SAFETY

 

RISK MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY ISSUES


We  direct all Scots families to our Roles and Responsibilities Guidelines elsewhere within this website under the Scots Community section of the Online Forms, where you will be able to read the Guidelines which we have developed for our own use and anyone involved with Snowsports at Scots. It is extremely important that all Scots families make themselves fully aware of the requirements under these Guidelines which are to be followed at all times.

 

While not guaranteeing the Snowsports Association is able to abide by or be in a position to adopt all or any of the following extracts of such measures issued by NSW Interschools, we fully support and endorse all the safety measures issued by NSW Interschools and will endeavour at all times to maintain such standards to the best of our ability.

 

The following therefore should be read with that proviso in mind at all times in relation to The Scots Race in particular.

 

EXTRACTS AND ADAPTATIONS FROM NSW INTERSCHOOLS "RISK MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY ISSUES AT INTERSCHOOLS SNOWSPORTS EVENTS"

 

Accidents:

The best insurance for anyone who participates in snowsports at any level is Personal Private Medical Cover, closely followed by the Nationwide Medicare System ‐ it is the envy of any overseas visitor.

 

Emergency / Accident Procedures and Registration is covered within a range of policy documents at the school level including the NSW Dept. Education and Training, NSW Catholic Education Office, NSW Independent Schools, and separate school policy documents on “Guidelines for the Safe Conduct of Sport and Physical Activity in Schools”. This includes risk management, accident report procedures and parent permission procedures.

 

At resort level events are operated as per the Waivers. This includes safety, and accident and emergency procedures, which utilise resort staff personnel and other volunteer organisations such as the NSW Ski Patrol.

 

Athletes / parents & managers are required to operate under the published restrictions of their respective school systems, including O.H &S requirements, and drug policies which exclude all drug taking including consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

 

Interschools operates within the requirements of the Child Protection Policies of the respective school systems, together with the NSW S.A. Child Protection and Disclosure policy.

 

All aspects of Interschools operations are insured through the agreed NSW Interschools Insurance Cover arrangements. This is negotiated through either Ski and Snowboard Australia’s (S.S.A.) General Liability Policy, or the All‐States General Liability Policy, which covers all Interschools Athletes in Australia. The P.L. Insurance Level is $10mil. which is determined by the Resorts (P.B. & K.T.)

 

Event Management

 

The Interschools Events operate within the following operational procedures, policies and strategies:


- Athletes, Coaches, Managers, Parents and Committee members follow the “ Guidelines for Safe Conduct of Sport and Physical Activity in Schools” document within their various school systems.


- All (athletes, coaches, managers, parents, committee members) compete, officiate, view or manage within the respective liability agreements and waivers of the Ski Resorts and /or Interschools Snowsports.


- All officials are required to attend an official’s briefing and/or accreditation course. All officials receive a manual of operation at their request.


- All courses are set by the resorts within the agreement of safe course obligations.


- All course sites are examined by an Interschools Committee member/s prior to racing, together with a member of the resort race department, to identify obvious hazards.
 

 
- The resort T.D. or T.A. confirms that the course is safe and appropriate, through his or her race department designate.


- All courses have a jury consisting of the Chief of Race (Resort), the Race Referee (Interschools), and either the Start or Finish Referee.


- Competitors are advised of risks, course conditions and requirements, and preparation/ expectations through a range of pre‐event and on‐site communication to athletes, parents, schools and managers.

 

Helmets are compulsory for all events other than X/C. All helmets must be Snowsports safety approved. All competitors must wear appropriate ski or board clothing – no exposed flesh is allowed due to safety reasons, and the race referee has the authority to disqualify competitors for non‐compliance with this rule.


- All courses have  volunteer course officials who maintain and report on safety issues as they arise. Communication is maintained through radios per course with direct links to the T.D, Events
manager, Home Base manager, PA announcer and Committee chairperson.

