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The Quinte Skyhawks and No Limits Youth Organization has set in place a Code of Conduct and Covenants that our organization upholds, holding a high standard of ideals and values our Executive, Coaches, players, families, parents and volunteers hold too.  Skyhawks has adopted the Universal Code of Conduct to prevent and Address any and all Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) as their guiding principles.

Below is our CODE!

  • Consent – Consent is defined in Canada’s Criminal Code as the voluntary agreement to engage in the sexual activity in question. The law focuses on what the person was actually thinking and feeling at the time of the sexual activity. Sexual touching is only lawful if the person affirmatively communicated their consent, whether through words or conduct. Silence or passivity does not equal consent. Sexual activity is only legal when both parties consent. The Criminal Code also says there is no consent when: Someone says or does something that shows they are not consenting to an activity; Someone says or does something to show they are not agreeing to continue an activity that has already started; Someone is incapable of consenting to the activity, because, for example, they are unconscious; The consent is a result of a someone abusing a position of trust, power or authority or someone consents on someone else’s behalf. A person cannot say they mistakenly believed a person was consenting if: that belief is based on their own intoxication; they were reckless about whether the person was consenting; they chose to ignore things that would tell them there was a lack of consent; or they didn’t take proper steps to check if there was consent. Sexual activity with a Minor is a criminal offence as is sexual activity with a person under the age of 18 years when the other person is in a position of trust or authority
  • Disclosure - The sharing of information by a Participant regarding an incident or a pattern of Maltreatment experienced by that Participant. Disclosure does not constitute a formal report that initiates a process of investigation to address the Maltreatment Discrimination” – Differential treatment of an individual based on one or more prohibited grounds which include race, citizenship, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability.
  • Duty to Report - A legal duty to report is mandated by law, and the requirement varies by province depending on provincial legislation. Everyone has a duty to report child abuse and neglect under Canadian child welfare laws. Professionals who work with children and youth have an added responsibility to report. Adults are obliged to report child Maltreatment if there is knowledge or suspicion that it is occurring. This is called the “duty to report.” Every person in Canada has the duty to report known or suspected child Maltreatment by law. Known or suspected abuse or Neglect of a child must be reported to: local child welfare services (e.g., children’s aid society or child and family services agency), or provincial/territorial social service ministries or departments, or local police.
  • Duty to Report Outside of Child Protection Legislation - Participants have a duty to report concerns of inappropriate conduct of other Participants to uphold the ethical standards and values of Canadian sport. Reporting inappropriate conduct is important to ensure proper action is taken and expectations are re-established. By addressing inappropriate conduct, a collective responsibility to protect Participants from Maltreatment is enacted.
  • Grooming - Deliberate conduct by a Participant to sexualize a relationship with a Minor that involves the gradual blurring of boundaries and normalization of inappropriate and sexually abusive behaviour. During the grooming process, the Participant will gain the trust of the Minor and protective adults and peers around the Minor often under the guise of an existing relationship. Manipulation tactics are then used to blur perceptions and gain further access to and private time with the Minor in order to abuse or exploit the Minor. Grooming can occur whether or not harm is intended or results from the behaviour
  • Maltreatment - Includes Maltreatment related to:
    • i. Psychological Maltreatment  - which includes, without limitation, verbal acts, nonassaultive physical acts and acts that deny attention or support
    • ii. Verbal Acts - Verbally assaulting or attacking someone, including but not limited to: unwarranted personal criticisms; body shaming; derogatory comments related to one’s identity (e.g. race, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, Indigenous status, ability/disability); comments that are demeaning, humiliating, belittling, intimidating, insulting or threatening; the use of rumours or false statements about someone to diminish that person’s reputation; using confidential sport and nonsport information inappropriately. Verbal Maltreatment may also occur in online forms.
    • iii. Non-assaultive Physical Acts (no physical contact) - Physically aggressive behaviors, including but not limited to: throwing objects at or in the presence of others without striking another; hitting, striking or punching objects in the presence of others
    • iv. Acts that Deny Attention or Support - Acts of commission that deny attention, lack of support or isolation including but not limited to: ignoring psychological needs or socially isolating a person repeatedly or for an extended period of time; abandonment of an Athlete as punishment for poor performance; arbitrarily or unreasonably denying feedback, training opportunities, support or attention for extended periods of time and/or asking others to do the same
    • v. Physical Maltreatment – includes, without limitation, contact or non-contact behaviours that have the potential to cause physical harm v. Contact behaviours - Including but not limited to: deliberately punching, kicking, beating, biting, striking, strangling or slapping another; deliberately hitting another with objects
