Junior Playoffs - Message to Spectators

​With a large number of spectators expected this weekend for the junior playoffs we want to remind all of some guidelines to ensure everyone has a positive playoff experience.

With the limited viewing area in Portadown we ask that all spectators are mindful of other spectators that will want to watch their team play. If your team is not on please give priority viewing spaces to those whose teams are playing. 

You are there to support your team(s) and we very much encourage you to vocally support your teams/players as much as possible; however, abuse of any kind towards the opposition and/or officials will not be tolerated.

Below is IHI's code of conduct for parents and spectators that we would like to draw your attention to.


Parents

  • Remember, Junior Players play inline hockey for their enjoyment, not only yours.
  • Encourage your child to always play by the Rules of the Game.
  • Teach Junior Players that honest endeavor is as important as winning, so that the result if each game is accepted without disappointment.
  • Help Junior Players to work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
  • Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides.
  • Never ridicule, humiliate or shout at Junior Players for making a mistake or losing a match.
  • Do not place emphasis on winning at all costs.
  • Do not force an unwilling child to participate in the playing of inline hockey. If the child is to play, he/she will do so in good time through your encouragement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal & physical abuse from inline hockey.
  • As a spectator do not use profane language or harass officials, coaches or Junior Players.
  • Do not publicly question the official’s judgement and never their honesty.
  • Recognize the value and importance of volunteer officials and coaches.
  • Identify and acknowledge the good qualities of Inline Hockey and uphold these values.
  • Remember you and your child’s contribution to the Game of Inline Hockey is very important to IHI and be proud of your contribution.
  • Understand the value of team sport and its importance.

 

Spectators

  • Remember that although Junior Players play organised inline hockey they are not ‘miniature professionals’.
  • Be on your best behavior and lead by example. Do not use profane language or harass officials, players or coaches.
  • Applaud good play by the opposition team as well as your own.
  • Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would not be a match.
  • Condemn the use of violence in all forms at every opportunity.
  • Verbal abuse of Junior Players or Sports Leaders cannot be accepted in any shaper of form.
  • Junior Players or Sports Leaders are not fair targets for ignorant behavior.
  • Encourage Junior Players to play by the Rules of the Game.
  • Spectators can contribute to the enjoyment of the event and all involved.
  • Be proud of your club and the Game of Inline Hockey.

We look forward to sharing a great day of inline hockey with you all and we are confident that this will be a day enjoyed by all!
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