BGHA Complaint Process (Brantford Girls Hockey Association)

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Formal Process for Dealing with Parent/Family/Player Complaints


The BGHA’s mission is to maximize the potential of all participants by providing high quality, fun, hockey programming. However, in our association with well over 500 players and a season covering 7-8 months of the year, issues do arise from time to time. This process is meant to fairly address those issues in order to ensure a fair, open and fun environment for players, their families and our volunteers.

Points of Note:

  • BGHA will always attempt to have an issue resolved within the team.  Using the Complaint form to escalate an issue to the Board for resolution should be viewed as a last resort.
  • Recurring issues with the same parties or team will face increasing sanctions.  Moreover, nuisance complaints filed without justification may result in sanctions against the complainant.
  • The League Director may assign a delegate to deal with an issue at their discretion or in the circumstance where a conflict exists.
  • Members of the coaching staff should not be approached with a complaint less than 24 hours after an incident. Coaches are entirely within their right to reject hearing a complaint within that time frame.  The Parent Rep / Director HL is the sole person that may contact the coach within the 24 hour period if they determine it is necessary. 
  • All Rep teams are required to have a Parent Rep.  Parent Reps are to be fairly selected by the family members of the team at the season opening parent meeting.  They are not to be appointed by the coach.  House League Director is an elected position within the BGHA.  The HL Director covers House League teams, Tyke teams and Ice Kittens.
  • With few if any exceptions, complaints that have not been actioned by the Parent Rep and, where required, discussed with the coach will be referred back to the team without further action by the Board.  If there is an issue with the manner in which the Parent Rep/HL Director handled a complaint then the person is encouraged to contact one of the BGHA Disciplinary Directors. However, if the Parent Rep / HL Director took all reasonable steps to address the complaint and found that further action was unwarranted then BGHA will not likely intervene.
  • BGHA will, at all times, comply with requests from legal authorities to provide any and all information gathered under this process. If the incident involves a potential criminal code violation then the police should be contacted immediately.
  • The Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) will NOT respond to any complaints until they have been addressed in all respects by the process outlined here.  Any complaints made to the OWHA will immediately be referred to BGHA for their action. 
  • Individuals that make BGHA a success are volunteers that selflessly give up their time to support others.  There is NO justification at any point for acting belligerently toward those individuals regardless of the circumstance.  Incidents of inappropriate behaviour or berating, including on social media, toward the volunteers of BGHA will be dealt with in a harsh manner up to including the removal of the player and his/her family from BGHA. 


This process is designed to formalize the steps that all parties are required to take when dealing with an issue. To ensure consistency and fairness, deviations from this process will not be accepted.


A Parent/Player that wishes to log a complaint about a coach or other person should observe the following:


  • The person with the complaint should clearly document the specific details surrounding the issue including dates, names, location, bystanders, and actions.
  • The complainant is expected to first raise the issue with the established Parent Rep for the team (in the case of Rep teams) or the HL Director (in the case of House League, Tyke, Ice Kittens).
  • All parties should wait 24 hours after the incident takes place but, if they feel strongly, they are permitted to contact the Parent Rep / HL Director at any time.  The Parent Rep / HL Director will use their discretion in terms of how to proceed.
  • Once the form is submitted, it will be forwarded to the applicable Complaint Director for Rep and HL grouping. An incomplete form, for example, lack of specific details regarding an incident, will cause the complaint to be returned without action until further details are provided.
  • If resolution is not readily available, a meeting may be called by the Disciplinary Committee at their discretion. This final escalation is a serious step.  Once escalated to the Disciplinary Committee, they are granted full discretion and authority to deal with the matter as they feel appropriate and they are empowered to take whatever steps are necessary to come to an appropriate resolution. In the absence of mitigating circumstances, BGHA will normally accept their recommendation as final.
  • If the final resolution determined by the Disciplinary Committee is not satisfactory to any of the parties involved, that party may formally appeal to the Board of Directors.  Note that unless there are unknown, material facts or mistakes, an appeal is unlikely to be successful.
  • In the extreme event whereby a very serious problem directly or immediately threatens the ongoing safety of a player or the continued viability of the Association then the President of BGHA will be notified and he/she has the unilateral authority to take immediate action to nullify that threat regardless of this process.