Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
As a Class we want everyone to enjoy their sailing in a safe and pleasant environment where everyone is treated with respect and understanding. The Class has a simple "Code of Conduct" which is set out below and is also available to view on the Official Notice Board at National Series events and which we feel sure all members and their families will adhere to.
ITCA Class Association Code of Conduct
It is the policy of ITCA that all participants, coaches, instructors, officials, parents and volunteers show respect and understanding for each other, treat everyone equally within the context of the sport and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the class. The aim is for all participants to enjoy their sport and to improve performance.
Abusive language, swearing, intimidation, aggressive behaviour or lack of respect for others and their property will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action.
- Listen to and accept what you are asked to do to improve your performance, keep you safe and ensure the smooth running of an event
- Respect other participants, coaches, instructors, officials and volunteers. Celebrate differences in our activity and do not discriminate against anyone else on the grounds of colour. Gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
- Abide by the rules and play fairly
- Do your best at all times
- Never bully others either in person, by phone, by text or online
- Take care of all property belonging to other participants, the class or its members
- Support your child’s involvement and help them enjoy their sport
- Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
- Never force your child to participate
- Never punish or belittle a child (your own or another child) for losing or making mistakes
- Encourage and guide your child to accept responsibility for their own conduct and performance
- Respect and support participants, coaches, instructors, officials and volunteers
- Accept officials’ judgements and recognise good performance by all participants
- Use established procedures where there is a genuine concern or dispute
- Inform the club or event organisers of relevant medical information
- Ensure that your child wears suitable clothing and has appropriate food and drink
- Provide contact details and be available when required
- Lead by example and behave appropriately
- Take responsibility for your child’s safety and conduct in and around the event venue
Coaches, Instructors, Officials and Volunteers
- Consider the welfare and safety of participants before the development of performance
- Encourage participants to value their performance and not just results
- Promote fair play and never condone cheating
- Champion everyone’s right to participate and celebrate differences in our activity and do not discriminate against anyone else on the grounds of colour. Gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
- Ensure that all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part
- Build relationships based on mutual trust and respect
- Work in an open and honest environment
- Avoid unnecessary physical contact with young people
- Be an excellent role model and display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance
- Do not drink alcohol or smoke when working directly with young people
- Communicate clearly with parents and participants
- Be aware of any relevant medical information
- Follow RYA and class guidelines and policies
- Holders of RYA Instructor and Coach qualifications must also comply with the RYA Code of Conduct
- Holders of RYA Race Official appointments must also comply with the RYA Race Officials Code of Conduct.
RYA Anti-Doping Rules
- The RYA anti-doping rules apply to anyone in the United Kingdom who has agreed (either in writing or by their conduct) to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing. Athlete Support Personnel, for example coaches, parents/guardians and physiotherapists, also have a number of responsibilities under the rules.
If you are concerned that someone is not following the Code of Conduct, you should inform one of the following:
- ITCA Class Secretary
- ITCA Chairman
- ITCA Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer