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 ( email@example.com).
Trail Kids Expectations of Respect:
- I come to Trail Kids prepared and ready to learn ( listen to coaches).
- I have a positive attitude and give my best effort.
- I will include everyone and I will use sportsmanlike behavior.
- I will solve problems without force or hurtful words.
- I will use kind words and helpful manners.
- I RESPECT MY Coach and Trail Kids Club
- I will listen to coaches and follow directions at practice/ races.
- I will keep the location of Trail Kids session clean by picking up after myself.
- I will be careful when using both my personal and Trail Kids rental equipment.
Expectations Against Bullying
- I will not bully others.
- I will try to help other kids who are bullied.
- I will include students who are easily left out.
- When I know somebody is being bullied, I will tell an adult/coach
Physical Harm and Endangering Others:
- I will take special care not to cause harm to another athlete- pushing, tripping, punching, etc
- I will not indirectly endanger a fellow athlete during training by making an obstacle of myself, distracting an athlete, putting something in their way.
- I understand that if I cause physical harm to a fellow athlete, I may be immediately suspended from practice and future practices
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:
- Pull the participant out from the group to speak to him or her one-on-one.
- Position himself or herself at eye-level with the athlete and give feedback.
- Give his or her observation: "When you were in the group, I saw you do ....
- Describe the impact of the "When you do that, it disrupts the team/group dynamics... and causes..."
- Set his or her expectation: "In the future, if you want to express ..., please use words like ....."
- Confirmation: "Will you please repeat for me: What have I asked you to do?"
- As appropriate, allow the athlete time to briefly express their opinions and feelings to you.
- 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.
- When appropriate, invite the participant to rejoin the group.
- 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.