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Skating Conduct/ Ice Etiquette

CanSkate/STARSkate Code of Conduct

  • All members shall always demonstrate good sportsmanship, courtesy, consideration and respect towards others.
  • Be safe on the ice.
  • All skaters up to and including level 5 are required to wear a helmet; gloves are mandatory for all skaters regardless of level. Any skater who does not have the proper equipment will not be permitted to participate in the session.
  • Skaters are permitted to take to the ice only after the zamboni has left the ice, the zamboni gate is closed, and a coach is either rinkside or on the ice.
  • Skaters should take to the ice in an orderly manner, without pushing or shoving.  Skaters shall always be aware of all other skaters on the ice and shall maintain a safe distance from all other skaters.
  • Do not stop and talk to spectators in the viewing gallery. This creates a potentially dangerous situation since you are not paying attention to other skaters.
  • Never chew gum while on the ice.
  • Use the appropriate dressing rooms. Under no circumstances shall a person of the opposite gender enter into a dressing room designated "boys" or "girls".
  • Dressing rooms and other areas around the arena are to be left clean and all garbage picked up.
  • Skaters representing the Club at any function or competition are expected to conduct themselves in an acceptable and responsible manner.
  • Any Club member defacing the club or public property or other skater’s personal property will, at the discretion of the Board be subject to suspension.
  • Anyone caught in the act of theft of any properties will be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including the cancellation of membership as well as prosecution to the full extent of the law.
  • The illegal use of alcohol or drugs by any member or employee of the Woodstock Skating Club during any skating club activities, either, at home or away will result in suspension or dismissal of the member or employee from the Woodstock Skating Club at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  • Use appropriate language. Swearing or the use of abusive language while on the ice, in one of our off-ice classes or any other part of the arena is not appropriate. The rink is a training centre for all ages.
  • All skaters are expected to comply with the Woodstock Skating Club (WSC’s), Western Ontario Section (WOS’s), and Skate Canada’s CODE OF CONDUCT.

Violations of WSC’s CanSkate/STARSkate Code of Conduct will not be tolerated. If you have concerns, either speak to your skater’s coach, or seek out a member of our Board of Directors.

Members/Parents will be contacted if skaters act contrary to the code of conduct and in severe and/or repeat cases a suspension of membership (short or long term) is possible.

CanPower Skater Code of Conduct

  • All members shall always demonstrate good sportsmanship, courtesy, consideration and respect towards others.
  • Be safe on the ice.
  • All skaters are required to wear full hockey equipment, including a helmet and neck guard, and have a stick. Any skater who does not have the proper equipment will not be permitted to participate in the session.
  • Skaters are permitted to take to the ice only after the zamboni has left the ice, the zamboni gate is closed, and a coach is either rinkside or on the ice.
  • Skaters should take to the ice in an orderly manner, without pushing or shoving.  Skaters shall always be aware of all other skaters on the ice and shall maintain a safe distance from all other skaters.
  • Do not stop and talk to spectators in the viewing gallery. This creates a potentially dangerous situation since you are not paying attention to other skaters.
  • Never chew gum while on the ice.
  • Use the appropriate dressing rooms. Under no circumstances shall a person of the opposite gender enter into a dressing room designated "boys" or "girls".
  • Dressing rooms and other areas around the arena are to be left clean and all garbage picked up.
  • Skaters representing the Club at any function or competition are expected to conduct themselves in an acceptable and responsible manner.
  • Any Club member defacing the club or public property or other skater’s personal property will, at the discretion of the Board be subject to suspension.
  • Anyone caught in the act of theft of any properties will be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including the cancellation of membership as well as prosecution to the full extent of the law.
  • The illegal use of alcohol or drugs by any member or employee of the Woodstock Skating Club during any skating club activities, either, at home or away will result in suspension or dismissal of the member or employee from the Woodstock Skating Club at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  • Use appropriate language. Swearing or the use of abusive language while on the ice, in one of our off-ice classes or any other part of the arena is not appropriate. The rink is a training centre for all ages.
  • All skaters are expected to comply with the Woodstock Skating Club (WSC’s), Western Ontario Section (WOS’s), and Skate Canada’s CODE OF CONDUCT.

Violations of WSC’s CanPower Skate Code of Conduct will not be tolerated. If you have concerns, either speak to your skater’s coach, or seek out a member of our Board of Directors.

Members/Parents will be contacted if skaters act contrary to the code of conduct and in severe and/or repeat cases a suspension of membership (short or long term) is possible.

Parent Code of Conduct

  • Skaters should be supervised.
  • A parent or an adult responsible for the skater must be either inside the rink or in the arena lobby for the duration of their CanSkate session.
  • Always keep both entrances to the ice clear and view the session from upstairs or the glass boards.
  • Respect the skater/coach relationship.
  • Our coaches follow the Skate Canada curriculum. If a parent is concerned about the progress of a skater, you should discuss the situation with one of our coaches, who can explain the progress reporting in further detail.
  • If your child is having private lessons and will be absent from a session, please contact your coach directly in advance.
  • All arrangements for private lessons, including coaching fees, are made between the parent and coach. Once a parent has arranged for private lessons with an individual, that person becomes the skater’s primary coach. According to Skate Canada guidelines, another coach should not intentionally solicit a skater away from a coach. If a parent or skater determines that a coaching change is in the best interest of a skater, he or she should inform the primary coach.
  • Skaters who have overdue lesson fees with any of our coaches may not be able to continue private lessons until the account is brought up to date.
  • All skaters are expected to comply with the Woodstock Skating Club (WSC’s), Western Ontario Section (WOS’s), and Skate Canada’s CODE OF CONDUCT.

