By-Laws

 

Bishop Dwenger High School Hockey Association (BDHSHA)

Regulations & Procedures

 

ARTICLE I: OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES OF BISHOP DWENGER HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

This program will provide players an opportunity to develop their hockey talent, physical, and social skills. The primary objectives are as follows:

PURPOSE

Bishop Dwenger High School Hockey Association is a non-profit organization operating a high school program for the benefit of people in the Bishop Dwenger Hockey system. The purposes of the association are:

  1. To develop character, sportsmanship, and physical fitness among the youth of our community;
  1. To teach and develop, through effective coaching, the principles of hard work, teamwork, a sense of commitment, and a respect for authority;
  1. To ensure that players at all high school ages and skill levels will have the opportunity to further develop their hockey skills and abilities, and to have fun;
  1. To conduct a high school program consistent with the rules and regulations of the Ft. Wayne Area High School Hockey Association (FWAHSA), Indiana State High School Hockey Association (ISHSHA) and USA Hockey;
  1. To accommodate the number of new and existing players who wish to play hockey in the school system and to continue to seek ways to keep as many players, coaches, parents, and volunteers as possible involved in the program.

TEAMWORK

  1. Ice hockey is a team sport. The play, training, coaching, and education should be emphasized as such.
  1. Individual player records should be de-emphasized at all levels of high school hockey, while true emphasis should be put on individual hard play, true sportsmanship, individual intensity, and player development.
  1. The development of the individual participant as both a team player and a person are the twin goals of this program.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

  1. The development of both physical and mental skills in regard to ice hockey should be pursued throughout the season through game situations, on ice practice, educational sessions, or dry land training.
  1. Sportsmanship and fair play are to be emphasized at all times.

SELF CONTROL

  1. High School hockey requires a certain level of intensity not required in other non-competitive environments. This level of play should encourage youth to exhibit self-control over the intensity required to meet their ever growing potential.

PLAYING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. While high school hockey is not guaranteed “equal ice” for all players, through the course of the season, every effort shall be made to give all players an equitable amount of ice time as game situations permit.
  1. Bishop Dwenger High School Hockey will abide by the Fort Wayne Area High School League (FWAHSHL) and the Indiana State High School Hockey Association as it pertains to the State Tournament.
  1. Any player that did not pay the previous year’s team costs cannot play Bishop Dwenger Hockey until player is paid in full or the previous team releases the player from the obligation.

 

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

 

ACTIVE MEMBER

An active member is (1) one parent, step-parent, guardian, who pays the hockey fees of any registered child (one vote per family) participating in Bishop Dwenger High School Hockey operated by the Association or those programs in conjunction with FWAHSHL.

EXPULSION

An active Member may be expelled, after due notice and an opportunity for a hearing, for conduct deemed to be detrimental to the Association, by the vote of two thirds of the Disciplinary Committee of the BDHSHA Board of Directors. The Secretary shall provide a minimum of ten (10) days notice to the person subject to expulsion and to the members of the Committee prior to the meeting at which the matter is to be discussed and resolved. The person shall be offered an opportunity to be heard at that meeting, and/or to present other members to testify in his or her behalf, prior to any final disposition by the FWBHC Disciplinary Committee.

RIGHT OF REFUSAL

The Association reserves the right to refuse membership for any person, so long as not in conflict with appropriate prevailing equal rights statutes and regulations. Any such refused membership applicant is entitled, upon his or her request, to a hearing with the Board of Directors as outlined under Expulsion section above.

VOTING RIGHTS

Each active member is entitled to one vote per family by secret ballot in the election of officers in attendance of a meeting of the Association within 30 days of the formation of the team.

RIGHT TO HOLD OFFICE

Each Active Member is a Board Member and is eligible to hold any office of the Association. Each Active Member may appoint an Alternate family member (parent, step parent, or guardian) to represent them on the Board should they not be able to attend themselves for any meeting.

NOTICE AND QUORUM

Upon formation of the team, at least ten (10) days prior to the first initial Board Meeting, written notice shall be handed out after tryouts and/or mailed to the address of each active member entitled to vote at the meeting. The Active Members at this meeting shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE III: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board shall consist of all Active voting members.

DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors shall include:

  1. To elect officers of the Association from within the Board of Directors;
  2. To fill vacancies, which may occur in the Executive Committee;
  3. To manage the business, property, and affairs of the Association;
  4. To formulate the policies and determine the overall conduct and standards of the hockey program which shall be administered by the officers.
  5. To establish an annual operating budget and set fees for the hockey program in the absence of having elected a team manager;
  6. To study for approval proposals to amend or revise the Association’s Bylaws, Regulations, and Procedures;
  7. To review and formally act upon any temporary decision by the Chairperson or Executive Committee;
  8. To hear and rule on appeals.

REGULAR MEETINGS

It is encouraged that regular meetings should be held once every two months at a time and place determined by the Chairperson of the Board. The Secretary shall notify all members of the Board of the date, time, and place of each meeting at least five (5) days in advance.

SPECIAL MEETINGS

A special meeting of the Board of Directors may be called by the Chairperson, or at written request to the Chairperson of a least five (5) members of the Board. The Secretary shall notify all members of the Board of the date, time, and place of each meeting at least five (5) days in advance.

