General Policies for all Skaters
- Skaters are to conduct themselves in a courteous manner and are encouraged to be supportive and respectful of each other at all times, both on and off the ice.
- Skaters must wear proper skating attire. Dress warm (in layers rather than bulky winter wear). NO JEANS. Hair should be neat and out of skater’s eyes.
- Please help to keep the dressing rooms clean.
Inappropriate behavior, such as swearing, ice kicking, bullying or disrespectful behavior whether directed at a Coach, Volunteer, Parent or Skater will not be tolerated. Remember and appreciate the hard work and dedication by the Coaches , Parents , Skaters and Volunteers of the Club
StarSkate Code of Conduct
Priority of right-of-way on the ice surface:
- Skaters receiving lessons
- Skaters using music
Priority of music being played:
- First Come, First Served
Note to Skaters: The sound system is compatible with iPods/MP3 players. For safety reasons, no headphones or earphones are allowed on the ice.
- Skaters should be on the ice on time for their lesson. If a skater is not on the ice, the coach has the right to give the lesson to another skater.
- Appropriate clothing for skating – warm, moveable clothing must be worn for all on ice and off ice sessions – no jeans, sweatpants or pyjama pants
- Long hair must be tied back
- Long laces should not be wrapped around the skate, as this causes the boot to wear down and also causes circulation problems. Shorter laces can be purchased, or long laces can be tucked into the skate.
- Skaters will leave food in the dressing rooms. No food or gum chewing on the ice.
- Skaters will inform coaches ahead of time if they plan to miss a session or have to leave early/arrive late
- Skaters will not leave money or valuables in dressing rooms.
- No standing in the middle of the ice talking in groups as this becomes a danger to those who are practicing. Talking should be done at the sides of the boards and kept to a minimum
- For safety reasons, Jumps are to be practiced on the ends and Spins are to be practiced in the middle of the rink
- Get up immediately after falling unless you are hurt. Keep your head up and watch for fellow skaters. Be polite and say excuse me when wanting to practice a jump, spin, etc.
- Use your ice time wisely….Plan your practice and practice the plan!
PARENTS ROLES & RESPONSIBILIES
- Be supportive and positive
- Be the financial backer - pay fees in a timely manner
- Provide transportation and get skater to the rink on time
- Proper nutrition and rest
- Respect coaches' role with skater(s)
- Consult with coach about:
- Goals & yearly plan for their skater(s)
- Any plans for off-season skating and coaching
- Plans for extra coaching with skaters’ coach or other coach (es)
- Concerns or suggestions for their skater(s)
- Volunteer time to the club
COACH ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Abide by Vibank Skating Club Policies & Coaching Agreement
- Abide by Skate Canada's Professional Coach Membership Policy
- Give skaters motivation, direction and information
- Inform skaters/ parents/ executive about:
- Rules and expectations
- How to set goals and make individual & club yearly plans
- Discuss with parents which club program is best suited for their skater
- Discuss with parents upcoming tests, seminars, competitions, etc. that would benefit skaters and/or the club
- Any schedule changes that need to be made due to competitions, test days, etc.
- Equipment i.e. if skates are unfit for skaters’ size or abilities
- Coaches will notify the Vibank Skating Club of any discipline problems.
- Coaches will use their own discretion as to which skaters will receive any extra lessons available. The criteria to be used – independent work ethics and need for the extra lessons.
- Coaches will use their own discretion as to a skater’s ability to take a test.
EXECUTIVE ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Communicate to members who the executive is and what their duties include
- Hire Skate Canada-certified coaches to instruct programs
- Attend to all details for general administration of the club
- Clearly advertise meeting dates and agendas to all members
- Pass on information from Skate Canada to the coaches, skaters and parents
- Abide by Skate Canada's Code of Ethics