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Athlete Responsibilities

The athlete agrees to:

  1. Participate and commit fully to the training and racing plan as designed by the coaching staff (dryland, on snow training, competition, equipment, diet, rest, etc.) giving 100 % to the achievement of this plan.
  2. Keep a detailed training and racing log when requested to do so by the coaching staff.
  3. Communicate with the coaches on all aspects of their program plan.
  4. Dress in a manner that is a credit to themselves, the team and the program.
  5. Behave in a fashion that brings credit to themselves, the team and the program.
  6. Support team and program sponsors.
  7. Show respect for athletes, coaches and officials.
  8. Respect the coach’s decisions.

Unacceptable athlete behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Repeated failure to participate in the program as designed for the athlete.
  2. Blatant disrespect for other people and property (athletes, coaches, officials, sponsors, equipment, ski areas etc.).
  3. Behavior or actions that are unsafe for themselves or others.
  4. Blatant use of foul language.
  5. Bullying, horseplay on lifts, line crashing
  6. Stealing
  7. Smoking or drinking alcohol of any kind.
  8. Using, encouraging the use of, or distributing drugs.

General common sense will be a guide in identifying other behaviors that are inappropriate.

Parent Responsibilities

The parent agrees to:

  1. Look out for their child’s interests as they enter, participate and exit from the program.
  2. Monitor their own expectations of their child’s performance and progress, realizing that athletes who feel they cannot meet parents’ expectations, quickly lose motivation.
  3. Communicate with coaches and administrators as needed on aspects of the program.
  4. Abide by coaches recommendations reading interaction with their child whilst training is underway.
  5. Demonstrate respectful behavior towards professional staff, other club members and athletes. All parents are encouraged to raise any concerns they might have to the appropriate staff or club member. However, it is essential that this be done in a calm, polite and respectful manner.
  6. Refrain from activities that might be viewed as bullying
  7. Refrain from smoking in-between the fences, in the field of play or in any location close to athletes.
  8. Read and adhere to the Parent Handbook
  9. Commit to the specified fundraising activities that form part of the overall program.
  10. Support team and program sponsors and follow through on mandatory volunteerism at your child’s races/events both at home and away.
  11. Each parent who has children enrolled in a program with the club should be able to help out assisting with the set up and organization of races, assisting with the ski swap and other fundraising events. There is a job for everyone.
  12. Pay all fees and RMR bills in a prompt, timely and complete manner.

Coach Responsibilities

RMR is committed to providing excellence in both its coaching staff and program design and as such RMR and its coaches commit to the following:

  1. All coaches must be members of the CSCF (Canadian Ski Coaches Federation) in good standing.
  2. RMR conducts normal employee background checks on all staff members as general hiring practice.
  3. All RMR coaches will be required to pass the Coaching Association of Canada’s ‘Making Ethical Decisions’ on line test.
  4. All RMR coaches will review and sign off on the CSCF ‘Coaching Code of Ethics’ as well as the RMR member agreement.
  5. Coaches will inspect the facilities and equipment before training sessions and competition and take steps to ensure deficiencies are corrected immediately, or adjust the activity(s) accordingly, in order to avoid risk.
  6. RMR coaches will stop or withdraw from, any activity that they believe poses unreasonable risks, including stopping a training session or removing the team from a competition.
  7. Coaches will have in their immediate possession the emergency numbers for each athlete and coach, and letters of medical permission (Emergency Consent Form).
  8. Coaches will communicate with the parent of each racer to be sure she/he can be fully aware of medical conditions for each athlete.
  9. Coaches will remove any racer from training or racing if they believe the racer may be at risk of injury due to the absence of, or inappropriately adjusted or maintained, protective equipment (mouth guards, spine protectors and helmets).
  10. It is the sole responsibility of the racer to ensure their personal protective gear is being used, and to ask their coach for assistance when they are unsure about either what equipment is required or how the equipment should be worn and adjusted.
  11. If a coach must leave the training site, that coach will be prepared to stop the training session if there is no other qualified person present who is able to take over the on hill session.

The coach, as a representative of RMR agrees to:

  1. Teach the athletes, in a logical sequence, to use all the tools available to them in their quest for training and competition success.
  2. Commit 100% to the Program and Athlete Advancement Plans.
  3. Communicate with athletes on any and all aspects of their individual Advancement Plan (listening / explaining / deciding / acting).
  4. Communicate with parents on appropriate aspects of the team and individual athlete programs.
  5. Represent the athlete’s best interests regionally and provincially as required.
  6. Support team and program sponsors. 7. Constantly look for ways to upgrade their skills and knowledge.

Disciplinary Action

Athletes or members who behave in an unacceptable manner may be subject to disciplinary action by the coaches and/or the club Executive Committee (the Board).

Minor Infraction

A minor infraction is defined as one that has limited impact on the athlete, other athletes or individuals and/or the program as a whole.

Examples of minor infractions include inappropriate use of language, failure to participate in the designed program, minor bullying. Minor infractions by athletes may result in withdrawal of training or racing privileges for a short period of time (e.g., 1-2 days). Repeated minor infractions may result in withdrawal of training or racing privileges for a longer period of time. (e.g., 1-2 weeks). The coaching staff is responsible for administering disciplinary action for athlete’s minor infractions. Coaches are required to inform parents and the Discipline Committee on these issues immediately.

Minor infractions by parents will be addressed by a committee led by a designated Board/Executive Member (usually the Board Member responsible for Legal and Governance).

Major Infraction

A major Infraction is defined as one that has serious impact on the athlete, other athletes or individuals, and/or the program as a whole.

An example of a major infraction is the use, encouraging the use or distribution of drugs. Major infractions may result in dismissal from the RMR Program and/or Club. The Discipline Committee usually consists of the Executive Director, Board President and other members deemed appropriate, with input from the coaching staff in the case of infraction by an athlete, and is responsible for administering disciplinary action for major infractions. Appeal For minor infractions, appeal may be made to the Discipline Committee. For major infractions, appeal may be made to an independent group of people not already on the Discipline Committee. This group will be comprised of: One RMR Board member selected by the Board Two individuals not connected with the RMR Board & agreed upon by the Board. There will be no refund of program fees for time missed resulting from a disciplinary action of any kind.