Constitutional By-law #42

“Policies are made by motion of the Executive and are binding on successive Executives until changed by a new motion. Policies must be recorded separately for easy access.”


Section 1.0

Professional Coaching Staff

1.1.  The Lake Superior Skating Club accepts the Skate Canada Code of Ethics for Club/Coach relationship as follows:


Ethic, ethical: relating to morals or moral principles; philosophy which treats human character and conduct of distinction between right and wrong, and moral duty and obligations to the community; from the Greek word theos meaning character.

Figure skating coaches have the fundamental responsibility to promote figure skating and to coach to the best of their ability. Inherent in coaching is respect for people regardless of nationality, race, creed, age, sex, politics, social status or physical ability.

Of the utmost importance, is the responsibility to the skaters.

They are athletes to be trained but also individuals who are developing values and beliefs which will last a lifetime.


Obligation to Figure Skating

  1. The coach has the personal responsibility for teaching skating and for maintaining competence by continual learning. He/she should refresh and enlarge his/her knowledge of fields beneficial to figure skating such as sports medicine, psychology, music, choreography, etc.
  2. Maintain the highest standards of coaching.
  3. Maintain standards of personal conduct which reflect credit upon the profession, especially while working and when dealing with the media. He/she should be dependable and honest.
  4. The coach shares responsibility with others to initiate and support actions to meet the needs of figure skating.
  5. The coach should sustain a cooperative role in determining and implementing desirable standards of coaching and education as well as active in developing a core of professional knowledge. He/she should also participate in establishing and maintaining equitable working conditions in skating.
  6. The coach must guard against making promises or giving guarantees with regard to passing tests and/or placement at competitions. Care must be exercised when a coach evaluates a skater that he/she does not confuse the evaluation with absolute assurance of success.


Obligations to Professional Colleagues

  1. It is unethical to criticize another coach’s teaching methods and/or techniques. Respect another person’s opinions.
  2. It is unethical to solicit, directly or indirectly, another coach’s students.
  3. When a coach is temporarily giving instruction to another coach’s students due to absence of that coach, he/she must be cautious in his/her relationship with that student and instruct the student in areas requested by the original coach. The student should be referred back to the original coach when he/she returns.
  4. When a skater decides to make a change from one coach to another, it is a matter of professional courtesy to make sure the original coach is aware of the change and that there are not any outstanding bills.
  5. When a skater takes instruction from two or more different coaches in different categories of instruction, there must be a complete understanding among the coaches that they teach only the categories agreed upon.


Obligations to the Skater and Skating Clubs

  1. Same as the obligations for Figure Skating.
  2. A coach must provide the amount of service promised at the fee agreed upon.
  3. A coach must treat all his/her students fully as well as other skaters in a club.
  4. A coach must honour all contracts signed and not enter into commitments which he/she knows cannot be kept.




Obligations to Figure Skating

The club promotes the sport of figure skating through the availability of practice time and qualified coaching. The club shall abide by the rules as set down by Skate Canada and respect any decisions recommended by either Sectional/National Board Members. Board Members shall demonstrate a high level of personal conduct which gives credit to the sport of figure skating and provides a good role model for skaters.

Club decisions shall reflect the written policies of the club. These policies must be clearly defined and made fully public. All members and coaches shall be treated fairly regardless of nationality, race, creed, age, sex, politics, social status or physical ability.


Obligations to Coaches

Generally, once a club has entered into either a written or verbal agreement with a coach to teach at the club, the club shall co-operate with and support the coach with regards to the technical aspects of club skaters. The club should provide a vehicle for the coach/coaches to voice their concerns and ideas regarding the affairs of the club and working conditions which are conducive to the development of skaters as individuals and as athletes. Specifically, the club shall:

  1. when hiring the coaching staff, take into consideration a coach’s NCCP level and professional membership as well as coaching skating experience and qualifications;
  2. when hiring the coaching staff, the Club will abide by Skate Canada’s minimum requirements for professional coaches;
  3. set out at the beginning of the year what is expected and the responsibilities of the coach;
  4. honour all coaching contracts and provide the revenue for services at the fee agreed upon;
  5. treat all coaches on staff fairly and equally;
  6. respect a coach’s teaching methods and judgment regarding a skater’s readiness for testing;
  7. not solicit directly or indirectly another coach’s students for a particular coach;
  8. not interfere with a coach-skater relationship unless agreed upon by both parties;
  9. assist a coach in recovering a skaters unpaid fees;
  10. not fire a coach for unjust reasons or become slanderous towards a coach;
  11. when advertising to attract coaches to a location, provide information which correctly represents the current number of students and teaching hours available;
  12. not hire additional coaching staff at any time without the knowledge and discussion of the coaches presently at the club;
  13. hire only the number of coaches that is required through the assessment of the needs of the club and its skating members.


