Skater’s Code of Conduct
- Skaters shall always be aware of all other skaters on the ice and shall maintain a safe distance from all other skaters.
- Manners are always important. Coaches and other skaters should always be shown respect.
- All skaters shall use appropriate language at all times. Swearing or the use of abusive language at any time is not appropriate.
- No gum, food or drinks other than water allowed on the ice
- A disruptive skater takes lesson time and ice time away from other skaters. A skater who refuses to follow the rules of conduct will be removed from the ice.
Parent’s Code of Conduct
Skate Canada is committed to ensuring that all skaters have the opportunity to participate in a safe and welcoming environment that is encouraging and promotes their overall development. Parents have an enormous influence on skaters’ experiences in the sport. The quality of a skater’s experience is determined by their relationships with parents and the manner in which parents conduct themselves in the Skate Canada environment. In this code “parents” shall refer to “parents and guardians”. This code applies to all parents who are members of Skate Canada or have children who are members of Skate Canada. Parents shall abide by this code at all times while participating in any Skate Canada club or school, competition, or activity.
- All parents are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner consistent with the values of fair play, integrity, open communication and mutual respect.
- Parents shall always model positive and responsible behaviour and communicate with their son/daughter that they expect them to do the same. Parents will assume the major responsibility for their son/daughter’s on ice conduct and attitude.
- Parents shall at all times treat all individuals and property with dignity, courtesy and respect, including but not limited to skaters, coaches, officials, volunteers, other parents, and all other individuals that are part of the club, skating school, Section or Skate Canada.
- In a public forum, defamatory remarks made about a skater, parent, coach, judge, program, competition, or ‘the club’ itself are not constructive and will not be tolerated. If a problem, situation or issue has developed with one of the above mentioned entities, the parent is encouraged to discuss the matter with their coach, utilizing a private venue. In the event that an acceptable resolution is not achieved OR the parent is uncomfortable discussing the situation with the coach, the parent is encouraged to approach an Executive of the Board of Directors with the matter.
- Only coaches currently registered with both Skate Canada and the Weyburn Skating Club, and who are card holding Skate Canada Certified and qualified coaches may stand board side at any and all sessions with skaters. Please note, parents and others are not qualified to coach their child or any other child.
- Parents shall refrain from any behaviour, or comments, which are profane, insulting, harassing, sexist, racist, abusive, disrespectful or otherwise offensive without hostility or violence.
- Parents shall emphasize the importance of values like sportsmanship, respect, cooperation, competition and teamwork to their son/daughter offering praise for competing fairly, participation and skill development. Parents shall model and encourage their son/daughter to maintain a healthy balance between skating and life. (i.e., school, other activities, social life, etc.)
- Parents shall set high, but reasonable expectations for their son/daughter’s participation in skating focusing on development and enjoyment for the child. Personal bests are what we encourage, not medals.
- Parents shall instill confidence in their son/daughter’s ability and skill development, always avoiding comparisons with other skaters.
- Parents shall celebrate the acquisition of skills and goals achieved by their son/daughter.
- Parents, along with the professional coach and the athlete, shall be considered members of a team whose main concern is the child’s overall progress and Parents shall respect that the professional coach is responsible and empowered for the on‐ice and off‐ice development of the athlete. A parent’s role shall be to take a healthy interest in their child’s progress and development and be responsible for the child’s nutrition, rest, adherence to off‐ice training regimen set by the coach or other fitness professional, overall health, life‐balance, and moral and emotional support.
- Parents shall never provide alcohol or drugs to minors in a Skate Canada environment.
- Parents shall never provide or advocate the use of performance enhancing drugs or
- Parents shall avoid any conduct, which brings their club, skating school, Section or Skate Canada, into disrepute, including but not limited to abusive use of alcohol, non‐medical use of drugs and gambling.
- Parents shall openly support and uphold this code of conduct policy and take action and steps to ensure other parents follow and uphold this code of conduct policy.
Adherence to the Skater’s & Parent’s Codes of Conduct is essential to maintain good relationships between all professional and non-professional members. Unwillingness to follow the Code may result in action being taken with possible result of the Club membership being revoked.
Tips for parents:
• Allow your child to be an athlete
• Judge your athlete on their ability
• Respect your athlete’s coach
• Encourage your athlete
• Be involved