Team Policy and Expected Level of Player Commitment
Travel team leagues are for the more serious youth hockey player, desiring to compete against teams from other towns. LBYH expects that each travel player (and family) will treat travel hockey as an important commitment. Attendance at all practices and league games has a critical impact on player development and the quality of team play. All players and parents are expected to make a full commitment to their LBYH travel team program. Players and families who are not prepared to meet this level of commitment should not participate in the travel team program.
In order to maximize the opportunities for as many players as possible, all teams will attempt to carry a maximum of 15 players and 2 goalies. However, LBYH reserves the right to limit or expand the size of a team for competitive purposes or player availability. Players’ fees may be adjusted depending on the number of players on a team. Subject to the more specific provisions below, coaches are free to play Bantam and Midget level players based on performance, attendance, attitude and behavior. Mite, Squirt and Peewee level players will receive approximately equal ice time, but a coach reserves the right to maximize the team’s chances of winning by skating stronger players during certain parts of the game (e.g., power play, penalty killing) or at the end of a game.
LBYH recognizes that some players may elect to play on hockey teams outside of the LBYH program in addition to a LBYH team, participate in other sports, or engage in time intensive hobbies, musical/theatre groups, etc. (“outside interests”). LBYH expects that players will be as committed to LBYH teams as they are to their outside interests, and players and families should carefully determine whether they can fulfill their commitment to LBYH before they sign up. Players who play on other hockey teams or participate in outside interests that may conflict substantially with LBYH practices and games should inform their LBYH coach prior to the beginning of the season of the potential for such conflicts so that the coach may determine the level of commitment that can be expected from the player, and there is an opportunity for the coach to discuss with the player and family the level of expected commitment. Clear communications between coaches and players prior to the start of the season are crucial to a good working relationship between players and coaches.
During the season, a coach at his/her discretion may reduce ice time for a player with an attendance problem and/or disciplinary problem. LBYH reserves the right to investigate and to suspend or terminate any player whose commitment, attendance and/or discipline is adversely affecting his or her team. For attendance or minor disciplinary problems, a player and his or her parents will first receive a verbal warning from the coach. In the event that the behavior recurs, a second warning will issue in writing to the player and parents, with a copy to the LBYH Board. If, after these warnings, there is no noticeable improvement in attendance or behavior, the player and his parents will be asked to appear before the Disciplinary Committee of the LBYH Board. Notwithstanding, a coach at his or her discretion may require a player to sit for the remainder of a game or practice in circumstances in which the player has engaged in dangerous or other disruptive play or activity. It is also within the power of the LBYH Board to suspend any player, coach or parent whose conduct comes into question until a disciplinary hearing is held.
With regard to attendance problems, if a coach determines that a player’s level of commitment has fallen unreasonably below what is expected of the player for the team and level in question, the coach may ask the Board Disciplinary Committee to assess the player’s status in the program and recommend a course of action. In such circumstances, the Committee shall review and determine, among other things, (1) whether the player’s level of participation has been unreasonable, and (2) the course of action that should be taken, which may include, but is not limited to, retaining the player on his or her assigned team, assigning the player to another LBYH team, assigning the player to alternate status, suspending the player, or expelling the player from the program.