 

Resort race department maintain direct link and responsibility for Ski Patrol assistance where/when required. Courses are stopped, closed and/or abandoned where necessary due to accidents, weather deterioration, or unsafe conditions.


- It is the Chief of Course and/or Chief of Gates responsibility to submit an accident report for medium to major injuries of competitors. Interschools have designed a form for this purpose. Any accident, which involves ski patrol assistance, also requires documentation from the ski patrol. These records are kept and archived for future reference by the Ski Patrol.


- All course paperwork, including gate reports, accidents reports, etc are archived for seven years post‐event, and to be located at the NSW Interschools Snowsports office, or appropriate storage as noted in Interschools records.


  

Codes of Conduct:

 

‐ Adapted with permission from The Victorian School Snowsports DevelopmentFoundation (VSSDF) from AUSSIE SPORT ‐ Codes of Behaviour by the Australian Sports Commission, The AustralianSchools’ Sports Council – Fair Play in School Sport and ‘Character Counts’ from The Josephson Institute of Ethics. 

 

This Code of Conduct has been developed to help everyone involved in Interschools events and programs to promote fair competition and appropriate behaviour. There are codes of conduct for competitors, parents & spectators, schoolsnowsports coordinators, teachers, team managers, coaches, administrators, officials and the media.


By participating in Interschools events and programs, it is understood those involved accept responsibility for complying with the Alpine Responsibility Code and the Interschools Code of Conduct detailed below.

Participants also agree to accept the consequences of any breach of these codes. These may include, depending on the nature and severity of the
breach:


‐ disqualification from an event of an individual, team or school.
‐ loss of competition points.
‐ rejection of future entries of an individual, team or school.
‐ confiscation of lift passes

 

The Alpine Responsibility Code and Interschools Codes of Conduct will be made available to all those involved in Interschools events.


Competitors’ Codes of Conduct


• Remember that participation in sports is a privilege, not a right, and that you are expected to represent your school, coach and team‐mates with honour and dignity on and off the field. Remember that, ‘Losers say little and winners say even less’.
• Respect all the support people involved with Interschools events that enable the event to occur. These include but are not limited to: mountain, shop and lodge staff.
• Participate and compete by the rules of the event.
• If you disagree with an official, have your team manager/teacher/snowsports coordinator approach the appropriate official and pursue an acceptable form of dispute resolution.
• Control your behaviour on and off the slopes. Verbal abuse of officials, sledging or intimidating other competitors, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviour at any event.
• Value and respect honest effort. Work equally hard for yourself and/or your school team. Your team’s performance will benefit, and so will you.
• Be a good sport. Applaud all good performances, regardless of which team they represent.
• Treat all participants in your event, as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
• Cooperate with your school, coach, team manager, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
• Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents, coaches and teachers.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
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• Show consideration for the mountain and other users. Respect the rules that resorts have put in place. Your safety and those around you is at stake. Observe the Alpine Responsibility Code.


