Code of Conduct
USA Hockey Official's Code of Conduct
- Know the playing rules, their interpretations, and proper application.
- Act in a professional, businesslike manner at all times.
- Strive to provide a safe, sportsmanlike playing environment.
- Make your calls with quiet confidence - never with arrogance. Be fair and impartial at all times.
- Control the game only to the extent necessary to ensure safe, fair, and impartial competition.
- Violence must never be tolerated. Implement the USA Hockey "Zero Tolerance" policy in all instances
of verbal or physical abuse, whether directed at officials or other players.
- Answer all reasonable questions and requests.
- Use honesty and integrity when answering questions. Admit mistakes when you make them. Never use foul or
profane language when talking with a player, coach, or parent.
- Never openly criticize a player, coach, or other official.
- Keep your emotions under control.
- Use only USA Hockey-approved officiating techniques and policies.
- Keep yourself in good physical condition.
- Dedicate yourself to constant improvement of your officiating skills.
- Accept constructive criticism from supervisors, evaluators, and fellow officials.
- Set the example in attitude and demeanor.
- Establish and maintain positive relationships with teams, leagues, officials, and administrators for
the betterment of hockey.