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Skater Conduct/Ice Etiquette

Skater Conduct:

Dressing rooms and other areas around the arena are to be left clean and all garbage picked up. All skaters are expected to comply with the London Skating Club, Western Ontario Section, and Skate Canada CODE OF CONDUCT. Skaters representing the Club at any function or competition are expected to conduct themselves in an acceptable and responsible manner. Any Club member defacing the CLUB or public property or other skater’s personal property will, at the discretion of the Board be subject to suspension. Anyone caught in the act of theft of any properties will be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including the cancellation of membership as well as prosecution to the full extent of the law. The illegal use of alcohol or drugs by any member or employee of the London Skating Club during London Skating Club activities, either, at home or away will result in suspension or dismissal of the member or employee from the London Skating Club at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Ice Etiquette:

The use of profane language is unacceptable. All LSC members must show respect to all coaches, skaters and volunteers at all times. Each skater must act with due regard and consideration for others, both on the ice and off the ice. Failure to do so, as judged by the Session Convenor will result in immediate removal of the offending skater from the ice and/or arena for a period of time up to the end of that session.

The following order determines the right of way during Free Skate sessions:

  • A skater whose music is being played.
  • A skater who is receiving a lesson.
  • Skaters who are practicing.

All skaters must get up quickly after falling unless injured, so as to not endanger other skaters on the ice. No food, gum, candy, or drinks of any kind are permitted on the ice. Parents of skaters are responsible for the behaviour of their children during all sessions. Ice etiquette rules are in effect at all times. Failure to abide by the above rules may result in the offending skater being removed from the ice. Continuous or flagrant abuse of the Ice Etiquette rules may result in the expulsion from the club.

Session Protocol:

Free skating is not permitted during any dance sessions unless a private lesson is being taught by a Professional Coach. Skaters are permitted to skate on a session they do not qualify for exclusively for the receiving of a private lesson from a Professional Coach and must leave the ice immediately after the lesson. Guest skating fees will apply. Appropriate skating attire is required for all skaters on the ice. Jeans are discouraged. Skaters not complying with this rule will be asked to leave the ice by the Session Convenor.

Safety and Security:

No pushing, tripping, horseplay or intentional interference with other skaters is permitted on the ice or elsewhere in or about the arena. All skaters should use the full ice surface during Free Skate and are not to congregate in one area (no socializing). All skaters, Professional Coaches and others must leave the ice when the ice resurfacing machine is on the ice and shall not return until the ice resurfacing machine has left the ice surface. Parents are requested to remain off the ice surface unless specifically requested to do so by a Professional Coach or the Session Convener. Money and valuable should not be left in the dressing rooms. The club bears no responsibility for the loss or theft of such.

Music Policy:

The music Room/LSC Office is out of bounds except to members of the Board of Directors and the music volunteer or if conducting office business. Skaters may not request dance music except on the dance session. LSC CD’s and tapes may not be borrowed or removed from the music room without the permission of the Music Chairperson. Members who bring their own CD’s or tapes to be played by the music volunteer do so at their own risk and LSC accepts no responsibility for loss or damage. Free skate or interpretive programs will be played in the order requested. This order may be interrupted only by a request from a Professional who is giving a private lesson. Once a program has been announced, it will be played to completion unless cancelled by the skater. Professional Coaches may only request one program at a time and only for the skater receiving a private lesson from that Professional. Requests for music for group lessons will not be considered (Dance and Skill music is exempt). A program may be repeated only after all other programs in the order have been played unless requested by a Professional. Dance music may be played on the Free Skate and Skills sessions only at the request of the Professional Coach. Free Skate and Interpretive music will not be played during the dance session except by the request of the Professional Coach.

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