Code of Conduct for Parents



British Triathlon & Infinity Tri is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of behaviour and conduct at all Triathlon, duathlon and related multi-sport events.  


Infinity Tri adheres to the British Triathlon ‘Code of Conduct for parents’ summarizes the essence of good ethical conduct and practice within Triathlon. This applies not only to parents, but also to guardians, carer’s, families and spectators alike. All such individuals have a responsibility to act with integrity, in accordance with the standards set by British Triathlon below.  

 

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, within the context of the Sport. 
  • Treat everyone equally and sensitively, and do not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability. 
  • Encourage your child to learn the British Triathlon rules and compete within them. 
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements and abide by their instructions, providing they do not contradict the spirit of this code. 
  • Teach your child to respect the event officials.  
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results to avoid undue disappointment. 
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes. 
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
  • Remember that the aim of the Sport is for the children to have fun, improve and feel good.  
  • Set a good example by applauding all good performance, whether by your child or by another.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Remember that young people learn best by example.
  • Recognise the value and importance or volunteers, coaches, referee’s and event organisers – it is their time and dedication that keeps the Sport alive. 
  • Young people are involved in organised sport for their enjoyment – not yours, so do not force your child to take part.



Also please read the following letter from the East Region Race Official Co-ordinator

Dear Club Chair

As an Eastern Region club with a children’s or junior section, I am writing to you to raise a serious issue which has pervaded our sport in increasing measure over the past two or three years around parental behaviour at races. On a number of occasions in this region, race officials, race organisers and volunteers have been subjected to abuse and improper behaviour by the parents of children and junior triathletes who have either received a penalty or been disqualified for a breach of the rules, the most prevalent being drafting. Can I please ask you to make it clear to the children and parents in your club that Triathlon England takes a zero tolerance to this behaviour, which is a breach of rule 29, and that any parent who behaves in a way which contravenes this rule will risk their child being banned from Triathlon races. Race officials in particular have been subject to some nasty incidents from parents trying to seek the overturn of a penalty or DQ by either berating the official at the event or complaining to the regional committee or race organiser afterwards. Can I please ask you to make it absolutely clear that Triathlon England supports its race officials in being the technical experts of the sport in applying and interpreting the rules and therefore further incidents of this nature will be viewed as a breach of rule 29 and appropriate action will be taken accordingly. The full rules of Triathlon England can be found here