Objective: This policy outlines the guidelines and procedures for trainers and coaches to address behavioral issues within the roller derby team. The aim is to foster a positive and inclusive environment, promoting sportsmanship, respect, and professionalism among all skaters.

  1. Open Communication:
    • Trainers will maintain open lines of communication with skaters and parents/guardians to address any behavioral concerns promptly.
    • Skaters are encouraged to approach trainers with any issues they may be facing, ensuring confidentiality and respectful dialogue.
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to communicate with trainers regarding any concerns about their child’s behavior or experiences within the team.
  2. Consistent Expectations:
    • Trainers will clearly define and communicate behavior expectations to all skaters at the beginning of the season or when joining the team.
    • Expectations should include demonstrating good sportsmanship, respecting teammates, opponents, officials, and adhering to the code of conduct set by the team.
  3. Addressing Behavioral Issues:
    • Trainers will address behavioral issues promptly and professionally, following a fair and consistent approach.
    • Private conversations will be held with the individual(s) involved to discuss specific incidents, emphasizing the impact of their behavior on the team dynamic.
    • Discussions will focus on finding resolutions, developing self-awareness, and fostering personal growth.
  4. Mediation and Conflict Resolution:
    • Trainers will mediate conflicts between skaters, encouraging open and respectful dialogue to find resolutions.
    • Conflict resolution sessions may involve active listening, empathy-building exercises, and collaborative problem-solving techniques.
  5. Progressive Discipline:
    • In cases where behavioral issues persist despite efforts to address them, trainers may implement progressive discipline measures.
    • Disciplinary actions may include warnings, loss of playtime, temporary suspension, or, in extreme cases, removal from the team.
    • The decision to employ disciplinary measures will be made after careful consideration and consultation with relevant parties involved.
  6. Support and Education:
    • Trainers will provide resources, workshops, or training sessions focusing on conflict resolution, communication skills, and promoting positive behavior.
    • Skaters and parents/guardians may be encouraged to participate in these educational opportunities to foster a shared understanding of team values and expectations.
  7. Ongoing Evaluation and Improvement:
    • Trainers will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of this policy and make necessary adjustments to address new challenges or concerns.
    • Feedback from skaters, parents/guardians, and the larger roller derby community will be taken into account when reviewing and updating the policy.

By adhering to this policy, trainers and coaches will create a supportive and respectful team environment that fosters personal growth, teamwork, and the enjoyment of roller derby for all skaters.