Princeton Minor Hockey Complaint Process
We realize that there may be issues that arise from time to time, it is very important that all parties involved follow our 24 HOUR RULE, which is one of our most important policies.
24 HOUR RULE
A parent should not approach a coach, manager or official to discuss a game, game incident or a situation that occurred during a game that has provoked an adverse emotional response or created a potentially hostile situation until at least 24 hours after the fact. The intent of this â€œ24-hour Ruleâ€ is to move a potential emotional and confrontational discussion away from the presence of the players and other parents and to allow all parties the chance to â€œcool offâ€ before discussing the situation.
How to address a complaint
1. Follow the 24 hour rule policy
2. After 24 hours, inform your team manager of your concerns; If your concern is a safety issue please contact your team safety person.
3. Your team Manager will address any issues with the coach (s); the safety person will address any safety issues.
4. If you are still having concerns then please submit your complaint below.
PDMHA supports Hockey Canada's definitions of bullying and harassment and abuse.
Misconduct refers to the behaviour or a pattern of behaviour that is found, by a formal (ie, an independent investigation) or informal process (ie, an internal fact finding)
Bullying describes behaviors that are similar to harassment, but occur between children under the age of twelve or behaviors between youth or between adults that are not addressed under human rights laws. Bullying is intentionally hurting someone in order to insult, humiliate, degrade or exclude him or her. Bullying can be broken down into four categories: physical, verbal, relational (ie, trying to cut off victims from social connection by convincing peers to exclude or reject a certain person), and reactive (ie, engaging in bullying as well as provoking bullies to attack by taunting them).
Harassment is offensive behavior - emotional, physical, and or sexual - that involves discrimination against a person because of their race, national or ethnic origin, age, colour, religion, family status, sexual orientation, sex or gender, disability, marital status, or pardoned conviction. Harassment occurs when someone attempts to negatively control, influence or embarrass another person based on a prohibited ground of discrimination.
Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional and / or sexual mistreatment or lack of care which causes physical injury or emotional damage to a child. A common characteristic of all forms of abuse against children and youth is an abuse of power or authority and / or breach of trust. Abuse is an issue of child protection. Protection refers to provincial, territorial or Aboriginal band-appointed child protective services. A child may be need of protection from harm if abuse or neglect is suspected. Information about oneâ€™s legal duty to report and circumstances under which reporting must occur according to child protection legislation is available at www.hockeycanada.ca
Emotional abuse is a chronic attack on a child or youthâ€™s self-esteem; it is psychologically destructive behavior by a person in a position of power, authority or trust. It can take the form of name-calling, threatening, ridiculing, berating, intimidating, isolating, hazing or ignoring the child or youthâ€™s needs.
Physical abuse is when a person in a position of power or trust purposefully injures or threatens to injure a child or youth. This may take the form of slapping, hitting, shaking, kicking, pulling hair or ears, throwing, shoving, grabbing, hazing or excessive exercise as a form of punishment.
A general definition of neglect is the chronic inattention to the basic necessities of life such as clothing, shelter, nutritious diets, education, good hygiene, supervision, medical and dental care, adequate rest, safe environment, moral guidance and discipline, exercise and fresh air. Neglect may apply in a hockey setting where there is a chronic inattention in the hockey context (ie, when a player is made to play with injuries).
Sexual abuse is when a child or youth is used by a child or youth with more power or an adult for his or her own sexual stimulation or gratification. There are two categories of sexual abuse: contact and non-contact.