Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct is to be interpreted in accordance with the Ontario Cycling Association’s Discipline Policy and Procedures. All members of the OCA, which shall include, but is not limited to, athletes, coaches, officials, and support personnel are expected to represent Canada and themselves in an exemplary manner both at and away from competitions. The following conduct shall be considered as conduct contrary to the standards of good behavior and the ethics of cycling. Infractions which may cause the Association to consider disciplinary action include, but are not limited to, the following:
- breaching of any provision of the constitution, bylaws of the rules and regulations of the Ontario Cycling Association:
- inappropriate behavior (rudeness, swearing, lack of etiquette) at cycling sanctioned events anywhere in the world;
- intentional damage to property or equipment of others;
- committing any act prohibited by the Criminal Code of Canada;
- Members found using banned performance-enhancing drugs or methods shall be sanctioned in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and /or the procedures of the Union Cycliste Internationale. As they may be amended from time to time;
- abusive use of alcohol where abuse means a level of consumption which impairs the individual’s ability to speak, walk, or drive; causes the individual to behave in a disruptive manner ; or interferes with the individual’s ability to perform effectively or safely;
- violation of any contracts or agreements signed with the Association; and
- giving advice to others subject to this policy which in contrary to these rules.
Athletes that are supported by selection by the Association to represent Ontario at a competition or event have additional responsibilities. Infractions which may cause the Ontario Cycling Association to consider disciplinary action against an athlete include, but are not limited to, the following;
- failure to report a medical problem to the Association in a timely fashion where it limits the athlete’s ability to train and compete;
- failure to report to a training camp or project that was agreed upon in the athlete agreement;
- missing a starting time, training session or appointment at a training camp or event without reasonable grounds;
- missing a curfew imposed by an official representative of the Association;
- missing the start time at a competition; and
- failure to wear supplied team uniform/identifying patch or equipment or wear unapproved sponsors markings, as required.
Suspension may preclude members from participating in an event that contributes to team selection, participation in championships or meeting the carding criteria. Members are encouraged to govern themselves accordingly.