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Zero Tolerance

Admirals Policy

The Admirals Hockey Club subscribes to the Zero Tolerance policy established by the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI). Violations will be reviewed by the Admirals Rules and Ethics Committee.

In an effort to keep ice hockey a more desirable and rewarding experience for all participants, AHAI has instructed the Officiating Program to adhere to certain points of emphasis relating to sportsmanship. This campaign is designed to require all players, coaches, officials, team officials and administrators and parents/spectators to maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during and after all USA Hockey sanctioned games.

In addition, the Admirals subscribes to AHAI's policies on consumption abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. We encourage all of our club members to become familiar with these policies by downloading and reading the files listed on the right side of this page.

24 Hour Rule

Each year 2.5 million people volunteer their time to help coach kids.  These coaches are the vehicle that provide organized youth athletics an existence. As parents we will not always agree with a coaches decision.  However, it is important to recognize that the coaches role is to make decisions for the team first and a player second. Often, we tend to recognize the coaching staffs’ decisions through our player first and the team second. Also, we need to understand that most players are not aware of any problem until we, as parents, bring it to their attention.

Many sports throughout the United States have adopted the 24 Hour rule in an effort to address significant concerns, while attempting to remove the emotional concerns, particularly in the presence of the youth athlete.

The Admirals Hockey Club subscribes to the 24 Hour Rule.


Briefly, this means that parents are not to discuss any “negative” game situation with the coaching and management staff until at least 24 hours have passed from the completion of the game. At this point, if the issue remains a concern, the following procedure must be followed:

  1. The parent will contact the team manager and schedule a meeting with the team manager that will be documented.
  2. The team manager will discuss the area of concern with the coaching staff and obtain a documented, consensus, recommendation.
  3. The team manager, the coach or the coaches representative, as directed by the coach, will respond to the issue of concern to the parent.
  4. If the parent feels that the issue of concern remains and has not been appropriately addressed, the parent may schedule a meeting with the Admirals Rule and Ethics Chair or Coaching Director.

Violation of the 24 Hour Rule will be addressed as Zero Tolerance by the Rules and Ethics Committee and will result in a 30 day suspension.

Please respect the significance of the 24 Hour Rule Policy. If we honor this concept, concerns will be moved away from an audience with our children, a possible ill-timed discussion, and issues will be viewed in the proper perspective.

Jon Grant

Rules and Ethics