Code of Ethics for Skaters
The following rules and regulations have been made to make skating more enjoyable, not just for yourself, but for other skaters you share the ice with. They were developed with safety in mind. Skaters who do not abide by these rules may receive a verbal and/or written warning by the Board. Failure to comply with these rules may result in the suspension of membership privileges.
- Glass containers, food, candy or gum are not permitted on the ice at any time
- Get up immediately after a fall
- No sitting on the boards
- Avoid using hair pins or clips that may fall on the ice
- Skaters must yield right of way to coaches, to skaters in lessons and to those skating their solo program at all times
- Skaters must try to be aware of dance, solo, and skill patterns so that interruptions and collisions can be avoided
- Avoid standing in the middle of the ice to talk
- Skaters should not interrupt coaches while they are teaching a lesson unless it is an emergency
- Guest skaters are to be treated with respect and as a member of the club
- Guest skaters must report to the Music Room attendant prior to skating
- Guest skating fees must be paid prior to skating
- Negative talk about skaters, coaches, or parents will not be tolerated
- Foul or inappropriate language will not be tolerated
- Disciplines must be skated during their allotted time unless in a lesson
- Music will be played as per the music room protocol. Requests will be considered only after the coaches' requests have been honoured
- Dressing rooms are to be kept clean. Garbage and recyclables are to be placed in the appropriate containers
This Code of Ethics for the Shallow Lake Skating Club has been revised and adapted from the Owen Sound Skating Club.
These rules apply when attending practices and competitions outside the club. If you have concerns regarding a skater's behaviour, please approach your skater's coach. The coach will then approach that skater's coach in a respectable manner. If the behaviour persists, advise the Board in writing about your concern.
Code of Conduct for Parents
As stated on the Skate Canada website
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 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.
- Parents shall refrain from any behaviour, or comments, which are profane, insulting,
harassing, sexist, racist, abusive, disrespectful or otherwise offensive without hostility
- 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 model and encourage balanced, healthy food choices and subscribing to
an active and healthy lifestyle.
- Parents shall set high, but reasonable expectations for their son/daughter’s
participation in skating focusing on development and enjoyment for the child.
- 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
- 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
- Parents shall ensure their son/daughter wears proper skating clothing and equipment.
- 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.
- Parents shall adhere to the policies, procedures, rules, standards, and ethics of Skate
Canada at all times.
Club obligations to the skater and parent
Taken from Skate Canada Rule Book
4.1 To provide up-to-date quality Skate Canada skating programs to all members in accordance with delivery standards prescribed by Skate Canada.
4.2 To provide the skater and parent(s) with the basic information necessary to enable them to choose a realistic and affordable course of action to achieve their goals and objectives.
4.3 To outline clearly all club programs including cost and method of payment.
4.4 To outline clearly all club policies including parent responsibilities, safety issues, carnival fees, test days, ice qualifications, etc.
4.5 To ensure that sufficient, qualified coaches are available to teach all programs within the club, including private and group instruction.
4.6 To adopt a philosophy of being athlete centered in all decision making.
4.7 To ensure that the best interests of all skaters in the club are taken into account in club decision making. To ensure that each skater is able to participate and progress at his/her own level and that no skater is held back.
4.8 To communicate as regularly and effectively as possible with skaters and parents as to club activities, changes in Skate Canada rules and regulations, club regulations and policies and other important or relevant information affecting the skater's participation in the sport.
4.9 To help ensure that a positive learning environment is maintained in the club.
4.10 To respect all members' racial and religious practices.
4.11 To inform all members regarding the club's constitution and by-laws and requirements for the Annual General Meeting.
4.12 To implement an appeal process to deal with customers requesting special consideration.
Club obligations to the sport
Taken from the Skate Canada Rule Book
5.1 To maintain a current working knowledge of the ISU, Skate Canada and Section rules, policies, regulations and programs so as to be able to deliver the product of skating in an organized and professional manner.
5.2 To exhibit the important character traits of honesty, reliability/dependability and cooperation when dealing with all participants in the sport.
5.3 To share responsibility with the Skate Canada Board, the Section, Skate Canada Officials (judges, evaluators, referees, data specialists) and coaches to initiate and support actions that are required to meet the needs of the skaters and skating in general.
5.4 To promote Skate Canada and its programs and the sport of skating in general.