The purpose of the Code of Conduct Policy is to encourage a safe, respectful, and courteous atmosphere at the Buffalo Curling Club, on and off the ice. All members are expected to abide by this code of conduct while at the club and while at any outside events representing the club. This document in many ways elaborates on the ideas built into the Spirit of Curling. In general, members will observe the Spirit of Curling, and contribute to an environment and culture within the Club respective to the Spirit of Curling and good sportsmanship. Specific Considerations:
- Members will take no action that could be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate or demean any opponent, teammate, official or Club Member.
- Abusive language will not be tolerated.
- Any conduct that could result in damage to Buffalo Curling Club property, such as broom throwing/slamming, is prohibited.
- Members are responsible for their guests following club rules and policies.
- All members have a responsibility to refrain from behavior which constitutes harassment or violence towards other members, competitors, officials, and guests. This is defined as comments, conduct, or actions directed towards an individual or group, which is offensive, abusive, racist, sexist, degrading or malicious. This may include but is not limited to the following:
- Written, verbal, or physical abuse, threats, outbursts or harassment.
- The display of material that is offensive or thought to be known as offensive.
- Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures or actions.
- Retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports harassment
Code of Conduct Breaches:
- Any member not behaving in accordance with the terms of the Code of Conduct at a club event may be asked to leave the function and will not be entitled to a refund of any monies.
- Any reported breaches will be investigated and discussed by the Board of Directors.
- Should the Board feel further action is required, such as a reprimand, suspension, or revocation of membership, they will report their findings to a Special Review Committee of 5 voting members who are neither Board Members nor officers. Members of the Review Committee will be appointed by the Board, with the accused member having the right to reject three of the appointed members, requiring the Board to find up to three replacements. The member in question will be able to defend themselves at a meeting of this special committee. The Special Review Committee will have the final say as to what action, if any is taken.
Reporting Abusive Behavior:
- Any member who observes abusive behavior or is a victim of abusive behavior, is strongly encouraged to report such behavior using the Buffalo Curling Club Complaint Policy. Should they wish to remain anonymous, they can do so by writing a letter, addressing it to the President or Vice President, and leaving it with whoever is at the Pro Shop. They should include as much detail as possible (who, what, when, etc.) including names of possible witnesses to allow for a thorough investigation by the Board.
The SPirit Of CURLING
(excerpt taken from the World Curling Federation handbook)
Curling is a game of skill and of traditions. A shot well executed is a delight to see and so, too, it is a fine thing to observe the time-honored traditions of curling being applied in the true spirit of the game. Curlers play to win but never to humble their opponents. A true curler would prefer to lose rather than win unfairly.
A good curler never attempts to distract an opponent or otherwise prevent them from playing their best. No curler ever deliberately breaks a rule of the game or any of its traditions. But, if they should do so inadvertently and be aware of it, they are the first to divulge the breach.
While the main object of the game of curling is to determine the relative skill of the players, the spirit of the game demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honorable conduct. This spirit should influence both the interpretation and application of the rules of the game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the Ice.