Playing Select is a privilege given to some of our House League registrants. Select players must participate actively in the House League program and set a good example for other players in the House League. As such players' bad behavior or poor decision making cannot be condoned by NT Hockey. Although players/parents have paid to participate in the NT Hockey Programs, the Association reserves the right to suspend players for inappropriate actions or behavior. We understand that when player suspensions are made, we are affecting the competitiveness of the rest of that player’s team. However, the player has put us in this difficult position. The intent of the suspension policy is to underline the importance NT Hockey places on appropriate behavior, to act consistently with the NYHL in regard to Select players and to help both teams and players move beyond suspendable infractions.
Suspensions will be communicated to players/parents by the respective coaches or House League Division convenor. Coaches will receive the instruction from the Select Committee, the House League Committee or the appropriate House League Division Convenor as appropriate.
North Toronto Hockey will enforce similar suspension policies for players in house league that are
currently used in the NYHL.
Suspension as a result of House League play will affect a player's Select such that:
Additionally a Select player not appropriately participating in House League can have his privilege to participate in the Select Program suspended.
The North Toronto Hockey Association considers playing select to be a privilege for a small number of our houseleague members. Therefore, each player that is on a select team is required to make attendance at all house league activities (games and practices/skills) a priority. The house league chair will work closely with the convenors and coaches of each division to ensure that players are attending regularly as absenteeism does affect team and division balance.
A House League Select Programme player who attends less than two-thirds of his or her House League events (games, skills, practices) or misses 3 consecutive events will be considered ineligible for further participation in the House League Select Program. Reinstatement will be considered upon joint review by the House League and Select Committees, who may consider any special circumstances. Respect for the Houseleague Program and timely communication by players to their coaches is a paramount consideration in any review.
*The 2/3rds rule is intended to monitor players over the course of the season, and the attendance as at "Date. This means as of the current date the player must have played or been present for 2/3rds of his/her onging house league activities at any given time. For example, If after 6 games have been played, a player will be reviewed for possible HL suspension if they've missed 2 of the 6. (or 3 in a row).
The GTHL which is the North Toronto Hockey Associations governing body considers this just as important as we do and has stated in the rule book:
(g) Attendance at House League Games. A House League Select Programme player is expected to attend all House League games unless for reasons of illness or injury. A House League Select Programme player should miss no more than three regular season House League games because of attendance at tournaments and should not miss any House League playoff games because of tournaments. A House League Select Programme player who attends less than two-thirds of his or her House League games will be considered ineligible for further participation in the House League Select Programme. House League Organizations may apply to the Board of the applicable Affiliated Division that is operating the House League Select Programme’s league for relief from this provision due to illness or injury of the player
Player suspensions as a result of Select play will affect a player’s House League participation:
The equalization of House League and Select Suspensions where the suspension totals 4 games or more may be appealed to the appropriate House League and/or Select Committee.
For suspensions of 1 year or more, the player is suspended from all Select Hockey. The Discipline Committee shall determine whether the player may resume play in the House League.
In all cases, a player is under an obligation to advise coaches in both sections of any suspension. Coaches are obligated to notify their respective Chairpersons or the President as soon as possible after the game in which a suspension was assessed.
Anyone who disobeys arena rules or defaces arena property will be ejected from the arena by the Arena management and if applicable the offending players may be subject to suspension.