Figure Skating Codes of Conduct
The essential elements
of character building and ethics in sports are embodied
Examples of a Figure Skating
Codes of Conduct Agreements
concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: respect,
caring, trustworthiness and good citizenship. The highest potential of
sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of
As a condition of joining the
club, it is highly recommended that all members of a skating club -
skaters and parents of minor children - read and sign the Skating
of Conduct Agreement.
Parents need to become familiar
with the contents in these documents
and sign the following:
These agreements are signed on an
annual basis as all members and/or parents are bound by
U.S. Figure Skating rules (GR 1.02-1.03. Code of Ethics and Code of
The Skater's Code of Conduct - This is a
code of conduct for
skaters to abide by at all club sessions.
The Code of Conduct must be
observed for safety and to
ensure that everyone can make effective use of their ice time without
creating unnecessary problems. Suggested rules include:
& Right-of-Way -
- Pay attention to the position of other skaters at all
times. Be especially alert for reverse jumpers.
- All skaters, coaches, and parents are expected to treat
others with respect.
- Parents and other skaters are requested not to interrupt
coaches while lessons are in progress.
- "Right-of-way" goes first to the skater in a harness, then
to the soloist, then to the skaters in a lesson.
Note: Generally there are
multiple lessons being conducted at the same
time. Most sessions have provisions for identifying a skater performing
their program. The rules require other
skaters to avoid undue interference with the skaters who have the
"right-of-way". Skaters having the "right-of-way" must also remember to
keep an alert eye open to avoid collisions. Screaming at the top
of your lungs "excuse me" is not acceptable!
standing on the ice near the boards, make sure you're not going to cut
someone off when entering the flow of skaters.
- Look in the direction of traveling forward and backward.
Look to the where the body is leaning - inside the circle.
- Do not sit or lie on the ice. Get up as quickly as possible
skating in the Lutz corners of the rink for prolonged periods as this
impedes other skaters' ability to perform their elements and programs.
Be especially aware of your surroundings when you are in these corners
as the approach of the Lutz is blind and frequently is
telegraphed (excessively long). The
skater doing the Lutz is not likely to see you.
skating in the center of the rink for prolonged periods as this impedes
the ability of
other skaters' to perform the elements of their programs that
crisscross the center.
- If you must carry on an extended conversation (socializing)
- get off the ice. Such an activity on the ice wastes expensive
ice time and interferes with other skaters' training while presenting
stationary hazard for skaters to avoid.
- Sitting on the boards or climbing over the boards is not
- Eating, chewing gum or drinking (with the exception of
drinking water from plastic bottles used by runners) is not permitted
on the ice.
- Pushing, shoving, throwing snow or intentionally damaging
the ice surface
by kicking is not permitted.
- Solo music will be played using an established system to
insure fairness; however, a priority would be given to a coach's
request for a lesson.
- Coaches may request solo music for a skater during a lesson
my request solo music up to twice per session, unless played in lesson.
This rule may be relaxed for sessions that are not busy.
by session designations: No dance, MITF skills or prolonged stroking
exercises will be allowed on Free Skating sessions, and no free skating
(jumps or spins) will be allowed on Dance and MITF sessions.
by session criteria: skate only on sessions for which you qualify.
Requests for exceptions may be made in writing to the Board for club
sessions and from rink management for sessions the rink controls.
the buzzer sounds and the Zamboni doors open, the session is over. Stop
skating, help patch holes if requested, and clear the ice quickly.
Skating is basically an individual
sport, and activities during most
practice sessions are pretty unstructured. Some basic rules must be
observed for safety and to ensure that everyone can make effective use
of their ice time. The club has its own set of
rules, and you should be sure to know and follow them. All skaters
above JD level are required to read, sign and return the Skaters' Code
of Conduct when registering.
Club has growth may occur
significantly more beginning skaters. These numbers are subject to
attrition as the skaters progress towards earning a gold test medal.
The limited ice time will require more advanced sessions to include
several skill levels to pay the ice fees.
Respect the rights of other
skaters and be
constantly aware of who is around you. If you seem to be surrounded by
skaters of significantly greater or lesser skills, be especially
careful! Strive to avoid collisions!
