Ask the Official: Zero Tolerance

By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar

QUESTION: During a game last season there was a Zero Tolerance occurrence by parents of both teams. The referee stopped play and instructed the time keeper to keep the clock moving. During this time over 5 minutes ran off and the game ended. He would not put time back on the clock. Was he right or did he cheat the players out of playing time?

ANSWER: No. The official was correct according to the Zero Tolerance Policy for parents and spectators.

The game will be stopped by game officials when parents / spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or the game. The game officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents / spectators from the spectator’s viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced, and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body. This inappropriate and disruptive behavior shall include: 1) Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time. 2) Taunting of players, coaches, officials, or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence or physical violence. 3) Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing area, players bench, penalty box or on ice surface, directed in any manner as to create a safety hazard.

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