A FANTASTIC RACE DAY FOR ALL: NICA CODE OF CONDUCT.
Coaches and parents are the motivating force that encourages NICA student-athletes to do their very best to attain their race goals at every race. They also serve as ambassadors and role models who are expected to abide to a code of conduct that serves as an example to all student-athletes. In addition, all NICA student-athletes must abide by Trail Etiquette & Code of Conduct which covers the aspects of safety and respect. Here are the rules as outlined in the NICA Rulebook:
COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
13.0 COACHES’ HELMETS
All coaches and team assistants are expected to comply with all helmet rules at all team practices, team events, and League races. In the event a coach is seen riding without a helmet, a 25-point penalty will be applied to his or her team’s score.
13.1 DUTY OF CARE
Coaches have a duty of care to their student-athletes at every event. This duty of care begins at the time designated by the team for student-athlete arrival and it ends at the conclusion of the event. The Head Coach, or someone acting as interim head coach, must remain at the venue until the last student-athlete from his/her team has departed, except in the case that any remaining student is in the care of a parent or legal guardian.
13.2 RACE ATTENDANCE
A Head Coach must attend each race. If the Head Coach cannot attend a race, an interim Head Coach shall be appointed and the League Director must be notified as to who is serving as interim Head Coach.
13.3 POSITIVE SPORTING BEHAVIOR; LEAGUE DIRECTOR COMPLETE DISCRETION
League officials have complete and total discretion for the implementation of the rules regarding appropriate sporting behavior. It is required that all coaches will demonstrate respect for and deference to the person and the decision of the League officials as it relates to sporting behavior of student-athletes, parents, other coaches, and other League officials, and a failure to do so may result in restrictions imposed on a coach’s or student’s participation in the League. Coaches will also display mature and positive behavior during every event and in all interactions at all times with student-athletes, parents, other coaches, and League officials. Coaches must serve as role models to student-athletes, thereby demonstrating fair and calm response in the event protests, complaints, conflicts, or emergencies. Coaches are expected to be focused not just on winning, but on helping student-athletes develop positive character traits, learn life lessons, and grow into healthy young adults.
PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT
14.0 PARENTS’ HELMETS
Parents shall comply with the helmet rule at all races. Parents riding bicycles without helmets will receive two warnings. After a third infraction, the parent’s student-athlete will be penalized 25 points at the race where the infraction occurred. Parents are also expected to wear helmets for the following reasons:
||To set an example for the student-athletes
||As part of risk management due to limited emergency resources on site
||It is often difficult for race officials to visually differentiate between parents and coaches
||NICA is concerned about the safety of all our participants and spectators
14.1 HANDLING PROTESTS
Parents must handle protests, complaints, and/or conflicts with a positive and respectful attitude (see Rule 12.3). Parents should keep in mind that League officials have complete and total discretion for the implementation of these rules. It is required that parents will demonstrate respect for and deference to the person of and the decisions of the League officials and failure to do so may result in restrictions imposed on a student’s participation in the League.
14.2 PARENTS RIDING AND PROVIDING SUPPORT ON THE COURSE
During a race, parents must not ride or run on the course within 200 meters of any racers. Parents cannot run along the course with a student-athlete for more than 50 meters, and may not provide any food or beverage or otherwise provide physical support to racers outside of the designated feed zones. As stated otherwise in these rules, failure to comply with this or any other rule may results in limitations to the parent(s) attendance or child’s participation in the current or future events.
14.3 POSITIVE SPORTING BEHAVIOR
It is expected that all parents will conduct themselves with a mature and positive sporting attitude during every event.
What parents can do to encourage positive sporting behavior:
||Keep your comments positive. Don’t bad-mouth coaches, student-athletes, or officials. If you have a concern you need to express, discuss it privately with your child’s coach or a League official. Commend good effort and performance, no matter who it comes from. This is especially when it concerns student-athletes from a “rival” team. Remember that you are a parent. Shout encouragement, not directions, from the sidelines. *Be courteous towards other parents, coaches, and student-athletes from other teams. Understand your behavior sets an example not just for your family, but for everyone else at the event.
||Look for examples of good sporting behavior in professional student-athletes and point them out to your child. Talk about the bad examples, too and explain why they upset you.
||Emphasize values like teamwork, responsibility, and discipline. Winning comes and goes, but these values persist and are foundational to the physical and educational benefits of youth sports.