code of conduct
The purpose of this Code is to ensure a safe and positive environment by making Individuals aware that there is an expectation, at all times, of appropriate behavior consistent with the Organization’s core values. The Organization supports equal opportunity, prohibits discriminatory practices, and is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and fairness.
The complete code of ethics document can be found HERE. It is the responsibility of every Bakker's Trailblazers team member to read and familiarize themselves with this code.
Concussion Policy and Concussion Code of Conduct (Ontario)
This Policy is based on the 5th Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport that was released in April 2017. This Policy interprets the information contained in the report that was prepared by the 2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG), a group of sport concussion medical practitioners and experts, and adapts concussion assessment and management tools.
This Policy is intended to be compliant with Ontario’s Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018. If any provision of the policy is in conflict with Rowan’s Law, the legislation shall take precedence.
The CISG suggested 11 ‘R’s of Sport-Related Concussion (“SRC”) management to provide a logical flow of concussion management. This Policy is similarly arranged. The 11 R’s in this Policy are: Recognize, Remove, Re-Evaluate, Rest, Rehabilitation, Refer, Recover, Return to Sport, Reconsider, Residual Effects, and Risk Reduction.
Bakker's Trailblazers is committed to ensuring the safety of Participants in its activities. Bakker's Trailblazers recognizes the increased awareness of concussions and their long-term effects and believes that prevention of concussions is paramount to protecting the health and safety of Participants.
This Policy describes the common signs and symptoms of a concussion and how to identify them, the protocol to be followed in the event of a possible concussion, and a Return to Sport protocol should a concussion be diagnosed. Awareness of the signs and symptoms of concussion and knowledge of how to properly manage a concussion is critical to recovery and helping to ensure the individual is not returning to physical activities too soon, risking further complication.
This Policy applies to all activities and events for which Bakker's Trailblazers is the governing or sanctioning body including, but not limited to, competitions, practices, and training sessions.
When an individual under the age of 26 years old registers with the Organization, the individual must provide written or electronic confirmation that they have reviewed concussion awareness resources within the past 12 months. The Ontario Government has produced age-appropriate concussion resources located here:
Individuals under the age of 26 years old must also sign the Concussion Code of Conduct (click here - Appendix A).
For athletes younger than 18 years old, the athlete’s parent or guardian must also provide confirmation that they have also reviewed the concussion resources as well and signed the Concussion Code of Conduct.
Coaches, officials and team trainers must provide confirmation that they have also reviewed the concussion resources and sign the Concussion Code of Conduct; but not if they will be interacting exclusively with athletes who are 26 years old or older.
Before a ride is posted:
1. Establish the date and time for a Club ride, a level of difficulty and have a designated “sweep” if required. Adjust distance and start time in order to allow ride completion prior to darkness.
2. Provide the information to the appropriate Ride Coordinator so that it can be posted on the BT web-site.
Information must include:
– Start location
– Route distance (with options for shortening and/or lengthening), and map
– Level of difficulty (i.e. Level 1, 2 or 3)
– Ride Leader’s name
1. Meet at the prearranged start location and review safety expectations and route information. Conduct a visual check to ensure that participants are wearing helmets with bikes appearing to be in safe working order. Discuss any planned stops if applicable.
2. Confirm all participants are BT members. Only BT club/team members may participate in BT rides.
3. Make a head count of participants
During the ride:
The Ride Leader is responsible to recollect & record events in the event of an emergency. Relay info to club executive (Osmond Bakker) to facilitate timely prosecution of OCA paperwork.
(Off-road and Gravel speeds and distances will be published by ride leader prior to the ride)
Level 1 – Ride Leader, No drop with Sweep
Lead the ride, maintaining a pace that is comfortable for all riders, stopping periodically to assess that everyone is accepting of the pace and distance and that the riders are maintaining proper group formation. Distances under 30Km with speeds up to 15km/hr can be expected. Participants are not expected to have route maps or bicycle repair skills. Instruction on safe riding principles should be ongoing to participants throughout the season.
Level 2 – Ride Leader, No drop
Lead the ride, maintaining a pace that is comfortable for most riders. There should be a planned route and the ride leader will lead the way. Group formation may spread out as the route unfolds and regroup prior to major turns or at the tops of significant hills. Participants are not expected but encouraged to have route knowledge. Riders should be equipped with spares and know how to change a flat in theory. Instruction on safety and technique principles should be ongoing to participants throughout the season. Routes start locations will be posted on website. Distances up to 40Km can be expected with speeds of 20km/Hr.
Level 3 – Group Ride, Leader optional
Cyclists are expected to ride together anticipating breaking off into smaller sub-groups according to speed and ability. There is no designated individual leading the way although a ride leader may be present. Every person is expected to know the route. Riders should be equipped with spares, know how to fix a flat, understand the importance of hydration, and how to ride safely on the trails according to the local land rules and regulations. Although it’s not considered a no-drop ride, no rider should be left to ride alone. Riders should attempt to pair up with others of similar ability and expect a challenging ride. Skills work may accompany this ride. Average speeds of 20+ Km/Hr can be expected with rides approximating 40Km in distance.
The Risk Management Plan documents how Bakker's Trailblazers rides are to be managed to reduce risks associated with cycling activities. These policies are to be practiced by Bakker's Trailblazers members, and any permitted visiting riders as permitted by Ontario Cycling Association rules, during every Bakker's Trailblazers ride.
All Bakker's Trailblazers members, and any permitted visiting riders, share the responsibility for making Bakker's Trailblazers rides as safe as possible.
Each BT member shall receive a copy, electronic or otherwise of this Risk Management Plan and a copy shall be available on the website here.