BST Code of Conduct

Brighton Ski Team athletes and coaches, must conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner, and are responsible for their actions in competitions, going to and from competitions, and while at areas hosting competitions. Athletes and coaches are responsible for knowledge of and adherence to competitions rules and procedures. Members are also responsible for knowledge and adherence to the rules and procedures of the USSA and club teams, camps or other projects when participating in such. Unsportsmanlike conduct may result in disqualification from an event and possibly prevent participation in future events. Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct applies to any athlete and coach registered with the Brighton Competition Team throughout the competitive ski season defined as September 1st to May 1st, to any guest athlete attending a Brighton Competition Team camp or event, and to any athlete engaged in off season alpine ski training while registered with and/or as a representative of Brighton Competition Team.


Sportsmanlike conduct is defined as, but not limited to: respect for competition officials, resort employees, and the skiing and snowboarding public, respect for facilities, privileges and operating procedures, the use of courtesy and good manners, acting responsibly and maturely, refraining from the use of profane or abusive language, and abstinence from illegal or immoderate use of alcohol*, illegal use of tobacco*, and use of illegal or banned drugs.
*Note: Brighton Competition Team considers the legal age for consumption of alcohol and tobacco products, as it pertains to USSA teams and projects, as 21 years of age or older, regardless of local law.


SECTION I: GENERAL STATEMENT
Brighton Competition Team athletes and coaches shall conduct themselves at all times and in all places in the sport of alpine ski racing and training so as to bring honor to their team.


SECTION II: REQUIRED CONDUCT
1. Brighton Competition Team athletes and coaches shall maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct, which includes self-control and responsible behavior, consideration for, the physical and emotional well being of others, and courtesy and good manners. Brighton Competition Team members shall, at all times, conduct themselves as an ambassador of the Brighton Competition Team.
2. Athletes shall at all times observe and follow coaches’ directions and rules.
3. Athletes and coaches need to be on time and ready to start training and racing at the announced or posted times.
4. All training, racing, lodging areas must be kept clean. This includes the A-frame.
5. No video games during training or racing.
6. Athletes are encouraged to attend all applicable awards ceremonies.
7. Athletes and coaches shall abstain from the use of illegal drugs and from immoderate consumption of alcohol. Absolutely no alcohol is permitted for those individuals under the age of 21. Violation of this rule will constitute a major infraction for disciplinary purposes.
8. Athletes and coaches shall not violate the customs, travel or currency regulation of a country while traveling with a Brighton Competition Team group or on a Brighton Competition Team Ticket. Violation of this rule will constitute a major infraction for disciplinary purposes.
9. Athletes and coaches shall not commit a criminal act while representing Brighton Competition Team. Violation of this rule will constitute a major infraction for disciplinary purposes
10. Athletes and coaches participating in Brighton Competition Team/USSA calendar events will avoid profane or abusive language and disruptive behavior.
11. Athletes and coaches shall abide by the rules of competition in all events entered.
12. Athletes and coaches shall abide by Brighton Competition Team rules and procedures while traveling to and from and participating in official Brighton Competition Team/USSA team or development camps and competitions.
13. While traveling, girls and boys are not allowed in each other’s rooms absent the presence of a coach or parent chaperone. Girls and boys may be together in the common areas of a lodge.
14. Curfew and lights-out times determined by your coach must be respected and adhered to.
15. Athletes and coaches traveling with Brighton Competition Team must take part in Team activities. Unsupervised activities are not allowed.
16. Athletes and coaches must wear seatbelts in vehicles on all trips.


SECTION III: DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
The Program Director shall have sole authority for any disciplinary action for any major or non-major infractions of the Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct by a Brighton Competition Team coach.
A coach observing or having reason to believe of an athlete’s non-major infraction of the Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct may take such immediate action as necessary to prevent a continuation of the infraction. Any disciplinary action imposed by a coach for a non-major infraction shall be submitted in a written report to the Program Director setting forth the details of the non-major infraction. The Program Director has discretion as to any further disciplinary action for a non-major infraction. Any discipline for a non-major infraction imposed by the coach or Program Director is not subject to appeal and is final.
Three (3) non-major infractions reported to the Program Director shall constitute a major infraction for disciplinary purposes. This will be PER SEASON.
The following disciplinary actions are limited to a major infraction of Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct, and are mandatory upon the occurrence of a major infraction:
• First Offense: Suspension from all Brighton Competition Team activities for a period of two weeks from date of suspension. No refund of tuition.
• Second Offense: Suspension from all Brighton Competition Team activities for a period of six (6) weeks from date of second suspension. No refund of tuition.
• Third Offense: Suspension from all Brighton Competition Team activities for a period of twelve (12) months from date of third suspension. No refund of tuition.


