Racer’s code of conduct

General

Participation in sport, especially one they love, is an important part of each child’s educational development.

As well as acquiring a sound knowledge of the sport through focus & dedication, they also gain invaluable personal benefits, develop self-respect and self-discipline.

Being a club member encourages “team” spirit, an opportunity to develop new and long lasting friendships, and a spirit of generosity and respect towards others.

With this in mind, Thredbo Ski Racing Club (“TSRC”) expects its Training Members to uphold the following Code of Conduct. This enables us to continue as a ski-racing club, united and committed to supporting all its members. Remember that membership of TSRC is a privilege not a right.

Code of Conduct

(1) Respect the members of your club (fellow training members and adult members), coaches, and mountain staff and treat all of those people courteously.

(2) Be aware, learn and observe your responsibilities under the Skiers Responsibility Code.

(3) Once you’ve committed to the club for the season, make the most of it and give it your best.

(4) Get to know other Training Members especially the new members. They need you to be friendly, welcoming and supportive. Remember what it was like when you were a new Member.

(5) Your coaches are professionals, they have a lot to teach you. Take advantage of their knowledge and show them your respect and appreciation. (Respect means amongst other things, being on time for all activities.)

(6) The Head Coach, Club President and Club Captain will determine the training groups. Their decisions are to be respected and are based on member age, training history, projected attendance, maturity, skills,etc.

(7) Ensure that you meet the TSRC Uniform Policy.

(8) Look after your skiing equipment. Make sure your equipment is well maintained.

(9) Always act in a sportsmanlike manner. Wish all competitors the best of luck and congratulate all performances. Good wishes boost everyone’s spirits.

(10) It is only natural that you will be disappointed if you fall or crash during a race. Do not however exhibit unsportsmanlike conduct. Throwing equipment or using bad language is not acceptable and will result in disciplinary action. This applies to training as well.

(11) Thank the race officials for volunteering for race day support at Thredbo as well as away races. Without them, there would be no races.

(12) Respect your clubhouse. Keep it tidy inside and out. Put your belongings in your locker and rubbish in the bins. All members will be asked to help clean up the clubrooms from time to time and it expected that you will do your share.

(13) The TSCR clubrooms are only for use by Members and invited guests from other ski clubs.

(14) If you are last to leave the clubrooms please ensure that the doors are locked. Security of our equipment is very important.

(15) Use of abusive or obscene language is not acceptable in the club house, on the mountain or on the race course, or at any time when you are wearing the club uniform.

(16) After formal training hours, TSRC Training Members are expected to be good citizens in the Thredbo village and beyond. Poor behaviour by a few often reflects badly on the club as a whole.

(17) Involvement with, possession, use or distribution of alcohol (if a minor) is prohibited.

(18) Involvement or taking of drugs, performance enhancing drugs is considered illegal by all national sporting bodies and may be treated by TSRC as a basis for expulsion from the club.

(19) At race events you are part of TSRC. You must ensure that you abide by the Code of Conduct including taking instructions from the Head Coach, Club Captain or Club President and your individual coach, in relation to skiing and all training matters.

(20) TSRC Discipline Committee (DC) is made up of any 2 of the Head Coach, Club President and Club Captain. The DC will be involved in any decisions involving breaches of the Code of Conduct. Any decisions made by the DC will be binding on the Training Member and may include:

(i) temporary suspension from the Club;

(ii) withdrawal from a race or races;

(iii) for more serious cases, termination of Training Membership.

If the Training Member is under the age of 18, The DC will discuss any issues and decision (i), (ii) or (iii) with their Guardian(s).

If any Training Member (over the age of 18) or Guardian(s) of a Training Member (under the age of 18) has a problem or an issue, you must approach the Club President, Club Captain or Head Coach (in the first instance) to discuss. Such discussion should take place in either the administrative office (at the end of the clubrooms) or outside the clubrooms but never in the clubrooms in front of Training Members.

The Code of Conduct must be signed by all TSRC Training Members and co-signed by a Guardian if the Training Member if under the age of 18 at the date of signing the form.

The Code of Conduct must be sent to the Club Registrar and will be retained by the Club. If the Code of Conduct is not received by the Club the Training Member will not be allowed to train with the Club.

Parents’ Code of Conduct on Race Days

Recommendations for Parents’ Conduct on Race Days

  1. Your children are travelling/competing as TSRC athletes and as such are representing the TSRC. Therefore they must take advice from their TSRC coaches regarding training and racing activities.
  2. Athletes should be with their coaches to analyse the course during course inspection.
  3. Parents should not to be in the start area or finish area unless they have been designated a work role. We would prefer them not to talk to their children about the race once on the hill as their comments can distract, upset or confuse their children. Leave this to their professional coaches.
  4. Parents can support their child by looking after their jackets, carrying them to the bottom of the course, and supporting their child at the bottom with positive comments. Feedback from several athletes has been that parental critiquing of the athletes performance is not positive and can be confusing.
  5. If a parent wants to look after their child’s skis, please tune outside the marshalling and start area. There will be a coach in the start area to check equipment.
  6. We all want our athletes to succeed, so please support your child and TSRC coach by abiding by these recommendations.

TSRC Concussion policy 2017

Background information

Concussion is a brain injury and is defined as a complex physiological process affecting the brain, induced by biomechanical forces. Concussion may be caused by either a direct or indirect blow to the head, face, neck or body causing an impulsive force to be transmitted to the head. Loss of consciousness is seen in only 10-20% of cases of concussion, therefore an athlete does not have to lose consciousness to have a concussion.

Concussion should be suspected if any of these features occur after a fall/accident/collision:

  • Unresponsiveness
  • A fit / seizure
  • Balance difficulty
  • Slow responses
  • Vacant stare
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Holding the head
  • Facial injury
  • Speech slurring

Minutes to hours after the impact injury the player may complain of:

  • Headache
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Memory loss / difficulty
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Not feeling right
  • Sensitive to bright light & loud noise

Days to weeks after the impact the player could have/feel:

  • Persistent low grade headache
  • Poor attention & concentration
  • Sad or irritable or frustrated
  • Tired easily, sleep difficulties, lethargy

There is a recognized international protocol for medical assessment (SCAT2) and a graded “return to play” policy that medical practitioners will advise. The doctors at Thredbo Medical Practice will assess the athlete and advise accordingly but the process is generally as follows:

24 hour graded stages

  1. complete brain rest, stay home, no TV, no computer
  2. normal daytime activities eg walking around, computer use
  3. light aerobic activity where HR up to 70% activity level,
  4. Medical review
  5. sport specific training, non-contact training drills on snow,
  6. full contact training, back in gates

The athlete must be symptom free to progress from one stage to the next. If they are not, they must backtrack a level.

Specifically for TSRC

If there is any incident where there is a head injury or potential head injury/concussion during training, or any concerns re concussion as detailed above, the following course of action will be implemented.

  1. The athlete will be off the hill immediately accompanied by coach/ski patrol and taken to the Medical Centre. Parents will be phoned.
  2. Medical assessment which may result in one of the following-

a. Referral for CT scan brain

or

b. Diagnosis of concussion, and institution of the graded return to sport protocol (days off would be at least 3 before clearance to be back on snow)

or

c. Clearance

3. No return to on snow activity without a written medical clearance. Our brains are too important to risk permanent damage.