Spring Hockey – Do’s and Don’ts

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With Spring/Summer hockey it is important that you fully understand what you are getting into.

Spring/Summer hockey is NOT sanctioned by your local association or Hockey Canada.

  1. NOT sanctioned means you have no insurance in the event you get hurt so you are on your own for any medical bills or lost income. NASHA covers this for you. 
  2. NOT sanctioned means you have no insurance in the event a player gets hurt, so if the injured player sues you will be personally responsible for any judgment against you – possibly millions of dollars depending upon the injury. NASHA covers this for you. 
  3. NOT sanctioned means the same suspension guidelines are not in place so in the event of Match on Official (for example) you have no one advocating for you on your behalf. This is correct but tournament operators do set and maintain rules by the tournament to deal with these issues. 
  4. NOT sanctioned means that the hockey leagues do not have to use certified officials so your partners on the ice may not be as fully qualified as you are. This is correct as well, however, in 99% of the cases tournament operators will hire qualified officials. This is a great question to ask tournament operators. 
  5. So, please be sure you fully understand what you are getting into. Non-sanctioned hockey can be lucrative (they need to offer more to offset the risks outlined above) and it can be a good learning opportunity. If you choose to take on the challenge, please keep your personal safety as your top priority. Ask coaches, Spring Team organizers, tournament operators to make sure they are adequately covered. Ask if they are covered by NASHA and you can feel comfortable that you have the coverage you need. 

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