JDFSC Policies & Procedures


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CODE OF CONDUCT

  • No skater is allowed on club ice unless there is a qualified coach in attendance. This policy is set for the safety of the skaters and in accordance with club insurance coverage.

  • Skaters should be at the rink on time for practice and lesson sessions.

  • Skaters should come prepared to work on all dance, skills and freeskate sessions. Standing around

    for an extended period of time impedes your progress and the progress of other skaters, it is also a

    safety issue.

  • No gum, candy, food or drinks are allowed on the ice. Water bottles are permitted.

  • Skaters must wear proper skating attire. Street clothes and hoodies are not permitted.

  • For safety reasons long hair is to be pulled back away from the face for all on ice and off ice classes.

  • During freeskate sessions the coaches and skaters in a lesson have priority. Next priority is the

    skaters having their solo. Other skaters on the ice are asked to be courteous, to be aware and heed

    the right of way.

  • During dance and skills sessions skaters skating to the music have the right of way.

  • If a skater falls on the ice it is important for the safety of the skater and others on the ice that the

    skater gets up immediately if not injured.

  • Un-sportsmanlike behaviour and/or abusive language towards the club, coaches, skaters, executive,

    volunteers, club members or arena staff on or off the ice and/or via social media will not be tolerated. Rowdiness, swearing and being disrespectful will not be tolerated. This includes kicking of the ice or boards. These may result in the suspension of skating privileges, including but not limited to JDFSC special events such as test days, competitions, ice shows, gala events, and seasonal events/activities.

  • Do not interrupt a skater’s lesson unless it is an emergency.

  • Cell phones and iPods must not be used during any sessions (on ice or off ice classes). Phones

    should be left in the skater’s bags and not be brought rink side; if a skater chooses to bring their phone to ice level phones must remain on the players’ bench NOT on the boards and are not to be used during the session. Skaters are not permitted to use the club iPad, which is used for music and solos.

  • Ice patching – it is mandatory that all skaters not in a lesson ice patch at the end of the day.

 

Bullying Policy

Juan de Fuca Skating Club is committed to providing a skating environment in which all individuals are

treated with dignity, courtesy, and respect, including but not limited to skaters, coaches, officials, volunteers, board of directors, other parents or parents/guardians, and all other individuals that are part of the club, skating school, Section or Skate Canada. Each individual has the right to participate in a respectful environment free from bullying.

 

Bullying is any behaviour that demeans, embarrasses, humiliates, or verbally abuses a person, and is known--or would be expected to be known--to be unwelcome. Prohibited conduct includes but is not limited to the following behaviours:

  • Written or verbal abuse or threats, including swearing;

  • Intimidating conduct or gestures;

  • Unwelcome remarks, jokes, taunts;

  • Unwelcome physical contact;

  • Vandalism of personal property;

  • Abuse of authority which undermines performance or threatens an individual's career;

  • Racial, religious or ethnic slurs;

  • Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person’s safety, or negatively       affect performance;

  • Unwelcome comments, innuendo, taunting, or questions about a person’s looks, body, attire, age,             race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or sex life;

  • Condescending, paternalistic or patronizing behaviour, which undermines self-esteem, diminishes             performance, or adversely affects the skating environment.

o The improper behaviour does not have to be made with the intent to harass to be in violation of this policy.
o Everyone connected with the Juan de Fuca Skating Club has a responsibility to play a part in ensuring that the club’s skating environment is respectful and free from bullying. This means not engaging in, allowing, condoning, or ignoring behaviour, which is contrary to this policy. In addition, anyone who believes that someone has experienced or is experiencing harassment/bullying is encouraged to notify a representative of the Juan de Fuca Skating Club’s leadership (coaches or member of the executive.)

 

Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct

Skate Canada and the Juan de Fuca Skating Club are 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 and guardians 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 guardians and the manner in which parents/guardians conduct themselves in the Skate Canada environment.

 

This code applies to all parents and guardians who are members of Skate Canada and/or have children who are members of Skate Canada. All parents and guardians will abide by this code at all times while participating in any Skate Canada club or school, competition, or activity. All parents and guardians are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner consistent with the values of fair play, integrity, open communication and mutual respect. Parents and guardians will always model positive responsible behaviour and communicate with their child that they expect them to do the same. Parents and guardians will assume the major responsibility for their child’s on ice conduct and attitude.

 

Parents and guardians will at all times treat all individuals and property with dignity, courtesy and respect, including but not limited to skaters, coaches, officials, volunteers, board of directors, other parents or parents/guardians, and all other individuals that are part of the club, skating school, Section or Skate Canada.

 

As parents and guardians:

  • I will refrain from any behaviour or comments which are profane, insulting, harassing, sexist, racist, abusive, disrespectful or otherwise offensive without hostility or violence.

  • I will emphasize the importance of values like sportsmanship, respect, cooperation, competition and teamwork to my child offering praise for competing fairly, participation and skill development.

  • I will model and encourage my child to maintain a healthy balance between skating and life. (e.g., school, other activities, social life, etc.)

