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FAQ: Suspensions & Suspension Reporting

Has your team had a player or coach ejected from a game or otherwise now under suspension?

It is important that this is reported to G&T within 24 hours or BEFORE your next game if your next game is in less than 24 hours.

What causes a suspension?

Any of the following:

1. A player receiving a fully served 4 minute penalty that is not fully served in regulation or overtime.

2. A player or coach receiving a code 15 (Misconduct) or code 18 (Match) penalty.

a. Note that a bench staff member asked to leave the bench is a Misconduct penalty even if missed on the game sheet.

3. A player receiving a total of 10 minutes in penalties in a game (overtime included).

4. The head coach of a team receiving 30 or more minutes of penalties in a regulation time (overtime not included)

5. All suspensions except code 18 (Match) are considered equivalent to Misconduct.

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How to report:

A phone call is required for ALL suspensions. This must be within 24 hours, or before the player or coach's next game (with the same or any other team) if less than 24 hours.

The phone call should come from the Head Coach. If the Head Coach is unable to make the call, a delegated member of the bench staff should. Suspension calls will not be entertained from players or parents.

Phone numbers of the current G&T coordinators can be found on the executive list at www.wrra.ca . A copy of the game sheet will be required - this can be sent by email to gtwrra@wrra.ca along with any pertinent information (person who will be suspended, ref comments etc)

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What if I can't reach anyone?

Send an email, send a text, leave a message. Ensure that you have made the EFFORT. G&T Coordinators tend to be involved in our sport - coaches, players, referees, and occasionally you may not be able to reach them.

Since ALL suspensions are for at least one game, sit the next game and make sure it is recorded on the game sheet. Make sure you have clearance from G&T before you go back to regular participation.

If evidence of an EFFORT is not present, the suspension will be considered as not reported, and sanctions may be applied accordingly.

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What will happen?

G&T will explain the suspension process and the rules which must be followed. These rules are also available in the G&T Operating Manual on the ORA website.

G&T and/or the Region will not reduce the number of games of the suspension.

G&T and/or the Region may review the suspension at any time, without notice.

G&T, the region, your league, or your association may add additional games to the suspension. Additional suspensions are "effective immediately" even if the original suspension(s) are already served and the player or coach is "back on the ice".

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What happens if I don't report a suspension?

Failure to report a suspension puts everyone at risk.

First you now have an illegal player or coach. This will cost the team a forfeit, a fine, and additional suspensions for the illegal player or coach. In addition, the bench staff responsible for allowing the illegal player or coach on the bench, and the association will most likely be sanctioned.

Second, an illegal player or coach can invalidate the insurance coverage for the game. You are putting your entire team, your opponents, and the officials all at risk.

Simply put, it's just not worth it. Report it.

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What can I do while under suspension?

Not a lot. While a player or coach is under suspension, they may NOT participate and ANY ringette activities. This includes practices, dryland, volunteering, officiating, and working as a minor official.

A player may attend a game, but must remain in the stands or public areas of the arena. They are not permitted in the change rooms or on the bench, before or after the game.

A coach is not permitted in the playing area of the arena (including the stands) nor in the change room area. They may observe the game from outside of the playing area only. This applies before and after the game. The G&T coordinator can advise where a coach is allowed at any specific arena.

Remember that allowing a suspended player or coach to watch the game per the above is a courtesy. If there is any negative behaviour, the player or coach can be ejected from the building.

Refusal to follow these guidelines may result in additional sanctions (including additional suspensions).

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How many games am I suspended for?

A misconduct penalty is a minimum of a 1 game suspension.

A match penalty is a minimum of a 2 game suspension (3 is assessed after the end of the game). Match penalties are assessed on a sliding scale based on the number of previous match penalties.

If you are a coach, there is a sliding scale depending on past suspensions. Please refer to the ORA Operating Manual (G&T section). Note that while this is in the G&T section, this portion of policy is owned by Coaching.

Additional games may be assessed at any time.

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How do I report my games served?

For each game served, the player or coach's name must be written in the official comments as "serving suspension x of y" at the beginning of the game. For a player, their name should be included in the team list and crossed off, noting "susp". After the game, a copy of the game sheet must be submitted to G&T as verification of game served.

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Do I have a black mark for the rest of my ringette career?

Yes …and no.

As a coach, your suspension will follow you for a few years. As long as you stay out of "trouble" it will have no further impact and after 5 years of suspension free, it goes away "permanently".

As a player, your suspension is tracked for the current season. Unless you have a carry-over, the next season starts with a clean slate. Our hope is that you serve your suspension, and we don't see your name back on the suspension list again, ever.

As a player, for match penalties only, if subsequent match penalties are assessed in the same season, the number of games is increased. Details are available in the Games & Tournaments section of the ORA Operating Manual.

If you are a coach or player receiving multiple suspensions in a season, or even season after season, it might be time to consider a different type of sport.

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What if I get a suspension at the last game of the season?

All suspensions carry over to the next season a player plays. Contact Western Region's G&T on the rules for tryout participation if applicable.

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Can I appeal a suspension?

1. Yes, almost anything in ringette can be appealed

2. That said, you cannot protest (or generally appeal) the call of an on-ice official

3. And… ORA stipulates that "this call" means "that suspension"

4. So… you can still appeal but be aware that only a few times have appeals of this type gone to a hearing.

5. That said… if extra (over and above the standard) suspensions are assessed, you can appeal these on their own or as well.

6. Before you spend a lot of time, energy, and money, on an appeal, consider this… did you deserve the call? Were your subsequent actions sufficient to warrant the extra suspensions? Only you know the answers to those questions.

7. Information on the appeal process is available in the ORA operating manual under the administration section. There are very specific deadlines for filing, and there is a cost to file.

8. The ORA Executive Director is your point of contact for information on the appeal process. He or she may direct you back to the region if the region is the first point of appeal.

9. G&T will not entertain requests for reversal of a suspension decision. The proper process is to appeal.

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Questions?

Questions about coaching suspensions? Contact the WRRA Coaching Coordinator.

Questions about player suspensions? Contact the WRRA G&T Coordinators.

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