The Varsity Tigercats exist to provide youth with opportunities to participate in the sport of football at rep a level, in a safe and positive environment. The Varsity Tigercats will ensure the most supportive climate possible for Hamilton and surrounding are athletes, so that they can enjoy their sport, and learn about development, competition, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. As with many Ontario communities, Hamilton's minor football system (HFA) is managed and operated by volunteers. These community-minded citizens contribute in many ways to the success of minor football in Hamilton. It is the Varsity Tigercats responsibility that they, too, have the ability to work in a safe and positive environment. It is critical, then, for the Organization, to do all things necessary to ensure that measures are in place so that incidents of violent or inappropriate behaviour do not occur during practices, games or events.
Statements of Principle:
Goals of the Policy:
Definition of Violence:
The focus of this Policy is on the behaviour of non-players, except for those situations in which a player engages in a violent act outside the area of play. For the purposes of this Policy violence includes, but is not limited to, the following behaviours: