EH Code of Behaviour for Young People

Posted by Rachel Armitage on 4 February 2020

EH Code of Behaviour for Young People

The promotion of FUN, POSITIVE ATTITUDES and GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP should be the main dynamic of Youth Hockey. The Young People’s Code of Behaviour therefore applies to all young people to encourage the safety and enjoyment of all participants involved in the sport.

Expected minimum standards of behaviour and conduct

All such individuals involved in hockey will, at all times show:

  • Respect for the game
  • This is more than playing within the rules of Hockey. It is about friendship, enjoyment and always participating with the right spirit.
  • Be on time for training and competitions.
  • Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance.
  • Always thank your opposition, coaches, umpires and officials after every game or training session.
  • Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, with dignity and set a positive example to others.


  • Respect for others
  • Umpires, officials, coaches, opponents and spectators should be valued.
  • Respect the decisions of umpires and officials.
  • Protect others involved in the game from verbal
  • or physical abuse and other forms of threatening
  • or intimidating behaviour such as bullying.


  • Self-respect
  • Young people should take responsibility for their actions on and off the pitch.
  • Do not smoke, drink or take drugs of any kind (other than prescription).
  • Never use inappropriate language or gestures.
  • Wear suitable clothing for the activity in which they are taking part.
  • Respect the facilities where they play and the equipment that they use.
  • Tell someone they trust if the behaviour of others makes them feel uncomfortable in any way.


Who does this code apply to?

The content of this Code of Behaviour is an extension of the Generic Code of Behaviour and it applies to all Clubs, Associations, Leagues, Staff and establishments in the Education Sector involved in hockey in England. The parts in bold italics highlight the specific elements which apply to this particular group. In order to protect the reputation of hockey in England, the code also applies to all those associated with the EH who are involved in hockey whilst outside England.

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