1.1  Skaters must be taught on their own skating sessions.

In the event that a coach is fully booked in a particular category, he/she may request permission of the Board to teach a skater on another session. Permission may be granted provided that the coach has been in attendance at all sessions of that category and the skater receives only a five minute warm up and only one fifteen minute lesson after which the skater must leave the ice. NO Canskate (beginner) group lessons are to be given on Junior, Intermediate or Senior time.


1.2  Professional coaches are to submit a list of all their lessons and students to the Board, upon request.


1.3  No figure lessons are to be taught on free style sessions without the permission of the club Board.


1.4  Freestyle lessons may be taught on dance sessions and dance lessons may be taught on Freestyle sessions. This will be determined annually by the Board, based on program enrollment.


1.5  Professional coaches may not give lessons to guest skaters who are not currently enrolled in a club program.

Section 2.0

Registration and Payments

2.1  Canskate, Powerskate, Junior Star registration fees must be fully paid prior to the start of the skating season by cash or cheque (in Canadian funds) dated no later than the date of the first scheduled session. Late Applications will be charged a $25.00 late fee and applications will not be processed unless accompanied by payment.


2.2  Intermediate and Senior registration fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the skating season by cash or post-dated cheque.


2.3  Three equal monthly payments (cheques for Intermediate and Senior), the first being due at the beginning of the program and the remaining due in two equal payments on the first of each subsequent month.


2.4  The Family Plan discount applies to three or more skaters. A discount of 50% will be taken off the lowest registration rate for the third and each subsequent child.

Section 3.0


3.1  Refunds will be made on a prorated basis commencing on the next full month following the request. All refunds must be approved by the Board.


3.2  No refunds will be given after the start of the program unless for medical reasons with proper provision of a doctor’s certificate. Refund will be administered less an administrative fee of $25.00.


3.3  Refund amount will be prorated based on the number of sessions passed less the administrative fee.


3.4  Skate Canada fees are not refundable.


Section 4.0

Guest/Drop-In Skaters

4.1  A guest skater is one who is not registered in any club skating program.

4.2  Guest skaters may receive skating lessons by contacting a coach that has availability in their schedule.

4.3  The guest skater fee shall be paid in advance of the session to the club to cover ice expenses.




Guest Skater

A guest skater is one who is not registered in a club program and skates from time to time.

$20.00 per session

$25.00 if the session includes stroking 

Drop-In Skater

A drop-in skater is one who is registered with the club.

$15.00 per session

$20.00 if the session includes stroking

(a session consists of 50 minutes of ice time)


Section 5.0

Competitions and Bursaries, Ice Shows and Carnivals


Bursary Fund


5.1  A Bursary Fund will be offered as financial support to young talented competitive skaters moving forward to qualifying competitions (excluding Sectionals) through fundraising dollars as described below:



A Skater in good standing going on from Festival to Trillium and Winter Games.

$125.00 per Skater

A Skater in good standing going to Western Challenge if Western Challenge is close, i.e. Ontario/Manitoba.

$250.00 per Skater

A Skater in good standing going to Western Challenge is in any other province other than Ontario/Manitoba; or a Skater is going to Nationals, the same rules apply.

$500.00 per Skater


where the skater is:


and the skater has:


and the competition is a qualifying competition, with the exception of Sectionals. Examples are: Ontario Winter Games, Trillium Cup etc.


Where a member meets all these conditions EXCEPT is not an active member of the Club because they are primarily training at a larger skating training center, the Club will support a bursary.


For a bursary to be granted, a skater will need to apply for the bursary by addressing a letter directly to the Board stating the purpose of the bursary including the event name and destination. The skater will need to fulfill all of the above eligibility requirements including applying for the bursary by addressing a letter to the Board. The letter will need to be received and approved by the Board at least one (1) month prior to the event and if approved bursary will be awarded directly to the eligible skater(s) who then can use that money to cover whatever costs they choose.


