The minor hockey league on Vancouver Island is writing in a list of consequences to its code of conduct for the first time, after several parents got out of line last season.
“This is what’s killing our game because what volunteer wants to spend all their time investigat(ing) the misdeeds of other parents?”
The string of abusive incidents, such as yelling and swearing at referees and pushing other people in the stands, got so bad the league had to send out a letter threatening to ban spectators entirely from games.
“We’ve added a couple more conditions,” says league president Jim Humphrey, “and more importantly, we’ve added this is the parent’s one and only warning and there are consequences for misbehaviour in arenas, should anything occur.”
The league is also requiring parents to take an online respect workshop for the 2015-2016 season.
Humphrey adds it hasn’t even started, and he’s already dealing with an incident on Sunday.