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USA Hockey's Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect

By Traci Gangl, Registrar, 10/30/19, 1:00PM CDT

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While the focus of the Declaration is largely around changing the culture and mindset involved with body checking, there is also language that deals with unsportsmanlike conduct centered around banging on the boards to celebrate a body check.

USA Hockey is committed to creating a safe and fair environment for all participants. Respect for the game, opponents, coaches, and officials is a critical part of that environment and it covers several different aspects of sportsmanship and fair play. This Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect will guide a change in culture as to what is considered to be acceptable/unacceptable body checking and competitive contact at all levels of play.

The Declaration clarifies and updates existing rules/definitions to emphasize the key points to more clearly outline what is deemed acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Below are videos that show examples of actions deemed "acceptable" and "unacceptable" to help illustrate expected behavior.

Click here for more information on the Declaration, including a possible bench minor penalty for banging the boards.