- Volunteer / Fundraising Responsibilities
- Buy-On Rules
- Parents Code of Conduct
- Parent's Code of Ethics
- Skater's Code of Ethics
- Executive's Code of Ethics
- Coach's Code of Ethics
The Mission Skating Club is a non-profit, volunteer organization. Registration revenues and an annual grant from the Province of British Columbia only cover a partial portion of the expenses. Our club relies on volunteers and fundraising to successfully operate and keep costs reasonable for families. It is our policy that all families assist and help out as much as possible.
Junior, Intermediate and Senior Programs/Open:
Each registration must include a completed policy online, (1) per family.
- $150 due March 1, 2024 - Fundraising/Volunteer bond. Each family will be required to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours throughout the Fall/Winter season.
At the end of the year, volunteer/fundraising activities will be reviewed. Families who have fulfilled the requirements will not pay the bond. Those families who have not completed their requirements will have the $150 bond due and payable via Uplifter March 1st, 2024.
- Out of Club skaters, who pay a 25% higher cost in lieu of the bond.
- Bond does not apply to adult skaters who do not take tests, StarSkaters and CanSkaters.
- Music Playing is not part of the volunteer hours and is mandatory for all families.
- For the 2023/24 season, all MSC private skaters and StarSkaters will be required to volunteer a MANDATORY 2 hours at the MSC Gala event in March. These 2 hours are not included in the 4 hours required for the volunteer bond.
Examples of past events where volunteer/ fundraising hours may be met are:
- Bottle Drive Blitz
- Purdys chocolate group sales
- MESS Community Clean Up
- Meridian Meats Fundraiser / Frozen Blueberry Fundraiser
- Executive Board (positions are available. Please contact the MSC President to apply) & training is provided
- A Skater MUST purchase Buy-on tickets via Uplifter (cash/cheque no longer accepted) and inform the music player BEFORE stepping onto the ice.
- A Skater must purchase a Buy-on session in full. If the session is 1 hour, the skater must pay for 1 hour; session is 45 mins, pay for 45 mins, etc. This includes group development, which is not optional.
- The Buy-on cost for a MSC member is $4.50 per 15 min. For example: if a session is 45 min the cost would be $13.50, for an hour $18.00.
- The Buy-on cost for an out-of-club skater is $5.00 per 15 minutes, or $20.00 for 1 hour, payable by designated tickets via Uplifter.
- ‘Books’ of Buy-on tickets are available for MSC members only, now purchased through MSC Uplifter website. The cost is $40.00 per book of 12 tickets. All MSC skaters are encouraged and expected to purchase these books if they plan to Buy-on to sessions throughout the season. (Buy-on tickets do not expire unless stated otherwise and not refundable.)
- Ticket purchases are available on Uplifter in your account, under “purchase products”. You will be issued a code that you will use to buy-on. The code can be located on your emailed receipt after clicking the “print” option.
- Each Buy-on skater or parent must redeem their Buy-on tickets, via the QR code scanner OR the ticket redemption site on the MSC ipad. After doing so, do not forget to also sign into the buy-on book. If you need help, reach out to a MSC executive member or parent in the stands.
- A Skater must skate on the appropriate session, for example: a senior on a senior session, or a junior on a junior session, etc. Open sessions are for all ages and all abilities, please be advised to skate with caution on open sessions
- A Buy-on skater is not allowed to step onto the ice before their session begins.
- It is the Buy-on skater or parent’s responsibility to inform the music player that they will need their music played.
- A Buy-on skater’s music will be played at the end of the regular music playing rotation for that session.
Skate Canada is committed to ensuring that all skaters have the opportunity to participate in a safe and welcoming environment that is encouraging and promotes their overall development. Parents have an enormous influence on skaters’ experiences in the sport. The quality of a skater’s experience is determined by their relationships with parents and the manner in which parents conduct themselves in the Skate Canada environment. In this code “parents” shall refer to “parents and guardians”. This code applies to all parents who are members of Skate Canada or have children who are members of Skate Canada. Parents shall abide by this code at all times while participating in any Skate Canada club or school, competition, or activity. All parents are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner consistent with the values of fair play, integrity, open communication and mutual respect Parents shall always model positive responsible behaviour and communicate with their son/daughter that they expect them to do the same. Parents will assume the major responsibility for their son/daughter's on ice conduct and attitude. Parents shall at all times treat all individuals and property with dignity, courtesy and respect, including but not limited to skaters, coaches, officials, volunteers, other parents, and all other individuals that are part of the club, skating school, Section or Skate Canada.
- Parents shall refrain from any behaviour or comments which are profane, insulting, harassing, sexist, racist, abusive, disrespectful or otherwise offensive without hostility or violence.
- Parents shall emphasize the importance of values like sportsmanship, respect, cooperation, competition and teamwork to their son/daughter offering praise for competing fairly, participation and skill development.
- Parents shall model and encourage their son/daughter to maintain a healthy balance between skating and life. (e.g., school, other activities, social life, etc.)
- Parents shall model and encourage balanced, healthy food choices and subscribing to an active and healthy lifestyle.
- Parents shall set high, but reasonable expectations for their son/daughter’s participation in skating focusing on development and enjoyment for the child.
