Spectator Code of Conduct

Mar. 10, 2018

IMPORTANT message from Ringette Alberta about Spectator Code of Conduct is below.  


Message for all RAB Members and their fans (from Ringette Alberta)

Just prior to the start of the first weekend of 2018 provincials, Ringette Alberta sent a reminder to our members and participants about the need to be mindful of one’s conduct. Unfortunately, some individuals have shown they are unable to manage their behaviour.

Some of the notable failures Ringette Alberta has seen so far this spring include repeated abuse of on-ice officials and an officials supervisor, disrespectful comments by an official to a coach, calls from parents for their children to harm players on opposing teams, excessive cheers for goals by a team leading in a blow out game, arguments between parents in the stands from opposing teams and even an adult taunting an 11-year old child playing goal.
Spectators are subject to Ringette Alberta’s Code of Conduct and Discipline Policy. Violations of the Ringette Alberta Code of Conduct we typically see include, but are not limited to:
  • Public criticism of athletes, team staff, officials, organizers, volunteers, employees or other Members / Participants
  • Failing to demonstrate sportsmanship and ethical conduct
  • Interacting with others in a way that harms their dignity
  • Ridiculing a participant for a mistake
  • Failing to respect the decisions and judgements of officials
When this happens, Ringette Alberta’s Complaints and discipline Policy comes into effect, specifically section 20.4.6 which allows a person in a position of authority to take immediate informal or corrective action. Penalties can include suspension from the current competition or event or any other sanction considered appropriate for the offense.

Unruly spectators can be excluded from the arena or facility. Failing to comply with the order to leave can trigger additional sanctions including forfeit or disqualification of the team associated with the offending spectators.

Group Members have a responsibility to inform their teams of the possible consequences and we ask that you do this immediately.
All Officials Supervisors, Ringette Alberta Representatives and Provincial Host Chairs (or designates) present for the remainder of the 2018 provincial championships will be briefed on how to deal with individuals who violate Ringette Alberta’s Code of Conduct. For the benefit of those who are able to enjoy our game responsibly, violations of Ringette Alberta’s Code of Conduct will be dealt with quickly and decisively.


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