QUORUM

At least sixty percent (60%) of the Board members, including at least two members of the Executive Committee, must be present to constitute a quorum to conduct business at any regular or special meeting of the Board thereafter.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

At the first regular or special meeting after formation of the team, the Board of Directors as then constituted shall elect its officers for the present year. No officer may be elected or appointed to serve more than one officer position at any one time with the exception of Team Representative on the FWAHSHL.

VOTING

Each Member shall be entitled to one vote on any action taken at any meeting of the Board.

VOTE BY PROXY

Any Member who is present at any meeting may vote by proxy for any Member who are absent at that meeting. Written evidence of such proxy must be presented to any two officers of the Board and entered into the minutes.

BANK ACCOUNT

The bank account of the Association shall have no less than two designated assignees on the account with the first two assignees being the Treasurer and Manager.

FISCAL YEAR

The accounting and other financial information of the Association shall be conducted on a fiscal year; beginning on the first day of May of each year and ending on the last day of April of each year.

AMMEDMENTS

The power to make, alter, amend or repeal these By-Laws is vested in the Board of Directors, which power shall be exercised by affirmative vote of a majority of the Directors; provided, however, that the proposed amendment shall be included in the notice of such meeting. If notice of a proposed amendment to the By-Laws is included in the notice of any meeting of the Board of Directors, it shall not be voted on nor become effective for a period of at least thirty (30) days after the proposed amendment was first introduced.

BOARD POSITIONS

The Board shall elect the following positions:

  1. Team President
  2. Team Manager
  3. Coaching Chairperson (As needed)
  4. Treasurer
  5. Secretary

ORDER OF BUSINESS

The order of business for meetings of the Board of Directors shall include:

  1. Call to order
  2. Minutes from previous meeting
  3. Manager’s Report
  4. Chairperson’s Report
  5. Other Business
  6. Special Topics – Issues as appropriate
  7. Adjournment

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

All meetings shall be governed by rules of parliamentary procedure. Roberts Rules of Order shall govern questions of procedure.

ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS AND ADMINISTRATORS

TEAM PRESIDENT

The duties of the President shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. To preside at all regular or special meetings of the membership or Board;
  2. To call special meetings of the Association or Board;
  3. To make decisions on questions not provided for in the bylaws or rules until the next regular or special meeting of the Board;
  4. To represent, or designate suitable representation for, this Association, at other ice hockey meetings;
  5. To serve as an ex-officio member of all committees;
  6. To perform the duties of the Safesport Coordinator for the organization.
  7. To perform any other duties as may be specifically assigned by the Board.
  8. At the end of the Team President's responsibilities to the team, all records will be turned over to the new Team President within 2 weeks of the transfer of duties. All equipment, files, team records and team information should be included. The previous Team President will remove their authorization from all bank accounts for the FWBHC and provide documentation to the new Team President for their records.

TREASURER

The duties of the Treasurer shall include, but not limited to, the following:

  1. The Treasurer shall keep correct and complete records of account, showing accurately at all times the financial condition of the Association. The Treasurer shall be the legal custodian of all monies, notes, securities and other valuables which may from time to time come into the possession of the Association. All funds of the Association coming into the Treasurer's hands shall be promptly deposited in some reliable bank or other depository to be designated by the Board of Directors, and shall keep such bank account in the name of the Association. The Treasurer shall furnish at meetings of the Board of Directors, or whenever requested, a statement of the financial condition of the Association and shall perform such other duties as may be required by these By-Laws or as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President.
  2. To inform parents of the commitment, responsibilities, and cost involved with their respective high school team. A written budget is to be dispersed to all parents of players at the beginning of the season.
  3. Administer financial matters of the team. Prepare team budget and end of year financial statement.       Collect all monies and pay all the bills. Maintain accurate records and document all transactions with receipts and provide monthly financial statements including balance sheets and cash flow records to each member no later than 15 days of the end of each month. Submit all financial records to the high school director at the end of the season.
  4. To be responsible for purchasing all needed equipment such as jerseys, socks, nametags, pins, etc. For conflicting color schemes the high school director shall approve colors for jerseys.
  5. To perform any other duties as may be specifically assigned by the Board.

TEAM MANAGER

The duties of the Team Manager shall include, but not limited to, the following:

  1. To oversee all matters other than coaching of a high school team.
  2. The Team Manager will become a member of the Executive Committee
  3. The Team Manager will field questions for the Parents in cooperation with the Coaching Chairperson.
  4. To form a committee and recruit team members in assisting the Team Manager in fulfilling his/her duties.
  5. To schedule practices, games, and tournaments for the season. All games are to be with other USA Hockey sanctioned teams only.
  6. To inform parents of the commitment, responsibilities, and cost involved with their respective high school team. A written budget is to be dispersed to all parents of players at the beginning of the season.
  7. To inform parents that it is their responsibility to have their child behave in a disciplined manner and their child’s actions are the ultimate responsibility of the parents.
  8. To secure all FWAHSHL and USA Hockey player registration forms, birth certificates, and parental agreement forms. These documents should be carried with team managers at all times.
  9. To secure minor and major officials for all home crossover games (i.e. referee, score keeper, time keeper, announcer, and penalty box officials).
  10. To remain in this capacity throughout a full year and help the next year’s team formation. Duties will expire after the following team’s formation.

