W.A.I.T Campaign - To Eliminate Maltreatment Both On And Off The Ice
The sport of ice hockey has seen a dramatic increase in behaviours not conducive with good sportsmanship during and after game play. Far too often, we as an Association have to investigate complaints about behaviours that reflect poorly on our sport and are damaging to to the recipients of these actions. The majority of these investigations lead to suspensions.
It is the goal of Oro Minor Hockey to eliminate these behaviours from hockey arenas, In order to achieve the goal of reducing these incidents, we are asking everyone to W.A.I.T. before they do something that they will likely regret later.
Before you act this season, W.A.I.T. and consider whether your actions could harm someone. We're all responsible for our own actions. This season, W.A.I.T. before you act to make sure you're helping to keep the game of hockey safe,
PLAYERS - Before you say an inappropriate comment - W.A.I.T. Why Am I Talking?
COACHES - Before you berate officials for a missed call - W.A.I.T. What Am I Teaching?
PARENTS - Before you yell from the stands - W.A.I.T. What Am I Teaching? Why Am I Talking?
We are asking ALL of our stakeholders to utilize this strategy to eliminate maltreatment both on and off the ice. We believe that before you act out W.A.I.T. and think about the implications of what you are about to do.
If you see a teammate - coach - parent getting angry and about to lash out - just look at them and say W.A.I.T.
By adopting this strategy, we can continue to work toward changing the culture in our sport, and making hockey a safe space for everyone to enjoy the greatest game in the world.
We want to credit and thank the Northern Ontario Hockey Association for creating this campaign and we are happy to share it.