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Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers and Spectators (Jan 2019)

Code of Conduct for Coaches, Helpers and Volunteers 

(adults in and around the gym)


As a club we strive to provide an environment where children can develop as gymnasts and individuals and have a friendly atmosphere in order to achieve and reach their desired potential.  It is therefore important that everyone follows the relevant codes of conduct.  As a parent or adult connected with a gymnast in the club please follow the guidelines below to help make the club a safe and child friendly place.



  • Encourage your child to learn and participate within the gymnasts’ “Golden Rules”.

  • Support your child’s involvement and enjoyment in their sport and never force your child to take part.

  • Share any complaints or concerns with your child’s coach, Head Coach or Club Welfare Officer.

  • Endeavour to establish good communications with the Club, coaches and officials for the benefit of all. This includes personal contact, email, phone calls or notes etc. Please consider the time of day/evening when you are communicating.

  • Always pay your child’s fees promptly.

  • Use correct and appropriate language and behaviour at all times and adhere to the Social Networking and Communication policy.

  • Do not criticise the performance of other gymnasts during training or at competitions.


At Training

  • Always ensure your child is dressed in club kit/uniform and they have plenty to drink.

  • Always drop off and collect your child promptly, if you are held up/going to be late please contact your child’s coach.

  • Keep the club informed if your child is ill or unable to attend training.

  • Parents are not permitted to stay in the gym whilst their child is training.

  • Encourage and appreciate that some gymnasts may be asked to do conditioning and stretching exercises at home as well as gym.

  • Recognise that a squad/group place is based upon a gymnast’s ability, behaviour and attitude and is subject to continual review in order to benefit all gymnasts.


At Competitions

  • Always ensure your child is dressed in club kit, has the correct equipment/leotards and has plenty to drink and eat.

  • Never punish or belittle a child for poor performance or making mistakes.

  • Help your child recognise good performance and effort, not just results.

  • Set examples of good sportsmanship and sporting ethos by applauding performances and by recognising good performances.

  • Discourage arguing/challenging officials, coaches and other gymnasts publicly and accept all official judgements.

  • Do not contact your child by phone during competitions and if you do see them do not discuss results.


We want our gymnasts to have a positive experience at Team Bath Rhythmic Gymnastics. However, on occasion, coaches may have to deal with behaviour that does not follow our gymnasts’ Code of Conduct. When this does happen, the club will always follow advice on safeguarding from its governing body, British Gymnastics. BG’s policies are subject to annual review and as required by the relevant legislation, HM Government, NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), UK Sport and Home Country Sports Councils. Our club follows the NSPCC CPSU guidelines for Managing Challenging Behaviour


Remember that the driving force for any gymnasts’ success is their own motivation!


Welfare Team

Revised January 2019  

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