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OUR CODE OF CONDUCT

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR RACE OFFICIALS, STAFF, CLUB OFFICIALS, TEAM MANAGERS, COACHES, RACE ORGANISERS, COMPETITIVE RIDERS AND MEMBERS

 

  1. Introduction and background

 

The Code of Conduct of Overberg Cycling Association governs the conduct and behaviour of all individuals involved in the sport of cycling, whether it is race officials, staff members, coaches, team managers, club officials, competitive riders, members or race organisers.

 

Overberg Cycling Association is affiliated to Cycling South Africa (CSA) through the Western Cape Cycling Association (WCC).

 

Cycling South Africa is the governing body of cycling as a sport, recognised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (the UCI) the South African Sport and Olympics Committee (SASCOC), the respective Provincial Sport Councils and Regional Sport Councils in South Africa.

 

 

  1. Classification of Code of Conduct sections

 

 

  1. Rights: The section outlines the basic rights of individuals to take part in the sport of cycling.

 

2.1.2            Relationships: The section provides guidance with regard to personal relationships in cycling, in particular between coaches, team managers, officials or others in positions of influence and also the riders.

 

2.1.3            Personal Standards: The section outlines the standards of personal conduct and behaviour expected within the sport at all levels.

 

2.1.4            Professional Standards: The section details the commitment to best practice and ongoing professional development expected of officials, coaches, team managers, and all others in positions of authority within Overberg Cycling Association.

 

  1. RIGHTS

 

  1. It is essential that all people involved in cycling as a sport recognise and ensure that every individual has an equal right to participate in the sport.

 

  1. Overberg Cycling Association’s race officials, staff, coaches, team managers, competitive riders, race organisers and members should:

 

 

  1. RELATIONSHIPS

 

  1.             Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, team managers, race organiser and members should not behave in any way which involves or could be construed as abuse of any kind, whether it is sexual, physical, emotional, neglectful or bullying;

 

  1. The welfare and best interests of everyone involved with the sport should be respected and promoted at all times and individuals should be empowered to be responsible for their own decisions;

 

  1. Anyone involved in a position of authority, or engaged in a coaching/ team manager capacity, or any other form of relationship directly related to the sport, must avoid sexual intimacy during that relationship;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, team managers and members must always take action if they have concerns about an adults behaviour towards a child;

 

  1. When coaching is offered, it is important to clearly define the level of expertise, services and any fees involved;

 

  1. Coaches and team managers should work with and communicate with a range of individuals and organisations that will benefit the rider and provide them with a broader range of services and knowledge;

 

  1. Coaches and team managers should discuss and agree with a rider other sources of information and guidance if they believe it will be of benefit to the rider;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, and members should take into account the physical needs of riders, both in and out of competition;

 

  1. Issues such as the volumes and intensity of training and competitive cycling should be addressed with particular care;

 

  1. Physical contact during both competitive and non-competitive cycling activities should be limited to that which is appropriate and necessary. It should always be with the consent and approval of the rider/athlete;

 

  1. Any form of sexually related contact with an under-age athlete is strictly forbidden. This includes sexual innuendo, flirting or any inappropriate gestures and terms;

 

  1. It is the responsibility of every race official, staff member, team manager, coach, and member to inform a child’s parents immediately if there are any concerns about the welfare of that child;

 

  1. When a young rider is intending to undertake any form of coach led cycling activity, it is the responsibility of the coach or responsible team manager to discuss fully the potential impact of the programme with parents and/or other interested parties;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, team managers and members must respect all cyclists’ opinions concerning their participation in cycling;

 

  1. Cyclists at all levels should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own development and actions within the sport and be aware of and respect the Technical Regulations under which cycling competitions are conducted;

 

  1. Where decisions are made concerning a cyclist’s involvement in the sport, whether it be with a coach or team manager in a position of responsibility, care must be taken to include the cyclist in the decision making process except during competitions when this process is governed by the Technical Regulations;

 

  1. Coaches or team managers in positions of responsibility should keep cyclists and/or their parents informed of the requirements of the sport, both physical and financial where appropriate. An understanding of the potential conflicts of interest and a willingness to resolve them is important;

 

  1. In particular, coaches and/or team managers should be careful not to work with any other coach’s/team manager’s riders without first discussing or agreeing it with both the coach/team manager and the rider involved;

 

  1. During all relationships within the sport, including club/rider or coach/rider or team manager/rider, a mutual agreement should also be reached on what information concerning the cyclist should remain confidential.

