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Code of Conduct

Cascades Club (CC) Code of Conduct


1. Introduction


The Cascades Club (henceforth referred to in this document as CC) is committed to providing a
respectful, drug-free and safe environment, characterized by honesty, fairness, mutual respect,
and open and clear communication, where all CC program participants, staff, members and
volunteers can feel accepted and valued.

The CC Code of Conduct sets clear behavioural expectations by which all CC program
participants, staff, members and volunteers are required to abide during any CC activities.
Interpretation of the application of this code is at the discretion of the CC Board of Directors.

2. Code of Conduct

2.1. Behaviour

CC program participants, staff, members and volunteers shall at all times during any CC activity,
competition or training event:


a) Be respectful, professional, responsible and sportsmanlike.
b) Refrain from speaking disparagingly of any other athlete, coach, official, administrator,
volunteer or program.
c) Respect all CC equipment and treat it with care.
d) Not engage in any conduct that could bring CC, competition or sport into disrepute.
e) Act responsibly when on and off the water and respect safety rules.
f) Abstain from underage consumption of alcohol, excessive use of alcohol, possession and
/ or use of illicit drugs and narcotics, possession and / or use of banned
performance-enhancing drugs or methods.
g) Refrain from, actively discourage, and report any acts of harassment or bullying
behaviour as defined below.

2.2. Harassment

Harassment includes conduct, gestures or comments which are insulting, hurtful, intimidating,
humiliating, malicious, degrading or otherwise offensive to an individual. The Canadian Human
Rights Act prohibits harassment based on race, ethnicity, colour, religion, age, sex, marital
status, family status, disability, pardoned conviction and sexual orientation.
Harassment creates a hostile or intimidating environment which can negatively affect
performance. Harassment may occur between peers or between someone in a position of

authority and someone in a subordinate position.
Some examples of harassment include:

a) Unwelcome jokes, innuendo or teasing about a person’s body, looks, race, or sexual
orientation.
b) Unsportsmanlike conduct such as angry outbursts or arguing.
c) Condescending, patronizing, threatening or punishing actions which undermine
self-esteem.
d) Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment or may endanger a person’s
safety.
e) Degrading or inappropriate hazing rituals.
f) Unwanted or unnecessary physical contact including touching, patting, pinching, etc.
g) Unwanted conduct, comments, gestures or invitations of a sexual nature that cause
offence or humiliation (this would also constitute abuse).
h) Sexual assault or physical assault (this would also constitute abuse).

2.3. Bullying


Bullying is a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or
individuals which can cause feelings of fear, distress, isolation, and / or harm to another person’s
body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or
perceived power imbalance.
Bullying can occur between people of any age and can be:
a) Physical (e.g. shoving, hitting, kicking, stealing)
b) Verbal (e.g. name calling, insults, threats)
c) Social (e.g. gossiping, rumours)
d) Cyber bullying (via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

In the context of athletic training, bullying behaviour could include:

Unwarranted yelling and screaming directed at an individual or group.

  • Continually criticizing the abilities of an individual or group.
  • Blaming an individual or group for mistakes.
  • Making unreasonable performance demands from an individual or group.
  • Repeated insults or put downs of an individual or group.
  • Denying or discounting the accomplishments of an individual or group.
  • Threats or physical violence directed at an individual or group.

 

3. Disciplinary Procedures


3.1 Violation of the CC Code of Conduct will be documented using the Cascades Club Incident
Report Form
and kept on file for a period of at least five years.


3.2. Infractions of the CC Code of Conduct may result in any (or a combination of) the
following:

  1. Verbal reprimand
  2. Written reprimand
  3. Suspension or removal from a CC program, competition or event
  4. Community service contribution to CC
  5. Loss of CC member status
  6. Other sanctions that are deemed appropriate for the offence as determined by the CC Board of Director

The CC Code of Conduct is in effect for all CC program participants, staff, members and
volunteers while on CC property or while participating as part of the CC at any off-site program
or event (e.g. on-water training, regatta).


4. Declaration of Commitment to CC Code of Conduct


I have read and understand the CC of Conduct and agree to adhere to it while on CC property,
while participating in any CC program or as part of the CC at any event in any capacity (program
participant, staff, member or volunteer).
If an infraction of the CC Code of Conduct occurs, I understand that if requested to do so by the
CC Board of Directors, I must remove myself or my child from the CC property, program, or
event as soon as possible. I agree to abide by the decision of the CC Board of Directors for the
duration of the summer, but I understand that I may appeal the decision after September 1st of
the current year.


__________________________________________________________________
Full Name of Program Participant (please print)

 

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Signature of Program Participant (if 18 years or older) or Parent / Legal Guardian

 

Date: ____________________________

Cascades Club Code of Conduct