Code of Conduct

Fernie Freestyle Ski Club expects its members, parents and staff to behave in a courteous, sportsmanlike and appropriate manner so as not to discredit the Club or cause any undue stress to other Club members, staff or members of the public. Coaches, athletes and parents are required to review and sign this Code of Conduct prior to taking part in any Club programs.

Member Responsibilities and Code of Conduct

2015/16 SEASON

Fernie Freestyle Ski Club Mission Statement:

“Creating a clear athlete path”

Fernie Freestyle Ski Club’s goal is to create skiers for life through freestyle skiing programs that focus on skills in a fun, safe and challenging environment where the athletes learn from experienced CFSA certified coaches. Our program is based on the Long Term Athlete Development Plan, outlined by the Canadian Freestyle Association, and we offer programs that allow skiers to progress their freestyle skills with the Club.

“A strong and vibrant community”

FFSC secondary objective is to create a strong and vibrant community of Athletes, Coaches and Parents. Our community is built through positive participation by athletes, coaches and parents in weekly training, competitions, social events and volunteer efforts.

Athlete Responsibilities:

1. Participate and commit fully to “one of the 5 levels of athlete progress training programs” as designed by the Board, the Lead Coach and the coaching staff (i.e. dryland, water ramp, on-snow, equipment care, diet, rest, etc.) giving 100% to the achievement of personal objectives and goals.

2. Clearly communicate personal goals and objectives for the season with the coaches and regularly review performance against goals. Adjusting those goals as required or advised.

3. Respect and honour any and all direction, decisions or other policies which may be developed and communicated by the club administration or coaching staff.

4. Wear a helmet during all ski training (on snow, water ramping or air bag.

5. Recognize personal limits, refraining from performing tricks for which the athlete is not physically or mentally prepared, qualified or has otherwise has been advised against performing due to ski conditions or other safety concerns.

6. Ensure equipment is in sound condition and suitably selected for terrain (e.g. brakes, boot casing, buckles, etc.)

7. When free skiing, ski under control and at a safe speed so as not to scare or endanger other skiers. Athletes must obey all posted mountain signs and all verbal or written instructions received from the ski patrol, coaches and/or ski area employees.

8. Refrain from alcohol, illegal drugs, banned performance enhancing drugs or supplements and from abusing prescription drugs at all FFSC training, comps and events.

9. Address all concerns about individual or fellow athlete safety during training and competitions directly with a coach and/or Lead Coach

10. Act as an ambassador for Fernie Freestyle Ski Club and the sport of freestyle skiing by presenting oneself honourably and with integrity on and off the hill. Show courtesy and cooperation with coaches, fellow athletes, parents, officials and employees while at all venues during training and competition.

11. Refrain from the use of profane language in the company of parents and/or other community skiers.

12. Respect ski and training facility property and equipment; ensuring bags, gear, personal items and garbage are correctly stored or managed.

13. Assume responsibility for any damage an athlete may have caused directly, or indirectly, to any training facility, competition venue or accomodation.

14. As a CFSA registered athlete, read, understand and comply equally to the CFSA Code of Conduct.


Parent Responsibilities:

1. Advocate for their child’s best interests as they enter, participate in and exit from the sport.

2. Promote and support athlete attendance at all required club activities including dry land, ramp, tramp, etc.

3. Monitor their own expectations of their child’s performance and progress, realizing that athletes who feel they cannot meet their parents’ expectations may quickly lose motivation.

4. Communicate respectively with coaches, Lead Coach and Board Directors as needed on all aspects of the program.

5. In the case of program or coaching concerns, communicate first to the Lead Coach who will guide the resolution process. Parents will refrain from taking program/coaching concerns directly to the coach or interrupting the training plan,

6. We are a volunteer run organization and equal participation by all parents in supporting FFSC is a club requirement.

7. Commit to the specified fundraising activities that form part of the overall program.

8. Manage all financial obligations to the club, association and the ski community in a timely and complete manner.

9. Communicate to coaches or Lead Coach any needs or changes arising from the athlete’s personal life that may affect performance and/or behaviour.

