By Dave Jones
In hockey a match penalty is when you are ejected from the game. Some match penalties are one game suspensions and some are 5-10 game suspensions.
USA Hockey defines a game misconduct as: A match penalty shall be assessed to any player or team official who commits the following actions:
- Deliberately inflicting physical harm, or attempting to do so, to any game official, including off-ice officials.
- (Note) Any match penalty assessed under this rule must be reported via written game report by the officials to the USA Hockey District Referee-in-Chief within 48 hours.
- Deliberately injuring, or attempting to do so, any opposing player or team official.
- Behaving in any manner that is critically detrimental to the conducting of the game, including spitting at an opponent, spectator, game or team official, or verbally threatening a Game Official, opposing Team Official or opposing player with physical harm.
Hockey has boards and rules to keep us on track to play the game of hockey. When we apply the rules and stay in the confines of the rink, we have the potential to excel at the game. When we attempt to interpret the game and make our own rules we have the potential to get into trouble. As players and coaches when we understand the rules, study the game through video, seek mentorship with intense, passion and self determination there is tremendous potential for a prosperous career.
Christians have the bible as our boards and scripture as our rules to live a happier healthy God inspired life. As a Christian a match penalty shall be assessed to an individual who goes outside the guardrails of biblical rules. Biblical guardrails are everywhere, but they don't really get much attention until someone hits one, and then more often than not, its a lifesaver.
The Ten Commandments and other commandments of God are biblical guardrails on the highway of life, much like USA Hockey rules and the boards of a rink. If you do not fully understand the biblical guardrails and their intention, the rules and commands of God could seem restrictive. Yet in reality God has given us commands and standards so we may live life to the fullest. The journey of life is not about the boundaries that have been set in place. The boundaries exist so we can safely complete the journey of faith. Believing that God is primarily a Thou Shall Not God is like thinking He is all about the guardrails. The reality is the only reason the Thou Shall Nots exist is because our sin nature would lead us off the pavement if the guardrails were not there. Just like the boards of hockey rink and the rules of the game, God has placed parameters and rules in our lives so we can live and abundant God inspired life. Your friendships. Your finances. Your marriage. Maybe your greatest regret could have been avoided if you had established guardrails, and avoided those match penalties in the game of life.
Top Ten Guardrails:
- Don't go out to dinner with a colleague of the opposite sex
- Don't View Sexual Acts of Other People [Married People]
- Don't Travel Alone or Eat Alone with Members of the Opposite Sex [Married People]
- Don't Confide in or Counsel Members of the Opposite Sex [Married People]
- When You Feel Your Heart or Desire Drifting Towards a Specific Person, Tell Someone. [Married People]
- Don't hire cute members of the opposite sex because you want to help them [Married People]
- Keep your marriage relationship and your children the highest priority in your life. [Married People]
- Apply the Married People Guardrails in your relationships with Married People [Single People]
- No Sleepovers or Sex Until You are Married, If Sex is a part of your dating life, take a relationship break [Single People]
- Protect your Eye and Ear Gate: Turn off or walk away from implicit television or implicit conversations (Single and Married people)
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Flee from sexual immorality, all other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body
Hebrews 13:4 - Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
About the Author
Dave grew up in Western Pennsylvania and spent most of his life in and out of hockey rinks around the world; playing in cities such as Ottawa, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids. His love and skill for hockey lead into a professional career in Europe playing in Luxemburg, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Germany.
For over 13 years, Dave has worked with NHL, NFL, Track and Field, and Crossfit athletes with their mental preparation, as well as hundreds of organizational leaders and executives around the world. He has founded 4 thriving companies in the Raleigh North Carolina community. He has a B.S in Management Studies from the University of Maryland and a Master's Degree in Counseling Sports Psychology, and currently pursuing his Doctorate in Sport Psychology.
Posted on Tue, September 22, 2015
by Rick Randazzo