CODE OF CONDUCT (adopted from CKRC, who took it from ASSA)

Definitions

1. The following terms have these meanings in this Policy:

a) “Individuals” – All categories of membership defined in the AMRA Bylaws, as well as all individuals engaged in activities with the Alberta Mini Roadracing Association, including but not limited to, drivers, coaches, tuners, mechanics, officials, volunteers, directors, committee members, officers, managers, administrators and spectators.

b) “AMRA” – Alberta Mini Roadracing Association.

Purpose and Application

2. The purpose of this Code of Conduct and Ethics is to ensure a safe and positive environment within AMRA programs, activities and events, by making all individuals aware that there is an expectation of appropriate behavior, consistent with the values of the AMRA, at all times.

3. AMRA is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect. Further, the AMRA supports equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices. Members of the AMRA are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner consistent with the values of the AMRA that include fairness, integrity, open communication and mutual respect.

4. Conduct that violates this Code of Conduct and Ethics may be subject to sanctions pursuant to AMRA’s policies related to discipline and complaints.

5. This policy applies to Individuals relating to conduct that may arise during the course of AMRA’s business, activities and events, including but not limited to, office environment, competitions, practices, training camps, travel, and any meetings.

6. This policy applies to conduct that may occur outside of the AMRA’s business and events when such conduct adversely affects relationships within the AMRA and its work and sport environment and is detrimental to the image and reputation of the AMRA.

Responsibilities of All

7. All Individuals have a responsibility to:

a) Maintain and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of AMRA Members and other Individuals by:

i. Demonstrating respect to individuals regardless of body type, physical characteristics, athletic ability, gender, ancestry, color, ethnic or racial origin, nationality, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religion, religious belief, political belief, disability or economic status;

ii. Focusing comments or criticism appropriately and avoiding public criticism of drivers, coaches, tuners, mechanics, officials, volunteers, directors, committee members, officers, managers, administrators and spectators;

iii. Consistently demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship, sports leadership and ethical conduct;

iv. Acting, when appropriate, to prevent or correct practices that are unjustly discriminatory;

v. Consistently treating individuals fairly and reasonably;

vi. Ensuring that the rules of mini road racing, and the spirit of such rules, are adhered to.

b) Refrain from any behavior that constitutes harassment, where harassment is defined as comment or conduct directed towards an individual or group, which is offensive, abusive, racist, sexist, degrading or malicious. Types of behavior that constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:

i. Written or verbal abuse, threats or outbursts;

ii. The display of visual material which is offensive or which one ought to know is offensive;

iii. Unwelcome remarks, jokes, comments, innuendos or taunts;

iv. Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures;

v. Condescending or patronizing behavior which is intended to undermine self- esteem, diminish performance or adversely affect working conditions;

vi. Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person’s safety or negatively affect performance;

vii. Any form of hazing;

viii. Unwanted physical contact including touching, petting, pinching or kissing;

ix. Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, requests or invitations;

x. Physical or sexual assault;

xi. Behaviors such as those described above that are not directed towards individuals or groups but have the same effect of creating a negative or hostile environment; or

xii. Retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports harassment.

c) Refrain from any behavior that constitutes sexual harassment, where sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual comments and sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or conduct of a sexual nature. Types of behavior that constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

i. Sexist jokes;
ii. Display of sexually offensive material;
iii. Sexually degrading words used to describe a person; iv. Inquiries or comments about a person’s sex life;
v. Unwelcome sexual flirtation, advance or propositions;

vi. Persistent unwanted contact;

vii. Sexual assault.

d) Refrain from the use of power or authority in an attempt to coerce another person to engage in inappropriate activities.

e) In the case of adults, avoid consuming alcohol in situations where minors are present, and take reasonable steps to manage the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages in adult-oriented social situations associated with AMRA events.

f) Respect the property of others and not willfully cause damage.

g) Abstain from the non-medical use of drugs or the use of performance-enhancing drugs or methods.

h) Comply at all times with the Constitution, Bylaws, policies, rules and regulations of the AMRA, as adopted and amended from time to time.

i) Adhere to all Federal, Provincial, Municipal or host country laws.

Riders

8. In addition to Paragraph 7 above, Riders will have additional responsibilities to:

a) Report any medical problems in a timely fashion, where such problems may limit the rider’s ability to practice or compete.

b) Participate and appear on time in all competitions, practices, training sessions, events, activities or projects entered or volunteered for.

c) Properly represent themselves and not attempt to enter a competition for which they are not eligible, by reason of age, classification or other reasons.

d) Adhere to the AMRA’s rules and requirements regarding clothing and equipment.

Officials

9. In addition to paragraph 7 above, Officials will have additional responsibilities to:

a) Follow the most current version of the CMA Sporting Regulations and AMRA’s Supplemental Regulations

b) Be fair and objective;

c) Avoid situations which a conflict of interest may arise;

d) Make independent judgments.

Parents/Guardians and Spectators

10. In addition to paragraph 7 above, Parents/Guardians of AMRA Members and Spectators at events will:

a)  Never question an officials’ or AMRA staffs’ judgment or honesty;

b)  Encourage Drivers to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence;

c)  Condemn the use of violence in any form;

d)  Never ridicule a participant for making a mistake during a race or practice;

e)  Provide positive comments that motivate and encourage participants continued effort;

f)  Respect the decisions and judgments of officials, and encourage drivers to do the same;

g)  Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse, coercion, intimidation and sarcasm from sport;

h)  Respect and show appreciation to all competitors, and to the officials and other volunteers who give their time to the sport;

i)  Refrain from the use of bad language, nor harass competitors, officials, parents/guardians or other spectators.