Club Policies

  • The OBFSC shall not be responsible for failure to supply ice due to any cause beyond the control of the club.

  • Should safety conditions necessitate ice resurfacing, OBFSC reserves the right to deduct the necessary time from any session without reimbursement. 

  • In accordance with Skate Canada policy, helmets must be worn by all skaters who have not passed CanSkate Level 5. 

  • If a member’s dues or coaching fees are in arrears more than 30 days, the club shall notify the member in writing giving 14 days notice for payment. If payment is not received after the 14-day notice the member’s participation shall be suspended.

  • OBFSC is unable to offer refunds on skating program fees or Skate Canada membership fees.

  • Attendance policies for Intermediate and Senior skaters: appropriate notice shall be conveyed to the coach if a skater will be missing a session; skater may be charged for a “no show” lesson at the coach’s discretion. Coaches reserve the right to instruct the last skater on the ice during the first lesson slot and said lesson ends at the usual time, to prevent the usually prompt skaters receiving first lesson on a regular basis. Access to the session is removed 10 minutes after the start time unless arrangements are made with the Coach and/or the Director; the skater may be charged a "no show" lesson if one was scheduled for them on this session.

  • All OBFSC stakeholders (including skaters, parents/guardians, coaches, and volunteers) are required to exercise good judgment in their use of social media and conduct themselves in a positive, responsible, and respectful manner when contributing and interacting in online spaces. Users are not permitted to post information, photos or other representations of inappropriate behaviour, or items that could be interpreted as demeaning or inflammatory. Confidential or proprietary information should not be publicized on social media channels.

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Skater Code of Conduct

General Guidelines

 

  1. Skaters must treat all individuals and property with dignity, courtesy, and respect, including but not limited to skaters, coaches, off-ice instructors, officials, volunteers, parents and building staff.

  2. Skaters should commit to an energized work ethic that enhances the training environment, and be supportive of fellow skaters.

  3. No skater is allowed on the ice without a qualified coach in attendance.

  4. Skaters should not interrupt a coach while a lesson is in progress.

  5. No food, drinks (with the exception of water), gum or candy are allowed on the ice surface. Items required for skating may be left at the boards; phones may be used during the session only with approval from a coach.

  6. Junior, Intermediate, and Senior skaters are expected to wear appropriate skating attire while on the ice (e.g. warmup jackets, leggings, skating dresses or skirts, etc.) and hair must not be a distraction, i.e. long hair to be tied back from the face.

  7. All skaters participating on an Intermediate or Senior session and not in a lesson will patch holes in the ice in the last 5 minutes of the session, or as otherwise directed by a coach or the Director.

  8. The Director, coaches, and off ice instructors have the right to dismiss skaters for lateness or inappropriate behaviour. Unsafe, unsportsmanlike, or inappropriate behaviour may result in the skater being suspended from the OBFSC without refund.

 

Skater’s “Right of Way” and other safety considerations

 

It is important that all skaters remember that they must always be looking around them while they are skating.  It is every skater’s responsibility to watch where they are going - no exceptions. Skaters shall make every attempt to maintain a safe distance from all other skaters and pay attention to the position of other skaters at all times. 

 

The "right of way" goes first to the soloist whose music is being played, then to the skaters in a lesson. 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").

 

All skaters must get up quickly after falling, unless injured, to not endanger other skaters or themselves on the ice.

 

Skaters must not stand in the middle of the ice. Skaters will move to the boards if a break is required. Always look both ways before leaving the boards.

Parent Code of Conduct

The Oak Bay Figure Skating Club is committed to providing members with the opportunity to develop and pursue their goals in a safe and encouraging environment. In this code “parents” shall refer to parents, extended family members, and guardians of OBFSC skaters. Parents are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner consistent with the values of fair play, integrity, open communication and mutual respect. Parents shall always model positive responsible behaviour and communicate with their child that they expect them to do the same. Failure to comply with the Parent Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary action up to and including revocation of membership.

  1. Parents shall adhere to the policies, procedures, rules, standards, and ethics of the OBFSC and Skate Canada at all times. (See link to the Skate Canada Code of Ethics under Club Policies section.)

  2. Parents must treat all individuals and property with dignity, courtesy, and respect, including skaters, fellow parents, coaches, and volunteers. 

  3. Parents shall refrain from any behaviour or comments which are profane, insulting, harassing, sexist, racist, abusive, disrespectful or otherwise offensive.

  4. For insurance reasons, parents are not permitted on the ice surface. 

  5. Coaches are not to be disturbed during lessons. 

  6. No parents coaching at rink side.

  7. Subject to current health and safety guidelines as may be communicated from time to time, during CanSkate sessions a parent, guardian or designate should remain in the arena for the entire session (until the child reaches 8 years of age), unless a designated parent has been assigned/contact information left with Coach. 

  8. Parents shall ensure their child wears proper skating clothing and equipment.

  9. Parents will refrain from recording a child that is not their own unless they have consent from the child’s parent.

  10. Concerns or complaints may be submitted in writing to the OBFSC Board and will be reviewed by the Executive of the Board. See Club Policies section for link to BC/YK Section dispute mediation procedures.