OHF Non-Sanctioned League Policy, News (CYO Minor Hockey)

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OHF Non-Sanctioned League Policy
Submitted By CYO President on Thursday, October 29, 2020
PARENTS, please be aware that if your child participates in a non-sanctioned game this season, you will lose all privileges with Hockey Canada sanctioned leagues for the remainder of the season and will have to re-apply for reinstatement to the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) at the end of the season. This is an immediate 1 year suspension from Hockey Canada.

Per the OHF: 

Because Non-Sanctioned Leagues operate outside of our structure, the Ontario Hockey Federation has no way of ensuring that those Leagues implement many of the fundamental safeguards inherent in Hockey Canada programs. As a result, those Leagues may not be using the same Playing Rules that Hockey Canada has implemented to protect player safety and may not provide adequate insurance for their participants. We also cannot ensure that the quality of play in these Leagues matches the level advertised. 


The Ontario Hockey Federation respects the right of every individual to choose between participating in a Hockey Canada sanctioned league or a Non-Sanctioned League at the beginning of each hockey season. Every individual who makes the choice to Participate in a Non-Sanctioned League, however, must understand the ramifications of that choice, as described in greater detail in Section III of this policy.

Development sessions (skating, drills, skills) are acceptable.

A scrimmage with a coach is acceptable.


Tournaments and games with a referee are not acceptable. 

Any CYO players who play in games (with a referee) outside the CYO will no longer be able to play with the CYO or any other sanctioned hockey association for the remainder of the season as the suspension is Hockey Canada wide and affects all teams in Ontario under the OHF umbrella. 

For more information, please read the OHF media release on Non-Sanctioned Programming: 
https://www.ohf.on.ca/media/o2zj5kjr/ohf-unsanctioned-league-policy.pdf
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