Parents’ Codes of Conduct


• Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
• Encourage children to participate, do not coerce them.
• Provide positive focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
• Encourage children always to participate according to the rules. If you disagree with an official, have your team manager approach the official and pursue an acceptable form of dispute resolution.
• Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skills shown by all participants.
• Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
• Respect the officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every student regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
• Show appreciation and be courteous to volunteer coaches, officials, team managers and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
• Respect all the support people involved with Interschools events that enable the event to occur. These include but are not limited to: mountain, shop and lodge staff.
• Show consideration for the mountain and other users. Respect the rules that resorts have put in place. Your safety and those around you is at stake. Observe the Alpine Responsibility Code.
• Do not interfere with the conduct of any events.
• If you feel there is an issue to dispute, have your team manager/teacher/snowsports coordinator approach the appropriate official and pursue an acceptable form of dispute resolution.
• Smoking near competitors and racecourses is not acceptable.
School Snowsports Coordinators’ & Teachers’ Code of Conduct
• Attend or send a proxy to the pre‐race briefing for Interschools racing where possible & practical.
• Encourage and give opportunities to students so that they may participate and compete in a variety of snowsports.
• Create opportunities to teach appropriate snow sports behaviour and attitudes as well as basic skills.
• Give priority to participation, enjoyment and skill learning, especially for early primary school children.
• Provide opportunities for quality supervision and instruction for students.
• Prepare young people for the Interschools competition by teaching them basic skills, the rules of the competition, sportsmanship and the values of competition.
• Make young people aware of the positive benefits of participation in snow sport activities and being part of a school sporting team.
• Teach your students to be friendly and courteous towards officials and opponents.
• Help students understand the differences between the junior competitions in which they participate and elite snow sports.
• Help students understand that competing by the rules is their responsibility.
• Remove from competitions/race courses/programs any student whose behaviour is not acceptable.
• Provide students with opportunities to participate in administration, coaching and refereeing of events, training and school teams as well as playing.
• Keep up to date with coaching practices and the principles of physical growth and development. Read and use the latest coaching and teaching resources for junior sport.
• Support implementation of the National Junior Sport Policy.
• Do not interfere with the conduct of any events.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every student regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
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• Respect all the support people involved with Interschools events that enable the event to occur. These include but are not limited to: mountain, shop and lodge staff.
• Show consideration for the mountain and other users. Respect the rules that resorts have put in place. Your safety and those around you is at stake. Observe the Alpine Responsibility Code.
• Smoking near competitors and racecourses is not acceptable.


Coaches’ Codes of Conduct


• Remember that students participate for pleasure and that winning is only part of the fun.
• Create opportunities to teach appropriate snow sports behaviour and attitudes as well as basic skills.
• Never ridicule or yell at a student for making a mistake or not coming first.
• Be reasonable in your demands on students’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
• Operate within the rules and spirit of Interschool Snowsports and teach your students to do the same.
• Ensure that the time students spend with you is a positive experience. All students are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
• Avoid overplaying the talented students; the just average need and deserve equal time.
• Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all students.
• Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with snowsports. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, mountain staff, the media, parents and spectators. Encourage your students to do the same.
• Remember that children learn best by example. Show appreciation for good performances and skills shown by all participants.
• Help students understand that competing by the rules is their responsibility.
• Remove from competitions/race courses/programs any student whose behaviour is not acceptable.
• Show appropriate concern and caution toward sick and injured students. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured student is ready to recommence training or competition.
• Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young people.
• Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s skill development.
• Do not interfere with the conduct of any events.
• If you feel there is an issue to dispute, have your team manager/teacher/snowsports coordinator approach the appropriate official and pursue an acceptable form of dispute resolution.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every student regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
• Show consideration for the mountain and other users. Respect the rules that resorts have put in place. Your safety and those around you is at stake. Observe the Alpine Responsibility Code.
• Smoking near competitors and racecourses is not acceptable.
Administrators’ Code of Conduct
• Give all students equal opportunities to participate.
• Ensure that rules, equipment, racecourses and training schedules are modified to suit the age, ability and maturity level of students.
• Remember that students participate for their enjoyment and benefit. Do not over emphasise awards.
• Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development, and help improve the standards of coaching and officiating.
• Ensure that everyone involved in Interschool Snowsports emphasises fair play, and not winning at all costs.
• Be consistent, courteous and helpful towards all participants.
 