SECTION IV: MAJOR INFRACTIONS
The Brighton Competition Team Program Director shall be responsible for the imposition of a disciplinary action for a major infraction.
The Program Director shall take the following actions only upon the receipt of a written report from an individual who states therein that he/she personally observed the occurrence of the major infraction by the athlete. The written report must fully describe the details of the occurrence of the major infraction, including but not limited to date, time, place and other witnesses to the occurrence. The report must be signed by the reporting individual, and a parent of the reporting individual if said individual is under the age of 18. The report must be received by the Team Director within seven calendar days of the alleged major infraction.
Any written reports (and the contents thereof) of an athlete’s major or non-major infractions of Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct submitted by a Brighton Competition Team coach shall be disclosed only to the Program Director, the Chairperson of Brighton Competition Team’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the athlete and athlete’s parents, and any investigating or appeals committee should such be committees be engaged in the process, unless confidentiality is expressly waived in writing by the coach and athlete, and athlete’s parents if the athlete is under the age of 18.
Any written reports (and the contents thereof) of an athlete’s major or non-major infractions of Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct submitted by any individual other than a Brighton Competition Team coach shall be disclosed only to the Program Director, Chairperson of Brighton Competition Team’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and any investigating or appeals committee should such be committees be engaged in the process, unless confidentiality is expressly waived in writing by the reporting individual. Absent waiver of confidentiality by the reporting individual, the reporting individual’s identity shall not be disclosed to the athlete or witnesses or interviewees.
Upon the Program Director’s receipt of a written report from a Brighton Competition Team coach who personally observed the occurrence of a major infraction, the Program Director shall impose the above defined mandatory disciplinary action for a major infraction. A copy of said written report from a Brighton Competition Team coach shall be provided to the Chairperson of Brighton Competition Team’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Upon the Program Director’s receipt of third report from a Brighton Competition Team’s coach of an athlete’s non-major infraction during the competitive ski season, the Program Director shall impose the above defined mandatory disciplinary action for a major infraction.


Upon the Program Director’s receipt of a written report from an individual who is not a Brighton Competition Team coach and who personally observed the occurrence of a major infraction, the Program Director shall investigate the circumstances of an athlete’s major infraction prior to imposition of the mandatory disciplinary action. The Program Director may conduct this investigation personally or, at the Program Director’s discretion, engage the services of an investigation committee of three (3) persons to be appointed from Brighton Competition Team’s Board of Directors or coaching staff. Said appointments are to be made jointly by the Program Director and Chairperson of the Board, and said investigation committee must have at least one member of the coaching staff and one member of the Board of Directors on it.
The Program Director or, if appointed, the investigating committee (either en banc or by designated members), shall complete the following:
(a) Immediately advise the athlete and athlete’s parents that a report stating the occurrence of a major infraction has been received by the Program Director and that investigation will be conducted, including an interview of the athlete.
(b) Immediately advise the Chairperson of Brighton Competition Team’s Board and the Executive Committee;
(c) Interview the reporting individual;
(d) Interview any witnesses believed to have also personally observed the major infraction;
(e) Interview the athlete;
(f) Prepare a written summary of the investigation and interviews, and stating an assessment of the likelihood of the occurrence of the major infraction. Said written summary to be delivered to the Program Director.
(g) The Program Director is to meet jointly with the athlete and the athlete’s parents and advise them in summary fashion of the results of the investigation and assessment of the likelihood of the occurrence of the major infraction (without disclosure of the names of the reporting individual and witnesses unless said confidentiality has been waived).
(h) If the athlete admits the occurrence of the major infraction, the mandatory penalty shall be imposed.
(i) If the athlete denies the occurrence of the major infraction, the mandatory major infraction disciplinary action shall not be imposed. However, if the Program Director determines the major infraction more likely than not to have occurred, the Team Director may impose at his/her discretion other disciplinary actions to protect the safety and integrity of the athletes and the Brighton Competition Team, such as loss of travel privileges with the team.
The foregoing is not intended to limit the Program Director or any coach from taking any immediate action necessary to protect the safety of any Brighton Competition Team athlete or coach.


SECTION FIVE: APPEAL PROCESS
The appeals process is available only for the imposition of disciplinary action related to a major infraction of Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct. Said appeal shall be heard before a three (3) member appeals committee jointly appointed by the Program Director and the Chairperson of the Board. Said appeals committee members shall be selected from the Brighton Competition Team coaching staff and Board of Directors, and shall have at least one coach and one Board member on the appeals committee. Any members of the investigating committee of the subject infraction are not eligible to serve on the appeals committee.
A written appeal of a disciplinary action must be delivered to the attention of the Program Director at the offices of the Brighton Competition Team within seven (7) days of the athlete’s notification of the disciplinary action. The hearing before the appeals committee shall take place within fourteen (14) days of the receipt of the written appeal. The athlete may present the testimony he/she desires at the hearing, and the appeals committee and Program Director may question the athlete and witnesses directly. Within two (2) days of the conclusion of the hearing, the appeals committee shall deliver to the attention of the Program Director at the offices of the Brighton Competition Team a written decision either denying the appeal (and thus upholding the disciplinary action) or a reversal of the disciplinary action. No further appeal is allowed, and the decision of the appeals committee is final.
The undersigned athlete and his/her parent and/or legal guardian, in signing below, hereby acknowledge and voluntarily agree as to the following:
1. They have fully read and understand Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct.
2. They will abide by and uphold the Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct, and honor it in spirit and letter.
3. The athlete’s and parents’ participation in the activities and services of the Brighton Competition Team, its coaches, staff and parent volunteers are purely voluntary on their part.
4. That any disciplinary action taken for an infraction of the Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct will not entitle an athlete or the athlete’s parents to any refund of money paid to Brighton Competition Team.
5. The foregoing Code of Conduct does not create any legal rights or causes of action of any nature on the part of an athlete or an athlete’s parents or representatives against Brighton Competition Team, Brighton Competition Team’s Directors and Coaches and Staff, members of the Brighton Competition Team’s Board of Directors, or any parent volunteers acting on behalf of the Brighton Competition Team and they expressly waive and voluntarily relinquish any legal rights or causes of action arising out of the enforcement of Brighton Competition Team’s Code of Conduct and disciplinary actions.

PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN:
I, the undersigned, as a parent and/or legal guardian of ________________________ (“My child”) understands and agrees to the above Brighton Competition Team Code of Conduct.
Date:_________________________________________________________________________________
Signature: ____________________________________________________________________________
Printed Name: _________________________________________________________________________

ATHLETE:
I, _____________________________________, the undersigned as an athlete of the Brighton Competition Team understand and agree to the above Brighton Competition Team Code of Conduct.
Date:_________________________________________________________________________________
Signature: ____________________________________________________________________________
Printed Name: _________________________________________________________________________
Brighton Competition Team Code of Conduct – June 2014.


USSA’s CODE OF CONDUCT

Membership in the United States Ski and Snowboard Association is a privilege, not a right. All USSA members (athletes, coaches, and officials) when participating in any USSA activity must agree to conduct themselves according to USSA’s core values of Team, Loyalty, Integrity, Respect, Perseverance, and Accountability and abide by the spirit and dictates of this Code of Conduct. All members must agree to comport themselves in a sportsmanlike manner, and are responsible for their actions while attending or participating in all USSA activities (including but not limited to camps, competitions, and projects).
Sportsmanlike conduct is defined as, but is not limited to: respect for competition officials, resort employees, and the skiing and snowboarding public, respect for facilities, privileges and operating procedures, the use of courtesy and good manners, acting responsibly and maturely, refraining from the use of profane or abusive language, and abstinence from illegal or immoderate use of alcohol and use of illegal or banned drugs.
While participating in any USSA activity:
1. USSA members shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the International Ski Federation Statutes, the United States Olympic Committee Bylaws, the USSA Bylaws, and the USSA Code of Conduct.
2. USSA members shall conduct themselves at all times and in all places as befits worthy representatives of the United States of America, the United States Olympic Committee, USSA, their region, division, state or club and in accordance with the best traditions of national and international competition.
3. USSA members are responsible for knowledge of and adherence to competition rules and procedures. Members are also responsible for knowledge of and adherence to the rules and procedures of the USSA national teams, camps or other projects when participating in such.
4. USSA members shall maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct, which includes self-control and responsible behavior, consideration for the physical and emotional wellbeing of others, and courtesy and good manners.
5. USSA members shall abide by USSA rules and procedures while traveling to and from and participating in official USSA activities.
6. USSA members shall abstain from illegal and/or immoderate consumption of alcohol.
Absolutely no consumption of alcohol is permitted for those individuals under the age of 21. Members under 21 years of age shall not participate in gatherings involving consumption of alcohol unless it is an official USSA or event organizer function.
7. No USSA member shall violate the customs, travel or currency regulations of a country while traveling with a USSA group or on a USSA ticket.
8. No USSA member shall commit a criminal act.
9. No USSA member shall engage in any conduct that could be perceived as harassment based upon gender, age, race, religion or disability.
10. USSA members will avoid profane or abusive language and disruptive behavior.
11. USSA members agree to abide by anti-doping rules and procedures established by WADA, USADA, and/or FIS.
Failure to comply with any of the above provisions may lead to disciplinary action by the appropriate team or competition leader. Disciplinary action may include:
• Removal from the team trip or training camp.
• Suspension from training and/or competition.
• Elimination of coaching, travel, and other benefits.
• Forfeiture of USSA membership.
USSA is committed to principles of fairness, due process and equal opportunity. Members are entitled to be treated fairly and in compliance with USSA’s Bylaws, policies and procedures. Members are entitled to notice and an opportunity for a hearing before being prevented from participating in protected competition as that term is defined by the USOC Bylaws. Information on the processes for grievances, suspensions and appeals is available at www.ussa.org.
Nothing in this Code shall be deemed to restrict the individual freedom of a USSA member in matters not involving activities in which one could not be perceived as representing USSA. In choices of appearance, lifestyle, behavior and speech while not representing USSA, competitors shall have complete freedom, provided their statements and actions do not adversely affect the name and reputation of the USSA. However, in those events where one is representing or could be perceived as representing USSA, USSA demands that its members understand and agree to behave in a manner consistent with the best traditions of sportsmanship and USSA’s core values.