Rule 9.2 - Harassment of Officials, Unsportsmanlike Conduct/Misconduct
Team officials shall be responsible for their conduct and that of their players at all times. They must endeavour to prevent disorderly conduct before, during or after the game, on or off the ice and any place in the rink. The Referee may assess penalties to any of the above team officials for failure to do so and shall report full details of the incident to the President.
(a) A Minor penalty shall be assessed to any player or team official who challenges or disputes the ruling of any official during the game or who displays unsportsmanlike conduct. If a player or goaltender persists, she shall be assessed a Misconduct penalty and any further disputes will results in a Game Misconduct penalty being assessed to the offending player or goaltender. If a team official persists, they shall immediately be assessed a Game Misconduct penalty.
(b) A Misconduct penalty shall be assessed on any player who:
- Uses obscene, profane, or abusive language or gestures to any person.
- Persists in disputing or shows disrespect for the ruling of any official
- Intentionally knocks or shoots the puck out of reach of an official who is retrieving it.
(c) If the Referee is unable to identify the person responsible for the use of obscene, profane, or abusive language, a Bench Minor penalty shall be assessed the offending team.
(d) A Misconduct penalty shall be assessed any player who does not proceed immediately and directly to the penalty bench when they have been penalized. Where the penalized player causes any delay by returning for their equipment (gloves, sticks, etc.), the Misconduct penalty shall apply. The equipment shall be delivered to them on the penalty bench by a player of their team on the ice at the time of the infraction.
(e) A Misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who shows any course of conduct (including threatening and abusing language or gestures or similar actions) designed to incite an opponent into incurring a penalty.
(f) Any player or team official who engages in verbal taunts, insults, or intimidation based on discriminatory grounds (race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, language) shall be assessed a Gross Misconduct penalty and the Referee shall report full details of the incident to the President.
(g) A Misconduct penalty shall be assessed any player or players who, except for taking their position on the penalty bench, enters or remains in the Referee’s crease while the Referee is reporting to or consulting with an game official, including Linesmen, Timekeeper, Penalty Timekeeper, Official Scorer or Announcer.
(h) Where a team official has been assessed a Game Misconduct penalty under this rule, the Referee shall report the individual in full details to the President, who may assess further penalties.
(i) A Bench Minor penalty shall be assess a team where any player of team official on the bench protests an official’s ruling through verbal or physical gestures that may be considered disrespectful in any way, or who bangs the board or ice surface with a stick of any other object in protest of the ruling.
(j) When the player on the ice commits the infraction described in i), the Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty shall be assessed.