COACHING CHAIRPERSON (AS REQUIRED)

The duties of the Coaching Chairperson shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  1. To oversee and supervise, through the Chairing and designation of members of the Coaching Committee, the selection, training, monitoring, and evaluation of all coaches in the Bishop Dwenger program;
  2. To form a coaching committee of at least three (3) members to assist the Coaching Chairperson perform his/her duties. One member may come from outside the Association to assist the committee. It is recommended that this person be an impartial party and one with a seasoned background in hockey with particular emphasis in coaching and or management of coaches.
  3. To remain in this capacity throughout a full year and help the next year’s team formation. Duties will expire after the following team’s formation.
  4. To perform any other duties as may be specifically assigned by the Board.

SECRETARY

The duties of the Secretary shall include, but not limited to, the following:

  1. To record the attendance and Minutes of all regular or special meetings of the Board or the membership;
  2. To notify the membership of the Association of the date, time, and location of any meeting;
  3. To be responsible for all team equipment.
  4. To make arrangements for hotel accommodations, secure maps for traveling out of town and provide maps for visiting teams.
  5. To perform any other duties as may be specifically assigned by the Board.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  1. There shall be an Executive Committee of three (3) or more Directors to serve the Association at such times as the Board may determine, from time to time. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President and Team Manager, and any additional members as the Board of Directors shall designate (as long as there is always an odd number of members). Except as otherwise provided in these By-Laws, the Executive Committee may exercise the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the Association.
  2. A quorum of the Executive Committee at any committee meeting shall be a majority of the Directors comprising the Executive Committee; provided however, there shall never be less than two (2) Directors present. The act of a majority of the Executive Committee when a quorum is present at any meeting is deemed the act of the Executive Committee, subject to Board approval.
  3. The Executive Committee shall keep full records and accounts of its proceedings and transactions. All actions taken by the Executive Committee shall be reported to the Board at its next meeting following the action and is subject to approval, revision, and alterations by the Board. However, no rights of third persons may be prejudicially affected by the Board’s subsequent review of the Executive Committee’s actions. Vacancies in the Executive Committee shall be filled by the Board, and the Board may appoint one (1) or more directors as alternate members of the Executive Committee who may take the place of any absent members at any meeting.

ARTICLE V: COACHES

SELECTION AND OBJECTIVES OF COACHES

 

All coaches shall be selected for by the Bishop Dwenger Association Coaching Committee. This applies to all candidates at the start of each year, either new or existing. All coaches must be certified by USA Hockey regulations for high school level, or achieve this level through the current hockey season. Head coaches shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age. The Board of Directors will confirm the recommendation of the committee unless it shall have good cause not to do so. Such causes shall be stated on the record of the deliberation. If a candidate is not approved then the process will start over to acquire a new candidate.

The head coach of the team shall choose their assistant coaches. Assistant coaches will be at least twenty-one (21) years old and must have the appropriate coaching certification or attain it during the year. A head coach may not select an assistant coach(s) for the intention of having that parent’s child as a player on his team. The Board of Directors will confirm the recommendation of the head coach unless it shall have good cause not to do so. Such causes shall be stated on the record of the deliberation. If the candidate(s) is not approved then the process will start over to acquire a new candidate.

Coach or coaches may be monetarily compensated if approved by the Board of Directors.

The Head Coach must adhere to the following rules:

  1. The coaching staff shall promote the earlier stated objectives and purposes of Bishop Dwenger High School Hockey as well as the purpose of the FWAHSHA constitution;
  2. The head coach shall be expected to remain in control of both their staff and team members in the playing area. If necessary, appropriate disciplinary action of team members will be at the progressive levels of discipline as included in these bylaws. The BDHSHA Disciplinary Committee will handle serious infractions;
  3. The Head Coach will follow the Coaching Code of Conduct as spelled out by USA Hockey;
  4. The Head Coach will provide written Team Rules for the players along with goals and objectives for the season within fifteen (15) days of being appointed to their position or formation of the team, whichever comes first.
  5. All coaches must attempt to be fair, consistent and use good judgment in handling and enforcing rules along with following through on disciplinarian action.
  6. Practices need to take into consideration good time management, planning, discipline, skill development, team strategies, follow good coaching methodology, and team involvement.
  7. Assistants must support and follow the expectations and rules imposed on the Head Coach.  

DISMISAL OF A HEAD COACH

The dismissal of a head coach is as follows:

  1. Any two (2) members (2 separate family members-not of the same player) can request that the Team Manager call a meeting for the purpose of removing a Head Coach. The Team Manager must inform the Chairperson of the Board and the Coaching Chairperson. The Chairperson of the Board must honor this request and as quickly as possible arrange a meeting of the Board.
  2. The members requesting the meeting must present their reason(s) for replacing the Head Coach in writing to the Board. After the presentation, ample time must be allowed for discussion.
  3. A vote will be taken (60% Quorum) by ballot and results announced.
  4. The same two or more members may not request this again for the balance of the season. These members have only one opportunity to make such a request.

ARTICLE VI: TEAM FORMATION

Team Formation must follow and abide by the FWAHSA rules under:

  1. Article IV: Team Formation.
  2. Article V: The Open Draft
  3. Article VI: Player Selection
  4. Article VII: Player Eligibility
  5. Article XIX: New Player

ARTICLE VII: EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS

The team shall follow the USA Hockey constitution, bylaws, rules, and regulations, in regard to equipment and playing rules. All teams shall have a full set of home and away jerseys. All equipment will be H.E.C.C. approved.

