Effective Date: October 2000
1.0 Skate Canada Mission Statement
Skate Canada is an Association dedicated to the principles of enabling every Canadian to participate in skating throughout their lifetime for fun, fitness and/or achievement.
This mission can only be accomplished successfully if all stakeholders involved in the sport of skating (including skaters and parents, coaches, officials and Administrators) share a common vision and understanding of their role to create and maintain a positive learning environment. However, it is the actions of each stakeholder that ultimately contribute to or undermine the existence of a positive skating environment.
The onus of establishing and maintaining appropriate ethical behaviour in the pursuit of this worthwhile objective falls on and must be accepted by the leaders in our sport. At the skating school level, these people are coaches, Administrators and Directors.
3.0 Ethical Conduct
To understand the fundamental principles of ethical conduct, it is useful to review the definition of the word "ethical":
- relating to morals or moral principles;
- philosophy which governs human character and conduct i.e. the distinction between right and wrong and/or moral duty and obligations to the community;
- originating from the Greek word "ethos," meaning character.
4.0 Skating School Obligations to the Skater and Parent
4.1 To provide up-to-date quality Skate Canada skating programs to all members in accordance with delivery standards prescribed by the Skate Canada Board of Directors.
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 skating school programs including cost and method of payment.
4.4 To outline clearly all skating school policies including parent responsibilities, safety issues, carnival fees, test days, ice qualifications, etc.
4.5 To ensure that sufficient, qualified professional coaches are available to teach all programs within the skating school, 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 skating school are taken into account in skating school 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 skating school activities, changes in Skate Canada rules and regulations, skating school 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 skating school.
4.10 To respect all members' racial and religious practices.
4.11 To inform all members regarding the skating school's constitution and by-laws and make available such by-laws to its members and the Association upon request.
4.12 To implement an appeal process to deal with customers requesting special consideration.
4.13 To ensure that the eligible status of any member is not jeopardized by any action of the skating school or by unwitting action by the member.
4.14 To ensure that all skating school members are members of the Association in good standing.
5.0 Skating School Obligations to the Sport
5.1 To meet all minimum operating standards of a skating school as prescribed by the Skate Canada Board of Directors.
5.2 To maintain a current working knowledge of 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.
5.3 To exhibit the important character traits of honesty, reliability/dependability and cooperation when dealing with all participants in the sport.
5.4 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.
5.5 To promote the Skate Canada and its programs and the sport of skating in general.
5.6 To operate only Skate Canada Skating Programs.
5.7 Skating Schools shall uphold and administer the by-laws, Rules and Regulations of the Association.
6.0 Skating School Obligations to the Professional Coaches
6.1 To hire only qualified Skate Canada professional coaches who have paid the current Skate Canada coaching membership fees.
6.2 To convey at the beginning of each year the skating school's expectations and the responsibilities of the coach.
6.3 To provide a reasonable contract to coaches which does not infringe upon their right to earn a living.
6.4 To negotiate coaching contracts in good faith and honour their terms.
6.5 To treat all coaches and staff fairly and with respect.
6.6 To respect a coach's teaching methods and judgment regarding a skater's readiness for testing.
6.7 To refrain from soliciting directly or indirectly another coach's students for a particular coach.
6.8 To refrain from interfering with a coach-skater or coach-parent relationship unless agreed upon by both parties.
6.9 To refrain from firing a coach for unjust reasons or become slanderous towards a coach.
6.10 To provide accurate information when advertising to attract coaches to a location.
7.0 Violation of Skating School Code/Coach Ethics
All violations are to be dealt with in the following manner:
7.1 Upon concern of either party, the Section Coaching Representative (or designate) and a Section representative as determined by the Section Chairperson shall be notified in writing. Notification shall be provided to Skate Canada.
7.2 The matter will then be referred to the Section Conflict Resolution Committee.
7.3 The committee shall consist of at least three persons – the Section Coaching Representative or designate, the Section Chair or designate, the Area or Regional Representative or designate plus any other persons appointed by the Section.
7.4 The Conflict Resolution Committee will review the matter and if necessary, meet with the skating school and coach involved.
7.5 The Conflict Resolution Committee shall attempt to resolve the concern. The Committee shall then provide recommendations to the Section Board and its decision is final and absolute.
7.6 A fee may be charged by the Section to the Skating School and Coach.