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Parents code of conduct

Code of conduct for parents and carers

Welland Valley Cycling Club believes that parents and carers of riders are also representing the cycling club and should abide by a code of conduct. Parents and carers of riders should at all times therefore:

  • Be a role model for children and maintain the highest standards of conduct when interacting with children, other parents, officials and organisers.
  • Always behave responsibly and do not seek to unfairly affect the race or cycling session.
  • Never intentionally expose any young participant to embarrassment or disparagement by the use of flippant or sarcastic remarks or inappropriate language and never punish or abuse a child for losing or making mistakes.
  • Always recognise the value and importance of the volunteers who provide sporting and recreational opportunities for their child. Remember, without them, your child could not participate.
  • Respect and not publicly question the judgement or honesty of referees, coaches or organisers.
  • Respect the referees, commissaries, coaches, organisers and other cyclists at all events.
  • Accept the officials’ judgments and teach children to do likewise.
  • Take any racing complaints or objections to a commissarie or club official for appropriate action and never take matters into your own hands.
  • Encourage children to play by the rules and teach them that honest endeavour and a good performance is as important as winning.
  • Set a good example by encouraging and applauding good sportsmanship by all.
  • Encourage mutual respect for team mates and fellow competitors.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Support my child’s involvement and help him or her to enjoy their sport.
  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not for the entertainment of parents or carers.
  • Support all efforts to remove abusive or bullying behaviour in all its forms.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, disability, cultural background or religion.
  • Inform the coach of any specific health requirements or medical conditions of my child in advance of the coaching session
  • Advise the coach if my child has to leave early or is being collected by someone other than a parent or carer, giving details of the arrangement including who will be collecting my child, when and at what time.
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