Violations of WSC’s Parent Code of Conduct will not be tolerated. If you have concerns, either speak to your skater’s coach, or seek out a member of our Board of Directors.

Parents will be contacted if acts contrary to the code of conduct are reported and in severe and/or repeat cases a suspension of membership (short or long term) is possible.

Ice Etiquette

  • The use of profane language is unacceptable. All Woodstock Skating Club members must show respect to all coaches, skaters and volunteers at all times.  Each skater must act with due regard and consideration for others, both on the ice and off the ice. Failure to do so, as judged by the Session Convenor will result in immediate removal of the offending skater from the ice and/or arena for a period of time up to the end of that session.
  • Encouraging words are welcome.  Bragging, boasting, and put downs are neither acceptable nor tolerated in any way. This is especially important on Test Days and at Competitions. We encourage Personal Bests, not medals.  Any parent/skater who believes a child’s self esteem or skating ability is being attacked by another skater should first speak to their skater’s coach, who will in turn discuss the situation with the appropriate parties. In the event that an acceptable outcome is not achieved OR the parent is uncomfortable discussing the situation with the coach, the parent is advised to approach a member of WSC’s Board of Directors.
  • Manners are important. Coaches should not be asked to move and they should always be shown respect. Yelling across the ice is not appropriate. Please be respectful of all skaters and coaches at all times.
  • Each skater must act with due regard and consideration for others, both on the ice and off the ice. Failure to do so, as judged by the Session Convenor will result in immediate removal of the offending skater from the ice and/or arena for a period of time up to the end of that session.
  • All skaters must get up quickly after falling unless injured, so as to not endanger other skaters on the ice.
  • Do not stand still in the middle of the ice.  If you do take a break, make sure to stand against the boards away from the LUTZ corners.
  • No food, gum, candy, or drinks of any kind are permitted on the ice.
  • Parents of skaters are responsible for the behaviour of their children during all sessions.
  • Ice etiquette rules are in effect at all times.
  • The first coach hired by the skater’s parents for private lessons is known as the base or primary coach.  In accordance with Skate Canada guidelines, any other coach wishing to teach the skater in any discipline must first get approval from the Primary Coach.  Please be aware it is against Skate Canada guidelines for any coach to “solicit” a skater away from another coach.  If after meeting and discussion with their Primary Coach, a skater and parent determine that it is in the skater’s best interest and there are valid and beneficial reasons to make a coaching change, then etiquette dictates that the skater’s parents ask their selected new coach if they would be willing and have time to teach the skater, if so, then the parents inform the former coach of the change and pay them in full before taking any lessons from the new coach.  Skate Canada and WSC requires that the former primary coach gracefully relinquish any skater that wishes to change coaches.

Failure to abide by the above rules may result in the offending skater being removed from the ice. Continuous or flagrant abuse of the Ice Etiquette rules may result in the expulsion from the club.

Right of Way

The following order determines the right of way during Free Skate sessions:

    1. A skater whose music is being played.
    2. A skater who is receiving a lesson.
    3. Skaters who are practicing.

Session Protocol

  •  Free skating is not permitted during any dance sessions unless a private lesson is being taught by a Professional Coach.
  • Skaters are permitted to skate on a session they do not qualify for exclusively for the receiving of a private lesson from a Professional Coach and must leave the ice immediately after the lesson.
  •  Guest skating fees will apply.
  •  Appropriate skating attire is required for all skaters on the ice. Jeans are discouraged.

Skaters not complying with this rule will be asked to leave the ice by the Session Convenor.

Safety and Security

  •  No pushing, tripping, horseplay or intentional interference with other skaters is permitted on the ice or elsewhere in or about the arena.
  •  All skaters should use the full ice surface during Free Skate and are not to congregate in one area (no socializing).
  •  All skaters, Professional Coaches and others must leave the ice when the ice resurfacing machine is on the ice and shall not return until the ice resurfacing machine has left the ice surface and gates closed.
  •  Parents shall not enter the ice surface unless specifically requested to do so by a Professional Coach or the Session Convener.
  •  Money and valuables should not be left in the dressing rooms. The club bears no responsibility for the loss or theft of such.

Music Policy

  • The Green Music Room and Woodstock Skating Club Office is out of bounds except to members of the Board of Directors.
  • Skaters may not request dance music except on the dance session. WSC CD’s and tapes may not be borrowed or removed from the music room without the permission of the Music Chairperson.
  • Members who bring their own CD’s or tapes to be played by the music volunteer do so at their own risk and WSC accepts no responsibility for loss or damage.
  • Free skate or interpretive programs will be played in the order requested. This order may be interrupted only by a request from a Professional who is giving a private lesson.
  • Once a program has been announced, it will be played to completion unless cancelled by the skater.
  • Professional Coaches may only request one program at a time and only for the skater receiving a private lesson from that Professional.
  • Requests for music for group lessons will not be considered (Dance and Skill music is exempt).
  • A program may be repeated only after all other programs in the order have been played unless requested by a Professional.
  • Dance music may be played on the Free Skate and Skills sessions only at the request of the Professional Coach.
  • Free Skate and Interpretive music will not be played during the dance session except by the request of the Professional Coach.