    • vi. Non-contact behaviours - Including but not limited to: isolating a person in a confined space; forcing a person to assume a painful stance or position for no athletic purpose (e.g., requiring an Athlete to kneel on a hard surface); the use of exercise for the purposes of punishment; withholding, recommending against, or denying adequate hydration, nutrition, medical attention or sleep; denying access to a toilet; providing alcohol to a Participant under the legal drinking age; providing illegal drugs or non-prescribed medications to a Participant; encouraging or knowingly permitting an Athlete to return to play prematurely following any injury or after a concussion and without the clearance of a medical professional; encouraging an Athlete to perform a skill for which they are known to not be developmentally ready
    • vii. Sexual Maltreatment – includes, without limitation, any act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or expression, which is committed, threatened or attempted against a person, and includes but is not limited to the Criminal Code Offences of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, indecent exposure, voyeurism and non-consensual distribution of sexual/intimate images. Sexual Maltreatment also includes; 1. sexual harassment and stalking, cyber harassment, and cyber stalking of a sexual nature. 2. Any intentional touching of a sexual nature of any part of a person’s body, however slight, with any object or body part by a person upon another person, whether clothed or unclothed, or intentionally touching of another with any of these body parts; any contact, no matter how slight, between the mouth of one person and the genitalia of another person, and 3. making another touch themselves, the Participant, or someone else with or on any of the body parts listed in any intentional touching in a sexualized manner of the relationship, context or situation 4. In addition to the criminal acts identified above, the UCCMS prohibits sexual relations between an Athlete above the age of majority (depending upon jurisdiction) and a Participant who holds a position of trust and authority on the basis that there can be no Consent where there is a Power Imbalance.
  • Interference with or Manipulation of Process - An adult Participant, by directly or indirectly interfering  by: a) falsifying, distorting, or misrepresenting information, the resolution process, or an outcome; b) destroying or concealing information; c) attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in  d) harassing or intimidating (verbally or physically) any person involved  e) publicly disclosing a Participant’s identifying information, without the Participant’s agreement; f) failing to comply with any temporary or provisional measure or other final sanction; g) distributing or otherwise publicizing materials  h) influencing or attempting to influence another person to interfere with or manipulate the process. A Participant shall not take an adverse action against any person for making a good faith Report of possible Maltreatment. Retaliation includes threatening, intimidating, harassing, coercing or any other conduct that would discourage a reasonable person from engaging or participating in the process. Retaliation after the conclusion of investigation and sanction processes is also prohibited. Retaliation may be present even where there is a finding that no Maltreatment occurred. Retaliation does not include good-faith actions lawfully pursued in response to a Report of possible Maltreatment.  Aiding and Abetting Aiding and Abetting is any act taken with the purpose of facilitating, promoting, or encouraging the commission of Maltreatment by a Participant. Aiding and Abetting also includes, without limitation, knowingly: a) allowing any person who has been suspended or is otherwise ineligible to be in any way associated with sport or to coach or instruct Participants; b) providing any coaching-related advice or service to an Athlete who has been suspended or is otherwise ineligible; and c) allowing any person to violate the terms of their suspension or any other sanctions imposed.
  • Harassment – A course of vexatious comment or conduct against an Individual or group, which is known or ought to reasonably be known to be unwelcome. Types of behaviour that constitute Harassment include, but are not limited to:
  • i. Written or verbal abuse, threats, or outbursts;
  • ii. Persistent unwelcome remarks, jokes, comments, innuendo, or taunts;
  • iii. Racial harassment, which is racial slurs, jokes, name calling, or insulting behaviour or terminology that reinforces stereotypes or discounts abilities because of racial or ethnic origin;
  • iv. Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures;
  • v. Condescending or patronizing behaviour, which is intended to undermine selfesteem, diminish performance or adversely affect working conditions;
  • vi. Practical jokes which endanger a person’s safety, or may negatively affect performance;
  • vii. Unwanted physical contact including, but not limited to, touching, petting, pinching, or kissing;
  • viii. Deliberately excluding or socially isolating a person from a group or team;
  • ix. Persistent sexual flirtations, advances, requests, or invitations;
  • x. Physical or sexual assault;
  • xi. Behaviours such as those described above that are not directed towards a specific person or group but have the same effect of creating a negative or hostile environment;
  • and xii. Retaliation or threats of retaliation against a person who reports harassment to Quinte Skyhawks Football or No Limits Youth Organization.
  • Neglect - Any pattern or a single serious incident of lack of reasonable care, inattention to a Participant’s needs, nurturing or well-being, or omissions in care. Neglect is determined by the objective behaviour but the behaviour must be evaluated with consideration given to the Participant’s needs and requirements, not whether harm is intended or results from the behaviour
  • Failure to Report - A legal duty to report is mandated by law, and the requirement varies by province depending on provincial legislation. An adult Participant who fails to Report actual or suspected Psychological Maltreatment, Sexual Maltreatment, Physical Maltreatment or Neglect involving a Minor Participant is considered maltreatment.  Duty to report is the Law.

