Big White Racers
Also operating as the Kelowna Ski Club
Athlete and Parent Code of Conduct 2010 – 2011
As a member of BC Alpine, the Big White Racers is subject to the rules and regulations of that organization. BC Alpine has a clearly defined Code of Conduct which is recognized and upheld by this club.
The BWR Athlete and Parent Code of Conduct holds all ski racing athletes accountable for the highest standard of behaviour in training and competition in keeping with the BC Alpine spirit. All ski racing competitors are ambassadors for the Big White Racers whether they are on the home mountain, within the Zone, or skiing at the Provincial and National Levels.
The BWR organization expects all its members to abide by the BC Alpine Code of Conduct as well as our own organization's Code of Conduct. Infractions of the Codes of Conduct by any member of the club will be subject to disciplinary action. This may include the immediate suspension from all club activities by the supervising coach until the BWR Discipline Committee reviews and decides upon the matter. The coach has the discretion to decide when an athlete may or may not train or race.
The BWR shall be responsible for implementing the BC Alpine Member Conduct, Dispute Resolution, and Appeals Policy. In appropriate circumstances BC Alpine will determine whether BC Alpine should assist or be responsible for an issue if requested by the club.
Rationale and Objectives for the Code of Conduct:
- To ensure the safety and well-being of every participant.
- To respect that all participants have the right to receive the best program possible without interference as a result of the inappropriate conduct of others.
- The BWR is a highly visible organization. Positive public perception is important to the club and the club's sponsors.
1. Expectations for Athletes
The athlete, by signing this agreement, has agreed to:
1.2 School and Academics
1.3 Training and Competition
1.4 Responsibility for Actions
Failure to comply with the expectations in sections 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 would, in most cases, be considered a minor infraction, to be dealt with at the lowest level possible. In cases where early and swift intervention does not resolve the problem, and the behaviour becomes a repeat behaviour, then this may constitute a major infraction (see section 1.4). Levels of behaviour and consequences are laid out in section 4.
2. Expectations for Parents
Parents, by signing this agreement, have agreed to:
3. Disciplinary Process and Due Process
Disciplinary decisions with respect to major infractions or violations of this Code of Conduct shall be made by the BWR Discipline Committee, or in cases of very severe behaviour, by the BC Alpine Discipline Review Committee. As stated in the introductory section, a supervising coach may, in necessary circumstances, suspend an athlete until such time as the discipline committee can address the matter in a most timely fashion.
The BWR Discipline Committee shall be made up of 3 or 5 parent representatives appointed by the President of BWR at the beginning of each season, and 1 member of the Executive. The body of 3 or 5 has voting status. One of these appointed members will serve in the role of Discipline Advisor, to lead the committee, and will fulfill duties as outlined below. When the Discipline Advisor is unable to fulfill his or her obligations, a designate from the Discipline Committee will take over the responsibility. The Executive representative is a non-voting member of the Discipline Committee, and serves only to liaise between the Discipline Committee and the BWR Executive.
To avoid conflict of interest, if a violation report includes the name of a son or daughter of a Discipline Committee member, that member shall remove him or herself from the investigation/decision-making process, and shall request that the President of the BWR Executive appoint a temporary stand-in. If a discipline committee member finds him or herself in a potential conflict of interest situation as a result of a family or friendship connection with the athlete or adult in question, he or she shall likewise excuse him or herself from the process.
The BWR will operate on a standard of proof called "Balance of Probabilities". In contrast to the criminal court's requirement for proof "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt", Balance of Probabilities would require that the Discipline Committee take into account all available information and determine the most likely explanation of the behaviour or incident, and assign to that a suitable consequence. Discipline with due process must be followed.
3.3 Decision-Making and Follow-up
After investigating the reported behaviour, the Discipline Committee may issue a written Violation Notice to the skier and his/her family, including the outline and timeline of a consequence. Depending on the frequency and/or the severity of behaviour, and taking into account the context of the situation, consequences may include, but are not limited to:
Final decisions of the BWR Discipline Committee may be appealed to the Big White Racers Executive. The Executive may choose to take the matter to BC Alpine for review.
Discipline Committee record keeping processes are currently under review by the Executive of the Big White Racers.
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