Section 8 - Rules Relating to Players
Section 1 - Mission Statement
Section 2 - Rules of Operation
Section 3 - Club Organization and Structure
Section 4 - Club Finances
Section 5 - Teams
Section 6 - Team Finances
Section 7 - Rules Relating to Parents/Guardians
Section 8 - Rules Relating to Players
Section 9 - Dispute Resolution

8.01 Player’s Obligations

Players shall:
i. represent their Team with dignity at all times
ii. always play to the best of their ability within the spirit of true sportsmanship
iii. show respect for the rules of the game, the game officials and their decisions, and their opponents
iv. use their best efforts to maintain composure while on the ice
v. refrain from trash talking or making improper gestures, whether on or off the ice
vi. demonstrate respect for their team mates and treat them fairly and equally
vii. demonstrate respect for their Coaches and other Team Officials
viii. make a commitment to the Team, its program and its goals
ix. attend all games and other events prescribed by the Team in accordance with the rules established by the Head Coach from time to time
x. where equipment is provided by the Club or the Team, use only such equipment (including sweaters and socks) and ensure that it is maintained in a proper state of repair and not altered in any manner
xi. abide by the Team dress code at all times which includes wearing game socks and game jerseys only during games
xii. refrain from using alcohol and prohibited drugs
The foregoing list of obligations is not exhaustive and may be supplemented by the Club or the Team from time to time upon giving the player and his or her parent/guardian reasonable notice.

8.02 Sanctions for Breaching Obligations

The Club, in its discretion, reserves the right to restrict the ice time, suspend or release any player who is found by the Club to have breached any of the foregoing obligations.

8.03 Player Injury

Neither the Club not the Team is responsible for any injury suffered by a player, whether on or off the ice and howsoever caused. The GTHL maintains insurance which may be applicable in certain events. Parents/guardians are urged to contact the GTHL for an explanation of such coverage.

8.04 Allocation of Ice Time

The Head Coach shall make all decisions regarding the amount of ice time afforded to a player in reasonable exercise of his or her discretion, having regard to the best interests of the Team
Any player denied reasonable ice time, or parent/guardian thereof, shall be entitled to request and obtain an explanation for such decision, without fear or threat of repercussion, provided such request is made in both a civil and appropriate manner.
If a player is denied reasonable ice time on a continuous basis and is not satisfied with the explanation provided by the Head Coach, the player or the parent/guardian of the player may request that the issue be referred to the Club for determination in accordance with the procedure set out in Section 9 of these Rules. The decision of the Club shall be final and binding on all parties.

8.05 Playing with Affiliated Teams

The Club will determine the Affiliated Teams at the beginning of each season and in accordance with the GTHL rule.
Whenever practicable, players should be made available to the Affiliated Team so long as it does not conflict with the players’ primary responsibility to their own Team. The Head Coach will select the player(s) having regard to the reasonable requests of the Affiliated Team.

8.06 Permission to Skate

Permission to skate with other GTHL, OMHA or Alliance teams shall be granted at the discretion of the Club and shall only be binding if signed by the President or General Manager of the Club. The Club may require the player to attend one or more tryouts before granting such permission.

8.07 Subsidies

(a) Subsidy Request

The Club may consider written requests to subsidize all or a portion of a player’s registration fee. Such subsidy, if any, will require compelling circumstances and a clear demonstration of need and will only be granted to individuals who exemplify the standards and values of the Club. The Club may require the Team in question to match the subsidy.

(b) Repayment of Subsidy

If a subsidized player wishes to obtain a release prior to the end of the season, the Club may, as condition of granting such release, demand and obtain repayment of the subsidy.

8.08 Releases

(a) Circumstances in which a Release may be Granted

Once a registration card is signed, the Club will not grant a release to a player except under compelling and unusual circumstances which necessitates the severing of such player’s relationship with the Team, having regard to the best interests of all concerned. The Club will make the determination of the existence of such circumstances in its absolute discretion.
No release shall be binding on the Club unless it is in writing signed by the President or the General Manager of the Club.

