Code of Conduct

Club Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct has brought together a number of earlier policies into a single document.  It is in 3 parts being rules in respect of:

We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all our members. The club believes it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with Club Welfare Officers (see Committee for details).

As a member of Brentwood Trampoline Club you are expected to abide by the following club rules:

Participants

  • All members must participate within the rules and respect coaches, judges and their decisions
  • All members must respect opponents and fellow club members
  • Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach beforehand if they are going to be absent or late
  • Members should remain within the hall at all times unless given express permission to leave by their coach; absence from the hall should be for no more than sufficient time to undertake the approved activity
  • Members should be actively engaged in their training programme at all times during a session either by taking their go on a trampoline, undertaking approved conditioning activity, writing up their training diary or spotting for others
  • Unless with prior consent from their coach, all electronic equipment (MP3 players, mobiles, games machines etc…) must be switched off during training sessions
  • Members must comply with the club’s Dress Policy and not knowingly withhold knowledge of any breach by them of the policy from any club official
  • Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly
  • Members must not smoke, consume alcohol or take drugs of any kind whilst representing the club at competitions or other events
  • Members should not eat during the course of a training session
  • Members should not climb onto a trampoline whilst others are bouncing
  • Members must be attentive to the coach and attempt new skills only after progressive training and permission
  • Members must avoid going under or swinging under the trampoline or end-decks
  • Members must avoid getting involved in ‘tests of daring’
  • Members should treat all equipment with respect and provide coaches with reasonable assistance in setting up or putting away before and after sessions they attend
  • Members must inform the head coach of any injuries or illness they may have before the warm-up begins
  • Members should not eat or chew gum during a session
  • Members must not use bad language
  • Members should remain with coaches at the end of a session until collected by their parent or guardian

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Parents/guardians

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and participate within them
  • Discourage challenging/arguing with officials
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements
  • Publicly support the club, its coaches, and other officials and volunteers
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Set a good example by recognising good sportsmanship and applauding the good performances of all
  • Never force your child to take part in sport
  • Always ensure your child arrives promptly before the scheduled start of a session or event dressed in accordance with the club’s Dress Policy and with plenty to drink (in a suitable sports bottle and appropriate to the activity – i.e. non-fizzy)
  • Keep the club informed if your child is ill or unable to attend sessions or has any suspected injury or ailment that might impair their performance
  • Keep the club informed of any changes of contact details, address, emergency numbers or medical conditions
  • Endeavour to establish good communications with the club, coaches and officials for the benefit of all
  • Share any concerns or complaints about any aspect of the club through the approved channels in accordance with the Club’s Complaints/Grievance Procedure
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
  • Use correct and proper language at all times
  • Never punish or belittle a child for poor performance or making mistakes
  • Always collect your child from the hall promptly at the end of a session

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Officials/coaches/volunteers

The essence of good ethical conduct and practise is summarised below. All Club Coaches and where appropriate, Officials and Volunteers must:-

  • Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance after assessing the readiness of the pupil by observing ability, confidence and background experience
  • Ensure no one goes underneath the trampoline, especially small children
  • Warn participants of the potential danger and give guidelines for safe practice
  • Check evidence that members are fit to participate, particularly after illness or injury
  • Ensure that all members are trained in the safe mounting and dismounting of trampolines and that they then follow those practices
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part and ensure all participants are suitably prepared physically and mentally when learning new skills
  • Use recommended progressive practices, including manual or rig support, and push-in mats where appropriate. (Pupils of suitable size and experience may be trained to assist)
  • Ensure that members do not over-exert themselves through too many repetitions of moves or routines without rest
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers based on mutual trust and respect
  • Check that members are complying with the club’s Dress Policy
  • Hold the appropriate, valid qualifications and insurance cover
  • Ensure that drinks and food are kept well away from the trampoline area
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance, dressing suitably in accordance with the Dress Policy and not using inappropriate language at any time whilst involved with club activities
  • Ensure that where appropriate (see http://www.brentwoodtc.org/spotting.htm) trained spotters of suitable size are on all sides which are not protected by alternative safety measures. The spotters should be attentive at all times. If children are too small to act as spotters other trained people of suitable size should be used
  • Never consume alcohol immediately before or during training or events
  • Obtain prior agreement from the parent/guardian of performers before transporting them anywhere (training/ competitions
  • Never have performers stay overnight at your home
  • Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward
  • Always report any incidents, referrals or disclosures immediately, following the appropriate guidelines set out in the BG Child Protection policy 2004
  • Never condone rule violations or use of prohibited substances
  • Make sure that confidential information is not divulged unless with the express approval of the individual concerned
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play)
  • Encourage performers to value their performances and not just results
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by BG and Brentwood Trampoline Club

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This Code is consistent with and reflects the British Gymnastics’ Code of Practice for trampolining as updated July 2010.