The mission of this association is to organize, administer, and promote special ice hockey for the communities of Western Pennsylvania regardless of sex, race, creed, religion, and/or financial situation. WPSHA will try to provide the best possible experience for all involved by encouraging, developing and advancing the core values adopted from USA Hockey and/or American Special Hockey Association ASHA. WPSHA will also be bound by the operating rules of the disabled hockey leagues in which we decide to participate. To achieve this mission WPSHA will work:
To educate and encourage all individuals with developmental and physical disabilities to participate in the sport of ice hockey within an environment that is adapted to the levels of the athletes participating.
To use the game of ice hockey to assist individuals with disabilities in their development of dependability, self confidence, improve concentration and personal accountability which will help them become successful both on and off the ice.
To encourage and educate the general public about how adapted sports for people with disabilities will promote social awareness and the development of physical disabilities.
Sportsmanship – This is our most important code of conduct standard. Sportsmanship encompasses respect, friendship and the desire for fairness. Our players, coaches, and parents shall be taught that win or lose to be proud of anyone, their teammates, and the Association. They shall be taught to win with humility and lose with dignity.
Teamwork - All players and coaches should strive to put the team above anyone individual. All members of WPSHA should remember that we win as a team and lose as a team and that Together Everyone Achieves More.
Individual Growth - We will promote the development of confidence and self-esteem in players to use the sport of ice hockey to better prepare team members for future challenges beyond hockey.
Respect - Treat all others as you would expect to be treated. The players should respect their coach, in turn; the coach should respect their players. The coach should treat their parents with respect and the parents should respect the coach and his decisions. The parents will also be expected to respect their own player as well as all other players on the ice. Finally, players should respect their teammates. All members of WPSHA should strive to conduct themselves in a manner of respect and dignity towards their opponents and officials.
Equal Opportunity - Every member of the WPSHA will be fairly evaluated and fairly considered in all aspects of involvement; board selections, coaching, volunteers, committees and most importantly players.