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Participants expressed their experiences and opinions on UWRs and how those applied within the confines of player development.
During the participant interviews, each player was asked when they first learned of and experienced UWRs in hockey.
Participants indicated that as players get older, into the high school range, they really start to fully understand that there are UWRs because you experience certain things as a rookie on a team.
Study participants identified their first locker room experiences as a key memory to their initiation to some UWRs and a link to other non-physical UWRs (i.e.
The participants mentioned several times that one might have UWR knowledge as a hardcore fan, but as a non-player there is no way to fully understand the purpose and importance of UWRs.
According to the participants, players consented to the UWRs in a post-youth hockey environment for the betterment of the whole.
If that player wants to be a respected member of their team's societal inner circle, he will have to conform to the UWRs a majority of the time.
When speaking of the UWRs in hockey, players described a very high level of respect for one another, even if they do not like each other.
This concern for the well-being of the team was evident throughout the data and is utilized to represent the necessity of the UWRs and respect in hockey.
It is the desire to be socially accepted within the hockey culture of the team that participants indicated to be a primary reason for consenting to the UWRs. The data also revealed that many, not all, players consented to hockey's UWRs, sometimes subconsciously, by continuing to participate at the respective playing level.
This understanding was also affirmed in Zarly's claim that continued participation in the player development process implies consent to an UWR waiver, "when you step onto the ice, you're assuming that liability, that risk of being on the ice and trusting the unwritten rules." Essentially, hockey participation implies consent not compliance because some players consent to the UWRs but do not adhere to them.
Cam portrayed in his interview that adherence to the UWRs or code of conduct is the initiation into to the core group of the team family.
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