Rink Side Maulers House - News News and information from Rink Side Maulers House http://www.rinksidemaulers.com New AHAI Suspension Rule http://www.rinksidemaulers.com#303680 http://www.rinksidemaulers.com#303680 (Rheanna Walsh)Tue, 12 May 2015 04:53:00 GMT <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>In an effort to help control inappropriate spectator behavior, the following AHAI rule is effective immediately.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>PARENTS/SPECTATORS</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>A game will be stopped by on-ice officials when the parents/spectators displaying inappropriate or disruptive behavior interfere with other parents/spectators or the game. The on-ice officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/spectators from the parents&rsquo;/spectators&rsquo; viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced. Violators will incur a minimum mandatory 3-game suspension from that team&rsquo;s games and may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>The reasons for this necessary minimum 3-game suspension rule are simple; last season there was a marked increase in parents&rsquo;/spectators&rsquo; behavior being out of control. These behaviors included verbal and physical altercations with officials, players and other spectators. Additionally clubs/teams that have a responsibility to help control and penalize these behaviors were asking for guidance from AHAI.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>No matter why a spectator is asked to leave, the minimum suspension is 3 games. There is emphasis on a minimum of 3 games.<br /> <br /> Here is how the reporting system works:<br /> <br /> An official will file an electronic &ldquo;Incident Report&rdquo; detailing the official&rsquo;s version of the occurrence with the AHAI R&amp;E Committee. The Committee sends the report to the spectator&rsquo;s club in order for the club to conduct an investigation. Upon completion of the spectator&rsquo;s club investigation (that should include talking to the accused spectator) the investigating club will report back to the AHAI R&amp;E Committee for final approval of the minimum 3-game suspension or any additional imposed suspension.<br /> <br /> This is a very simple rule. Any spectator asked to leave a rink by an official or by the rink personnel will automatically miss a minimum of 3 games. No questions asked.</div>