I have applied for membership at USC and, if accepted, I understand that the applicant skates at his or her own risk and that there is no liability on the part of the Club or its Directors. Skaters and their families agree to abide by the by-laws, regulations, code of conduct and policies of the Club.
Skaters may be videoed or photographed during skating sessions or special events, and images may be published on the Club website, bulletin board, photo gallery or in printed material. Skaters’ names may also be published separately to indicate Test and Competition results and/or other skating achievements. If you DO NOT authorize USC to publish image(s), photograph(s) or the name of this registered skater, please inform the Board of Directors in writing.
Unionville Skating Club – Policies and Proceedures, 2012-13
Skaters registering with USC do so knowing and accepting the rules & etiquette both on and off the ice. Skaters are expected to conduct themselves in an acceptable and responsible manner at all times on and off the ice, while representing USC at competitions, and while wearing USC apparel. These rules and guidelines are put into place to allow you to practice skating in a safe environment. Your cooperation following these rules will help the skating club run smoothly and will contribute to the success of all involved.
The following etiquette governs the skaters, parents and coaches:
Skaters must respect other skaters and be courteous at all times.
Foul language, kicking of the ice and bullying are not tolerated. The skater will receive a warning at the first offence by a coach or board member. Upon a subsequent offence, the skater will be asked to leave the ice for the remainder of the session. If the skater refuses to leave the ice, their skating privileges will be suspended for the next skating session. As a final recourse, repeat offenders will be refunded the balance of the season’s skating fees and will have their membership revoked. Any skater who is a victim of bullying should inform their parent(s) and coach immediately and a letter of complaint should be sent to the President of USC.
Only authorized persons and skaters are permitted on the ice.
Skaters are not permitted on the ice with drinks, food or gum. Water is permitted.
Skaters and coaches must leave the ice promptly at the end of each session in order to allow the Zamboni to maintain its schedule. The Zamboni is not permitted to enter the ice until all skaters and coaches have left the ice. Skaters are not permitted on the ice until the Zamboni has completely left the ice and the door is closed.
Parents are not permitted to interrupt a coach while they are on the ice. If a parent must speak with an on-ice coach, he/she should do so while their child is in a lesson with that coach, however the conversation should be kept to a minimum so as not to affect the coach’s time.
Priority right of way shall be as follows:
(1) Coaches and skating instructor,
(2) Skaters in a lesson with music,
(3) Skaters in a lesson,
(4) Skaters with music.
All other skaters must yield to these skaters.
- Skating Attire: Long hair must be tied back. Proper skating attire must beworn (no street clothes, no flared pants which can catch in your blades). Skaters should not wear any bobby pins or other loose items that may fall and trip another skater.
- Use of cell phones, iPods, and MP3 players are not permitted on the ice. Skaters must leave the ice to utilize any of these devices.
- Keep dressing rooms clean and tidy.
- Don’t leave valuables in the dressing rooms.
- Skate guards must be used in the lobby areas.
- Bullying and inappropriate language in the dressing rooms will not be tolerated.
Skill Session Rules:
- Dance and Freeskate are not permitted. Only skills music will be played.
- Skaters may practise any skill but must give right of way to those skaters skating to the skills music being played.
Free Skate Session Rules:
- Priority will be given to coaches requesting music to be played on all sessions.
- Skaters must yield to the skater skating to their music.
- Skaters must be moving on the ice unless they are waiting for their music to start (skaters should not be standing idle, at any time).
- Skaters must get up promptly after a fall, unless seriously injured.
- Socializing with other skaters is not permitted on the ice.
- To ensure the safety of all skaters, it is imperative that skaters be aware and watchful of those around them. A collision between skaters could result in serious injury. Always look behind you when skating backwards.
- Spins should be done at the centre of the ice and jumps at the ends (corners of the ice).
- No Pushing, tripping, horseplay or intentional interference with other skaters is permitted on the ice or elsewhere in the arena.
- All skaters should use the full ice surface during Freeskate sessions and are not to congregate in one area. • If you see a skater in a program skating towards you, do not just stand still; try to skate out of their way.
- If there is a problem with your skates or you need a drink, please go to the sides of the boards.
- No sitting on the boards at any time.
In the playing of music, priority will be given to lesson requirements by coaches.
- Reserve your music by putting your name on the Music Board.
- Solos: Go through your drills and warm-up exercises first, practice your elements, and do a run-through without music. Add your name to the board for solo music when you are ready to practice to music.
- Ensure that all skaters have had a turn and every effort should be made to play a skater’s solo music at least once per session. Playing your music a second time in a session is permitted when all skaters have had an opportunity to have their music played and when the music machine is not being used.
- Be courteous and allow skaters who have not had their music played in the current session to move to the front of the skater’s line.
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
We acknowledge and will refrain from posting, submitting, sending or publishing inappropriate, slanderous, derogatory, or any form of negative comments, photos, texts, etc. of any electronic, public or private entity which includes, but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, personal email accounts, personal web pages, person or private chat rooms, personal texting/cell phone accounts, etc. Sending any form of inappropriate (as determined by USC Board/coaches) photos, comments, etc. will not be tolerated regardless of who the intended may be. Once sent, the consequence will be designated by the coach(es) in conjunction with the USC Board of Directors.
SOCIAL MEDIA WAIVER
As a skater with the Unionville Skating Club, I acknowledge and consent to the fact that skater images may be used for the purpose of communication and promotion on social media which includes but is not limited to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I understand that I will not be tagged or named when these images are used.
Parents of skaters are responsible for the behaviour of their children during all sessions. Ice etiquette rules are in effect at all times. 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.