(b) Refund of Club’s Registration Fee where Release is Granted before November 15

This section does not apply to releases mandated by the GTHL on application by the player nor if a player voluntarily withdraws from a Team or discontinues attending practices and/or games.
If a player is released by the Club prior to November 15, the Club shall, within 30 days following the granting of the release, reimburse the player a portion of the registration fees paid by the player determined as follows:

i. Determine the total amount of registration fee paid by or for the account of the player (the “Initial Amount”). For greater certainty, any amount paid through a corporation controlled by the parent/guardian shall be included in this category.
ii. Deduct the Administrative Expense of $200.00 form the Initial Amount to determine the refundable portion of the Club registration fee (the “Balance”).
iii. Determine the “In-Season Expenses” incurred by the player prior to his or her release by determining the proportion of the Balance allocable to the games played by the Team to the date of release:
Balance X games played by the team prior to release
36 games per season
iv. Determine whether the player is required to repay any subsidies granted by the Club in accordance with paragraph 8.7(b) of these Rules.
v. Deduct the In-Season Expenses and any required Club subsidy repayment from the Balance to determine the net amount to be refunded to the player (the “Refund Amount”).
The Refund Amount, if any, shall be reimbursed to the person(s) who made the payment on behalf of the player on a pro rata basis provided that the player has no outstanding financial obligations to the Team.

(c) Refund of Team Fee where release is Granted before November 15

This section does not apply to releases mandated by the GTHL on application by the Player nor if a player voluntarily withdraws from a Team or discontinues attending practices and/or games.
If a player is released by the Club prior to November 15, the Team shall, within 30 days following the granting of the release, reimburse the player a portion of the Team fee paid by the player determined as follows:
i. Determine the total amount of fees paid by or for the account of the player (the “Initial Amount”). For greater certainty, any amount paid through a corporation controlled by the parent/guardian shall be included in this category. This excludes any sponsorship monies that were raised by or on behalf of the player.

ii. Calculate the “Preseason Expenses” already incurred by determining the player’s allocable share of the cost of any preseason off-ice and on-ice training programs and preseason games.

iii. Calculate “Tournament Expenses” incurred by determining the player’s allocable share of the cost of preseason and in-season tournaments in which the player participated.

iv. Calculate the player’s “Equipment and Gear Expenses” by determining the total cost of the equipment and gear provided to or on order for a player. If any equipment or gear was paid for though sponsorship monies raised by the player, these are to be excluded from the expenses; otherwise the cost should be included in the Equipment and Gear Expenses.

v. Deduct the player’s incurred Preseason Expenses, Tournament Expenses and Equipment and Gear Expenses from the Initial Amount. The remaining amount represents the proportion of the player fees attributable to “In-Season Fees”.

vi. Determine the “In-Season Expenses” incurred by the player prior to his or her release by determining the proportion of the player’s In-Season Fees that is allocable to games played by the Team prior to the date of release:
In-Season Fees X games played by the team prior to release
36 games per season

vii. Determine whether the player is required to repay any subsidies granted by the Team in accordance with paragraph 8.7(b) of these Rules.

viii. Deduct the incurred In-Season Expenses and any required repayment of Team subsidy from the In-Season Fees to determine the net amount to be refunded to the player (the “Refund Amount”)

The Refund Amount, if any, shall be reimbursed to the person(s) who made the payment on behalf of the player on a pro rata basis provided that the player has no outstanding financial obligations to the Club.
The obligation to make such payment rests solely with the Team and the Club shall have no responsibility for any such payment. If a dispute arises regarding the amount of such reimbursement, it shall be referred to the Club for resolution in accordance with the process set out in Section 9 of these Rules. The decision of the Club shall be final and binding on all parties.

(d) No Refunds in any Other Circumstances
i. If a release is mandated by the GTHL or a release is granted on or after November 16th in any year the released player shall not be entitled to any repayment of the Initial Amount.

ii. If a player voluntarily withdraws from a Team or discontinues attending practices and/or games, the player shall not be entitled to any repayment of the Initial Amount.


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