The Fair Play program was originally implemented during the 2004-05 season, as a component of Minnesota Hockey’s Hockey Education Program (HEP), with the goal of promoting safety and good sportsmanship. Since then, Fair Play has been lauded as one of the top behavior influencing programs in youth hockey.
Fair Play is based on the premise of rewarding teams for maintaining proper behavior during competition. Under the Fair Play system, teams earn an extra point (Fair Play Point or FPP) in their district or league standings for staying under the established threshold for penalty minutes and avoiding inappropriate behavior by coaches or spectators.
While Fair Play does not impact the outcome of individual games, consistently good (or bad) behavior can have a cumulative effect on league standings and playoff seedings, encouraging players, coaches and parents to display positive behavior at all events.
Below are the official requirements for teams to earn their Fair Play point.
The game scorekeeper is in charge of totaling HEP PIM equivalents at the end of each game and circling on the scoresheet whether each team earned their Fair Play point. Fair Play points are then reported through the normal reporting process in each league and appear on league standings.
As a component of the Hockey Education Program (HEP), the Fair Play program is designed to help provide all youth hockey players with a positive athletic experience. The Fair Play system has and will continue to reward players and teams who play hockey with respect for themselves, their opponents and the game itself.