Code of Conduct

  • Athlete Code of Conduct
  • Parents Code of Conduct
  • Parents Race Day Etiquette
  • Sporting Parents Articles

Download a PDF Version of the Athlete Code of Conduct

Athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers are expected to follow a CSRT Code of Conduct, which is based on the United States Ski Association (USSA) Code found in the USSA Alpine competition Guide. Competitors, coaches and officials shall maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct including, but not limited to:

Self control
Responsible behavior and honesty
Consideration for others
Treating people and their property with respect
Physical and emotional well-being
Good manners in public


CSRT skiers are expected to ski in a safe manner at all times. It is critical that we all act in a safe manner throughout the ski season to prevent injuries. Ensure your own personal safety and the safety of others by using common sense. Do not ski with “tunnel vision.” Be aware of condition, terrain, obstacles and people around you while you are skiing and training. You should be familiar with and obey the Responsibility Code found in most ski resort’s Trail Map. The CSRT coaching staff encourages the following:

Skiers should come to a stop below other skiers.
Helmets are required during training and racing- no exceptions.
For J4 and older: Face/mouth protection, appropriate hand and shin guards are required for training Slalom.

Drugs, alcohol or tobacco

The use of these substances will not be tolerated and will lead to dismissal from the CSRT. Dishonesty. Dishonesty will not be tolerated and will lead to dismissal from the CSRT.

Violence and aggressive behavior. Violent and/or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated and will lead to suspension from training with the CSRT and USSA events for a minimum of two weeks.

Profanity and abusive language

The use of profanity or abusive language will not be tolerated. During racing events such language can lead to race disqualification and /or racer sanctions for future events.

Disruptive behavior

Skiing and ski racing is fun. All athletes who have joined the CSRT program have made a commitment to that but also to learning to become better skiers and racers. Training should be fun but disruptive behavior is discouraged because it is unfair to the coach and to the other athletes in the group.

Good Sportsmanship

Ski racing is an individual sport but all members of the CSRT are team members. In all cases coaches and athletes are expected to behave as a team and to use positive reinforcement and encouragement. In other words, cheer for your teammates.

Mountain Behavior

Respect the mountain employees, other guests and the mountain facilities at all times. Courtesy toward other people goes a long way. In order to use any lift cutting privileges, you must be within arm’s reach of your coach.

Be on time

If you are late you cannot train with us for that AM session. You will have to meet the group at lunchtime, or if you are with an adult, find them on the hill (easy at Cooper).

Effort and attitude

The CSRT coaching staff realizes that we have athletes of all abilities and skill levels but we expect each athlete to show a positive attitude and to give their best effort during training.

The CSRT coaches reserve the right to encourage and enforce the Code of Conduct and safety and behavior guidelines. After one warning the coaches, during training sessions, may dismiss uncooperative athletes from the current session. The athletes will be sent to the lodge for the remainder of that session, and can return to the group at the beginning of the next session of the day. More serious matters will involve the head coaches and parents.

Download a PDF Version of the Parents Code of Conduct.

The success of CSRT depends upon positive involvement and support from the parents. Constructive feedback on programs and staff is welcomed and will help the organization further improve its programs. Please take time to understand the following items in the Parent Code of Conduct.

While in attendance at races or events, parents are requested to abide by the USSA and Student Athlete Codes of Conduct as outlined below.

  1. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
  2. Parents shall not be permitted on a racecourse unless designated as a coach or specifically requested by a coach or race official to slip or otherwise maintain the course, or act as an official or gatekeeper.
  3. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
  4. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  5. I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
  6. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
  7. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as inappropriate comments; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
  8. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at an event, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
  9. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
  10. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
  11. During scheduled coaching sessions, no parent shall act as a coach without the expressed invitation of the appropriate program director.
  12. Parents shall subjectively relate concerns regarding programs, staff, their child, or other student athletes to the appropriate program director.
  13. When addressing issues within a program, parents are requested to adhere to the following lines of communication for resolution of that issue: Coach, Program Director, Board of Directors (i.e., if an issue is not resolved through discussions with a coach, then the issue should be brought before the Program Director.)

I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Verbal warning by official, head coach, and/or head of league organization.
  • Written warning.
  • Parental race suspension with written documentation of incident kept on. file by organizations involved.
  • Parental season suspension.

Download the PDF version of Race Day Etiquette  Download five keys for parents on race day

We would like Race Day to go as smooth as possible for all the kids and coaches and parents alike, want what’s best for our children and we wish the best for all members of the Cooper Spur Race Team. There are certain behaviors that will not serve either of those desires well. As the competitive season progresses we see the need to set some guidelines for parental involvement on race days supported by the CSRT staff.

Much like other youth sporting events there is a need for a buffer between athletes and non participants during competition. We cannot put a fence or a field in between the coaches and athletes and the parents and fans so we need your cooperation with some parental issues.
The role of parents on race day is just that; parent not coach. You have entrusted our coaching staff with the job of coaching your children. They are professionals and work diligently assisting your children in reaching their goals as ski racers. Your children and our coaches need your support by way of your confidence.

On hill involvement of parents should be limited to assisting with shuttling clothes, but please do not carry clothes while slipping the course. Parents are not welcome on the course unless they are fulfilling a course worker function (ex: joining up with a slipping crew). We do not want to see parents pulling their children and conducting course inspection with them, it is counter to our mission. The coaches and your children are working together in developing a race day routine and strategy that will serve them for many years to come.

Consistency in coaching techniques, language and priorities can only be achieved if the coaches are left to do their job. We need to protect against distractions in the start area and during the race that not only affect your child but other children in the program.

Please know that we understand your desire to be helpful. More importantly you need to understand that the children want to please us all and that the pressure associated with that desire is substantial.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do get your child to the ski area in plenty of time to go up with the coaches for inspection and warm-up prior to the race.
  • Do be supportive to the end result, keeping in mind the difficulty associated with this demanding individual sport. Every great run has an element of luck in it. Some days we have it… some days we do not.
  • Do not add to the confusion and stress of race day by trying to coach your child. If you sense your child needs more attention during the race experience bring it to the attention of the coach and let them attend to the child.
  • Do not ski down the race hill while your child is racing. Focusing on the course is tough enough without the added pressure of being followed.
  • Do support all racers during the race and especially in post race ceremonies. Include all team members in photo opportunities, not just the top finishers.
  • Do encourage your children to be humble in victory and graceful in defeat.

The coaching staff would like to thank you for your cooperation.

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