The Guelph Community Hockey League presents a unique atmosphere where participants and their family and friends can enjoy the game of hockey in a safe, enjoyable, respectful, non-contact and semi-competitive environment while having fun, getting some fitness and having some fellowship.
This league is not about competing at all costs to win. It is about playing non-contact hockey, where everyone can make nice plays, feeling safe with the knowledge that they would be unlikely to be injured. It is about each of us tempering our skill, strength, fitness and speed to allow every person to fully participate.
There is a certain manner of acceptable play:
- Non-contact means no inappropriate contact using body or stick, i.e. – no body checking, angling other players into the boards, pushing, bumping, “helping”, high sticking, hooking, slashing, tripping, etc.
- Intimidating or verbal abuse of other players or referees in any form is unacceptable.
- If a player gets a break away – that player is not chased down and hit from behind or hooked, slashed, tripped, etc. Rather he can take his best shot on the keeper without being prevented due to foul play.
- Weaker players are not preyed upon or seen as an opportunity to easily regain possession – rather they are permitted to make the best play they can.
- Better players allow others to participate by easing up a little where appropriate, i.e. – display good sportsmanship. We can cheer great goals, saves and plays by both sides.
- We are expected to be careful and respectful.
- Creative, free flowing offence with an emphasis on passing is the aim and forceful, aggressive defensive tactics are neither acceptable nor appropriate.
While it is recognized that, from time to time, penalties will need to be assessed, players who are frequently being penalized for their actions or are involved with deliberate body contact, aggressive behaviour or verbal abuse will be either suspended or removed from the league.