ROLES & EXPECTATIONS The success of Team Hardwood’s racing program is based, among other things, on all participants (athletes, coaches and parents) recognizing and adhering to a set of mutual responsibilities and expectations. Athletes, for example, are expected to adhere to the training program as best they can, to attend team practices and races, to support their peers and respect their coaches and other competitors. Coaches, meanwhile, are expected to design and implement training programs in the best interest of their athletes’ long-term development as both competitors and persons, including treating athletes with dignity and respect. The following sets out a list of responsibilities and expectations for the conduct of athletes, coaches and parents involved with Team Hardwood’s racing programs.
Team Hardwood athletes and parents can expect our coaches to:
- Design and implement training and racing programs that are compatible with the long-term interests and development of athletes as whole persons;
- Design and implement training activities that are safe;
- Act in a professional manner at all times, including treating all athletes and parents openly, fairly and respectfully, and refraining from abusive or harassing behaviour;
- Act in a professional manner towards race officials, and athletes and coaches from other teams;
- Participate in regular professional development activities such as coach training courses to increase their knowledge and skills;
- Respect the privacy and confidentiality of all Team Hardwood athletes and families;
- Arrive on time and adequately prepared for team training sessions;
- Communicate regularly with athletes and parents about upcoming training and racing activities;
- Monitor athletes’ iLog entries and comment when appropriate (Sr Devo and Masters only)
- Be responsive to athlete requests for assistance and feedback; and to parents’ questions and concerns;
- Hold at least one parents meeting per season to discuss the program and how it can be changed/improved;
- Be reasonably familiar with CCC and CCO race rules and regulations;
- Act as your child’s advocate before a race jury in the event of any racing rules infractions and/or sanctions, whether s/he is the perpetrator or victim of said infraction;
- Be familiar with and abide by both Cross Country Canada’s Coaches Code of Conduct (http://www.cccski.com/dbfiles/1002.pdf) and Cross Country Ontario’s (CCO) Coaching Code of Ethics (http://xco.org/admin/document/coa_code.pdf).
Team Hardwood coaches and parents expect our athletes to:
- Commit to their own progress and success;
- Commit to the training program as designed and implemented by the coaches;
- commit to their own health and well-being by ensuring proper nutrition, hydration, recovery and sleep;
- attend group dryland (Gold, Silver & Jr devo only) and on-snow training sessions on a regular basis;
- develop self-reliance and independence appropriate to their age in matters such as: being responsible for following and completing the training program as supplied by the coaches; arriving to training and races on time and with all needed clothing and equipment for the day’s activities; caring for equipment; waxing their own skis for training sessions;
- be supportive and encouraging of their teammates, and to treat them with respect;
- be respectful of Team Hardwood coaches and parents, as well as of other competitors, coaches and race officials;
- lead a balanced life, including keeping up with schoolwork and spending time with family and friends;
- participate actively in team fundraising and social events;
- keep a training log and record daily training activities and other developments that might affect their training (e.g. illness)
- represent and embody the sporting values of Team Hardwood, including trying your best, teamwork, fair play, and respect for others.
- In addition, Team Hardwood athletes are expected to read, sign and adhere to the Cross Country Ontario Athlete’s Code of Conduct: http://www.xco.org/admin/document/ath_code.pdf.
- Athletes and parents must sign a copy of the Code and submit it to Judy Doble at the Hardwood front desk, where it will be kept on file.
Team Hardwood athletes and coaches can expect parents to:
- support their child/athlete in a positive and constructive manner as s/he pursues their competitive goals in ski racing;
- be supportive and encouraging of other Team Hardwood athletes;
- treat all coaches, athletes, parents, and race officials with respect;
- let the coaches coach;
- participate in at least one team fundraising activity per year;
- volunteer to assist at races in some capacity (e.g. hotel logistics, wax support, tent set-up etc.)
- pay program fees and other event costs to Hardwood Ski & Bike in a timely manner.