PARENT’S CODE OF ETHICS
The Orillia Figure Skating Club (OFSC) 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 OFSC environment.
In this code “parents” shall refer to “parents and guardians”. This code applies to all parents who are members of the OFSC or have children who are members of the OFSC. Parents shall always abide by this code while volunteering, attending or participating in any OFSC event, competition or sessions. 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 responsible behaviour and communicate with their child that they expect them to do the same. Parents will assume the major responsibility for their child’s on ice conduct and attitude. Parents shall always 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, Section or Skate Canada.
- Parents must be courteous at all times to everyone, including skaters and their fellow parents in accordance with:
- the City of Orillia Respect+ at: https://www.orillia.ca/en/city-hall/respect.aspx
- the Skate Canada Rules at: https://info.skatecanada.ca/index.php/en-ca/policies/79skate- canada-code-of-ethics.html .
- For insurance reasons, Parents/Guardians are not permitted on the ice surface.
- Parents, Guardians or designate should remain in the arena for the entire session.
- Coaches are not to be disturbed during lessons or in the Coaches’ Area of the OFSC Office.
- 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 child offering praise for competing fairly, participation and skill development.
- Parents shall set high, but reasonable, expectations for their child’s participation in skating focusing on development and enjoyment for the child.
- Parents shall instill confidence in their child’s ability and skill development, always avoiding comparisons with other skaters.
- Parents shall celebrate the acquisition of skills and goals achieved by their child.
- 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 development.
- 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 ensure their child wears proper skating clothing and equipment.
- Parents shall openly support and uphold this code of ethics policy and take action and steps to ensure other parents follow and uphold this code of ethics policy.
- Parents shall adhere to the policies, procedures, rules, standards, and ethics of the OFSC and Skate Canada at all times.
- Parents will not use technology or social media to disrespect or exploit others.
- Concerns/Complaints will be reviewed only if submitted in writing to the Board and will be reviewed by the OFSC Board in “Committee of the Whole” (closed session).
New Policy effective August 1st, 2019