  • I will model and encourage balanced, healthy food choices and subscribing to an active and healthy lifestyle.

  • I will set high, but reasonable expectations for my child’s participation in skating focusing on development and enjoyment for my child.

  • I will instill confidence in my child’s ability and skill development, always avoiding comparisons with other skaters.

  • I will celebrate the acquisition of skills and goals achieved by my child.

  • I am, along with the professional coach and the athlete, considered members of a team whose main

    concern is my child’s overall progress and development. I will respect that the professional coach is responsible and empowered for the on-ice and off-ice development of the athlete. My role as a parent/ guardian will be to take a healthy interest in my child’s progress and development and be responsible for my 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.

  • I will ensure my child wears proper skating clothing and equipment.

  • I will never provide alcohol or drugs to minors in a Skate Canada environment.

  • I will never provide or advocate the use of performance enhancing drugs or substances.

  • I will avoid any conduct, which brings the 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.

  • As per Skate Canada regulation, I understand that parents/guardians and spectators are only permitted

    to take photos/videos of their own child.

  • I will openly support and uphold this code of conduct policy and take action and steps to ensure other

    parents and guardians follow and uphold this code of conduct policy. I will adhere to the JDFSC policies, procedures, rules, standards, and ethics of Skate Canada at all times.

 

 

Course of Action Policy

When a complaint is made against a skater, coach, parent/guardian, volunteer, executive member or any other individuals that are part of the club or skating school for the breech of any article of the policies above, including

the Skate Canada Code of Ethics or JDF Skating Club Agreement the following steps will be taken. JDF Skating Club reserves the right to move directly to ‘Incident #3/ Final Incident’ based on the seriousness of the offense.

 

Incident #1

The first response will consist of sending a written notification of the initial complaint to the offending party and other parties involved, and a mediation meeting must take place between the involved parties led by a representative of the Juan de Fuca Skating Club’s leadership; resulting in written documentation stating the policy(s) that were not abided by, and how the policy(s) will be upheld from that point moving forward, and if breeched the next step in the Course of Action Policy will be conducted. A mediation meeting must occur within a week of the initial complaint, and the resulting documentation is to be signed by the offending party (if person(s) under 19, a parent/guardian is to be present), and by the coach(es) and/or executive member(s) present. If the resulting documentation is not signed by the offending party, JDF Skating Club will move directly to #3/Final Incident. The goal of this mediation is to help bring understanding of the negative impact of the words or actions committed, and to establish a written agreement to end the offending behaviour. A written report will be sent to the coach(es), executive and the parties involved. Input from a third party observer will help verify any complaints.

 

Incident #2

When a verified second complaint is made, a written warning outlining their offense(s), will be issued to the offending party with a three-day suspension (no refunds, discounts or reduction of ice fees). Written notification of the second offense(s), including the previously written and signed agreement between the parties involved in the first mediation, will be sent to the executive, the parties involved and the VI Region. A meeting must occur with the offending party (if person(s) under 19, a parent/guardian is to be present), executive and coach(es), prior to the offending party returning to the ice/ session; to outline the policy(s) that were breeched, resulting in written documentation stating the policy(s) that were not abided by, and how the policy(s) will be upheld from that point moving forward, and to reiterate the next step of the procedure in the Course of Action Policy if the offending party continues to not abide by the club’s policies; documentation is to be signed by the offending party (if person(s) under 19, a parent/guardian is to be present), and by the coach(es) and executive member(s) present. If the resulting documentation is not signed by the offending party, JDF Skating Club will move directly to #3/Final Incident. A written report will be sent to the coaches, executive, the parties involved, and the VI Region. A letter of apology will be required from the offending party prior to returning to the program when the suspension is lifted. Input from a third party observer will help verify any complaints.

Incident #3/ Final Incident

After a verified third complaint is made, the club membership of the offending party will be suspended for the remainder of the skating year (ending August 31; no refunds, discounts or reduction of ice fees). Written notification will be sent to the coach(es), executive, the parties involved and the VI Region. A letter of apology will be required from the offending party prior to membership being considered for the new skating year (beginning September 1). Input from a third party observer will help verify any complaints. 

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All JDFSC members, including but not limited to skaters, coaches, volunteers, board of directors, parents/guardians, and all other individuals that are part of the club or skating school, are required to accept and adhere to the policies and procedures listed in these pages above, including the Skate Canada Code of Ethics and JDF Skating Club Agreement posted on the online registration page; in order to continue being a participating member of the Juan de Fuca Skating Club.

 

In signing this document, I have read the JDFSC Code of Conduct, Bullying Policy, Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct and Course of Action Policy, and accept the JDFSC polices and procedures as listed on these pages above, as well as the Skate Canada Code of Ethics and the JDF Skating Club Agreement posted on the online registration page.

 

I also understand that the JDFSC polices and procedures listed on these pages above, as well as the Skate Canada Code of Ethics and the JDF Skating Club Agreement posted on the online registration page, apply to extended family and friends who enter our skating environment.