association is putting more requirements in place to ensure everyone on – and off the ice at the league’s games – is respected.
President Jim Humphreys says parents and guardians will need to take a ‘Respect in Sport’ class.
They’ll also need to sign a code of conduct waiver.
“They’ll have until October 31st to take the ‘Respect in Sport.’ And then if they don’t have it by October 31, unfortunately the child will come off the ice until such time as they take it.”
He’s says he’s seen an improvement since penning a letter in January, threatening a ban on spectators.
“The biggest difference is the good parents – I’ll call them ‘good parents’ because they’re all good parents – but the non-offending parents are turning in the offending parents.”
Humphreys says other places in the country – like Toronto’s Minor Hockey League – are looking at following the league’s model.