ARTICLE VIII: FEES

  1. The Bishop Dwenger High School team shall be self-supporting. Financial statements will be prepared monthly by the Treasurer and submitted to the President and Team Manager for review. These will be held on file with the team records for review.
  2. No later than 30 days after the formation of the team, the manager and treasurer shall make their best efforts at determining team fees and a working budget shall be formulated and distributed to each Parent by mail, email, or delivered inThe budget and actual expenditures will be accounted for and communicated to all Parents on a periodic basis throughout the season. Adjustments may be necessary throughout the course of the season.
  3. A schedule of payment for fees will be submitted in writing by mail, email or distributed at a game or meeting to all participants. Payment of fees should be made to the Treasurer by the specified dates. Fees will be determined delinquent after a 7 day grace period from each specified payment date.
  4. Within a reasonable time after the last tryout session (usually about one hour) a list will be posted by the coach of all players selected to the team. Players will be asked to sign the roster for the new season and a deposit will be due and payable within 7 days from that date by each parent for their respective child(s) participation along with a letter of intent as stated below (E). The deposit will be determined in advance by the Executive Committee and payable to the Treasurer. Once the Roster has been signed and the letter of intent has been executed and submitted to the Manager then the Member is obligated to all annual fees that are to be distributed equally among the members regardless of whether the member later leaves the team for any reason.
  5. In addition to the player signing the roster, each Parent will be required to sign a letter of intent to pay their equal obligations for the full season team fees.
  6. Should a player become ineligible to play because of injury, grades, disciplinary actions, or expulsion, or any other reason unpaid fees are still the responsibility of the member and are to be paid on the same basis as if the player was still actively playing or a member of the team. Players that join the team after the season has started may be eligible for pro-rated fees.
  7. Delinquent fees automatically disqualify any player from further play/participation (games, practices, and team functions). The Treasurer will notify the Member, the President, and Team Manager that the Member is delinquent. The Team Manager will notify the Head Coach of the player’s ineligibility and immediate suspension.
  8. The BDHSHA board of directors has the authority to take appropriate collection action when fees are delinquent.

ARTICLE IX: FUND RAISING

The team may conduct fund raising activities.

Bishop Dwenger may conduct fund raising activities. The extent that any player wants to be involved in any fund raising activities will be up to that payer and his family. Generally, fund raising will be divided into two categories:

  1. Individual fundraising – (candy bars, cookie dough, etc.) All money raised after paying for product and expenses will be credited to that player’s individual account.
  2. Team fund raising – (garage sale, care wash, etc.) All money raised in this category shall be divided equally among the players that participate in the fund raising event. If a player chooses not to participate, then they will not get a share of the money raised.
  3. If a player raises more money than his entire bill, there are several options:
  4. If the player is not a senior, the extra funds may be held toward the players next year’s bill or divided equally among all current year team players. The decision is up to the player’s parents.
  5. If the player is a senior and there is no younger sibling, the extra funds will be divided equally among all current year players.
  6. If the player is a senior and there is a younger sibling, the extra funds may be held for one year and used towards the younger sibling’s bill. If the younger sibling does not play hockey or does not make the team, the extra funds will be divided equally among the current year’s players.

ARTICLE X: SPONSORSHIPS

  1. A donation by any sponsor is no reason for that sponsor to have a voice in operations of any or all activities of the team. The family obtaining the sponsorship can choose to have the full amount credited to their bill or share it with the rest of the team.
  2. No donations are to be accepted from sponsors that are tobacco or alcohol related.

ARTICLE XI: PARENTAL GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

  1. There shall be a 48-hour waiting period prior to approaching the Team Manager with a grievance.
  2. Grievances shall be submitted in writing to the Team Manager who will discuss the grievance with the Executive Board. A written reply shall be made within 10 days of receipt of the grievance.
  3. All Coaching Complaints shall be submitted in writing to the Team Manager and Coaching Chairperson. A resolution will be sought to everyone’s satisfaction. The Team Manager and Coaching Chairperson will decide if a meeting is necessary with the Coach. If no resolution is found then the complaint will be presented to the Executive Committee.
  4. Grievances not resolved by the coach, manager, should be put in writing and submitted to the BDHSHA Board no later than one week prior to the next scheduled board of directors meeting. If no meeting is scheduled then a review meeting will be set up in a timely manner by the Chairperson of the Board and communicated to all members.

ARTICLE XII: DISCIPLINE

It is intended that high school team players and coaches be held to a high standard of conduct. The high school team coaches and players represent BDHSHA, FWAHSHA and the community. A discipline committee set forth by the board shall impose disciplinary action with the approval of the board upon a player or coach. If a player or coach is ejected from a league game per USA Hockey rule 404(c) and note 1, at least fifty percent of that persons accumulated game misconducts will be served by setting out league games (fractions rounded up to the next full numbers). If no more crossover games exist then additional league or tournament games will fill out the remainder of the accumulated game misconducts. The appeal process for discipline shall be that of Article XIII or procedures set by USA Hockey or Mid-Am.

Additionally, a Progressive Level of Team Discipline has been established and in the BD Handbook and Code Of Conduct. These Disciplinary Procedures shall be followed unless there are rules in place that supersede these rules by Safesport, the FWHSHA, IHSHA, or USA Hockey.

