Athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers are expected to follow a Code of Conduct, which is based on the United States Ski Association (USSA) Code found in the USSA Alpine competition Guide. Competitors, coaches and officials shall maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct including, but not limited to:
- Self control
- Responsible behavior and honesty
- Consideration for others
- Treating people and their property with respect
- Physical and emotional well-being
- Good manners in public
We are very serious about the Athlete’s Code of Conduct. Good or bad behavior of an individual athlete reflects on the team and the program as a whole. The repercussions of an individual’s behavior can have a lasting public impression that extends beyond that athlete’s time on the team. Our reputation is on the line and we will enforce the Code of Conduct at all times.
Being part of this program is a privilege, not a right. As a program participant you will be required to sign an agreement stating that you agree to observing the Athlete’s Code of Conduct, both on and off the hill.
All athlete are expected to ski and ride in a safe manner at all times. It is critical that we all act in a safe manner throughout the season to prevent injuries. Ensure your own personal safety and the safety of others by using common sense. Do not ski or ride with tunnel vision. Be aware of conditions, terrain, obstacles and other people around you while you are free skiing and training. You should be familiar with and obey the Responsibility Code found on most ski resort’s Trail Map.
The coaching staff encourages the following:
- Come to a stop below others
- Helmets are required – no exceptions
- Face/mouth protection, appropriate hand and shin guards are required for training Slalom (Coaches will direct will the face guards are required)
Drugs, alcohol or tobacco
The use of these substances will not be tolerated and will lead to dismissal from the . Dishonesty. Dishonesty will not be tolerated and will lead to dismissal from the .
Violence and aggressive behavior. Violent and/or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated and will lead to suspension from training with the and USSA events for a minimum of two weeks.
Profanity, abusive language, lewd comments
The use of profanity, abusive language or lewd comments will not be tolerated whatsoever. If you don’t know what any of these terms mean – just Google it for your answer. During racing events such language can lead to race disqualification and /or racer sanctions for future events. If coaches are notified by resort employees, other mountain guests or fellow team members of any of the above mentioned items, you will be dismissed from the team.
Disruptive behavior is out!
Skiing, snowboarding and racing are fun. All athletes who have joined the program have made a commitment to that but also to learning to become better skiers at their sport. Training should be fun and disruptive behavior is not tolerated. It is disrespectful to the coach and to the other athletes in the group.
Good Sportsmanship is Required
Skiing and snowboarding are individual sports but all members of the are team members. In all cases coaches and athletes are expected to behave as a team and to use positive reinforcement and encouragement. In other words, cheer for your teammates. Any “clicks” that are real or perceived will suspend all involved athletes. Any bullying is absolutely not tolerated and any athletes involved in bullying, be it physical or psychological, will be dismissed from the team.
Mountain Resort Behavior
Respect the mountain employees, other guests and the mountain facilities at all times. Courtesy toward other people goes a long way. In order to use any lift cutting privileges, you must be within arm’s reach of your coach.
If you can’t be on time, be early
If you are late you cannot train with us for that morning session. You will have to meet the group at lunch time, or if you are with an adult, find them on the hill. We do not carry radios during training and cell service is spotty at best so connecting with your group after we depart the base areas is nearly impossible.
Attitude is everything
The coaching staff realizes that we have athletes of all abilities and skill levels but we expect each athlete to show a positive attitude and to give their best effort during training.
The coaches reserve the right to encourage and enforce the Code of Conduct and safety and behavior guidelines. After one warning the coaches, during training sessions, may dismiss uncooperative athletes from the current session. The athletes will be sent to the lodge for the remainder of that session, and can return to the group at the beginning of the next session of the day.
More serious matters will involve the head coaches and parents.