What is Etiquette?

Etiquette is any special code of behavior or courtesy. At any level of skating, it is important that skaters follow a few basic rules to keep everyone safe and allow each skating session to be enjoyable and productive…Respect and courtesy must be displayed at all times to all coaches and all skaters.
 
Priority of right-of-way on the ice surface:
  1. Coaches
  2. Skaters receiving lessons
  3. Skaters using music
Priority of music being played:
  1. Lessons
  2. First Come, First Served: Skaters will mark their spot in line by placing a skate guard in the line next to the CD player.
Note to Skaters: Once your music has been played, every other skater who wants music played has priority over yours being played again (lessons are exempt).  Please be courteous and helpful by pressing play for your skating peers. 
 

Rules of Conduct

  • Please be prompt and prepared for lessons.
  • Appropriate clothing for skating – warm, moveable clothing must be worn for all on ice and off ice sessions – no jeans, sweatpants or pyjama pants
  • Long hair must be tied back
  • Long laces should not be wrapped around the skate, as this causes the boot to wear down and also causes circulation problems.
  • Skaters will display good sportsmanship at in town and out of town events.
  • Inappropriate behavior, such as swearing, ice kicking, bullying or disrespectful behavior whether directed at a Coach, Volunteer, Parent or Skater will not be tolerated. Remember and appreciate the hard work and dedication by the Coaches , Parents , Skaters and Volunteers of the Club.
  • Skaters will leave food in the dressing rooms. Only Water may be placed on the boards at the ice surface (NO GLASS CONTAINERS). No food or gum chewing on the ice
  • All garbage will be placed in trashcans.
  • Remember to pick up after yourself – when you leave the ice surface and also when you leave the dressing room – water bottle, kleenex, jackets, music, etc.
  • Skaters will inform coaches ahead of time if they plan to miss a session or have to leave early/arrive late.
  • Cell phones, ipads, and other screens are not permitted on the ice.
  • Money or valuables should not be left in dressing rooms.  Please lock these items in your lockers or do not bring them to the rink.
  • Skaters are not allowed on the ice until a Coach is present.
  • No standing in the middle of the ice talking in groups as this becomes a danger to those who are practicing. 
  • For safety reasons, Jumps are to be practiced on the ends and Spins are to be practiced in the middle of the rink
  • Get up immediately after falling unless you are hurt. Keep your head up and watch for fellow skaters. Be polite and say excuse me when wanting to practice a jump, spin, etc
  • Use your ice time wisely….Plan your practice and practice the plan!

These rules of conduct and etiquette must be adhered to at all times by skaters and coaches alike. The coaches will ask any skater not following these rules of conduct and etiquette to leave the ice surface. Skaters will not be allowed back on the ice surface without issuing an apology to the coach(es) and/or the skating group present during the display of poor conduct and/or etiquette.

 

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