Excerpt of the BD Handbook and COC:

In addition to the disciplinary measures imposed on any student for violating the BDHS Code of Conduct (included in this handbook), students involved in co-curricular activities, IHSAA sports, and club sports shall incur additional sanctions as described below:

1st Offense: The student will forfeit 25% of the activity season in which he or she is involved. The student will continue to practice but will not be allowed to play in twenty-five percent (25%) of the scheduled games or contests. If the student is involved in a co-curricular activity, he or she will be suspended from participation for a period for one (1) month. If the offense occurs at a time outside of the student’s sport season or co-curricular activity, the student will still forfeit twenty-five percent (25%) of the next sport season or one (1) month at the time when that sport or activity occurs. Also, the student will be placed on “participation probation” for the remainder of his/her Bishop Dwenger enrollment.

2nd Offense: If while on “participation probation” another violation occurs, the student forfeits eligibility in all the sports or co-curricular activities for the remainder of his/her Bishop Dwenger enrollment. A student’s eligibility for sports or a co-curricular activity may be reinstated after the 2nd offense if the student will submit to a substance abuse program of assessment, counseling, screening, and/or indicated therapy. This program must be approved by Bishop Dwenger High School and may include a recommendation for parent or guardian participation. The cost of the program is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. The student agreeing to participate in a substance abuse program will serve a 50% suspension from the sport in which the student is currently participating. If the student is involved in a co-curricular activity, he or she will be suspended from participating for a period not to exceed two months. If involved in a sport and co-curricular activity, the student forfeits privileges in both. A student who refuses to participate in a substance abuse program after the 2nd offense will forfeit participation in all sports and/or co-curricular activities for the remainder of his/her Bishop Dwenger enrollment.

As a Catholic institution, community service may be given as a consequence for any offense.

ARTICLE XIII: CONDUCT AND DRESS CODE

Conduct and dress codes are an important part of high school hockey. Team conduct and appearance are a direct reflection upon themselves, BDHSHA, FWAHSHA, and the Fort Wayne community.

  1. The Team Manager and Head Coach will establish a conduct code. This conduct code will include appropriate behavior expectations for on and off the ice. A curfew should be in effect while participating in an overnight series.
  2. The Team Manager and Coach should establish a dress code.
  3. The responsibilities of maintaining these conduct and dress codes begin with the coaching staff, but ultimately become the responsibility of the team member’s parent or guardian, but conduct violations may be escalated to the BDHSHA Disciplinary Committee or the FWHSHA Disciplinary Committee if it warranted.
  4. FWAHSHA reserves the right to terminate and/or suspend any team, player, coach, parent or person whose conduct adversely contradicts the intent of these regulations and procedures.
  5. The BDHSHA recognizes the Bishop Dwenger High School Code of Conduct and will acknowledge disciplinary actions of the Bishop Dwenger (BDHSHA Home School designation) and that of the designated Home School of each player. The BD Code of Conduct is as follows:

CODE OF CONDUCT

CALLED TO BE “CITIZENS OF TWO WORLDS

We, at Bishop Dwenger, are working as a:

  • Community of students, faculty, and staff, with parents, Board of Education, and alumni in the shared project of human growth, with each member offering a personal contribution.
  • Community of educators, working to provide for the spiritual, intellectual, psychological, social, and physical needs of each student.
  • Community of Christian educators who desire to provide an authentic and genuine charity among our members in a setting in which each person can function responsibly.
  • Community within a society. The interaction of the Bishop Dwenger academic community encourages each student to develop the ability to participate in civic affairs and influence the larger world

CITIZENSHIP, SPORTSMANSHIP, AND THE BD FAMILY

It used to be common that parents and grandparents would warn their children to “uphold the family name.” This was their way of expressing to the younger generation that their actions are not merely a reflection of their own choices but also reflected on the others that share the same surname. Children would be taught that the family name was spotless when given to them and that the offspring hold a responsibility to the generations of family members that gifted the name to them without spoil.

At Bishop Dwenger we repeatedly declare that we are a family – “The Bishop Dwenger Family.” Therefore, each of us must realize that, as members of that family, we are given many privileges but also many responsibilities. Our actions represent not only ourselves and our relatives but any group to which we belong.

This is especially true when a student is privileged to earn a Dwenger athletic or academic jacket. With this comes a responsibility in wearing a “BD” letter. Behind those two hallowed letters are almost five decades of alumni, five decades of faculty and staff willing to forfeit monetary gain for a cause in which they believe, five decades of parents that have taken second jobs to pay the tuition for a Bishop Dwenger education and five decades of sacrificing donors.

In fact, this line of thought can be carried further in that we not only represent our families and school but, because we are a Catholic school, we represent the Catholic Church and all who belong to it. Because of the tenets of our Faith, we hold ourselves to a standard set, not by our society and government, but one set by our God. This standard is not easy to maintain and oftentimes we will fall. Those outside of our Bishop Dwenger Family or Catholic Faith who interpret our standards as prideful will enjoy witnessing us fall. Yet, when this happens, we need to regroup and continue to strive to reach the set standard.

On those occasions when we do not reach the standard or purposely choose to ignore the standard, we take with us all members of our school and church community. We pull all Bishop Dwenger shareholders to a lower level that we, as individuals, have chosen for ourselves.

We should cringe on those days when our brains don’t seem to be completely engaged and we cut someone off in traffic. If we have a Bishop Dwenger license plate or any other identifier, just imagine what the other driver may be saying about “that” school. The same occurs when we’re wearing Dwenger spiritwear and get a little too emotionally involved at an athletic event and lose sight of the purpose of healthy competition. What must the opponent think of a school that works under the teachings of Jesus Christ when one of its members acts irresponsibly?