Code of Conduct Actions Taken

This Code applies to Individuals’ conduct during Skyhawks Football business, activities, and events including, but not limited to, competitions, practices, tryouts, training camps, travel associated with Skyhawks Football activities, and any meetings.  An Individual who violates this Code may be subject to sanctions set out below.  If a violation of the "CODE" has been brought forward the first step will be followed below and if proven, one or more of the following sanctions (Suspension or Dismissal) may be imposed, discretion is based upon the executive and all decisions are final.

  • Verbal or Written Warning - This is the first step. A verbal statement or an official, written notice will be presented to the individual that is in question to the allegation.  From there a meeting would be setup to begin proceedings towards necessary steps if necessary. In some instances  where evidence has been provided, immediated dismissal or suspension can be given upon the discretion of the Executive. 
  • Suspension - Suspension, either for a set time or until further notice, from participation, in any capacity, practice, activity, event, or competition sponsored by, organized by, or under the auspices of any sport Skyhawks Football & No Limits Youth Organization. A suspended Participant is eligible to return to sport but reinstatement may be subject to certain restrictions or contingent upon the Participant satisfying specific conditions noted at the time of suspension. 
  • Dismissal - Permanent removal to participate in any capacity with Skyhawks Football & No Limits Youth Organization.  Other discretionary sanctions for Maltreatment may be imposed, including, but not limited to, other loss of privileges, no contact directives or other restrictions or conditions as deemed necessary or appropriate.
  • This Code applies to anyone who represents Skyhawks, including but not limited to Executive, Coaches, Volunteers both inseason and  outside of Skyhawks Football business, activities, and events when such conduct adversely affects relationships within (and its work and sport environment) and is detrimental to the image of our organization.