Each September, the bursary policy will become active for the current skating year. The board will allocate a portion of fundraised dollars annually to the bursary. Where necessary the Board will allocate operating funds to cover the expenditures of the bursary. The amount of the bursary will be dependable on the number of eligible skaters applying and qualifying for the bursary as well as the destination of the event; out-of-province events may qualify for a larger sum.


The maximum number of bursaries that any one (1) skater can obtain for any given skating year will be two (2).

Ice Shows and Carnivals

5.2  Solos for the ice show will be assigned to skaters who have passed Senior Silver Free Skate, Novice Competitive and those who have placed in the top four placings at Northerns or qualified for Divisionals and others who merit solos, at the discretion of the Board.


Section 6.0

Classification of Skaters

6.1  Senior classification is assigned to skaters who have passed the Senior Bronze Free Skate or have reached the age of 14.

6.2  Any skater passing tests during the Skate Canada skating season (after November 1) must remain with their designated classification for the remainder of the season unless the Board decides that numbers warrant otherwise.

6.3  Exceptions to skater classification policies can be made at the discretion of the Board and on the advice of our coaches, when classifications conflict with competition qualifications.

6.4  Skating classifications for club off-season schools will be subject to the number of skaters registered.


Section 7.0

Standing Committees

7.1  No expenditure over $75.00 to be reimbursed by the Board is authorized unless it is approved by the Board.


Section 8.0

Ice Rules for Skaters

The following ice rules will be adhered to by all skaters:

8.1  No socializing on the ice during skating sessions.

8.2  No gum chewing on the ice.

8.3  No electronic devices with headphones to be worn on the ice.

8.4  Stroking is a mandatory part of our skating program.

8.5  Parents will be made aware (in writing) of a skater who does not follow the rules and ignores warnings.

8.6  Parents are not allowed to interrupt the coaching staff during a skating session.


Ice Rules for Coaches/Program Assistants

8.7  Must wear black leggings and/or black sweatpants and a LSFSC jacket or an appropriate jacket. No shorts allowed for Program Assistants.


Ice Rules for Professional Coaches

8.8  Dress should be appropriate for the program coaching. Power skating coaches must wear track suits or sweats. Leggings must not be worn to coach Power Skating sessions.


Section 9.0

Code of Conduct


This Code of Conduct and any rules made pursuant hereto shall apply to any skater participating in any competition, ice show, exhibition or program (fall, winter, spring and summer schools) held or sponsored, in whole or in part, by the Lake Superior Skating Club.



This Code of Conduct has been adopted by the Lake Superior Skating Club and any amendments hereto, any rules made from time to time pursuant hereto or by way of explanation hereof shall be made known to all club members by the posting of a copy of the Code of Conduct or any amendments, rules or explanations at the Club’s home arena and on club website.


Further, any skater participating in any Club program shall be required to acknowledge receipt of a copy hereof and to agree in writing prior to such participation to be bound by this Code of Conduct.



While participating in any Club program as a figure skater, such skater:

a)     shall not possess, use or supply to others any alcohol, narcotics, unprescribed drugs or tobacco while at, within or near the site of the Club program or while in the course of being transported to or from such location;

b)    shall not conduct himself or herself in an unreasonable or unacceptable manner (which for clarity shall mean and include unsportsmanlike conduct, willfully damaging property, interference whether directly or Indirectly with another skater, or committing any offense under and duly promulgated by law); and

c)     shall not be in breach of any rules of conduct promulgated by Skate Canada.



a)     Any damage to property shall be paid for by the skater(s) causing same.

b)    In addition to any action which may be taken immediately by the Club officer in charge at the time (which for clarity shall mean and include a verbal reprimand, the removal from the ice or the removal from the program area), the Club will forward a written report to the skater’s parents or guardian.



If a skater wishes to appeal any personal application of this Code of Conduct, such skater shall submit a written appeal to the Board within 5 days of the report of the Club. Such appeal will be immediately investigated, a hearing shall be given to the skater and any decision thereon shall be binding upon the skater.


Section 10.0


10.1   No monetary compensation will be made for lost ice time due to disciplinary action.

10.2   Music Programs will be played from a prearranged list or according to attendance on the ice. Skaters may not request their music be played. Coaches’ requests take precedence but are limited to one request per 15 minute lesson.

10.3   Meetings of the Board are not open to club members and coaches (with the exception of the professional coaching representative).

10.4   Should a club member or coach desire to address the Board, they may make a request to the Board or to a Board Member in advance of the next scheduled meeting.

10.5   The only meeting that is open to all club members is the Annual General Meeting which is scheduled in May of each year.