Helmet Policy for Team Officials and Volunteers
Minor hockey has always been concerned about the safety of participants. To this end, various items of safety equipment have been mandated by Hockey Canada for players and on-ice officials. Chief among these is the helmet worn by team officials and volunteers.
Unfortunately, being careful or being an experienced skater is no guarantee against having an accident on the ice that could be fatal or leave a team official or on-ice volunteer with serious physical impairment for the rest of his or her life.
All team officials and on-ice volunteers under the jurisdiction of the North York Knights Hockey Association (including the Select program) will be required to wear a C.S.A approved helmet during all on-ice activities, including tryouts. During the course of a game, a trainer or any other team official who is attending to an injured player at the direction of the Referee is considered exempt from this policy.
Sanctions for Non-Compliance:
- The first infraction by a team under the policy results in a warning to the team official or on-ice volunteer;
- The second infraction by a team under the policy results in a 1 week suspension (which includes all practices and scheduled games in the House League and/or Select programs) for the team’s Head Coach;
- A third infraction by the same team will result in the Head Coach being suspended from participation in all North York Knights hockey activity for one month.