Foothills Bobsleigh is committed to the highest standard of ethical and professional conduct. The club recognizes that as members, you expect to be informed of what is expected of you.and the consequences that will result if those expectations are not met.
The rules, regulations and policies in this Code of Conduct apply to all members regardless of their position with the club. These regulations and policies apply at all times that members are involved in a program as a member of Foothills Bobsleigh including all on ice practice sessions, competitions, training sessions regardless of the location and off ice sessions where they are a representative of Foothills Bobsleigh. They may also apply to conduct outside the realm of the areas mentioned above that can be related to their membership in Foothills Bobsleigh
1. Any member shall conduct oneself in manner that maintains the principles, integrity and dignity of the club.
2. A member shall conduct oneself in a manner that respects the dignity and rights of all persons.
3. A member shall not place the value of him or herself above that of instilling the highest desirable ideals and character traits in other members.
4. A member who wishes to discuss difference of opinion with a colleague shall do so with discretion, preferably in private.
5. Club members shall be exemplary in their conduct and shall model appropriate behavior demonstrating a controlled and undemonstrative attitude toward officials; treating athletes with dignity and respect.
6. A member discussing the advantage of membership in ones club shall confine statements to a forthright presentation of facts and shall refrain from making statements concerning other clubs which imply their inability to meet the individuals athletic needs or interests.
7. A member shall not make a commitment of any kind to prospective members which the member does not have the authority to fulfill.
8. A member shall not discuss with a prospective club member any matters related to the waiving of fees, including registration fees and/or equipment.
9. A member shall not engage in any action which leads to the circumvention of eligibility in the club or provincial association.
10. A member is responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of the Alberta Bobsleigh Association.
11. A member shall assume that all colleagues intend to follow articles of the CODE. If evidence to the contrary exists, members are morally responsible to bring that evidence forward through the prescribed channels.
12. A member shall not use or consume any alcohol or illegal/controlled substance during the period of time they are involved in programs as a member of Foothills Bobsleigh. Sliding members will adhere to those standards as set by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.
13. A member is also subject to the provisions of the Code of Conduct of the Alberta Bobsleigh Association and those provisions of Code of Conduct of Bobsleigh Canada that apply.
ENFORCEMENT OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT
The following disciplinary process is to be generally followed. Depending on the severity of the violation, the board of directors may skip one or more of the steps in the progressive disciplinary process.
1. The person alleged to have acted contrary to the Code of Ethics shall be contacted by the member(s) who have identified the offence to resolve the issue, the Foothills Executive Board of Directors, not an individual of the Board shall be advised of the incident in writing to the President.
2. The individual(s) who has or have identified the offence, if after attempting to resolve the issue with the offender, feel there has been no resolve and an impasse exists, then he, she or they must indicate to the President of the Foothills Board of Directors same.
3. The Foothills Executive shall appoint a CODE OF ETHICS committee comprised of three members; one of which will be a director and two board members.
4. If the preliminary investigation shows evidence of a violation of the CODE, the alleged offender shall have the opportunity to respond and shall be invited to appear before the CODE committee.
5. The committee has the power to reprimand, suspend or terminate members whose conduct has violated the CODE OF ETHICS. The President shall inform the offender of the decision of the CODE committee and the disciplinary action taken.
Coaching makes a member aware that demonstrated behaviour is inappropriate and not acceptable club conduct.
First formal written notice to a club member that his /her behaviour violates club policy or procedure.
Second formal written notice to a member that his/her behaviour violates club policy and procedure. Where a member demonstrates a pattern of unacceptable behaviour, repeatedly violates club policy and/or commits a serious violation that warrants final notice, the written notice may be described as a Final written notice.
The board of directors has discretion to suspend members for certain periods of time where a written notice has been ineffective.
Termination normally occurs after multiple violations of club policy as the final step in the progressive discipline process.