- Parents shall instill confidence in their son/daughter’s ability and skill development, always avoiding comparisons with other skaters.
- Parents shall celebrate the acquisition of skills and goals achieved by their son/daughter.
- Parents, along with the professional coach and the athlete, shall be considered members of a team whose main concern is the child’s overall progress and development.
- Parents shall respect that the professional coach is responsible and empowered for the on‐ice and off‐ice development of the athlete. A parent’s role shall be to take a healthy interest in their child’s progress and development and be responsible for the child’s nutrition, rest, adherence to off‐ice training regimen set by the coach or other fitness professional, overall health, life‐balance, and moral and emotional support.
- Parents shall ensure their son/daughter wears proper skating clothing and equipment.
- Parents shall never provide alcohol or drugs to minors in a Skate Canada environment.
- Parents shall never provide or advocate the use of performance enhancing drugs or substances.
- Parents shall avoid any conduct, which brings their club, skating school, Section or Skate Canada, into disrepute, including but not limited to abusive use of alcohol, non‐medical use of drugs and gambling.
- Parents shall openly support and uphold this code of conduct policy and take action and steps to ensure other parents follow and uphold this code of conduct policy.
- Parents shall adhere to the policies, procedures, rules, standards, and ethics of Skate Canada at all times.
Where does a child learn to be a good sport? At home. By the time a child dons skates or joins a team, a sense of sportsmanship (or lack thereof) is already well established.
- Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
- Teach your child that an honest effort is as important as winning a medal.
- Encourage your child to abide by the rules.
- Never compare your child’s achievements to another’s.
- Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good efforts by other skaters as well as your own.
- Do not publicly question or criticize officials, coaches or club members, and never question their honesty.
- Recognize the value and importance of the volunteer. They give their time and resources to provide a club for your child.
- Be supportive.
- Be informed- if you want information- go find it- don’t wait for it to come to you.
“It isn’t whether you win or lose, but how you play the game!” - Henry Grantland Rice | Skate for the “enjoyment of it”, not to please your parents or coach.
- Obey the rules.
- Control your temper and tongue.
- Work equally hard for yourself and your club mates, your club’s result will reflect your own.
- Be a good sport, cheer for all.
- Treat all other skaters, as you yourself would like to be treated. Don’t interfere, ridicule, bully or take advantage of any other skater.
- Remember- the goals of the sport are to have fun, improve skills and feel good.
- Co-operate with your coach, club and fellow skaters, for without them, you wouldn’t have a sport.
- It takes a good sport to be a good loser, but it takes and even better sport to be a gracious winner!
MSC RULES FOR Private/Star SKATERS
The following rules are endorsed solely for the safety of all our skaters on Mission Skating Club ice. These are common rules and are endorsed by all skating clubs. Memorize them and you will be prepared to skate safely on home and at other club ice. All skaters must realize there are many skaters with differing power, size and abilities on any one skating session. Rules help skaters avoid possible serious injury. When skating at another club, it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules to be adhered to.
Common rules include:
- Skaters must be on time for their session.
- Skaters must skate the appropriate type of session (No freeskate on dance etc.)
- Skate Guards must be worn off ice at all times.
- Chewing gum, eating, or drinking (except for water bottles), on ice is prohibited.
- Visitors are not allowed at ice level, they must watch from the spectator stands and must not act in a disruptive manner.
- Do not leave the ice during a session without asking permission from your coach.
- Each Skater, Parent and Coach are responsible to ensure their assessment/ competition applications are handed in/completed online, and fully completed correctly on time.
- Skaters must abide by all Coaches and Board Members.
- Right of Way must be given to the skater doing a solo to their music.
The following is the order of Right of Way:
- SOLOIST WITH MUSIC
- LESSON WITH COACH (including use of harness)
- GROUP DEVELOPMENT
These rules are enforced to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for everyone. Remember to be respectful to one another at all times. It is the responsibility of each and every skater to adhere to these rules!
The successful executive invests more in the well being and interests of its club and skaters than in its record of winning medals.
- Ensures that equal opportunities for participation are available for all children, regardless of gender, age or ability level.
- Respects parents, coaches and skaters input into the planning and evaluation of programs.
- Remembers that skating is done for it’s own sake and enjoyment, downplays the importance of winning.
- Distributes and displays club rules.
- Encourages fair play.
- Praises efforts as well as the winning of medals.
- Promotes good sportsmanship.
- Is supportive of all volunteers- praising the efforts as well as the results.
- Ensures proper coaching is provided, by hiring certified coaches.
- Supports clinics to upgrade and educate volunteers, skaters and coaches.
- Be reasonable in your demands on young skaters time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember they have other interests.
- Teach your skaters that the rules of the sport are mutual agreements, not to be evaded or broken.
- Live by the “Skate Canada Coaches Code of Ethics”.
- Avoid “favouring” the “talented” skater. The “just average” skater needs and deserves equal time. Remember that children skate for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only a small part of it. Never ridicule, belittle, or yell at skaters for making a mistake or placing poorly at competition.
- Develop respect for the ability of fellow competitors as well as for the judgment of officials.
- Never compare one skater to another.
- Remember that children need a coach they can respect. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Set a good example, be a role model, take time to “listen” to your skaters.
- Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed.
- Co-operate with and respect the executive, parents and your fellow coaches.