Green Armband Initiative, News (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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Nov 09, 2023 | ALLIANCE Hockey | 467 views
Green Armband Initiative
In partnership with the Tri-Cities Hockey League, ALLIANCE Hockey is proud to pilot a program initiative aimed at addressing the maltreatment of minor-aged on-ice Officials entitled the green armband program.  

The green armband pilot program currently focuses on Officials ages 14-16 officiating in the Tri-Cites Hockey League, a local league/house league program coordinated by the Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Minor Hockey Associations.

How it works:
Subject officials will wear the green armband on their upper left arm while officiating to identify that they are minor-aged and are learning to officiate ice hockey.
These Officials, just like all Officials are HCOP certified but being human(!), will make mistakes. The green armband is a reminder that they deserve respect and patience as they become more experienced Officials.

Seasonal data will be tracked to analyze the pilot program along with feedback from all stakeholders including players, bench staff and families.

As governing bodies, ALLIANCE Hockey along with the participating MHA's have a zero tolerance stance when it comes to maltreatment of any kind towards officials. The green arm band initiative is a pro-active approach to assisting those new to the game and/or learning the game from a multitude of perspectives.

The resources and expenses required to manage the increasingly high reported incidents of maltreatment is detrimental to the game and the people involved. There is no place for maltreatment at any level and action is required to ensure that we have a safe and fun environment to officiate, play, coach and administer the game.

"If these armbands can deter people from yelling at these young officials, then it may help us retain them", noted Marshall Copp, ALLIANCE Hockey TD of Officials. "Official registration is declining annually and without Officials, there are no games."

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