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Rule 39 - Abuse of Officials

39.1 General Description –A player, goalkeeper, Coach or non-playing person shall not challenge or dispute the rulings of an official before, during or after a game. A player, goalkeeper, Coach or non-playing person shall not display unsportsmanlike conduct including, but not limited to, obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures, comments of a personal nature intended to degrade an official, or persist in disputing a ruling after being told to stop or after being penalized for such behavior.

NOTE: When such conduct is directed at anyone other than an official, Rule 75 – Unsportsmanlike Conduct shall be applied.

39.2 Minor Penalty – A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct shall be assessed under this rule for the following infractions:

(i)  Any player who challenges or disputes the ruling of an official.

(ii)  Any identifiable player who  uses obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures directed at any on or off-ice official.

(iii)  Any player or players who bang the boards with their sticks or other objects at any time, or who, in any manner show disrespect for an official’s decision. If this is done in order to get the attention of the on-ice officials for a legitimate reason (i.e. serious injury, illness, etc.), then discretion must be exercised by the Referees.

(iv)  When a Captain, Alternate Captain or any other player comes off the players’ bench to question or protest a ruling by an official on the ice.

(v)  If a player bangs the glass in protest of the Goal Judge’s ruling. If he persists, a misconduct penalty would then be assessed.

39.3 Bench Minor Penalty - A bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct shall be assessed under this rule for the following infractions:

(i)  Any Coach or non-playing personwho bangs the boards with a stick or other object at any time, showing disrespect for an official’s decision. If this is done in order to get the attention of the on-ice officials for a legitimate reason (i.e. serious injury, illness, etc.), then discretion must be exercised by the Referees.

(ii)  Any unidentifiable player or goalkeeper, or any Coach or non-playing person whouses obscene, profane or abusive language or gesture directed at an on or off-ice official or uses the name of any official coupled with any vociferous remarks. (see also 39.5 (ii))

(i)  Any player, Coach, or non-playing personinterferes in any manner with any game official including the Referees, Linesmen, Game or Penalty Timekeepers or Goal Judges in the performance of their duties.

39.4 Misconduct PenaltyMisconduct penalties shall be assessed under this rule for the following infractions:

(i)  Any player who persists in the use of obscene, profane or abusive language towards any on or off-ice official for which he has already been assessed a minor or bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

(ii) Any player who intentionally knocks or shoots the puck out of the reach of an official who is retrieving it.

(iii)  Any player who, after being assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty, persists in challenging or disputing the ruling of an official.

(iv)  Any player or players who bang the boards with their sticks or other objects at any time, showing disrespect for an official’s decision, for which they have already been assessed a minor or bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

(v)  Any player or players who, except for the purpose of taking their positions on the penalty bench, enter or remain in the Referee’s crease while he is reporting to or consulting with any game official including the other Referee, the Linesmen, Game Timekeeper, Penalty Timekeeper, Official Scorer or Public Address Announcer.

(vi)  A misconduct penalty (or game misconduct penalty at the discretion of the Referee) shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who deliberately throws any equipment out of the playing area. When this is done in protest of an official’s ruling, a minor penalty plus a game misconduct shall be assessed (see 39.5).

(vii)  If a player who, after previously being assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct for banging the glass in protest of the Goal Judge’s ruling, shall be assessed a misconduct penalty.

(viii)  In general, participants displaying this type of behavior are assessed a minor, then a misconduct and then a game misconduct if they persist with this type of behavior.  

39.5 Game Misconduct PenaltyGame misconduct penalties shall be assessed under this rule for the following infractions:

(i)  Any player who, after being assessed a misconduct penalty, persists in challenging or disputing the ruling of an official.

(ii)  When a Coach or non-playing person uses obscene, profane or abusive language or gesture directed at any on or off-ice official or uses the name of any official coupled with any vociferous remarks, after already being assessed abench minor penalty (39.3 (ii)), this Coach or non-playing person is to be assessed a game misconduct and the situation reported to the Commissioner for further action. When this type of conduct occurs after the expiration of the game, on or off the ice, the game misconduct shall be applied without the necessity of having been assessed a bench minor penalty previously.

(iii)  Any player who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official, in any manner attempts to injure an official, physically demeans, or deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall receive a game misconduct penalty and the guidelines set out in Rule 40 – Physical Abuse of Officials are to be applied.

(iv)  Any player who, having entered the penalty bench, leaves the penalty bench prior to the expiration of his penalty for the purpose of challenging an official’s ruling, shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty. He shall also be automatically suspended for the next three (3) regular League and/or Play-off games of his Club. This rule does not replace any other more severe penalty that may be imposed for leaving the penalty bench for the purpose of starting or participating in an altercation. See Rule 70 – Leaving the Bench.

(v)  A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct plus a game misconduct shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who throws his stick or any part thereof, or any other piece of equipment or object outside the playing area in protest of an official’s decision.

(vi)  Any player, Coach or non-playing person who throws or shoots any equipment or other object in the general direction of an official but does not come close to making any contact. This action may occur on or off the ice.

(vii)  In general, participants displaying this type of behavior are assessed a minor, then a misconduct and then a game misconduct if they persist with this type of behavior. 

Any player, goalkeeper, Coach or non-playing Club personnel penalized under this section may be subject to supplemental discipline under Rule 28.

39.6 Reports - It is the responsibility of all game officials and all club officials to send a confidential report to the Commissioner setting out the full details concerning the use of obscene gestures or language by any player, Coach or non-playing Club personnel. The Commissioner shall take such further disciplinary action as he shall deem appropriate.

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