Code of Conduct

Last updated: September 11, 2020

1.Application

The policy applies to all coaches, athletes, volunteers and parents of the Russell Run Club (RRC) and their conduct at any RRC activities, programs or events and includes conduct of members in activities in any way related to RRC and its members.  

2.Purpose

The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to ensure all individuals are aware of the appropriate and expected behaviour at all RRC activities, events and programs.  RRC goal is to foster a positive and supporting environment for the individual at all times.  

3.Policy

RRC is a member of Athletics Ontario (AO) and is therefore required to abide with their Members Code of Conduct and comply with the AO By-Laws, rules, policy and procedures as well as the Athletics Canada and IAAF rules and policies, where applicable. 

Links to the relevant document can be found below.  We strongly encourage all members, coaches, athletes, parents and volunteers to read these policies:

a)Parents, Family Members and Volunteers

Parents, family members and volunteers have a responsibility to enhance the self-esteem and dignity of the RRC member and other individuals.  They are expected to:

  • Treat other coaches, athletes, parents and volunteers with respect;

  • Act in a way that keeps the club’s best interest at heart; and

  • Familiarize themselves with the AO Codes of Conduct.

b)Athletes

Athletes of the RRC are expected to be a positive ambassador of the sport and the club by:

  • Demonstrating through words and actions the spirit of sportsmanship, leadership and ethical conduct;

  • Participating in a spirit of fair play and honesty;

  • Always bringing their best effort to training and competitions;

  • Treating others with respect and refrain from negative or disparaging remarks or conduct;

  • Maintaining a clean, drug free approach to the sport during RRC training sessions or events;

  • Refraining from the use of profane, insulting or offensive language;

  • Being courteous and respectful to other members of the athletic community;

  • Acting in a manner that will bring credit to the athletics community and themselves; and

  • Abiding by the AO Code of Conduct - Athlete

c)Coaches

Coaches of the RRC are expected to be a positive ambassador of the sport and the club by:

  • Act in a manner that will bring credit to the athletics community and themselves;

  • Participate in a spirit of fair play and honesty;

  • Be courteous and respectful to other members of the athletic community;

  • Remember that they are the role models for their athletes and other parties within the sport, and act in a way that reflects this understanding.

  • Encourage the healthy and safe development of their athletes in accordance with the Long Term Athletic Development Model also considering the psychological and emotional effects of training on the athlete.

  • Be constantly learning and bettering their coaching skills by means of coaching education and professional development

  • Comply at all times with the bylaws, policies, rules, and regulations of the IAAF, Athletics Canada and Athletics Ontario, as adopted and amended from time to time, including complying with any contracts or agreements executed with or by AO.

  • Abiding by the AO Code of Conduct - Coaches