Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Members

 Aug 2016

This code of Conduct complements the Codes of Practice and stated welfare policies of the British Triathlon Federation, and has been written to reflect the particular character of Chester Triathlon Club. These rules may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the Executive Committee. All changes will be publicised to members.

Disregard or breaches of these rules reported to the Committee, may result in the offending member being suspended or expelled from the club. Therefore members are requested to communicate such breaches of conduct to the Committee, where misconduct could, in the first instance, be dealt with quickly and informally. Serious, or repeated breaches of conduct would require a formal disciplinary process .

Chester Tri is your club and we’d like you to make the most of what we offer, but not at the expense of others.

Expected Standards of General Conduct

Members should :

  1. Compete within the rules and show courtesy and respect for officials and their decisions.
  2. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, be they adult or child, treating everyone equally within the context of the sport, regardless of ability, gender, religion, age or sexual orientation.
  3. Respect the spirit of the sport, by providing encouragement and support to other club members and by volunteering at club events and races.
  4. Promote the positive aspects of the sport and never display or condone the use of
    inappropriate or abusive language, inappropriate relationships, bullying, harassment,
    discrimination or physical violence, or conduct that may be construed as unethical.
  5. Accept responsibility for their own behaviour and encourage all members and parents of
    junior members, to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and conduct.
  6. Ensure all concerns of a child safeguarding nature are referred to an appropriate
    authority in accordance with “BTF Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy”. The first
    official in this case being Chester Triathlon Club Welfare Officer.
  7. Conduct themselves in a manner that takes all reasonable measures to protect their own
    safety and the safety of others. (see the website page for club training session rules)
  8. Promote the good reputation of the club and never behave or condone others to
    behave in a manner that is liable to bring the club or the sport into disrepute.

On-line Code of Conduct

Any communications made by members through Chester Triathlon Club social media should not:

1  Bring the sport, club or its members into disrepute, for example, by:

  • making defamatory comments about individuals, the club, or other organisations.
  • posting images that are inappropriate or links to inappropriate content;
  • be seen to support (for example by ‘liking’ on Facebook or retweeting on Twitter) a comment or post that would fall into any of the above categories (retweeting a comment may be intended only to make people aware of it, but this is often construed as showing support for the statement retweeted. So don’t retweet any comment which you wouldn’t own as yours)

2  Breach confidentiality, for example by:

  • giving away information about an individual (such as an athlete, club member or fellow volunteer) or organisation that is confidential
  • revealing information held by a club, individual or organisation in the sport where there would be reasonable expectation of confidentiality.

3  Do anything that could be considered discriminatory against, or bullying or harassment of, any individual, for example by:

  • making offensive or derogatory comments relating to gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age;
  • posting images that are discriminatory or offensive.

4  No comment should ever be made about an individual or subject that:

  • exposes someone to hatred, ridicule or contempt
  • causes them to be shunned or avoided
  • disparages them in their office, profession or trade.

5  Make misrepresentations relating to Chester Triathlon Club.

Social media can be used in a positive way, for example, to make people aware of events, activities or work that you are involved in within the sport and to make positive statements about the successes and activities of athletes, coaches, clubs, volunteers and officials.

Social Media may be used to raise awareness of work done by organisations you are involved in, or to answer queries people may have about the availability of support, information or services.

Social media provides an avenue for quick updates on training, events and developments within the club.