Trail Kids Behavior Expectations

Trail Kids adheres to the Zero-tolerance policy for poor and disruptive behavior by anyone participating in our programs.  Please review the guidelines below for how to handle such behavior in Trail Kids participants, parents or coaches.  Loppet Trail Kids will be run in a professional and respectful manner.  Should you see behavior that is disruptive to the club and you would like to discuss it, please contact one the coaches or Trail Kids Director Kim Rudd ( kim.rudd@loppet.org).

Trail Kids  Expectations of Respect:

Expectations Against Bullying

Physical Harm and Endangering Others:

Athlete Behavior: Trail Kids is a club that observes Zero-tolerance for poor and disruptive behavior.  If on occasion, a participant becomes disruptive to team activities, engaging in unsportsmanlike behaviour, swearing or name-calling, or endangering themselves and other children, it is the policy of the club to address such behaviors immediately using firm but pleasant tones of voice, following the steps outlined below.

Feedback: When a misbehavior occurs, we expect the coach to explain his or her expectations and why those expectations are important, using a firm but pleasant voice. When a misbehavior occurs, the coach is expected to:

  1. Pull the participant out from the group to speak to him or her one-on-one.
  2. Position himself or herself at eye-level with the athlete and give feedback.
  3. Give his or her observation: "When you were in the group, I saw you do ....
  1. If the athlete is upset and not able to control himself or herself, we expect the coach to ask the athlete to sit apart from the group and allow him or her time to regain control of him/herself before returning to the group. Indicate that he or she may return when he or she can behave appropriately.
  2. When appropriate, invite the participant to rejoin the group.
  3. If appropriate, ask the misbehaving athlete to apologize to other athletes who were affected by the misbehavior

Warnings:  If an athlete repeats a misbehavior, if the coach considers the misbehavior serious, and the feedback approach outlined above does not change the athlete's behavior after a reasonable number of attempts on the coach's part, the coach may issue a "Warning" to the athlete, indicating that, if he or she repeats the behavior again, the coach will suspend him or her from the team until he or she is able to correct the behavior problem. When the coach issues a Warning to a athlete, the coach will notify the athlete's parents at the end of the practice or game to explain the circumstances and the consequences of continued misbehavior (i.e. suspension). The coach will also notify the Trail Kids Director of the Warning.

Suspension: If the misbehavior occurs again, and the coach determines that suspension is the appropriate next step, the coach will tell the participant and the parents at the end of the practice that the child is suspended for, at minimum, one session. The coach and the Age Group Director will work with the parents to outline mutually agreeable conditions under which the participant may return to the team. Once a participant has returned to the team, an additional misbehavior may, at the discretion of the Trail Kids Director and Coaches result in suspension of the child from the team for the remainder of the season.