Criminal Record Checks for On-Ice Officials

Effective for the 2015-16 season, as per Board of Directors policy, on-ice officials and supervisors who are 18 years or older, as of December 31 of the current season, will be required to complete Criminal Record Checks.

Criminal record checks can be completed here: http://www.backcheck.net/hockeyalberta/

NEW On Ice Officials and Supervisors

An on ice official officially registered for the first time to an officiating position within Hockey Alberta; or registered AFTER being inactive within Hockey Alberta for at least one year; or a Supervisor, providing direct feedback to an official. (NOTE: Inactive is defined as no longer registered as an official within Hockey Alberta.)

The Criminal Record Check must be completed prior to January 15; otherwise, the individual will not be able to officiate in a Hockey Alberta sanctioned event after January 15.

CURRENT On Ice Officials and Supervisors

An on ice official currently registered as an official within Hockey Alberta for consecutive years; or a Supervisor providing direct feedback to an official.

The Criminal Record Check must be done every three years and completed prior to December 15 of the year required; otherwise the official will not be able to officiate in a Hockey Alberta sanctioned event.

A Positive Check

When a positive check appears on a criminal record, a Hockey Alberta representative will contact the official to seek additional information. The official will have 21 days to dispute or clarify any information, or withdraw the application where no subsequent action will be taken.

Applicants may be rejected as a result of other information gained through the criminal record check process or through the screening process, or as a consequence of other factors. Under this policy, the applicant has the right to know why s/he is being refused, and may appeal in writing the rejection of his/her application to the Chair of the Board of Hockey Alberta, or designate.

Each official, once accepted is obliged to inform the appropriate office if s/he is charged, or convicted of any offence that has been listed in this policy while they hold a position in Hockey Alberta.

Appeals

Upon receipt of the appeal, the appropriate representative shall convene a meeting no later than 30 days from the receipt of the appeal (the “Appeal Meeting”) and shall form a committee consisting of the Zone Chairman, Referee Committee Chairman, and at least three (3) members at large for Hockey Alberta (the “Appeal Committee”) or their designates. The rational for the decision must be made available to the committee prior to the meeting.

Members and appeal committee members may attend the meeting in person or over the phone as the situation requires.

Hockey Alberta Policy and Procedure Manual

At the appeal meeting the appeal committee shall consider the following

  • Errors or omissions in the information submitted to the local police service
  • Length of time since offence(s)
  • Did the offense(s) involve children and/or sexual and/or violent and/or acts of dishonesty
  • Could the offense(s) committed lead to the public and/or Hockey Alberta to conclude that the safety and security or participants is threatened by the ongoing participation of the member.

Unacceptable Convictions

Applicants with the following Criminal Code convictions (or who do not have a clear vulnerable sector check) will not be considered for any position of trust.

  • Sexual Assault (in the past 10 years)
  • Assault on a child (child abuse)
  • Any sexual offence that involves a victim under the age of 18
  • Trafficking in illegal substances

Discretionary Convictions

Applicants with Criminal Code convictions on their criminal record check that are dated within five years of the application date and/or a criminal record conviction of certain offences may not be accepted for positions of trust. These offences include but are not limited to the following:

  • Driving convictions (Criminal Negligence, Impaired Driving, Driving with B/A Over .08, etc).
  • Drug offence convictions
  • Convictions of violent offences (Assault, Robbery, etc.)
  • Any physical assault involving family violence.
  • Property offence convictions (Fraud, Theft, etc.) Only to be considered if the position applied for involves the control of assets or finances of Hockey Alberta.

Criminal Charges

Applicants charged with certain offences may not be permitted to obtain or remain in positions of trust. These offences include but are not limited to the following:

  • Driving charges (Criminal Negligence, Impaired Driving, Driving with B/A Over .08, etc).
  • Drug offences
  • Charges of sexual assault or violent offences (Assault, Robbery, etc.)
  • Any physical assault involving family violence.
  • Property offence convictions (Fraud, Theft, etc.) Only to be considered if the position applied for involves the control of assets of the organization or in control of finances.
  • Assault on a child (child abuse)
  • Any sexual offence that involves a victim under the age of 18
  • Trafficking in illegal substances