WHY THIS POLICY?
The Nordic Association's Junior Program is an opportunity for children who want to ski to enjoy regular time on skis and to receive instruction in the basic points of skiing. We recognize that nearly every child enjoys exuberant play and roughhousing, and believe that engaging in this kind of behavior is a wonderful part of being a child. We do not want to prevent children from acting like children. Rather, we want to assure that all participants in our junior program benefit from the attention of the coaches, who design practices that they think the young skiers will enjoy and learn from. When the coaches must devote their time to one skier who refuses to participate in the practice, or acts in a way that prevents the other skiers from participating and learning, then the experiences of the other skiers are diminished. This is what we want to prevent.
By disruptive behavior, we mean a young skier acting in a way that prevents the other skiers from participating in the practice, or that prevents a coach from carrying out the activities planned for a practice session or from devoting time to the other participants. Examples that we've seen are a child persisting in throwing snowballs at a coach or other participants, despite having been asked to stop; a child hiding the other skiers' skis or poles, or intentionally treating them poorly; one child distracting the others from listening to the coaches or preventing them from doing what the coaches have asked them to do; or a child refusing to stay with the group.
We understand that it's a rare young skier who will not, now and then, distract the other skiers or disrupt the coaches' plans. This sporadic disruptive behavior is not what we seek to address with this policy. Rather, we want to address cases of frequent, repeated, or persistent disruption.
1. If the head coach decides that a skier's behavior is too disruptive, the head coach will warn the skier that he or she must stop that behavior, and will contact the responsible adult, parent or guardian, to inform them of the problem.
2. If the skier persists in the disruptive behavior, even after the head coach has warned him or her and notified the responsible adult, parent or guardian, then the head coach will notify the responsible adult, parent or guardian, that the skier is no longer allowed to participate in the program.
3. If a skier's participation in the junior program is terminated, then the Nordic Association will not refund any portion of the registration fee.
Note that the head coach has the authority for deciding if, and when, a skier 's behavior is sufficiently disruptive to require correction; and for deciding if, and when, a skier must be withdrawn from the program. It is up to the adult responsible for the skier to see that the disruptive behavior stops.
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