Silver Blades Skating Club Skater Code of Conduct
The Silver Blades Skating Club is committed to providing members with the opportunity to develop and pursue their goals in a safe and encouraging environment. Coaches and parents/guardians play a special role in the development of skaters’ enjoyment of this sport and as such should model positive and responsible behaviour at all times while participating in any SBSC session including private lessons, events or competitions.
Coaches that witness any unsafe skater behavior are expected to approach the skater(s) to provide corrective feedback.
Etiquette is simply defined as the respectful and considerate behaviour expected by all parties while participating in club activities. It is also meant to ensure all parties feel safe and comfortable. The following recommendations help identify what is expected of our coaches, skaters and parents as members of the SBSC when interacting with each other, as well as volunteers, facility staff and the arena facilities at all times, while on the ice.
Skater’s “Right of Way”
It is important that all skaters (in a program, a lesson or practicing) remember that they must always be looking around them while they are skating. Everyone plays a role to maintain safety while on the ice. There is no exception to this rule.
- The following order determines the right of way during scheduled sessions:
A. A skater whose music is being played and is skating to a program.
B. A skater who is receiving a lesson. If the harness is in use, be aware and avoid that area.
C. Skaters who are practicing on their own. As many skaters are moving on the ice at the same time, all skaters should be mindful to those jumping and spinning and be aware of their surroundings. It is every skater’s responsibility for watching where they are going, no exceptions.
Note: Experienced and older skaters should be mindful of less experienced or younger skaters and set an example as to when and how to yield to other skaters. Remember that all skaters were beginners once.
- A skater performing their solo to music is permitted to wear a “right of way” sash. This neon sash will distinguish the solo skater from other skaters and identify which skater to watch out for. Should a skater choose not to wear the “right of way” sash then they lessen their chance of being identified as the priority skater and take on the risk of not being identified when skating to their solo. A second sash will be on the ice and be available to the “next skater in waiting” in preparation for their music to be played next. Reminder: The “right of way” sash is optional but does provide additional visibility to a skater, especially during high traffic sessions.
- Skaters are reminded to be aware of fellow skaters that may be moving in the opposite direction or performing jumps. When practicing programs, skaters must learn to move around other skaters to complete their program and remain respectful and polite.
- When a skater is practicing his/her program, he/she is reminded to be polite when addressing another skater or coach that may be in his/her way. Phrases such as, “Move” or “Get out of my way” are not considered acceptable language. Phrases used politely such as, “excuse me please” or “heads up” or “coming through” or “program” are considered acceptable.
- All skaters must get up quickly after falling, unless injured, to not endanger other skaters or themselves on the ice.
- Skaters will move to the boards if a break is required. Skaters must not stand in the middle of the ice.
- Skaters shall make every attempt to maintain a safe distance from all other skaters.
- The corners/ends of the ice surface are considered to be the “jump” zones. There is to be no spinning in those areas, except skaters performing their programs.
- All spins are to be done between the two blue lines. Be mindful of skaters in spins as they can’t see other skaters coming.
- For skaters skating down on a session, you must be mindful of the level of the session and may need to adjust your practice accordingly to skate to the level of the session.
On-ice Equipment & Personal Belongings
- No food, drinks, gum or candy are allowed on the ice surface. Materials required for skating such as cd’s, water bottles, tissue boxes and notebooks may be left at the boards.
- Cell phones are not allowed on the ice. Valuables should be brought to the boards.
- Wearing of headsets/earphones on the ice is prohibited at all times.
- Skaters must wait until the Zamboni doors have closed before going onto the ice. A Skate Canada certified coach must be at the boards before any skater may step onto the ice.
- The Harness must only be used during a lesson with a qualified SBSC coach.
- Courtesy and good sportsmanship to coaches and fellow skaters is expected at all times.
- Skaters are expected to wear appropriate skating attire while on the ice (skating dresses, skirts, leggings, warm-up jackets, etc.). Clothing with profanity or inappropriate visual elements are not acceptable and a skater may be asked to change. Long hair should be tied back with an elastic or cloth headband.
- Skaters should not interrupt a coach while a lesson is in progress.
- Refrain from standing around and socializing on the ice.
- When your session is over, gather your belongings and clear the ice immediately.
- Be respectful to arena staff and property at all times.
- Skaters should use the dressing room at all times. Skaters should avoid using the lobby for changing skates or storage of items during sessions. The SBSC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please leave valuables at home.
And remember…inappropriate behaviour (both on or off the ice) such as the use of foul language towards any individual within the SBSC (skater, coach, board member, parent/guardian, arena staff) will not be tolerated and disciplinary action may be warranted.
The SBSC Executive Board will only commence an investigation when a written letter of complaint is forwarded to the Board. If it is determined an infraction/breech of code of conduct has occurred, the following disciplinary actions will be taken:
1st Offence: Verbal warning by the Skater’s Coach or the SBSC Board of Directors. The Skater’s Parent/Guardian will be informed of the warning if the Skater is under the Age of Majority.
2nd Offence: Letter from the SBSC Board will be addressed to the Skater and Parent/Guardian outlining the nature of the violation.
3rd Offence: Suspension from all Club programs without compensation for 1 week. This includes all competitions and test days.
4th Offence: Skater may be asked to leave the Club at the Board’s discretion.
In the case of a serious breach of ethics, the skater may be immediately suspended at the Board’s discretion. In cases of suspension or expulsion, no refund of any kind will be granted.
Latest Review Date: July 30, 2023 Scheduled Review Date: July 2025 Date Created: Sept 2019