All members of the BCCA including coaches and judges agree, through their membership, to abide by the BCCA Code of Ethics. The BCCA code of ethics is organized around four ethical principles identified below.

  • Respect for participants: Acting with respect for participants means that all members:
    • Will treat all participants fairly and equitably, by refraining from discriminating against any student athlete on the bases of race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation.
    • Have a responsibility to respect and promote the rights of all participants.
    • Will interact with others in a manner that enables all participants in sport to maintain their dignity.
    • Will build mutual support among fellow members.
  • Responsible behavior: Responsible behavior means that members will :
    • Act in the best interest of the athlete‚Äôs development as a whole person.
    • Recognize the power inherent in certain positions such as coach and judge.
    • Be aware of their personal values and how these affect their involvement, be it coaching or judging.
    • Acknowledge their limitations.
    • Accept the responsibility to work with other coaches and professionals in sport.
  • Integrity in Relationships: Integrity means that members are expected to be honest, sincere and honorable in their relationship with others. Members should also be aware of how their perspectives influence their interactions with others.
  • Honoring Sport: Honoring sport means that members will:
    • Act on and promote clearly articulated values related to coaching and sport.
    • Encourage and model honorable intentions and actions in their coaching practice.
    • Show high regard for and promote the value of sport in Canadian society and around the world.
  • Recruitment Policy: In accordance with the BCCA rules and regulations, contacting athletes with the intent to recruit said athlete to another club is frowned up. Specifically:
    • No athlete should be contacted (in person, by phone, or on the internet) by any person that, in any way, is representing another cheerleading club for any reason. This includes coaches, directors, parents, mentors, consultants, and/or any person that works or volunteers for another club

Coach Reference Material:

Coaches of Canada Code of Ethics

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