 

  1. PERSONAL STANDARDS

 

  1. Overberg Cycling Association’s race officials, staff, coaches, team managers, race organisers and members should demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, race organisers and members must be fair, honest and considerate to riders and other individuals involved in the sport;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, and members must attempt to provide positive role models for others in the sport at all times;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, team managers, race organisers and members should act within the Technical Regulations and within the spirit of cycling at all times;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, team managers, race organisers and members should behave with respect, displaying control, dignity and professionalism at all times;

 

  1. Clubs, members, coaches, staff, and officials shall familiarise themselves with issues relating to the use of performance enhancing drugs and banned methods in sport and co-operate fully with Drug Free Sport, Overberg Cycling Association and Cycling South Africa in this area;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, and team managers have a responsibility to provide education and guidance on issues of performance enhancing drugs and banned methods;

 

  1. Coaches and team managers should maintain previous levels of interest and support for a rider when they are injured or sick;

 

  1. High standards of behaviour are expected of everyone within the sport, irrespective of language, manner, appearance or punctuality;

 

  1. Quality preparation and presentation are also important aspects of coaching and educational work. Therefore people in positions of authority or influence, or who are considered role models, should not use recreational or performance enhancing drugs whilst involved with the sport or its participants in any way.

 

  1. PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, team managers, race organisers and members commit themselves to maximise the enjoyment and benefits of cycling as a sport. Any risks to participants and competitors should be minimised and safe and correct practices should continuously be applied;

 

  1. Race officials, team managers, and coaches, within the sport must attain a high level of competence through qualifications and commitment;

 

  1. Race officials, coaches and team managers should contribute to the development of their own field of expertise and responsibility by obtaining approved and appropriate cycling qualifications;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, team managers, race organisers and members within the sport should at all times strive to act professional and to accept responsibility for their actions;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, team managers and members  should be committed to provide participants and competitors with a quality service and actively promote the positive benefits to society of participation in cycling;

 

  1. Training must support the code of conduct and the rules and regulations of the UCI, Cycling South Africa and Overberg Cycling Association respectively in order to achieve the required goals and objectives of cycling as a sport;

 

  1. Safe and correct practices must be performed and promoted at all times and race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, team managers, race organisers and members should therefore strive to provide an environment that benefits the sport of cycling, its participants and its competitors;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, coaches, team managers, race organisers and members should abide by the rules, regulations, directives and guidelines of the UCI, Overberg Cycling Association and Cycling South Africa;

 

  1. Participation in competitive cycling events should only go ahead with full observance sanctioning of such event by Overberg Cycling Association and of the technical regulations governing the sport in general and the individual disciplines within the sport;

 

  1. Race officials, staff, team managers, coaches, team managers, race organisers and members should plan all structured or group cycling to meet the needs and safety of the riders involved;

 

  1. Race officials, team managers and coaches should seek to attain the highest level of qualification available and maintain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of technical developments within cycling and of other issues which may have an influence the riders’ or their own professional ability;

 

  1. Race officials, members, team managers, coaches, staff, and race organisers should be aware of the social issues and how cycling can contribute to local, regional or national initiatives and every opportunity to recruit people into the sport or, to use cycling as an educational tool should be taken;

 

  1. Anyone engaged in positions of responsibility within cycling should be aware of the need to manage their lifestyle and commitments to the sport, to avoid burn-out, stress or a lowering of standards which may impact on themselves or others.

 

  1. No person and/or organisation in cycling, at any level, assume responsibility for any role which they are not qualified and/or sanctioned for;

 

  1. Race officials, team managers, and coaches should not mislead others as to their level of qualification or competence.

 

 

It is the responsibility of every race official, staff, team managers, coaches, race organisers, and members affiliated to the Overberg Cycling Association to fully understand this Code Of Conduct and to adhered to the stipulations herein at all time.

 

 

 

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