• At the time of registration or another appropriate time, give an Interschools Code of Conduct sheet to school snowsports coordinators, teachers, spectators, officials, parents, coaches, competitors and the media, and encourage them to follow it so that they understand their responsibilities regarding ‘fair play’ in children’s sport.
• Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.
• Use common sense to ensure that overcalling violations does not lose the ‘spirit of the competition’ for children.
• Support implementation of the National Junior Sport Policy.
• Make it clear that abusing young people in any way is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary action.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every student regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
• Respect all the support people involved with Interschools events that enable the event to occur. These include but are not limited to: mountain, shop and lodge staff.
• Show consideration for the mountain and other users. Respect the rules that resorts have put in place. Your safety and those around you is at stake. Observe the Alpine Responsibility Code.
• Smoking near competitors and racecourses is not acceptable.
Officials’ Code of Conduct
• Attend or send a proxy to the pre‐race briefing for Interschools racing.
• Compliment and encourage all participants.
• Remember that students participate for their enjoyment and benefit.
• Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions towards all participants.
• Promote respect for all opponents and sporting behaviour.
• Help students understand that competing by the rules is their responsibility.
• Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than the errors.
• Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.
• Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else.
• Give all participants a ‘fair go’ regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
• Respect all the support people involved with Interschools events that enable the event to occur. These include but are not limited to: mountain, shop and lodge staff.
• Smoking near competitors and racecourses is not acceptable.
• Show consideration for the mountain and other users. Respect the rules that resorts have put in place. Your
safety and those around you is at stake. Observe the Alpine Responsibility Code.


Team Managers’ Codes of Conduct


• Attend or send a proxy to the pre‐race briefing for Interschools racing.
• Provide quality supervision and instructions for a small group of students.
• Ensure that your team understands and follows the rules and procedures of Interschools events.
• Ensure your team understands that competing by the rules is their responsibility.
• Ensure your team is at the racecourse in plenty of time to complete course inspection and hear relevant instructions from officials.
• Ensure your team acts with integrity, loyalty, sportsmanship and within the values of the Interschools competition.
• Make your team aware of the positive benefits of participation in snow sport activities and being part of a school sporting team.
• Ensure that you and your team are friendly and courteous towards officials, opponents and mountain staff.
• Help your team to understand the differences between the junior competitions in which they participate and elite snow sports.
• Do not interfere with the conduct of any events.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every student regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
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• Smoking near competitors and racecourses is not acceptable.
• Show consideration for the mountain and other users. Respect the rules that resorts have put in place. Your safety and those around you is at stake. Observe the Alpine Responsibility Code. 

Spectators’ Code of Conduct

• Remember that students participate in sport for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours.
• Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate all participants on their performance regardless of the game’s outcome.
• Respect the decisions of officials and encourage students to do the same.
• Positive comments will be motivational for all participants.
• Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or students.
• Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
• Encourage competitors to follow the rules and the officials’ decisions.
• Do not use foul language, sledge or harass competitors, teachers, team mangers, coaches or officials.
• Do not interfere with the conduct of any events.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
• Smoking near competitors and racecourses is not acceptable.
• Respect all the support people involved with Interschools events that enable the event to occur. These include but are not limited to: mountain, shop and lodge staff.
• Show consideration for the mountain and other users. Respect the rules that resorts have put in place. Your safety and those around you is at stake. Observe the Alpine Responsibility Code.

Media Code of Conduct

• Provide coverage of children’s sport as well as reporting adult sport.
• Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else.
• Be aware of the differences between adult sport, professional sport and modified sports programs for young people.
• Don’t highlight isolated incidents of inappropriate sporting behaviour.
• Focus upon a competitor’s fair play and honest effort.
• Do not place unfair expectations on participants. They are not miniature professionals.
• Focus on the abilities and not the disabilities of participants.
• Avoid reinforcing stereotypical views on the involvement of boys/girls in particular sports.
• Give equal time and space to reporting boys and girls sports.
• Familiarise yourself with the National Junior Sport Policy.
• Do not interfere with the conduct of any events.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every participant regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
• Smoking near competitors and racecourses is not acceptable.
• Respect all the support people involved with Interschools events that enable the event to occur. These include but are not limited to: mountain, shop and lodge staff.
• Show consideration for the mountain and other users. Respect the rules that resorts have put in place. Your safety and those around you is at stake. Observe the Alpine Responsibility Code.