  • Try-out/Evalutaion Camp fees are non-refundable fees and are due at registration for all programs.
  • Player withdraw from the program prior to the first game, but after tryouts will be entitled to a refund if they have paid more then $350 towards there fees. All refund requests must be submitted to the President by email before 5pm of the deadline dates. All equipment/property must be returned in full before a refund will be given.
  • Before May 15: Amount paid less 50% of total registration fees paid.
  • After May 15: No refund provided.
  • If your child quits after the deadline, you must inform the President and Head Coach by email. No refund of any kind will be given. All equipment/property must be returned when requested to do so or an invoice for their replacement amount will be sent to you. Current estimate of equipment replacement value is $900.
  • In the case of COVID-19, if the season becomes delayed,  shorten or cancelled, the Quinte Skyhawks will refund families in accordance of percentage of season remaining.


  • Because we travel to our away games via coach buses, the following is a breakdown of responsibilities and accountability for players, managers, parents and coaches.
  • Each team’s coaches and staff will determine specific rules for conduct on the bus and will handle any discipline issues with their team that may develop. The following list of actions undertaken by any member of the Skyhawks players while a passenger on the bus, or at an opponent’s facility, shall be deemed as a major incident and as such may be subject to the player(s) not being allowed to continue to ride the bus for future games and will carry a suspension:
  • Uttering foul and offensive language will not be tolerated.
  • Disrespecting any players, managers, coaches, parents or bus driver, whether verbally or physically will not be tolerated.
  • Refusing to follow all rules and policies as explained by the coaches and the bus driver.
  • Use of Drugs, cannabis, alcohol and /or tobacco and e-cigarettes.
  • Departure Rules for Game Days: Parents and players are responsible for notifying the designated team manager if they cannot make the trip or if alternate travel arrangements are being made. This must be communicated to the team manager PRIOR to game day.
  • Parents and/or players are required to be at the departure point no later than 30 minutes before departure time. This allows for loading the bus and verifying that all players are present and accounted for.
  • Players residing in another community are expected to board buses at the designated pick-up locations
  • Equipment Expectation: Players are responsible for having all of their equipment in a bag to be stored in the appropriate storage space on the bus.
  • Any personal travel money and personal property is the responsibility of the player.
  • Dress code and travel conduct will be set and communicated by the organization, and all players are bound by its rules. Failure to comply can, and will, result in disciplinary action by the organization. Remember that we are representing our cities and communities and must be respectful and considerate of those we are visiting.


  • All players must have regard for the equipment borrowed from the Club.
  • All players will be issued an equipment release form which will require a parent signature if the athlete is under the age of 18.
  • Equipment care is essential in maintaining good quality equipment for you and others to use while participating with Skyhawks Football.
  • The average cost of outfitting you with essential and proper fitting safety gear is around $900.00 per athlete. If a player loses any piece of equipment, then they are responsible for the cost of replacing it new!
  • “Equipment” means any Quinte Skyhawks equipment that athlete is borrowing for the season.
  • All Quinte Skyhawks property must be returned at the date and time scheduled by the Equipment Managers.
  • If you are planning on using your own equipment, you will need prior approval and sign-off from the Equipment Manager.
  • Players need to report any faulty equipment to their respective coach and to the Equipment Manager.


  • All fees charged by Quinte Skyhawks are required to operate the programs and goes towards covering the operational costs for each season. Players fees cover about 70% of the cost of our program each year and rely on community sponsors, fundraisers and donations to offset the remaining 30%. 
  • Football is different then any other sport. We have set players on at specific times.  As our goal is to always to have every player find action during the game its sometimes not guaranteed. Playing time for players is based on the descrition of the coaches and decisions are made on a weekly basis based upon performance during practice.  Our goal is to develop players and be strong each and every week against our opponents we face.  


  • There will be zero tolerance for hazing and harassing within the Skyhawks Organization.  Skyhawks Organization promises to treat all complaints seriously, whether they are made informally or formally. We undertake to act on all complaints to ensure that they are resolved quickly, confidentially, and fairly.
  • Harassment is defined as comment or conduct (through any medium) directed towards an individual or group, which is offensive, abusive, racist, sexist, degrading or malicious. Hazing refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to particitipate.
  • Skyhawks celebrates diversity and inclusion will demonstrate respect to individuals regardless of body type, physical characteristics, athletic ability, age, ancestry, colour, race, gender identify, gender expression, sex, or sexual orientation.


