Policies & Procedures

District 10 Policies & Procedures, Page 16 & 17, District 10 Handbook

Rescheduling Policy

District 10 Hockey requires that all games being rescheduled follow the Game Rescheduling Procedures found on Page 31 of the District 10 Hockey Handbook.  Failure to follow the Game Rescheduling Procedures will result in a $250 penalty to your respective Association as well as the game rescheduling fees as outlined in the Game Rescheduling Procedure.

D10 Code of Conduct

District 10 adheres to, and enforces a zero tolerance policy. The policy requires all players, coaches, officials, District 10 Board Members , Association Board Members, Parents and spectators,  to maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during and after all District 10 scrimmages, games and tournaments.

This includes, and is not limited to, abusive behavior, harassment, bullying, obscene language or gestures, verbal abuse, threats of physical abuse and/or actual physical abuse.

Penalties:

  • 1st Violation: After confirmation of an offense, those in violation, shall be suspended for a minimum of the next two consecutive games or one week, whichever is greater.
  • 2nd Violation or Subsequent Violation(s): After confirmation of an offense, those in violation will have to meet with members of the District 10 Hearing Committee, and will be suspended until a meeting/hearing can be convened. This offense may result in penalties up to and including termination of continuing to participate in the current hockey season. If those in violation consider the penalty unjust, a written appeal can be made to the District 10 Director. This appeal must be received within one week of notification of the ruling by the D10 Board.

Our focus is to provide a safe and encouraging environment for players, parents and volunteers.

USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for abuse and misconduct. Through the USA Hockey SafeSport Program, USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey are committed to creating the safest possible environment for participation in hockey.

The USA Hockey SafeSport Program is intended to protect all participants, not just players, from any type of misconduct or abuse.  

Photographic Devices Policy

District 10 strictly prohibits the possession and/or use of cell phones and/or any type of photographic device(s) in locker rooms.
Effective with the start of the 2018-2019 Hockey Season, use of phones, cameras or any device that has the ability to take pictures or videos in a locker room is prohibited. Any player(s), locker room monitor(s), coach(s), parent(s), or person(s) being caught using phones or photographic devices, in any locker room:
• First offense – WILL be removed from further team functions for a minimum of 2 District 10 games and/or sanctioned tournaments
• Second offense – Will be removed from all further team functions until a hearing with a District 10 committee can be convened. If evidence is obtained by D10, a fine to the individual, team and/or the association may also be assessed.

Coaches & Players – If the use of a phone is required, you MUST step outside of the locker room to use it.
It would be best for the players to leave such devices in the vehicle they came to the arena in, or leave such device with a responsible party before entering the locker room.

Locker Room Policy

In addition to the development of our hockey players and enjoyment of the sport of hockey, the safety and protection of our participants District 10 adheres to USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program as a means to help protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, including emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment and hazing.  To help prevent abuse or misconduct from occurring in our locker rooms, District 10 has adopted the following locker room policy. This policy is designed to maintain personal privacy as well as to reduce the risk of misconduct in locker rooms.

Locker Room Monitoring

Locker Room Monitors should conduct a sweep of the locker rooms and changing areas. If the coaches are not inside the locker rooms, then a coach or a volunteer locker room monitors (each of which has been screened) will be posted directly outside of the locker rooms and changing areas during periods of use, and leave the doors open only when adequate privacy is still possible. Only participants (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room (when appropriate). Team personnel will also secure the locker room appropriately during times when the team is on the ice.

Adult supervisors for the locker room monitoring must follow the screening process in the MN Hockey Handbook, Page 54 Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse and Criminal Background Screening Policy.

SafeSport Locker Room Policy – USA Hockey
All USA member programs must have at least one responsible screened adult (Locker Room Monitor) present to monitor the locker room or changing area. Individual meetings between a minor and a coach in a locker room or changing area requires the presence of a second screened adult.
• -Permission or lack of permission for parents to be in the locker rooms.
• -Prohibited conduct, including at least all forms of abuse and misconduct prohibited by USA Hockey
• -Specific policies for the use of mobile electronic devices and phones and prohibiting the use of a device’s recording capabilities.
Failure by a coach or administrator to take appropriate steps to ensure adherence to the Locker Room Policy, or violation thereof by any participant or parent of a participant is subject to appropriate disciplinary action. It should also be noted that a local program may at its discretion adopt stricter policies than those defined by USA Hockey or Minnesota Hockey, but in no case may said policy be less strict.

Mixed Gender Teams

Some of our teams consist of both male and female players. It is important that the privacy rights of all of our players are given consideration and appropriate arrangements made. Where possible, District 10 will have the male and female players dress/undress in separate locker rooms and then convene in a single locker room before the game or team meeting.  Once the game or practice is finished, the players may come to one locker room for a team meeting and then the male and female players proceed to their separate locker rooms to undress and shower, if available.  If separate locker rooms are not available, then the players will take turns using the locker room to change. We understand that these arrangements may require that players arrive earlier or leave later to dress, but believe that this is the most reasonable way to accommodate and respect all of our players.

 Waiver Procedure Policy

Waiver request forms are obtained from the Association Presidents.

See the MN Hockey handbook, Youth Rules and Regulations, Page 24, IV Participation, for the newest policy on residency and participation.

Zero Tolerance Policy

MN Hockey Handbook / VIII Playing Rules, Page 29, Fair Play, 2., b. and d.

A team will lose their Fair Play points if:

  1. Per Conduct Rule XIV.C.2, spectator conduct becomes so abusive that, in referee(s)’ opinion, it is distracting from the game or inciting players, requiring the referee(s) to stop play and request specified individuals leave the area.
  2. An off-ice official (timekeeper, scorekeeper, penalty box attendant) provided by one of the teams exhibits conduct that results in the person being removed from their position by the referee(s).

(updated 7.24.2018)