The epitome of sportsmanship was exhibited during the 2010-2011 school year by the fans from Hammond Noll after a semi-state loss to the BD football team. Hammond Noll formed a tunnel for the Dwenger team to go through and congratulated our players and coaches for the way they played. That same spirit was evident at the local restaurant by the Hammond Noll students. The students stopped eating, stood up and congratulated us on the way the team played and wished us luck at the state game.

Great sportsmanship, especially after a big loss is difficult. Often, time is spent penalizing bad behavior. We need to make sure we praise good behavior just as well.

It is difficult as a parent not to get too involved in your student’s performance on the field. We may not fully agree with the coach’s decisions but we need to let the coaches’ coach and trust their knowledge and talents. Many times these situations are best left in the hands of the student, allowing them to step up to the challenge and handle problems later in life.

We need to remember: Let the players play; let the referees referee; let the coaches’ coach. These three statements can be visually seen in many gymnasiums around the state. It is always a good reminder to all of us. It is usually followed by a statement asking the fans to show good sportsmanship by simply cheering for their own team. A referee/official never reverses a call. No matter how bad the call, or how much the fans or coaches objected, the call usually stands. We need to encourage our athletes to take the decision-making out of the referee’s hands by scoring early, being aggressive through the entire competition and not allowing the call to affect the next play. The call was made, and we must move on. Officials are human and they will make mistakes. Remember: Let the referees referee.

Sportsmanship is taught at home and by coaches. Being a good sport is much harder to do when we lose, but it shows our character when we do. Please continue to teach and show our students what great sportsmanship is all about. Let the players play, referees referee, and coach’s coach. It is a great lesson for us and our children.

The responsibility of being a good-standing member of The Dwenger Family can seem overwhelming. As adults we need to model for our students what is acceptable behavior. Additionally, we need to continually give verbiage to this same concept. Researchers tell us that a great motivator for teens is accountability to the parents.   When negative peer pressure comes in the form of unacceptable behavior, "Uphold the family name” should ring in the student’s head.

Whether on the field, off the court, or as a spectator, are we upholding the family name as members of the Bishop Dwenger community, as Catholics and as children of God? Are our lives exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit, especially kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control?

BULLYING: NOT HERE!

Bullying in any form IS NOT tolerated at Bishop Dwenger High School. According to Indiana law, bullying is “overt, repeated acts or gestures, including: verbal or written communications transmitted; physical acts committed; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student.” It can be targeting one victim over and over or it can be targeting a series of victims. Bullying is done to someone who is less powerful. Power can be either physical, as in bigger and stronger, or power can be social, such as being perceived to have higher social standing or to be more popular. Bullying behavior takes many forms. It can be physical, such as fighting, shoving, or other violent behaviors. It can be verbal such as name calling, insults, and threats. It can be psychological such as spreading rumors or shunning the target/victim. It can be nonverbal such as using gestures or social exclusion body language such as turning away, not responding, acting as if the target is invisible, etc...

Bullying is violent behavior that has lasting effects on the victims. Bullying behavior interferes with school; it is against school rules and goes against criminal and civil laws. Bullying does not toughen a child nor does it prepare students for the real world. Being bullied causes academic problems, social isolation, and mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Being bullied at school causes young people to dislike and even fear going to school. A victim of bullying is often forced to “go it alone” as his/her friends desert them or join in the bullying because they are afraid of being targeted themselves. Bullying is not a joke! Bullies will claim it was “just for fun,” but the victims do not see it as funny.

The motivation of the bully is all about power. Bullies lack empathy for others; and believe their victims deserve it. Because of this imbalance in power, a victim of bullying may not be able to stop the bullying on their own. Ignoring the bullying denies the seriousness and seems rather passive. Fighting back usually provokes the bully to escalate the violence. Bystanders can make a difference by being willing to take a stand by following these simple steps:

  1. Calmly and firmly, tell the bully to stop.
  2. Report the bully to an adult.

Doing nothing or laughing only empowers the bully. Targets of bullying can take a stand. Be confident. Stay calm. Get away from the situation as soon as possible.   Adults need to be ready to intervene and stop bullying behavior whenever they see it or it is reported to them. All students and staff should know and follow these four rules:

  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will help students who are bullied.
  3. We will include students who are left out.
  4. If we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

In an effort to stop all types of bullying at Bishop Dwenger, all staff members will take a strong stance and disciplinary referrals will be issued for bullying.

CYBERBULLYING

Cyberbullying is bullying done using electronic means. It includes rumors, slander, and threats of violence that are posted on social networks, sent in text messages, through instant messaging, emails, and comments on blogs. Such comments, whether posted inside or outside of school that result in the disruption to normal school operations and detrimentally impacts a fellow student, faculty, or staff member, the school and/or the school’s reputation, will be subject to disciplinary action by the school administration. Cyberbullying is especially harmful because of the speed with which it spreads and the illusion of anonymity. Once posted on the internet, the harmful humiliating comment or picture can be instantly viewed by anyone who has access to that internet site; and they can also download it or copy and forward it to others. Additionally due to the illusion of anonymity, the messages that are posted are often more harmful than what the bully would ever say to someone’s face. Therefore the impact on the one being bullied is often devastating.

(For complete policy on bullying, consult handbook.)

ARTICLE XIV: GAMES AND PRACTICES

The majority of home games and practices are to be played at FWAHSHA home arena (CANLAN Ice Arena at present).

