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Rule 75 - Unsportsmanlike Conduct

75.1 Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Players, goalkeepers and non-playing Club personnel are responsible for their conduct at all times and must endeavor to prevent disorderly conduct before, during or after the game, on or off the ice and any place in the rink. The Referees may assess penalties to any of the above team personnel for failure to do so.

NOTE: When such conduct is directed at an official, Rule 39 – Abuse of Officials shall be applied.

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

(i)  Any identifiable player who uses obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures directed at any person.

(ii)  Any player who is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct including, but not limited to hair-pulling, biting, grabbing hold of a face mask, etc. If warranted, and specifically when injury results, the referee may apply Rule 21 – Match Penalties.

(iii)  Any player who throws any object onto the ice from the players’ or penalty bench (or from any other off-ice location).

(iv)  When a player, including a goalkeeper, is penalized for being the instigator of an altercation and who is wearing a face shield.

(v)  A player who deliberately removes his jersey prior to participating in an altercation or who is clearly wearing a jersey that has been modified and does not conform to Rule 9 – Uniforms, shall be assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and a game misconduct. If the altercation never materializes, the player would receive a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and a ten-minute misconduct for deliberately removing his jersey.

If a penalized player is assessed an additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty either before or after he begins serving his original penalty(ies), the additional minor penalty is added to his unexpired time and served consecutively.

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

(i) When a player, Coach or non-playing Club personnel throws any object onto the ice from the players’ or penalty bench (or from any other off-ice location) during the progress of the game or during a stoppage of play.

(ii) Any unidentifiable player, or any Coach or non-playing Club personneluses obscene, profane or abusive language or gesture directed towards any person.

(iii)  Whenever Coaches and/or non-playing Club personnel uses obscene or profane language or gestures anywhere in the rink.

75.4 Misconduct Penalty - Misconduct penalties shall be assessed under this rule for the following infractions:

(i)  Any player who persists in using obscene, profane or abusive language directed towards any person after being assessed a minor or bench minor penalty under this Rule.

(ii)  Any player who deliberately throws any equipment out of the playing area. At the discretion of the Referee, a game misconduct may be imposed.

(iii)  Any player who, after warning by the Referee, persists in any course of conduct (including threatening or abusive language or gestures or similar actions) designed to incite an opponent into incurring a penalty.

(iv)  When a penalized player challenges or disputes the ruling of an official after he has already entered the penalty bench and play has resumed. 

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

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

(i)  If a player persists in any course of conduct for which he was previously assessed a misconduct penalty.

(ii)  Any player who uses obscene gestures on the ice or anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game. The Referee shall report the circumstances to the Commissioner of the League for further disciplinary action.

(iii)  Coaches and non-playing Club personnel who have previously been assessed a bench minor penalty for the use obscene or profane language or gestures anywhere in the rink. A confidential report to the Commissioner shall be completed and filed with the League for possible further disciplinary action.

(iv)  Any player who attempts to or deliberately injures a Manager, Coach or other non-playing Club personnel in any manner.  Details of such incident must be reported immediately to the Commissioner and may be subject to additional sanctions as per Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.

(v)  Any player or non-playing Club personnel who directs obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures to any person after the expiration of the game. This action may occur on or off the ice.

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

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

75.6 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, goalkeeper, Coach or other team official. The Commissioner shall take such further disciplinary action as he shall deem appropriate.

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