To all ISHL Players, Coaches, and Parents:
Good sportsmanship is the most important value we can teach our players over the few years that we are in a position to be a positive influence in their lives.
Over the first few weeks of our season, I have received disturbing reports of extreme lack of good sportsmanship in our league. Reports range from a player taunting a less skilled player to a player boasting about having been able to injure another player.
Such behavior will not be tolerated and it is all of our joint responsibility to ensure that it is not tolerated. If any of us see or hear instances of poor sportsmanship, it is our responsibility to stop it and address it with the individual. And to be clear, this responsibility is not only directed to a player's behavior, it also applies to good sportsmanship behavior in our coaches, parents, and league representatives. It is expected of us all.
Violations of good sportsmanship are violations of our ISHL Code of Conduct commitments. I assure you, we take this Code very seriously. Verified instances of any intended violation of elements of the ISHL Code of Conduct can result in disciplinary action up to expulsion of the individual(s) from the league.
We are all committed to making this League a positive experience for our players and I am very proud of our teams and our League. I am especially proud of our coaches who work very diligently to develop not only hockey skills, but also to instill sportsmanship and positive values.
Let's keep the standards of our League high and thank you all for your support in this matter.--Linda Rice-Naas, ISHL President