SMS Youth Hockey Association
SMS bylaws Pertaining to Coaching Philosophy and Zero Tolerance:
The Sudbury Maynard Stow Youth Hockey Association is a non-profit organization operating youth hockey and learn to skate programs for the benefit of the residents of Sudbury, Maynard, Stow and several surrounding communities. The purposes of the Corporation are:
Furthermore, all boys and girls of the Association:
The SMS Youth Hockey Association shall be dedicated to provide for the maximum number of youth to participate in its programs. It will establish, operate and manage programs, which are necessary and appropriate for recreational hockey and shall conduct an annual search for sponsors as well as promoting other fund raising activities, as may be deemed necessary to remain solvent and affordable.
Zero Tolerance - Section 7: Sexual, Physical, and Verbal Abuse
The Sudbury Maynard Stow Youth Hockey Association has an explicit policy of zero tolerance for the sexual, physical, or verbal abuse of any participant in its programs. Each of the Directors of the corporation has an open door policy to any member of the association, and an obligation to bring forward to the full Board of Directors any allegation of abuse for the purpose of diligently investigating such allegations and taking what the Board considers is an appropriate response, if warranted, to ensure the safety and well being of all participants in the SMS Youth Hockey Association. Also, in furtherance of this strict policy, the Corporation fully abides by the screening procedures and requirements of Article XIX of the Rules and Regulations of Massachusetts Hockey.
Zero Tolerance - Section 8: Ejection of Parent, Guardian, or Relatives of SMS Players
If any parent, guardian, or relative of an SMS player is ejected from a game or rink by a referee or any authorized rink official, then both the ejected party and the player shall be immediately suspended from any and all Association activities, including practices and games, for a minimum of thirty (30) days. The suspension may be extended for up to one year by a majority vote of Directors. Automatic 30 day suspensions may be appealed to the SMS Board of Executive Directors within five days of the date of the incident. If such an appeal is filed, the suspension shall be deferred until after a final determination has been made by the full Board of Directors, to be carried out within ten days of the appeal.