Code of Conduct

CTAC’s goal is to provide our runners with an environment that will enable them to achieve their competitive potential. Parents, athletes, and coaches are expected to follow general rules and principles while at practice, meets, and while traveling. Our Code of Conduct applies to all Members of CTAC, which includes athletes, families, coaches, and volunteers. The policy applies to conduct at any CTAC activities, programs and events and includes conduct in activities in any way related to CTAC and/or its members. CTAC’s Code of Conduct follows all guidelines outlined in the Athletics Ontario Policies and Governance document.

All coaches, athletes, parents and volunteers are expected to:

  • Behave in a manner that is respectful and courteous to others
  • Refrain from the use of demeaning or belittling language
  • Refrain from the use of abusive or confrontational approaches to athletes, coaches, meet officials, or parents
  • Work in a spirit of cooperation
  • Act in a manner that will bring commendation to CTAC , it’s members and themselves
  • Bring any concerns to the attention of your coach, or if needed, a member of the Board in order to facilitate resolution

All CTAC athletes are expected to:

  • Comply at all times with the bylaws, policies, rules and regulations of the IAAF, Athletics Canada and Athletics Ontario.
  • Participate in a spirit of fair play and honesty.
  • Abide by the laws of the jurisdiction of the province or country in which the event is taking place.
  • Act in a manner that will bring credit to the CTAC and themselves.
  • Arrive at practices and meets at the times designated by their respective coaches.
  • Know their training schedules.
  • Arrive with all equipment present and in good working order.
  • Know their best times for their events.
  • Be attentive to their coaches and to follow coaching directives and suggestions.
  • Display a positive and consistent work ethic.
  • Display a positive and respectful attitude, and behaviour, toward other athletes, parents, coaches and officials.
  • Participate in fundraising activities.

All CTAC coaches are expected to:

  • Ensure the safety of the athletes with whom they work.
  • Remember that competition should be healthy and enjoyable for all.
  • Serve as role models to athletes, both in terms of technique and strategy, and in terms of behavioural expectations in and out of competition.
  • Ensure that the health, well-being and development of the athletes take precedence over wins and losses.
  • Provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for training and competition.
  • Maintain a professional demeanour in their relationships with athletes, officials, colleagues, and parents.
  • Follow safe training and conditioning techniques.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of growth and developmental stages of their athletes.
  • Encourage success for the athletes in and out of competition; including encouraging continued commitment to academic achievement.
  • Insure athletes uphold the rules of Athletics authorities and the spirit of such rules.
  • Communicate and cooperate with the athlete’s parents or legal guardians, involving them in management decisions pertaining to their child’s development.
  • Educate athletes about nutrition, safe and healthy weight loss or gain, and healthy eating behaviours.
  • Encourage the independence and self-determination of developing athletes to accept responsibility for their own decisions, conduct and performance.
  • Regularly seek ways of increasing professional development.
  • Obtain a Police Check in compliance with ATHLETICS ONTARIO rules.