These rules are designed to:

  1. Protect the interests of a player and/or family regarding club contact;
  2. Allow players and families to seek information they want from clubs.

IN-SEASON

Defined as the time between a player joining a team and the player’s last competition, or when the player is released from the club.

  • Clubs or their registered representatives (coaches and other personnel) may not initiate contact with players or families who are registered with a different club.
  • Players/families may contact any club they wish at any time.
  • Once a player/family contacts a club, the club may continue to contact until the player/family says stop.

OFF-SEASON

Defined as the time between a player’s last competition and joining a team

  • Clubs or their registered representatives (coaches and other personnel) may initiate contact with any players or families.
  • Players/families may contact any club they wish at any time.
  • Once a player/family says “stop,” club-initiated contact must stop until the next off-season.

UNWANTED CONTACT

  • If a club is told “stop” by a player or their family, the club must cease contact immediately.
  • Any player/family receiving unwelcome contact from a club should contact the Great Lakes Region immediately for assistance.
  • Any club found to be contacting players or their family after the “stop” request could face sanctions from the Region, including director or club probation or suspension.

PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY

  • Clubs and their representatives should act in a manner that is professional in all contact with a player or their family. This includes refraining from speaking negatively of another club or their representatives.
  • Clubs and their representatives should be respectful in all conduct.