  • Zero tolerance policy will be enforced with respect to players and usage of any of substances on or around our organization, whether on game day, practices, travel, meetings or outings with the team.


The Skyhawks Football is committed to ensure that our young athletes will play in a healthy and safe environment. To ensure the safety and well being of our participants, this Policy applies to all individuals whose position with Skyhawks Football & No Limits Youth Organization is one of trust or authority which may relate to, at a minimum, finances, supervision, or Vulnerable Individuals. Not all individuals associated with the our program will be required to obtain a criminal record check or submit screening documents, including Volunteer Application, because not all positions pose a risk of harm to the organization or to its participants.

Those positions within our organization that require our application process are as follows:

  • Coaches
  • Team Managers
  • Equipment Managers
  • Sideline personnel
  • Trainers
  • Any individual involved in working with our program who occupy positions of trust and/or authority, have a supervisory role, direct others, and who have frequent or unsupervised access to Vulnerable Individuals.

Volunteer Application Process

  • Complete an Application Form.
  • Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC) and a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) 
  • Participate in training, orientation, and monitoring as determined by Quinte Skyhawks


Coaches have the authority over who becomes a participant of the team, when the participant plays, or is removed from the team. The coaching staff determines coaching strategy.

  • Acceptance of a position on the team includes acceptance of this policy. Therefore, these issues are not appropriate topics for parent involvement and parent discussions with coaches are discouraged.
  • It is NEVER acceptable for a parent to attempt to discuss playing time with a coach during a game or practice. It is also NEVER acceptable for a parent to attempt to discuss the performance or playing time of another player.
  • Any concerns should be directed to a Board of Director member or Team Manager and meetings can be scheduled to address your concerns. Contact should not be made to assistant coaches as they are relieved from meeting with parents and will simply point you toward contacting the Team Manager.

 Team Manager

  • The vast majority of player/parent concerns will be worked out at this level. If the player or parent is not satisfied with what transpired at this level, the next step will be to involve the President and the Board of Director and/or Executive Board.

Parents Attending Practice

  • All practices are open to parents unless otherwise notified.
  • We request that parents to stay off the field and not communicate with any players or coaches during practices. The time allocated for practice is short and all attention needs to be on practice.
  • Due to the intense focus and nature of teaching required in the film room, only players and coaches will be allowed to attend film sessions and team meetings.
  • When the team is doing drills in the gym parents are welcomed to sit in and observe.


The Quinte Skyhawks members reflect a diverse set of customers, values, and points of view. As representatives of the our football organization, we require our coaches, players and families to exercise good judgment in its use of Social Media websites and conduct themselves in a responsible and respectful manner.



Good sportsmanship is viewed as a commitment to fairplay, ethical behaviour and integrity. The ideals of sportsmanship apply to all activity disciplines. Individuals, regardless of their role, are expected to be aware of their influence on the behaviour of others and model good sportsmanship. Both Football Canada and the Ontario Summer Football League have established the policy that the game of football be distinguished by the quality and well mannered behaviour of its coaches, players, administrators and fans. The Skyhawks Football Organization request and expects all participants (coaches, players, administrators and fans) to follow and accept the policy through the following Code of Conduct. PLEASE REVIEW OUR CORE COVENANTS which our organization has been founded upon!

  •  I will remember that young people play sports for their enjoyment, not to entertain us!
  •  I will respect the game officials decision and will encourage all participants to do the same!
  •  I will respect and show appreciation to all Skyhawks participants for their commitment and dedication to providing a quality program in representing the Greater Quinte area!
  •  I will encourage players and coaches to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence!
  •  I will show respect for my teams opponents because I realize there would be no game without them!
  •  I will not use bad language and will not harass athletes, coaches, officials or other spectators!
  •  I will always show good sportsmanship since young people learn best from example!