February 2, 2020

The EIHA would like to clarify their recent document on the streaming of junior ice hockey which has been issued to clubs by the Association’s Safeguarding Team.

The policy only relates to junior league and tournament games under the EIHA umbrella. It does not impact NIHL, WNIHL or games sanctioned by another governing body (eg Elite, IHUK, SIH).

The policy does not prevent games being filmed for internal player training/development, player safety/discipline or officials’ training/development. This footage can be shared internally as long as it is not put into the public domain (eg social media, YouTube etc).

By completing the EIHA’s GDPR form as part of their annual registration with the Association, parents/guardians/carers and children/young people/adults will have confirmed their consent or limits to consent to the use of their personal data, but this cannot be assumed to be confirmation of consent to live streaming.

In practice where footage of a junior game or tournament will be put into the public domain, Club A would approach Club B two weeks before the game with their intention to stream/broadcast. Club B, having knowledge of their players’ preferences at registration, would give their agreement or otherwise. If agreement is given then the footage can be published/streamed.

The policy gives a best-practice guide for managing the stream and minimising risk to children and young people involved.

Where agreement is not given then the footage can not be streamed or published in any form. The game can still be recorded for internal use as previously mentioned.

The EIHA recognises the benefit clubs can get from using images of young participants to promote and celebrate activities, events and competitions. Some coaches also find it helpful to use photographs or videos as a tool to support a young athlete’s skills development.

However, the use of photos and videos on websites and social media, and in posters, the press or other publications, can pose direct and indirect risks to children and young people if not managed correctly.