Expectations of Participants
Here are some of the most important things you need to know about taking part in the BC Games:
- Condition of Entry
As a condition of entry into, or volunteering at, the BC Games, it must be understood that the participants and volunteers enter entirely at their own risk. Click here to review the Games waiver.
- BC Games Conduct
All athletes, coaches, and officials at the BC Games are expected to conduct themselves at all times, in a responsible manner that is in the spirit of fair play, within the principles of the Culture of the Games and Code of Conduct, and in line with the rules, regulations, and policies of the BC Games Society. This conduct is expected from the time they board BC Games transportation (or arrive at the Games on their own transportation) until they return home.Participants at any BC Games are one of many outstanding athletes, head coaches, assistant coaches, adult supervisors, and officials who will be involved in competition. It is important that each participant show Games volunteers and all other Games participants the same respect and treatment you'd like done to you. Remember that you are a representative of your sport; what you do can impact your sport’s inclusion in future BC Games.Any behaviour contrary to the BC Games Culture of the Games, or any violation or transgression of the BC Games Code of Conduct, rules, or polices by any participant in any sport will result in appropriate disciplinary action, which may include expulsion from the Games*.*Participants expelled from the Games must make their own way home from the Games, at their own expense.
- BC Games Culture of the Games
The Culture of the Games outlines and describes the expectations of those associated with the Games. This includes policies, code of conduct, and information that helps individuals know what is expected of them. It encompasses all safety and safe sport aspects of the Games and strives to inspire everyone to consider the roles they play in shaping the Games experience for everyone.Click here for more information about the Culture of the Games.
EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE GAMES:
- Has the right to participate in an environment that is supportive, positive, respectful, accessible, and that contributes to exceptional experiences.
- Has the responsibility to contribute in a positive way to the experiences of everyone involved in the Games.
- Everyone Has a Role to Play!
- Check your own actions and words
- Speak up for yourself and others
- If you see something tell someone
- Keeping the Games Healthy
As the Games bring together people from every region of the province, participants should keep in mind that they are travelling, competing, eating, staying in accommodation, and attending events with 1000's of other individuals. If you are not feeling well, let your coach or a Games medical volunteer know right away. You are encouraged to have a mask with you in case you become ill and also if you choose to wear one (the Games are a mask-friendly environment). Refer to Staying Healthy at the Games for more information.
- No Ticket, No Games
All participants will be accredited upon arrival at the Games and will receive an accreditation badge, which provides access to accommodation, transportation, meals, and special events. Accreditation badges must be worn and visible at all times.
- Late Doesn’t Rate
Curfew in Games accommodation is 11:00 pm for all participants, including adults. No one is allowed to leave Games accommodation after curfew and anyone who misses curfew will be subject to disciplinary action which could include expulsion from the Games.
- We’re Tobacco Free
Tobacco is not permitted in Games accommodation, on Games transportation, or at any Games venue (including competition venues (indoor and outdoor venues), the cafeteria, and all other Games events/venues). Use of tobacco products is also not permitted at the entry to any Games venue.
- Zero Tolerance
Any participant under 19 years of age found under the influence, or in possession, of alcohol will be subject to disciplinary action. Any participant found under the influence or in possession of an illegal drug will also be subject to disciplinary action. Violations could result in expulsion from the Games.
The BC Games Society has a no tolerance policy regarding bullying or other forms of harassment. Any such actions will be subject to disciplinary action.
- Damage Control
Anyone who damages Games venues will be held responsible. This may include payment of associated costs and/or disciplinary action. Please be sure to leave your Games venue and accommodation tidy and in good repair.
- Common Courtesy
You are one of many outstanding athletes, coaches, and officials who will be involved in competition at the BC Games. It is important that you show all Games participants the same respect you want in return. Look around - future Canada Games, provincial, and national team athletes are competing right alongside you.
- Role of Coaches and Supervisors
Head coaches, assistant coaches, and adult supervisors are expected to travel on Games transportation with their athletes, must stay in Games accommodation with their team, and are expected to supervise their team throughout the Games. Head coaches, assistant coaches and adult supervisors are responsible for the actions of their athletes. See below for more information.
The BC Games Society and the Host Society are not responsible for lost or stolen articles. We recommend you leave your valuables at home and utilize the secure storage areas at sport venues or accommodation sites for sport equipment.
- Culture of the Games Module
Prior to attending the Games, participants are required to complete a Culture of the Games module. The online module will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and will cover the key principles of the Culture of the Games and the BC Games Code of Conduct. Participants will take the module through the BC GAMES PARTICIPANT WEBSITE (information about accessing the site will be mailed to participants about 3 weeks prior to the Games).
Roles of Coaches
In addition to helping lead and guide their athletes to perform at their best at the Games, coaches are responsible for supervising them and ensuring their safety and well-being throughout their Games experience.
- Travelling on Games transportation to the Games with their athletes (if travelling on Games transportation)
- Staying in Games accommodation with the team
- Supervising their athletes throughout the Games
All coaches and adult supervisors are responsible for the actions of their athletes. To that end, all BC Games coaches are expected to uphold and support and abide by the BC Games Culture of the Games and Code of and BC Games General Rules, sport-specific rules outlined in the Technical Packages, the Code of Conduct, and the policies, rules, and code of conduct established for their sport.
BC Games Coaches
Head Coaches are the leaders of the zone team (or sport team for sports for athletes with a disability). They train and support their athletes in preparation for the competition at the BC Games. They are accountable to their respective Provincial Sport Organization. Head Coaches work with their Zone Representative and/or PSO to ensure all registration, travel details, etc. are completed and received for each athlete. They are a zone team’s main contact for the BC Games Society, once registration is complete and in particular at the Games. Unless otherwise specified in the technical package, all Head Coaches must be NCCP Competition Introduction certified (or the equivalent) prior to participating in the Games.
Assistant Coaches support to their team’s Head Coach in training and Games preparations and support to their team’s athletes in preparation for the competition at the Games. They are also responsible for the supervision of their team's athletes. Unless otherwise specified in the technical package, all Head Coaches must be NCCP Competition Introduction trained (or the equivalent) prior to participating in the Games.
Each sport may have added expectations/responsibilities of their Coaches.
Eligibility information for head coaches, assistant coaches, adult supervisors can be found here.