THE CODE OF CONDUCT OF THE NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB

1. OVERVIEW

a) This Policy applies to all Members of NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB, where Members are defined to include coaches, officials, athletes, parents, guardians, team managers and volunteers, of the NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB. This Policy applies to the conduct of Members at any NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB activities, programs and events and includes conduct of members in activities in any way related to NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB and/or its members.

b) This policy is approved by the NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB and will be reviewed from time to time and may be amended, deleted or replaced as needed.

2. EXPECTED STANDARD OF ETHICAL CONDUCT

 

a) All Members of NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB must:

1. Not knowingly place themselves in a situation that could give rise to a conflict between personal interests and the interests of NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB;

2. Comply at all times with the bylaws, policies, rules and regulations of the IAAF, Athletics Canada and ATHLETICS ONTARIO, as adopted and amended from time to time, including complying with any contracts or agreements executed with or by NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB;

3. Participate in a spirit of fair play and honesty;

4. Abide by the laws of the jurisdiction of the province or country in which

the event is taking place;

5. Refrain from using alcohol, tobacco and vaping products during NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB training sessions or competitive events, consume these products responsibly at social events preceding or following training and competitive sessions and discourage their use by athletes;

6. Be courteous and respectful to other members of the and discourage their use by athletes;

6. Be courteous and respectful to other members of the athletic community;

7. Refrain from the use of profane, insulting or offensive language;

8. Refrain from public criticism of other members of the athletics community;

9. Respect the dignity of others;

10. Display an active support of the NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB;

11. Act in a manner that will bring credit to the Athletics Community and themselves;

12. Abide by the Athletics Canada - Member Conduct Policy - Expected Standard of Ethical Conduct (general) which expects its members to:

i. Demonstrate through words and actions the spirit of sportsmanship, sports leadership and ethical conduct;

ii. Treat others with respect and refrain from negative or disparaging remarks or conduct;

iii. Not knowingly place themselves in a situation that could give rise to a conflict between personal interests and the interests of Athletics Canada;

iv. Avoid and reject the non-medical use of drugs or the use of performance-enhancing drugs or methods;

v. Refrain from using alcohol and tobacco products when involved in Athletics Canada training sessions or competitive events, and consume these products responsibly in association with Athletics Canada social events;

vi. Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes harassment, where harassment is defined as comment or conduct directed towards an individual or group, which is offensive, abusive, racist, sexist, degrading or malicious;

vii. Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment, where sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances or conduct of a sexual nature, when submitting to or rejecting this conduct influences decisions which affect the individual, such conduct has the purpose or effect of diminishing performance, or such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment;

viii. Comply at all times with the bylaws, policies, rules and regulations of Athletics Canada, as adopted and amended from time to time, including complying with any contracts or agreements executed with or by Athletics Canada.

b) In addition, all Coaches must:

1. Acknowledge that all coaches have an equal right to desire the success of the athletes they coach - competing within the rules. Observation, recommendations and criticism of coaching practice should be directed to the appropriate person outside the view or hearing of the public;

2. Treat fellow coaches and athletes that are not coached by them with due respect, both in victory and defeat, and encourage athletes to act accordingly. Actively encourage athletes to uphold the rules of Athletics and the spirit of such rules;

3. Never solicit, either overtly or covertly, athletes coached by others, to join their squad;

4. Ensure that the activity being undertaken is suitable for the age, experience, ability and fitness level of the athletes and educate athletes as to their responsibilities in contributing to a safe environment; recognize and accept when to refer athletes to other coaches and sport specialists;

5. Allow athletes’ goals to take precedence over those of the coach;

6. In the case of minors, communicate and cooperate with the athlete’s parents or legal guardians, involving them in management decisions pertaining to their child’s development;

7. Be aware of the academic pressures placed on student-athletes and conduct practices and participation in competitions in a manner so as to allow academic success;

8. Seek out and fully co-operate with all individuals and agencies that could play a role in the development of the athletes they coach. This includes working openly with other coaches, using the expertise of sports scientists and sports physicians, and displaying an active support of Athletics Canada, ATHLETICS ONTARIO and NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB;

9. Ensure the safety of the athletes with whom they work;

10. Educate athletes about nutrition, safe and healthy weight loss or gain, and healthy eating behaviours;

11. Share in the responsibility of influencing the performance and conduct of the athletes they coach, while encouraging the independence and self determination of each athlete by their acceptance of responsibility for their own decisions, conduct and performance;

12. At no time become intimately and/or sexually involved with the athletes they coach as per the laws of Canada and as stated below and as per the ATHLETICS ONTARIO Harassment Policy. This includes requests for sexual favours or threats of reprisal for rejection of such requests. Coaches should refer to Canada’s law on Child Sexual Abuse: A Handbook, published by the Department of Justice in 1990. The following is an extract from this handbook dealing with the issue of consent:

Sexual activity without consent is always a crime regardless of the age of the individuals.

Children under 12 are never considered able to consent to sexual activity.

Children 12 or above, but under 14, are deemed unable to consent to sexual acts except under specific circumstances involving sexual activity with their peers.

Young person 14 or above but under 18 are protected from sexual exploitation and their consent is not valid if the person touching them for a sexual purpose is in a position of trust or authority over them or if they are in a relationship of dependency with that person.

13. Never provide under-aged athletes with alcohol;

14. Regularly seek ways of increasing professional development;

15. Exhibit respect for officials and the decisions they make with respect to the competition;

16. Obtain an annual Police Record Check and complete the “Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders” online training in compliance with ATHLETICS ONTARIO rules;

17. Display an active support of Athletics Canada, ATHLETICS ONTARIO and NEWMARKET HUSKIES TRACK CLUB;