ARTICLE XV: REALIGNMENT OF SCHOOL BOUNDRIES

If a player is in a situation of having been assigned a new district he shall be required to choose which district he will finish his high school eligibility, or go into the open draft. Once this choice is made it will be final and no change shall be allowed.

New players entering the league shall not be allowed to choose the district in which they will play but will be required to play within the new school district bounds.

ARTICLE XVI: PLAYING RULES

All games will be played under current USA Hockey rules except as amended by league rules:

  1. If a roster goaltender becomes ill or injured and cannot play a scheduled game, a substitute may play by mutual consent of the two teams.
  2. Any player receiving a fighting penalty will be suspended for one league game.
  3. Any player receiving a second fighting penalty during the season will be suspended for three league games.
  4. Any player receiving a third fighting penalty during the season will be required to appear before the disciplinary committee of FWAHSHA.
  5. Any rule changes made prior to the open draft will be in effect for the season. Any rule changes made on draft night or subsequent meetings will be effective next season.
  6. A player must have played at least half of the regular season league games to be eligible to participate in the league tournament. Late roster players must play at least half of the remaining regular season games to be eligible to play in the league tournament.

 

ARTICLE XVII: VOLUNTEER POLICIES

Volunteers for the BDHSHA club that will be interacting closely with the players (locker room, penalty box) are required to have:

  1. Completed Safe Sport Training program every 2 years.
  2. Back Ground check every 2 years through USA Hockey Safe Sport

 

 

ARTICLE XVIII: TRAVEL POLICIES (From Safe Sport)

BDHSHA team travels to play individual games, two or three games at a time, or in tournaments. BDHSHA has established policies to guide our travel, minimize one-on-one interactions and reduce the risk of abuse or misconduct. Adherence to these travel guidelines will increase player safety and improve the player’s experience while keeping travel a fun and enjoyable experience.

We distinguish between travel to training, practice and local games or practices (“local travel”), and team travel involving a coordinated overnight stay (“team travel”).

Local Travel

Local travel occurs when BDHSHA does not sponsor, coordinate, or arrange for travel.

  • Players and/or their parents/guardians are responsible for making all arrangements for local travel. The team and its coaches, managers or administrators should avoid responsibility for arranging or coordinating local travel. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to ensure the person transporting the minor player maintains the proper safety and legal requirements, including, but not limited to, a valid driver’s license, automobile liability insurance, a vehicle in safe working order, and compliance with applicable state laws.
  • The coaches, and/or volunteers of BDHSHA, who are not also acting as a parent, should not drive alone with an unrelated minor player and should only drive with at least two players or another adult at all times, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the minor player’s parent.
  • Where a coach and/or volunteer is involved in an unrelated minor player’s local travel, efforts should be made to ensure that the adult personnel are not alone with the unrelated player, by, e.g., picking up or dropping off the players in groups. In any case where a coach and/or volunteer is involved in the player’s local travel, a parental release should be obtained in advance.
  • Coaches and volunteers who are also a player’s parent or guardian may provide shared transportation for any player(s) if they pick up their player first and drop off their player last in any shared or carpool travel arrangement.
  • It is recognized that in some limited instances it will be unavoidable for a coach or volunteer of BDHSHA to drive alone with an unrelated minor player. However, efforts should be made to minimize these occurrences and to mitigate any circumstances that could lead to allegations of abuse or misconduct.

Team Travel

 

Team travel is overnight travel that occurs when BDHSHA sponsors, coordinates or arranges for travel so that our team can compete locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. Because of the greater distances, coaches, staff, volunteers and chaperones will often travel with the players.

  • When possible, BDHSHA will provide reasonable advance notice before team travel. Travel notice will also include designated team hotels for overnight stays as well as a contact person within BDHSHA or the team. This individual will be the point of contact to confirm your intention to travel and to help with travel details.
  • BDHSHA will post specific travel itineraries when they become available. These will include a more detailed schedule as well as contact information for team travel chaperones BDHSHA will make efforts to provide adequate supervision through coaches and other adult chaperones. BDHSHA will make efforts so that there is at least one coach or adult chaperone for each five to eight players. If a team is composed of both male and female players, then we will attempt to arrange chaperones of the both genders. However, we rely on parents to serve as chaperones and may be limited in providing this match.
  • Regardless of gender, a coach shall not share a hotel room or other sleeping arrangement with a minor player (unless the coach is the parent, guardian or sibling of the player).
  • Because of the greater distances, coaches, staff, volunteers, and chaperones will often travel with the players. No coach or volunteer will engage in team travel without the proper safety requirements in place and on record, including valid drivers’ licenses, automobile liability insurance as required by applicable state law, a vehicle in safe working order, and compliance with all state laws. All chaperones shall have been screened in compliance with the USA Hockey Screening Policy and all team drivers shall have been screened and the screen shall include a check of appropriate Department of Motor Vehicle records. A parent that has not been screened may participate in team activities and assist with supervision/monitoring of the players, but will not be permitted to have any one-on-one interactions with players.
  • Players should share rooms with other players of the same gender, with the appropriate number of players assigned per room depending on accommodations.
  • The coach will establish a curfew by when all players must be in their hotel rooms or in a supervised location. Regular monitoring and curfew checks will be made of each room by at least two properly screened adults.
  • The team personnel shall ask hotels to block adult pay per view channels.
  • Individual meetings between a player and coach may not occur in hotel sleeping rooms and must be held in public settings or with additional adults present.
  • All players will be permitted to make regular check-in phone calls to parents. Team personnel shall allow for any unscheduled check in phone calls initiated by either the player or parents.
  • Family members who wish to stay in the team hotel are permitted and encouraged to do so.
  • The team will make every effort to accommodate reasonable parental requests when a child is away from home without a parent. If any special arrangements are necessary for your child, please contact the team personnel who can either make or assist with making those arrangements.
  • Meetings do not occur in hotel rooms, but the team may reserve a separate space for adults and athletes to socialize.
  • If disciplinary action against a player is required while the player is traveling without his/her parents, then except where immediate action is necessary, parents will be notified before any action is taken or immediately after the action.
  • No coach or chaperone shall at any time be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while performing their coaching and/or chaperoning duties.
  • In all cases involving travel, parents have the right to transport their minor player and have the minor player stay in their hotel room.
  • During team travel, coaches, team personnel and chaperones will help players, fellow coaches and team personnel adhere to policy guidelines, including, without limitation, the Travel Policy, Locker Room Policy and Reporting Policy.
  • Prior to any travel, coaches will endeavor to make players and parents aware of all expectations and rules. Coaches will also support chaperones and/or participate in the monitoring of the players for adherence to curfew restrictions and other travel rules.