10. Act as an ambassador for Fernie Freestyle Ski Club and the sport of freestyle skiing by presenting oneself with integrity on and off the hill by showing courtesy and cooperation with coaches, athletes, fellow parents, officials and employees or customers of all ski areas and other venues during training and competition.

11. Respect and honour direction, decisions or other policies which may be developed and communicated by the club administration or coaching staff.

Coach Responsibilities:

1. Commit 100% to the program, training and comp schedules and to coaching toward the personal goals of all athletes.

2. Ensure athlete safety is foremost in all trainings and competitions.

3. Set a positive example for athletes through timeliness, readiness to ski, condition of equipment and positive attitude.

4. Coach the athletes in a logical sequence, attending equally to all athletes in one’s group and using all development tools available.

5. Ensure athlete personal goals are realistic, reevaluating and adjusting goals with the athlete as required throughout the season.

6. Communicate with parents on appropriate aspects of the team and individual athlete programs as required.

7. Act as an ambassador for Fernie Freestyle Ski Club and the sport of freestyle skiing by presenting oneself with integrity on and off the hill by showing courtesy and cooperation with fellow coaches, athletes, parents, officials and employees or customers of all ski areas and other venues during training and competition.

8. Set a safety example for athletes by ensuring one’s own equipment is sound, wearing suitable condition-specific equipment and by skiing suitably for the terrain and weather conditions. Coaches must also wear an appropriate helmet while skiing.

9. Act in accordance with the athlete’s Code of Conduct (above) as well as the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association Code of Conduct found in the CFSA’s Disciplinary Standard Operating Procedures.

10. Refrain from alcohol, illegal drugs, banned substances and from abusing prescription drugs at all FFSC training, comps and events

11. Refrain for the above in the presence of athletes during ‘off time’ at comps.

12. Refrain from the use of profane language or directing profane language toward anyone at any time.

Administration (Board and Lead Coach) Responsibilities:

  1. Develop policy and procedures to ensure athletes freestyle development is, at the outset, safe and athlete-centered.
  2. Promote, foster and develop program philosophy and club culture for the betterment of all athletes, encouraging active involvement of athletes’ parents as volunteers and potential Board Directors
  3. Ensure that the program is well clearly defined and communicated and understood by all parties and is available to all members via the web, email and/or other communication platform.
  4. Employ a qualified, capable and respected team of professional coaches to carry out program.
  5. Conduct the affairs of The Club in an ethical, financially responsible and transparent manner.

Athletes, parents, coaches, Lead Coach must all agree to the above responsibilities and understand that Fernie Freestyle Ski Club Board of Directors has developed this Code of Conduct to promote and protect the athletes, the FFSC team and brand, the ski areas at which we train and compete and wider ski community at large

All parties agree that any infringement of the above Code of Conduct responsibilities is grounds for disciplinary action from discussion and warnings through dismissal from events or from all activities for the remainder of the season, as follows:

  • The Club will advise the athlete or other party (and parents if an athlete) when there has been an observed Code of Conduct violation, stating specifically the nature of the violation and what can be expected for a reprimand. Factors for consideration include the violation itself, the age of the athlete or position of the violator and the details of the incident.
  • If the problem persists after a warning, a meeting between athlete, parent, Lead Coach, and/or coach will ensue. A plan will be developed to assist and monitor the party for the desired correction. Regular progress reports will be made to all parties.
  • Should the infraction not be reconcilable, The Club reserves several discretionary options, which include disallowing further training and/or competition for a given day, week or a longer suspension period to dismissal or expulsion from the program. Parties who wish to further discuss or appeal such a decision will meet with a Committee appointed by the FFSC Board of Directors.

I have read and agree to the teams of the Fernie Freestyle Ski Club Code of Conduct.

Athlete: _____________________________________________________________Date: _________________

Mother: _____________________________________________________________Date: __________________

Father: ______________________________________________________________Date: _________________

Other: ___________________________________________ (please check) Coach ____ Administration ____