All skaters, coaches,
parents and volunteers are to be treated with respect.
Do not interrupt coaches
when they are giving lessons.
Follow Session Designation and Criteria
designations may be divided into skill levels:
- Free Style -No dance, skills or prolonged stroking
- Dance includes dance spins and lifts during breaks -
no free skating allowed.
- Free Dance and Pair sessions - couples only.
- MITF sessions - no free skating or dance allowed.
Priority/Right of Way
The 'right of way' goes first to
the skater in a harness, then to the
soloist (whose music is playing), then to the skaters in a lesson. The
skater performing the program must also keep an alert eye open. Note
that there are usually multiple lessons at the same time. Other skaters
must avoid undue interference with the skaters who have the "right of
way". Skaters having the 'right of way' must also remember to keep an
alert eye open to avoid collisions and may respectfully remind others
of 'right of way' e.g. 'excuse me', except when both skaters have equal
'right of way'.
Dangerous Singles Moves
When you are practicing elements
like camel spins and back spirals be
especially aware of the danger your exposed blade poses to other
skaters. Recognize that once you've started the element it will be hard
for you to see those around you. Take a good look at your expected
"space" before you start the element, and abort it if it looks like you
could cause a problem. Other skaters are expected to give the skater
free maneuvering room once performing such an element.
Rink Corners attract skaters performing "Lutz" jumps
Because of the nature of the Lutz
jump, it is most commonly performed
in opposite corners of the rink. These corners are informally called
the "Lutz Corners". Strive to avoid long-term practice activities in
these corners, and be especially aware of your surroundings when you
are in them. The approach to a Lutz is long and blind. The skater doing
the Lutz is not likely to see you.
Falls and Injuries
If you fall, get up quickly.
Other skaters will have a much harder time seeing you when you are down
low on the ice. Don't stay there any longer than you have to. While
falling, keep your fingers away from your blades. Learn to fall
properly so that you can protect your head as much as possible. Learn
to keep "loose" when you fall and this will help you to avoid breaking
If you see someone else
is that has fallen and may be injured, don't
just drag them off without being certain that doing so won't hurt them
further. If you suspect that someone is seriously hurt, the best thing
to do is -
- Have someone stand "guard" over them to make sure that
other skaters avoid collisions with them,
- Get a qualified adult
to come and help them.
As you skate more, you'll get to
the point where you'll recognize that
a practice session has a certain "rhythm" to it. People tend to do
pretty "expectable" or "predictable" things, and you can usually pretty
much guess where somebody else is going, based on what they're doing
when you see them (the normal approaches to each jump or spin are
pretty recognizable). Try not to skate or behave in a way that would
surprise other skaters. If you're standing near the boards, don't enter
the flow of skaters without checking to make sure you're not going to
get into someone else's way. Be especially alert for reverse direction
Be aware of other skaters' positions at all times,
especially before entering the ice or starting from a stopped position.
Be especially alert for reverse jumpers.
Look in the direction of travel when skating backwards.
Refrain from standing around and visiting on the ice. This
expensive ice and presents an additional hazard for other skaters to
No skaters may push, pull, grab or purposely bump into
skaters. Games such as Snap the Whip or any form of tag cannot be
played. Skaters cannot make or throw snowballs. Kicking or digging
holes in the ice is
forbidden. Skaters should help fill the normal caused by toe jumps.
No food or drink on the ice (this includes chewing gum).
No large hair barrettes, hair baubles, or jewelry
Skaters should avoid skating in the center of the rink as
this impedes on the other skaters' ability to perform their programs.
Coaches may request solo music up to twice per session if
played in lesson. This rule may be relaxed for sessions that are not
When the buzzer sounds and the Zamboni doors open the
over. Skaters should immediately stop skating, help patch holes if
requested and clear the ice
When the buzzer sounds and the Zamboni doors open the
over. Coaches should immediately stop teaching and quickly clear the
In Canada, all CanSkaters must wear helmets.
It is strongly recommended that beginner skaters of all ages wear
helmets to avoid serious head injuries.
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