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Skater's Code of Conduct

This is a code of conduct for skaters to abide by at all Kitsilano FSC sessions. The code of conduct is to be observed for safety and to ensure that everyone can make effective use of their ice time.

  1. Skaters are expected to treat others with respect.

  2. Parents and other skaters are requested not to interrupt coaches while lessons are in progress.

  3. 'Right-of-way' goes first to the skater in a harness, then to the soloist, then to the skaters in a lesson. 

  4. Note that there are usually multiple lessons at the same time. Other skaters must avoid undue interference with the skaters who have the 'right-of-way'. Skaters having the 'right-of-way' must also remember to keep an alert eye open to avoid collisions and may respectfully remind others of 'right-of-way' (eg. "excuse me"), except when both skaters have equal 'right-of-way'.

  5. Pay attention to the position of other skaters at all times. Be especially alert for reverse jumpers.

  6. When standing near the boards, do not enter the flow of skaters without checking to make sure you're not going to cut someone off.

  7. Look in the direction of travel when skating backwards.

  8. Do not sit or lie on the ice. Get up as quickly as possible after falling.

  9. Avoid skating in the Lutz corners of the rink for prolonged periods as this impedes other skaters' ability to perform their elements and programs. Be especially aware of your surroundings when you are in these corners as the approach of the Lutz is long and blind. The skater doing the Lutz is not likely to see you.

  10. Avoid skating in the centre of the rink for prolonged periods as the impedes other skaters' ability to perform the elements of their programs.

  11. Refrain from standing around and socializing on the ice. This wastes expensive ice time, interferes with other skaters' training and presents an additional hazard for other skaters to avoid.

  12. Sitting or climbing on the boards in the arena is not permitted.

  13. Eating, chewing gum, or drinking (with the exception of water) is not permitted on the ice.

  14. Pushing, shoving, throwing snow, or damaging the ice surface by kicking or stomping is not permitted.

  15. Solo music will be played in the order of coach request followed by skater request

  16. Coaches may request solo music for a skater during a lesson only.

  17. Skaters may request solo music up to twice per session, unless played in lesson. This rule may be relaxed for sessions that are not busy.

  18. Abide by session designations: No dance, skills, or prolonged stroking exercises will be allowed on freeskate sessions, and no freeskating (jumps or spins) will be allowed on dance sessions. See bulletin board for Saturday Adult Session Guidelines.

  19. Abide by session criteria: skate only on sessions for which you qualify. Requests for exceptions may be made in writing to the Kits FSC Board Committee at

  20. When the buzzer sounds and the Zamboni doors open, the session is over. Stop skating, help patch holes if requested, and clear the ice quickly.

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