Nepean Skating Club | On-Ice Etiquette
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On-Ice Etiquette

December 2019

The Nepean Skating Club (NSC) Ice Etiquette ensures the safety of all skaters and coaches
during NSC on-ice sessions.

Due to insurance requirements, only registered Skate Canada members are permitted on the ice or at rinkside, except in a medical emergency.

Skaters
● Skaters are not permitted on the ice before a coach or an adult over the age of 18 is present in the arena.
● Skaters are expected to be training at all times while on the ice.
● Skaters must get up quickly after a fall and keep moving.
● Skaters should spin in the middle of the ice and jump at the ends unless practicing an element in a section of their program.
● Skaters should pay special attention when practicing camel and back-camel spins
● Skaters should allow sufficient maneuvering room around skaters who are performing combination spins and/or jumps.
● Skaters should inform their coach whenever they leave the ice.
● Skaters should refrain from wearing bobby pins and other loose clothing that may fall onto the ice.
● More experienced and more senior skaters are expected to act as exemplary role models for our young skaters, both on and off the ice.

Coaches
● Coaches must work together to coordinate lessons to avoid unnecessary overlapping of practice areas.
● Coaches will act as role models and will display positive behaviour to help shape the skaters’ attitudes towards skating, sportsmanship, discipline, and work ethic.

Both Skaters and Coaches
● Be aware of one another and pay special attention to reverse skaters.
● Always look both ways when leaving the boards and in the direction of travelling forward and backward.
● Make extra effort to stay out of the way of priority skaters. Right of way is as follows:
 – Skater doing program with music
 – Skater in a harness
 – Skater in a lesson
 – Skaters in a group lesson
● Refrain from lingering in the areas designated for specific maneuvers (ie. lutz corners).
● Drink along the boards (no glass containers permitted) and no food on the ice.
● No sitting on or climbing over the boards.
● Ensure all doors to the rink remain closed while a session is in progress.
● Enter the ice only when the Zamboni door is closed and leave the ice promptly when the session is over.
● The use of electronics devices is strictly prohibited on the ice except for training purposes (ie. playing music, videos).
● Profanity and bullying is strictly prohibited.

Parents
● Parents are responsible for their children and should be present during their child’s session, particularly at the lower levels.
● It’s important for parents to show an active interest in a skater’s progress, to encourage skaters, and to empathize when times are tough. Remember, you play a leading role in shaping your skater’s attitudes; how they cope with success and failure, how they relate to other skaters, parents, and officials, and how to react to criticism.
● Parents should never attempt to be the coach. The NSC coaches are the professionals; allow them to do their jobs.
● Parents are not permitted to interrupt a coach while they are on the ice