TO OUR CLUB PARENTS,
WFSC is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for members’ physical, emotional and social development and ensuring that it promotes an environment free of misconduct.
Preamble: The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, trustworthiness and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character” (Arizona Sports Summit Accord).
By signing, I hereby agree that:
I will encourage good sportsmanship by my actions, demonstrating positive support for all skaters, coaches, and officials at every practice, competition and test session.
I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child and others ahead of my desire to win.
I will encourage my child to skate in a safe and healthy environment by maintaining a respectful and courteous attitude to others.
I will promptly inform my child’s coach of any physical/mental disability or challenge affecting my child that may affect the safety of my child or others.
I will teach my child that doing his/her best is more important than winning.
I will not ridicule, bully, blame, or yell at my child or other skaters, other parents, coaches, officials or volunteers in response to a poor performance or for any other reason. This includes on and off ice time and my social media sites.
I will do my best to make skating fun at all times and will remember that my child participates in sports for his/her own enjoyment and satisfaction.
I will teach my child to treat other skaters, coaches, fans, volunteers, officials, other parents and rink staff with respect, regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation or ability.
I will also take action and report any acts of bullying, harassment or abuse to the appropriate authorities.
I will applaud any effort in both victory and defeat emphasizing positive accomplishments and learning from mistakes.
I will teach my child to resolve conflicts calmly and peacefully without resorting to hostility or violence.
I will be a positive role model for my child and others.
I will demand a figure skating environment for my child that is free of drug or alcohol abuse and agree that I will not use for myself or provide to a third-party any illegal drug prohibited by applicable federal, state, or municipal law. This includes all on and off ice time.
I will not assist or condone any athlete’s use of a banned substance as described by the International Olympic Committee, International Skating Union, United States Olympic Committee, or U.S. Figure Skating, or, in case of athletes, to use such drugs or refuse to submit to properly conducted drug tests administered by one of these organizations.
I will not use or possess illegal drugs, and I will not engage in criminal activity. I understand that, if I am found to use or possess illegal drugs, or if I am found to engage in any criminal activity during any activity hosted, supported, sponsored or engaged in by U.S. Figure Skating, I may be subject to criminal penalties as well as penalties imposed by U.S. Figure Skating.
I will conduct myself in a manner not detrimental to the welfare of figure skating and the reputation of WFSC. I understand that my actions reflect on U.S. Figure Skating, WFSC and the sport of figure skating both positively and negatively. I understand that if my acts, statements, or conduct are considered detrimental to WFSC or the welfare of figure skating by the appropriate authority, I may be subject to penalties imposed by U.S. Figure Skating pursuant to GR 1.04 or WFSC policies. I understand that my actions at all WFSC ice time and activities and while I am outside of the skating rink hours may also be subject to penalties imposed by WFSC.
I will expect my child’s coach to be in compliance with all requirements of U.S. Figure Skating and the Professional Skaters Association, to continue their education and training through programs offered by U.S. Figure Skating, the Professional Skaters Association and other accredited organizations.
I will respect my child’s coach and refrain from “side line” coaching my child or other skaters.
I agree to educate myself regarding the proper procedures to follow when establishing or terminating a coaching relationship.
I will respect the decisions of officials, their authority and decisions during competitions and test sessions and teach my child to do the same. I also will never approach any official/coach at a competition/test session to request information or dispute results.
I will go through my coach and follow the proper procedures. Disputing decisions by myself and not through a coach is never acceptable and will result in disciplinary actions.
I will show appreciation and recognize the importance of volunteers and club officials.
I will fulfill my responsibility to help my club with membership, special projects, competitions and test sessions or follow through with the consequences.
I will become familiar with the rules of the U.S. Figure Skating and teach my child accordingly.
I will support and respect all skaters and their right to participate.
I will at no time approach a Watertown City official or rink official on my own to ask for schedules, additional ice time or to complain about ice conditions. This may result in loss of ice time for WFSC. If there is a complaint, Iwill take it to the Board President to follow up.
I will at no time claim to represent WFSC if I have not asked or been given permission to (ex. going to other clubs/USFSA asking for funds on behalf of WFSC or a WFSC skater). I will first take my request to the Board of Directors.
I will not use the WFSC logo to create my own apparel. I understand the logo and name WFSC belongs to WFSC.