Participant Code of Conduct

Exemplary conduct is expected of all Games participants. This is expected from the time Games participants board BC Games transportation (or arrive at the Accreditation Centre by their own transportation) until they return home. 

Abuse of any BC Games rules by any participant in any sport may result in removal of that sport from future BC Games. Any behaviour contrary to the spirit of the BC Games or any violation of curfew regulations or BC Games polices, will result in appropriate disciplinary action.

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 they would want in return.

Any damages to a BC Games venue or infrastructure due to the actions of a participant(s) will result in disciplinary action and/or financial restitution by the participant(s) involved and/or their Provincial Sport Organization.

During the Games (or travel to/from the Games on Games transportation), any Athlete, Head Coach, Assistant Coach, or Official found to be under the influence of, or in possession of, drugs or alcohol, will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

The BC Games Society is committed to providing a sport, work, and volunteer environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity and will have no tolerance for harassment. Each individual has the right to participate and work in an environment which promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices. All Games participants are expected to abide by the BC Games Society harassment policy.  See the policy for more information.

Participants of the BC Summer or BC Winter Games will:

  • Treat all other participants fairly within the context of their activity, regardless of gender, ethnic background, color, sexual orientation, religion, political belief, or economic status.
  • Conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the position as a positive role model, and as a representative of their sport and zone.
  • Respect and adhere to the rules and policies of the BC Games Society and their respective sport.
  • Respect the privacy and dignity of others by not divulging confidential information without consent, except where required by law.
  • Consistently display high personal standards and project a favourable image of their sport and zone.
  • Refrain from public criticism of volunteers, staff, and/or other participants.
  • Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, harassing, or otherwise offensive language.
  • Respect the dignity of others.  Verbal or physical behaviours that constitute harassment or abuse are unacceptable.
  • Not use or advocate or condone the use of drugs or other banned or performance enhancing substances.
  • Not provide others with drugs and will not provide those who are underage with alcohol or tobacco products.
  • Compete/participate in a spirit of fair play and honesty.
  • Compete/participate within the rules of the BC Games and their sport.
  • Refrain from using tobacco products within the competition arena and/or competition area.
  • Address fellow athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, event organizers, spectators, and others associated with the Games in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Act in a manner that will bring credit to the BC Games, their sport, and themselves, both within and outside the competition arena and/or competition area.
  • Ensure the safety of others and themselves.
  • Conduct themselves in a positive and supportive manner.
  • Abide by the laws of BC and of the city in which the Games is taking place.
  • Prepare themselves for the Games competition.
  • Be responsible for all their personal items such as identification, passports (if required), personal belongings, and equipment.