Athletes Code of Conduct

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As a member of the Phoenix Volleyball Club, Athletes are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates good sportsmanship and a respect for others at all times. It is essential that Athletes support their fellow teammates, coaches and the Club to the best of one's ability. Failure to adhere to these principles is grounds for dismissal from the Club. 

As an athlete, you will be expected to adhere to the following standards of behavior throughout the volleyball season:


  • Good sportsmanship is always the first priority.
  • Demonstrate punctuality and diligence in both practices and games. In extreme situations, coaches have the right to remove players who are not attending to their reasonable expectations.
  • Respect your fellow teammates and coaches; support them to your utmost in your team endeavors.
  • Understand your role on the team, as explained to you by your coaches, and execute that role to the best of your ability.
  • Respect all officials, opposing athletes and coaches, and spectators and use only appropriate language.
  • Abide by, and accept gracefully, the decisions of officials, no matter which team those decisions may favour.
  • Understanding that alcohol use and/or drug use will not be tolerated
  • Understand that a doctors or physiotherapists note may be requested after injury. If this is not provided, coaches can keep you out of practices and games
  • Demonstrate appreciation for and applaud good play and never make derogatory remarks about officials, coaches or other athletes on any team.
  • Respect and care for the facilities in which practices and competitions are being held and listen to those in authority.
  • Be aware of and abide by the regulations of the Volleyball BC and Volleyball Canada.
  • Exhibit the same standard of behavior when out in public as you do on the court. You are a representative of Phoenix Volleyball Club both on and off the court, especially when wearing Club clothing.
  • To understand the philosophy of Phoenix Volleyball Club when it comes to playing time as provided in the handbook.

Abuse, Bullying & Harassment

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The Phoenix Volleyball Club WILL NOT tolerate behaviour that constitutes harassment, abuse or bullying.  Anyone found to be in violation of anti - abuse/bullying/harassment rules will be disciplined up to and including removal from the Club.


Bullying and Harassment is a specific form of violation of Club policies. It is the policy of the Club that there be no harassment, abuse or bullying of any member athlete, official, coach or executive involved in any of our programs. The Club expects all members to take reasonable steps to safeguard all members against harassment, abuse and bullying. All members shall conduct themselves, at all times, in a fair and responsible manner and refrain from comments or behaviour that are disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist or sexist.


Abuse” - Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional and/or sexual mistreatment or lack of care which causes physical injury or emotional damage to a child. A common characteristic of all forms of abuse against children or youth is an abuse of power or authority and/or breach of trust.


Harassment” - Harassment is offensive behavior – emotional, physical and/or sexual – that involves discrimination against a person because of their race, national or ethnic origin, age, colour, religion, family status, sexual orientation, sex or gender, disability, marital status, or pardoned conviction.


Bullying” - Bullying is intentionally hurting someone in order to insult, humiliate, degrade or exclude him or her. Bullying can be broken down into four categories: physical, verbal, relational (for example, trying to cut off victims from social connection by convincing peers to exclude or reject a certain person), and reactive (for example, engaging in bullying as well as provoking bullies to attack by taunting them).

Issues & Concerns

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Phoenix Club provides a developmental and training program geared/aimed to compete at the highest level. The goal of every team is to develop throughout the season and ultimately play to win the Championships, or to finish as high as possible within their respective tier. 


Playing time is earned through focus, hard work and dedication to practice, in weekly physical training, and demonstrated abilities on the court. Regardless of the roles that evolve over the season, all players and parents are expected to remain positive and committed to the individual goal of having each player develop to their maximum potential and the team goal of finishing their best throughout the season.

Player Concerns

Parents can assist players in communicating concerns to coaches, but it should always be done jointly and involve the player, whereby helping to develop communication and problem resolution in an effective manner for their future.

Note: Should concerns arise resulting from a practice or competition, parents are expected to abide by the 24 Hour Rule and to wait for at least 24 hours before approaching the coaches with their concerns.


  1. Please keep in mind that common sense is the rule. All staff and coaches’ main concern is the well-being of the players and the success of the team.
  2. Respect the coaches and the athletes time. Meeting with a coach during a practice, or interrupting a coach during a practice session, or immediately after a game is disrespectful to the entire team. Meetings with coaches must be scheduled so as not to impact other players. Coaches should refuse requests for meetings that are not requested at an appropriate time, outside team time.
  3. Respect the 24 Hour Rule. Direct confrontation, especially when emotions are high, is counter-productive for everyone. The “24-hour rule” applies to all teams. Please do not talk to coaches about volleyball-related issues or team or player problems within 24 hours before or 24 hours after a tournament.
  4. Where possible, communicate issues through your Team Manager.

Off Court Issues

Athletes are representatives of the Phoenix Volleyball Club and as such project our Club within the community.


Our athletes who wear their Phoenix Volleyball Club clothing to school and in the community are acting as representatives of the Phoenix Volleyball Club. We expect our athletes to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner at all times. When on the court, athletes are accountable to their coaches. When off the court, athletes are accountable to their coaches and to the Club. At all times athletes are required to uphold the high standards of the Club, both during the season and during summer months when participating in Club-sanctioned activities of Volleyball BC or Volleyball Canada.


Inappropriate behavior on or off-court can be grounds for removal of the player from the Club. 

Clothing & Training/Practices

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Clothing

  • The Club is expected to have a common, uniform look. 
  • Only clothing designed and offered by the Club at the start of each season will be worn by athletes, coaches, and parents.
  • Failure to do so will result in the removal of all athletes, coaches, and parents.
  • Parents are responsible for all other clothing such as shoes, and knee pads worn by athletes during practices/competition.

Practice/Training Facilities

  • The choice of practice/training facilities depends on availability and cost.
  • Community Centres, Schools and other gym facilities used as practice facilities are rented to Phoenix Volleyball Club at the discretion of the facilities, and it is important that they are treated with care and respect. This means:
    • Abiding by the permit as to use of areas of the facility, start and end time, etc.;
    • Taking care of equipment and storing it carefully;
    • Not wearing outdoor footwear in the gym during winter months. Water and snow must be kept outside the gym; and
    • Cleaning up garbage before leaving.

Note: The consequence of not taking care of our practice/training facilities is loss of gym time, which may be impossible to replace.