Ottawa Lions Statement of Expectations

The Ottawa Lions Statement of Expectations

All Staff, Coaches, Athletes, Parents, Officials, and Volunteers are expected to:

  • Abide by the Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada Codes of Conduct
  • Behave in a manner that is respectful and courteous to others
  • Refrain from the use of demeaning or belittling language
  • Refrain from the use of abusive or confrontational approaches to athletes, coaches, meet officials, or parents
  • Work in a spirit of cooperation
  • Act in a manner that will bring credit to Ottawa Lions, it’s members and themselves
  • Avoid behaviour that abuses power imbalances, be it between coach and athlete, athlete and athlete, or any other combination of club members
  • Bring any concerns to the attention of your coach, or if needed, the Ottawa Lions ombudsperson or a member of the Board of Directors in order to facilitate resolution

All Ottawa Lions Athletes are expected to:

  • Comply at all times with the bylaws, policies, rules and regulations of the IAAF, Athletics Canada and Athletics Ontario.
  • Participate in the spirit of fair play and honesty.
  • Abide by the rules and regulations governing a competition.
  • Abide by the laws of the jurisdiction of the province or country in which the event is taking place.
  • Arrive at practices and meets at the times designated by their respective coaches prepared to train or compete.
  • Be attentive to their coaches and to follow coaching directives and suggestions.
  • Display a positive and consistent work ethic.
  • Display a positive and respectful attitude, and behaviour, toward other athletes, parents, coaches and officials.

All Ottawa Lions Coaches are expected to:

  • Remember that competition should be healthy and enjoyable for all.
  • Serve as role models to athletes, both in terms of technique and strategy, and in terms of behavioural expectations in and out of competition.
  • Ensure that the health, well-being and development of the athletes take precedence over wins and losses.
  • Provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for training and competition.
  • Maintain a professional demeanour in their relationships with athletes, officials, colleagues, and parents.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of growth and developmental stages of their athletes.
  • Encourage success for the athletes in and out of competition, including encouraging continued commitment to academic achievement.
  • Encourage the independence and self-determination of developing athletes to accept responsibility for their own decisions, conduct and performance.
  • Regularly seek ways of increasing professional development.
  • Obtain a Police Check in compliance with ATHLETICS ONTARIO rules [and Province of Ontario laws and regulations].