Game and Conduct Management

Effective Conduct Management

A direct link exists between conduct management and risk/safety management, particularly in relation to respect and attitude in the sport of hockey. Game and Conduct Management is about the management of people whether it is dealing with injuries, hockey related activities, Respect in Sport, or abuse and harassment. Hockey Alberta plays a key role in assisting local minor hockey associations in providing them with resources, guidelines and explanations, as well as helping them to develop and implement mechanisms for dispute resolution.

Guide to Effective Conduct Management >

Bylaw Guide Template >

Fair Play Means Safety for All

Hockey Alberta is committed to providing a safe environment for everyone involved in the game.

Any form of bullying, harassment, or abuse – whether physical, emotional or sexual – of any participant in any program is unacceptable.

It can happen between peers, younger and older players, or adults and young players. Each association, team, parent, volunteer and staff member is expected to take all reasonable steps to safeguard the welfare of participants – especially young participants – and protect them from any form of violence. There is a shared responsibility with parents and guardians to nurture the physical and emotional well-being of our players.

Dealing with Abuse, Harassment and Bullying >

Safety Requires Teamwork >

Child-Youth and Family Enhancement Act >

Risk Management and Insurance

Risk Management is the process by which an organization identifies, assesses, controls and minimizes the risk of bodily injury or financial loss arising from its activities. In hockey, Risk Management is the process by which a Branch or Association reviews its activities, programs and operating procedures (including buildings and staff) to identify, understand and insure against the everyday risks in operating an organized hockey program. In many organizations the turnover rate of volunteers is relatively high and a strategic planning process is limited to the one, two or three-year term of the executive in office at the time. This causes focus to shift on the immediate problems and actions and often does not allow for the development of long term plans. Effective Risk Management is planned over the long term to provide foundation and direction for changes in activities, attitudes, objectives and situations. For more details on Risk Management, click here.

Having proper Insurance coverage in place is also a key aspect of Risk Management. There are different types of insurance that may be required to help support a hockey organization and its various members.

Hockey Canada Insurance Options >

Safety Management

Safety Management involves proper planning and preparation on and off the ice with regard to any issues that could impact the health, safety or well-being of players, coaches, trainers, parents, officials or anyone else involved in the game. Safety Management includes everything from examining the physical surroundings at the arena, to utilizing age appropriate practice drills on the ice, to proper planning for travel and accommodations at out of town games or tournaments. For more details on Safety Management, please click to view the following topics:

On-Ice Safety
Emergency Planning & First Aid
Off-Ice Safety

Societies Act

A Society is an incorporated group of five or more people who share a common recreational, cultural, scientific, or charitable interest. The Societies Act regulates societies incorporated in Alberta. Incorporation is not mandatory; the decision up to each group. For more information on the Societies Act, or for the steps involved and forms required to incorporate a Society, please go to the Service Alberta website.

There are several advantages to incorporating a group:

  • Members of societies may not be held responsible for the debts of the society.
  • Societies may own property and may enter into contracts under the society’s name, as opposed to its individual members entering into a contract.
  • The public’s perception of a society is that an incorporated group has a more formal, permanent status than an unincorporated group.

Occasionally, society members disagree on how to handle internal matters. Corporate Registry does not supervise the conduct of societies, nor does it provide a counseling service on matters other than forms and the documents filed with them. Societies must be prepared to resolve their own internal disputes. To ensure that internal disputes are handled fairly, Corporate Registry recommends including a bylaw outlining an arbitration procedure.