Prohibited Conduct and Reporting

 

BDHSHA prohibits all types of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment and hazing, all as described in the USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook. Participants, employees or volunteers in BDHSHA may be subject to disciplinary action for violation of the Travel Policies or for engaging in any misconduct or abuse or that violates the USA Hockey SafeSport Policies. Reports of any actual or suspected violations, you may email USA Hockey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or may call 1-800-888-4656.

ARTICLE XIX: LOCKER ROOM POLICY (From Safe Sport)

BDHSHA

In addition to the development of our hockey players and enjoyment of the sport of hockey, the safety and protection of our participants is central to BDHSHA’s goals. BDHSHA adheres to USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program as a means to help protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, including emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment and hazing. To help prevent abuse or misconduct from occurring in our locker rooms, BDHSHA has adopted the following locker room policy. This policy is designed to maintain personal privacy as well as to reduce the risk of misconduct in locker rooms.

At Parkview Ice House there are a number of locker rooms available for our program’s use. Each of the locker rooms has its own restroom and shower area. Some teams in our program may also occasionally or regularly travel to play games at other arenas, and those locker rooms, rest rooms and shower facilities will vary from location to location. BDHSHA’s team organizers will attempt to provide information on the locker room facilities in advance of games away from our home arena. At arenas for which you are unfamiliar, parents should plan to have extra time and some flexibility in making arrangements for their child to dress, undress and shower if desired.

Locker Room Monitoring

BDHSHA has predictable and limited use of locker rooms and changing areas (e.g., generally 30-45 minutes before and following practices and games). This allows for direct and regular monitoring of locker room areas. While constant monitoring inside of locker rooms and changing areas might be the most effective way to prevent problems, we understand that this would likely make some players uncomfortable and may even place our staff at risk for unwarranted suspicion.

We conduct a sweep of the locker rooms and changing areas before players arrive, and if the coaches are not inside the locker rooms, either a coach or voluntary locker room monitors (each of which has been screened) will be posted directly outside of the locker rooms and changing areas during periods of use, and leave the doors open only when adequate privacy is still possible, so that only participants (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room. Team personnel will also secure the locker room appropriately during times when the team is on the ice.

Parents in Locker Rooms

Except for players at the younger age groups [specific age groups may be included here], we discourage parents from entering locker rooms unless it is truly necessary. If a player needs assistance with his or her uniform or gear, if the player is or may be injured, or a player’s disability warrants assistance, then we ask that parents let the coach know beforehand that he or she will be helping the player.

Naturally, with our youngest age groups it is necessary for parents to assist the players getting dressed. We encourage parents to teach their players as young as possible how to get dressed so that players will learn as early as possible how to get dressed independently. In circumstances where parents are permitted in the locker room, coaches are permitted to ask that the parents leave for a short time before the game and for a short time after the game so that the coaches may address the players. As players get older, the coach may in his or her discretion prohibit parents from a locker room.

Mixed Gender Teams

Some of our teams consist of both male and female players. It is important that the privacy rights of all of our players are given consideration and appropriate arrangements made. Where possible, BDHSHA will have the male and female players dress/undress in separate locker rooms and then convene in a single locker room before the game or team meeting. Once the game or practice is finished, the players may come to one locker room for a team meeting and then the male and female players proceed to their separate locker rooms to undress and shower, if available. If separate locker rooms are not available, then the players will take turns using the locker room to change. We understand that these arrangements may require that players arrive earlier or leave later to dress, but believe that this is the most reasonable way to accommodate and respect all of our players.

Cell Phones and Other Mobile Recording Devices

Cell phones and other mobile devices with recording capabilities, including voice recording, still cameras and video cameras, are not permitted to be used in the locker rooms. If phones or other mobile devices must be used, they should be taken outside of the locker room. [it may be permissible to have team manager collect phones]

Prohibited Conduct and Reporting

BDHSHA prohibits all types of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment and hazing, all as described in the USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook. Participants, employees or volunteers in BDHSHA may be subject to disciplinary action for violation of these locker room policies or for engaging in any misconduct or abuse or that violates the USA Hockey SafeSport Policies. Reports of any actual or suspected violations, you may email USA Hockey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or may call 1-800-888-4656.