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Athletic Code of Conduct

The Cascadilla Boat Club (CBC) strives to provide an environment which allows our scholastic rowers to excel as students, as athletes and as members of the community. As such, athletes are expected to exhibit the highest degree of sportsmanship and self-discipline on the individual, team, and academic levels that will allow them to succeed. All participating athletes are required to abide by these eligibility rules. To maintain a standard of excellence, the rules that follow have been established to govern the conduct of athletes choosing to participate in Cascadilla’s youth programs.
1. Effective date: Athletes are required to read and sign the attached Code of Conduct before participating in any Cascadilla Boat Club youth program. The athlete will abide by the Code for one calendar year from the date of the most recent signature. This contract will be in effect at all times, in all locations, including non-CBC activities.
2. Interpretations, Rulings and Appeals: Eligibility rules are subject to interpretations and rulings by the athlete’s immediate coach. Appeals can be made through the athletic chain of command as follows: Head Coach, Board of Directors.


1. Citizenship: A standard of behavior and conduct while in or out of club activities that reflects positively on the athlete, their family, friends, and the community as a whole. Athletes are expected to follow all laws, government regulations, and club rules, and refrain from interfering with the individual and property rights of others. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, vandalism, trespassing, sexual harassment or bullying (including cyber-bullying and disruptive communication). For more details on harassment and bullying, please consult CBC’s SafeSport Policy.
2. Controlled Substances: Include, but are not limited to, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, inhalants, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, synthetic marijuana, “bath salts”, any substance commonly referred to as a “designer drug,” all illegal narcotics, and non-prescription or prescription drugs illegally possessed or used inappropriately.
3. Curfew: A rule mandating that an athlete be home by a specified time. The Head Coach reserves the right to impose a curfew at his or her discretion.
4. Excused absence: Any absence, tardiness, or early departure for which the athlete has a valid excuse approved by the athlete’s immediate coach. Examples of excused absences include, but are not limited to, death in the family, impassable roads due to inclement weather, religious observance, quarantine, required court appearances, approved college visits, or other such reasons as may be approved by the athlete’s immediate coach. Coaches reserve the right to require a note from a parent or teacher in order to consider an absence, tardiness, or early departure excused.
5. Tardiness: An athlete who is late to practice is considered tardy. Consequences for tardiness may be imposed at the coaches’ discretion.
6. Tobacco products: Include, but aren’t limited to, cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, hookahs, or electronic cigarettes.


The following conduct may result in disciplinary action including suspension from participation in CBC activities:
1. Unexcused absence from practice
2. Unexcused lateness to practice
3. Insubordination
Such disciplinary action will be imposed at the discretion of the Head Coach.

Use of Tobacco Products or Controlled Substances (including alcoholic beverages)
The consequences for possession or use of tobacco products or controlled substances shall be as follows:
1st Offense: Suspension from 10% of competitions during the season. If offense occurs out of season, suspension from competition for 10% of competitions during the next season in which the athlete participates.
2nd Offense: Suspension from participation in CBC during the current season. If offense occurs out of season, suspension from participation during the following season.
3rd Offense: Suspension from participation in CBC.
Athlete may petition the Board for reinstatement. Such petition must include evidence that the athlete no longer engages in the types of behavior that led to his or her suspension. The above consequences also apply if, after review, any identifiable image, photo or video establishes that an athlete was using, possessing, distributing or selling tobacco products, controlled substances, or alcoholic beverages, or was at an event where drugs and/or alcohol were being illegally consumed.


The consequences for poor citizenship, behavior, or conduct, shall be as follows:
Physical altercations: Any athlete participating in a physical altercation may be subject to disciplinary action, which may range from warning, suspension from participating, or dismissal from the club.
Criminal activity (including, but not limited to vandalism, stealing or possession of stolen items, and arrest or appearance ticket): Warning, suspension, or dismissal from the club, as determined by the Head Coach.
Hazing: CBC strictly prohibits hazing in any form. Participation in, or failing to report, hazing will result in disciplinary review and possible suspension and/or dismissal from the club. For more detail regarding what constitutes hazing, please consult CBC’s SafeSport policy.
Attendance: Athletes must be present and on time for all scheduled practices and competitions. Athletes who are absent or late to any CBC event without prior permission from their immediate coach will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from a warning, to suspension, to dismissal from the club. Excuses (except in the case of illness or emergency situation) must be submitted to the coach at least 48 hours prior to missing practice. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the coaching staff.
Poor sportsmanship: Athletes, whether participants or spectators, will observe courteous behavior during all practices and regattas. Booing, whistling, name-calling, obscene gestures, fighting, use of profanity, etc., will not be tolerated. Such behavior will result in disciplinary action ranging from a warning, to suspension, to dismissal. Disciplinary action shall be imposed at the discretion of the athlete’s immediate coach, or the Head Coach.
Violations of SafeSport policy: All athletes, as a condition of participating in CBC, must sign an agreement that they will abide by CBC’s SafeSport policy. Failure to abide by such policy shall result in a penalty ranging from a warning to suspension or dismissal from Club activities. The penalty shall be at the discretion of the Head Coach.


In the event an athlete is found in violation of the above standards, a coach will initiate a written conduct report. A copy will be forwarded to the Head Coach. The Head Coach will inform the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of the violation. An athlete may appeal in writing a disciplinary decision to the Head Coach (if the decision was made by an assistant coach) or to the Board (if the disciplinary decision was made by the Head Coach). The initial appeal must be submitted within ten days of the disciplinary action, or it will be deemed waived. If the Head Coach upholds the disciplinary decision, the athlete may subsequently appeal said decision in writing to the Board. Such appeal must be submitted within ten days of the athlete’s being notified of the Head Coach’s decision. The Board has the final say as to whether to uphold the disciplinary decision.
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