What Signals Am I Seeing From The Stands?
With the standard of play a parent may find they’re watching the official more than you did in the past to
try to understand the different calls officials are making and why. Hockey Canada would like to provide
parents with a description of the more common signals being illustrated by officials as you watch your son or
daughter's game. To learn more about the standard of play, and different signals that officials use visit the
Hockey Canada officiating website at www.hockeycanada.ca.
Hitting From Behind
This is the signal the official will make if calling a hitting from behind penalty. Hitting from behind can
cause serious injury and it is important that you as a parent teach your son or daughter to never hit a
player if the player has their back to them!
Checking To The Head
Concussion awareness continues to grow, we all play a role in preventing concussions and it starts with the
reduction of checking to the head. If your son or daughter receives this penalty talk to them about why they
got the penalty and then explain the importance of not checking another player to the head for any
Talk to your kids about their hockey stick emphasizing its use as being to play the puck, not to cross check
another player. Remember to support your coaches as they teach this style of play.
Anytime a player uses a free arm or hand to clutch, grab, hold, hold the stick, pin or impede a player they
will be called for interference. It is important to note that interference will be penalized with strict
All those involved with the game have a responsibility to learn as much as they can about changes that are
occurring. This includes being familiar with the rules that are being emphasized and why these changes are so
important to the game itself.
Communicate With Your Son Or Daughter!
As a parent one of the most important steps is to communicate with your son or daughter and explain to them
why certain infractions are being emphasized. If you as a parent show frustration when a penalty is called so
will your child. Be positive and avoid reacting negatively when a penalty is called.
Respect The Officials!
As a parent you are encouraged to visit the Hockey Canada web site to gain an understanding of the standard
of play and rules emphasis initiative. Be patient with the officials as they refine their game management
techniques in an effort to make the game safer and more exciting for the players. Also take the opportunity
to visit the online rule book to learn about the different rules of the game. Next time you are at the rink,
try watching the game from the official’s perspective.
Work With Your Son or Daughter's Coach!
As a parent on your child’s team you are an important component of the team’s structure. Work with your son’s
or daughter’s coach to support the rule emphasis and work with your coaches to teach the players what is
expected of them. A major key is to encourage respect for the officials, their teammates and other players