The RESPECT Campaign exists to promote respect in the sport of Hockey. We at Ulster Hockey want everyone to enjoy our sport as much as possible, whether that be players, coaches, umpires, other officials or anyone involved. Showing respect is a key part of our sport and indeed any sport, we condone any abuse and particularly verbal abuse within hockey.
ENJOY THE GAME & ALLOW EVERYONE ELSE TO DO THE SAME
Verbally abusing umpires, players or coaches is completely unacceptable on and off the hockey pitch.
Verbal abuse of participants not only reflects badly on you but also on your club or school.
Clubs and schools must take active responsibility for the behaviour and actions of “participants” during and after matches.
The term “participants” includes:
- Team Officials
- This list is not exhaustive
The following is regarded as conduct that is improper, unfair and
Participants must NOT:
- Verbally/physically abuse or be
hostile towards any other
participant, person or member of the
- Dispute, protest or react in a
provocative or disapproving manner
towards any decision made by an
umpire/official or otherwise act in
an inappropriate way.
- Use rude, abusive, racist,
sectarian or sexist language
In addition spectators must NOT:
- Encroach on to the playing area
or, where there is a fence around
a pitch, go inside it.
- Watch matches from the team
dugouts or team officials benches
- Retaliate if they are subject to
provocative behaviour by an
opposition spectator or player.
- Enter umpires’ or team
dressing rooms unless by
invitation or to provide assistance.
Public statements (including those made in the press, websites, e-mail, social media, radio or television) must be fair and reasonable and must NOT involve a personal attack on another player, umpire, official, club/school or any other person or body which could bring the game into disrepute.
Ulster Hockey Landline: 02890 701417