Code of Conduct, Disciplinary Guideline
and Grievance Procedures
All athletes and parents must agree to accept and abide by the rules of Bridger Ski Foundation.
Athletes participating in BSF ski programs are exercising a privilege afforded them by BSF. These athletes must exhibit the maturity to be successful. Thus, the following codes, rules, guidelines, and procedures shall apply in all activities within the BSF programs.
Code of Conduct: Each member of BSF, including athletes and parents, will conduct himself/herself in a manner that exemplifies the standards of good personal behavior and sportsmanship and does not bring discredit upon BSF. When training and traveling with BSF, each athlete is expected to show respect for coaches, chaperones, parents, other adults, athletes and property.
All BSF members and athletes shall obey the regulations of the Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bohart Ranch and those competing in USSA sanctioned events will obey the USSA Sportsmanship Guidelines as outlined in the most current Skiing Competition Guide, as well as the USSA Northern and Intermountain Division Code of Conduct.
Disciplinary Rules within Code of Conduct
1. Substance use and/or possession thereof (drugs, alcohol, tobacco) are cause for immediate dismissal from the program. If an athlete is suspended or expelled from school for a drug or alcohol related incident, possession, or use, the athlete and his/her parents must tell the BSF Program Director/Head Coach and the athlete may be subject to immediate dismissal or suspension from the program.
2. Persistent irresponsibility and disrespectful behavior is cause for dismissal from BSF.
3. Destruction of property or violation of state and federal laws is cause for dismissal from BSF.
4. Any violation of law resulting in an arrest or conviction by civil authorities, even if not related to team activities, may result in disciplinary procedures by the Program Director.
4. Failure to comply with any and all event, team, or specific activity rules (curfew, attendance, schedules, etc.) may be cause for disciplinary action. Persistent failure will be cause for dismissal from the program for the remainder of the current season and could affect an athlete’s future participation.
5. Please note: If dismissal from the program or an event occurs while traveling, the athlete may be sent home immediately at the parents’ cost at whatever means is most convenient. No reimbursement of program or event fees will be made
Adherence to these rules and guidelines as specified herein or by BSF and observance of state and federal laws, are required for participation in this program.
Disciplinary Guidelines: Disciplinary issues, including any violation of this Code of Conduct shall be addressed primarily by the Program Directors who shall recommend a course of action. Program Directors may seek counsel of the Executive Director and the Executive Board.
A Program Director may initiate disciplinary proceedings based upon information obtained from reliable sources providing there is supportive substantial information to warrant this action.
If a skier or parent has an issue/grievance/complaint regarding any aspect of the BSF program, the procedure for addressing the issue will be:
1. Approach the skier's age group coach about the situation.
2. If resolution is not achieved, the issue may be brought to the attention of the Head Coach in charge of the age group involved.
3. If resolution is not achieved, the issue may be brought to the attention of the Program Director.
4. If resolution is not achieved, the issue may be referred to the Executive Director.
5. If resolution is not achieved, the issue may be brought before the BSF Board.
6. If the particular issue involves one of the individuals or entities listed in this protocol, you must first go to that individual and if resolution is not achieved, then you may proceed to take the issue/grievance to the next appropriate level.
7. If an athlete or parent has a grievance or complaint, please make an appointment to talk with the appropriate individual. Grievances and complaints will not be addressed during training, camp, or competition days. Program Directors and Coaches cannot give adequate attention to your grievance without notice.
8. No issue shall be universally broadcast to the attention of any e-mail list serve or to the general club membership. BSF will make every effort to address, and take seriously, parent/athlete concerns and grievances. From time-to-time grievances simply cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the parent/athlete. If this is the case, the BSF Board apologizes and encourages the parent/athlete to seek alternative programs.
The Parents' Role
BSF believes the parents’ role should be supportive in nature. BSF coaches are qualified and experienced; BSF is confident in the coach’s ability to coach your children. In order to give quality time and instruction to your children, we ask that you do not accompany them in training unless invited by a coach. Naturally you will be curious about your child’s progress and we encourage you to talk to your child’s coach. Many times however, direct interventions (i.e. a parent tagging along for runs, or inspecting a race course with their child) create difficult situations, especially at competitions. Please feel free to talk to the coach before and after skiing should you have any concerns in this regard.
Here are some useful resources for parents from USSA: Parent's Education
BSF reserves the right to amend policies and procedures as needed.