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Skater Code of Conduct


Skating is a competitive and individualized sport which requires safe and courteous behaviour from all participants,  on and off the ice. Skaters need to be aware of one another and react predictably to ensure their own and others’ safety.  Each skater is responsible for being aware of and practicing the rules of etiquette and safety noted below.

General Behaviour

  • Due to insurance requirements, only registered Skate Canada members are permitted on the ice, except in a medical emergency.
  • Food, drink, and gum are not permitted on the ice.  Water bottles are acceptable but must be left at the boards.  Glass bottles are prohibited.
  • Spectators, including parents of skaters, may watch from the stands or seating area, but are requested to not stand by the boards.  They must refrain from conversing with or offering direction to skaters on the ice.  If a skater needs more direction, the coach should be consulted after the session and a plan developed to help the skater become more independent.
  • The doors along the rink must be kept closed while a session is in progress to ensure the safety of the skaters on the ice.
  • Sitting on the boards is not permitted.
  • Skaters must clear the ice promptly at the end of each session.

Behaviour on the Ice

  • Skaters are expected to be skating at all times while on the ice.  They are expected to get up promptly after a fall in order to keep pathways clear for other skaters.
  • The ice surface should be used for practice and not for conversation.  Working in small groups with a coach’s approval is acceptable.
  • When practicing routines, skaters must learn to manoeuvre around other skaters and still complete jumps, spins and footwork successfully.  The skater whose music is playing at that time has the right of way.  Calling out “Excuse me!”  or “Heads up!” will alert other skaters to get out of the way.
  • Foul language, yelling, abusive or aggressive behaviour; including kicking holes in the ice is prohibited and will result in loss of Club privileges.
  • Failure to abide by these guidelines may result in disciplinary action by the Club. 

August, 2010