Junior Policies & Forms

Juniors Participation Policy | Responsible Adult Permission Form | Juniors Athlete Code of Conduct | Concussion Code of Conduct


Juniors Participation Policy

Revised October 18, 2019.

NoteA PDF version of this document is also available.

Note: Any adult league team that has a Junior aged participant/member (18 years of age or younger) must adhere to the Juniors Participation Policy.

The Toronto Ultimate Club (TUC) greatly values its Junior players and works to foster an environment that protects the physical and emotional well-being of players under the age of 18. The purpose of this Policy is to allow properly supervised participation, where appropriate, and to prevent participation where there is potential exposure to overly physical play or inappropriate language.

There is no TUC appointed supervision for adult leagues or events and there are no referees or convenors on site. Any Junior player who participates in TUC leagues or events, as well as their parent/legal guardian, must acknowledge this fact and waive TUC from responsibility associated with TUC leagues or events. It is the duty of the parent/legal guardian to ensure that if their Junior player is participating in TUC adult leagues or events that they are under the supervision of a Responsible Adult, as defined below.

Definition of a Junior

  • A Junior is defined as a member/participant who is 18 years of age or younger by December 31st of that calendar year. The Junior Membership is valid from January 1st to December 31st of the calendar year. If a member/participant is 19 years of age at anytime during the calendar year, he/she/they is considered an Adult member/participant.
  • Juniors aged 9-13 are further designated as 'Youth' and members/participants 8 years of age or younger are further designated as 'Children'.

Definition of a Responsible Adult

  • A 'Responsible Adult' is a person aged 21 years of age or older, endorsed by the Junior participant's legal guardian, who supervises the Junior participant.  It is their duty to ensure that the Junior participant is safe and protected from any enviornment that is physically or emotionally inappropriate.  The responsibility includes full supervision fo the Junior throughout the course of his/her/their participation in the TUC league/event, and possibly removing the Junior from any inappropriate situation.
  • A 'Responsible Adult' is declared to the league convenor or tournament/event director, via the TUC Responsible Adult Permission Form from the parent or legal guardian, prior to the start of the league/event. For league, the Junior and Responsible Adult should be declared to the opposing captain prior to the start of the game.

Adult League Participation Rules for Juniors

  • Junior aged players who are 16 years of age or older (ages 16 or 17 at the start of a league) may join an adult league team provided they are accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or other Responsible Adult who is playing on the same team. The parent or Responsible Adult can be playing on the same team or supervising from the sideline, but MUST be present for the duration of all games played by the Junior, with TUC. In addition:
    • The Responsible Adult must be a minimum 21 years of age.
    • A Responsible Adult, who is not a parent or legal guardian, can only be responsible for up to three (3) Junior players and must be authorized by the parent or legal guardian of each Junior in order to fulfill this role.
    • Parents or legal guardians can be responsible for any number of Junior players for which they are parents or legal guardians. In addition, they can be responsible for up to three (3) Junior players for which they are not a parent/legal guardian.

Any Junior player who is 15 years of age or younger at any point during an adult league, is NOT eligible to participate in TUC adult leagues. Exceptions to this rule are at the discretion of the TUC Executive Director.

TUC Event Participation Rules for Juniors

  • For Junior participants, the rules for adult leagues apply also to TUC tournaments and other events that are not specifically targeted to Juniors
  • The exception to this rule is pickup, which is an informal gathering of ultimate players and is not regulated by TUC. Juniors are permitted to participate in pickup games.

Disciplinary Action

In order to enforce these conditions and foster fair play, we partly rely on the honour system and on our players and team captains. Please abide by the Spirit of the Game when dealing with this (and any other) issue. Remember, these rules are in place to PROTECT a young player from physical and emotional harm, not prohibit them from playing. TUC offers Junior aged leagues for Juniors seeking to play this great game.

If a team does not properly declare his/her/their Junior player(s) and Responsible Adult(s), or violates the rule above, that team and player are subject to TUC sanctions. The results of all games played with invalid or unsupervised Junior player(s) are disqualified. Individuals/teams committing repeat offences or blatant violations are subject to additional sanctions at the discretion of the TUC Executive Director.


Responsible Adult Permission Form

The purpose of this form is for a parent/legal guardian to acknowledge the supervision of a Junior aged player by a Responsible Adult, and the acknowledgement of the same Responsible Adult to accept this responsibility, for the Junior aged player to participate in a TUC league or event that is of an adult content. There is no TUC appointed supervision for adult leagues or events and there are no referees or convenors on site. Any Junior player who participates in TUC leagues or events, as well as their parent/legal guardian, must acknowledge this fact and waive TUC from responsibility associated with TUC leagues or events. It is the duty of the parent/legal guardian to ensure that if their Junior player is participating in TUC adult leagues or events that they are under the supervision of a Responsible Adult, as defined below.

Definition of a Responsible Adult

  • A ‘Responsible Adult’ is a person aged 21 years of age or older, endorsed by the Junior participant’s legal guardian, who supervises the Junior participant. It is their duty to ensure that the Junior participant is safe and protected from any environment that is physically or emotionally inappropriate. This responsibility includes full supervision of the Junior throughout the course of his/her/their participation in the TUC league/event, and possibly removing the Junior from any inappropriate situation.
  • A ‘Responsible Adult’ is declared to the league convenor or tournament/event director, via submission of the Responsible Adult Permission Form from the parent or legal guardian, prior to the start of the league/event. For league, the Junior and Responsible Adult should be declared to the opposing captain prior to the start of the game.

Here is the Responsible Adult Permission Form for the Responsible Adult and Parent/Legal Guardian to sign.


Juniors Athlete Code of Conduct

Revised October 18, 2019

Ultimate is a sport which relies on unique principles of Spirit of the Game, sportsmanship and self-referring. These values are important to TUC and all of our members. Please take a moment to discuss this Code of Conduct and the Concussion Code of Conduct with your child.

Note:  A PDF version of this document is also available.

This form must be signed and submitted by players that wish to compete with any TUC Juniors program. If a player is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must also sign the form. Please note that acknowledgment and signature are obtained when registering for a Junior Membership.

Player Expectations:

  1. I have value to contribute both as an athlete, and as a team member.
  2. I will set a positive example for others.
  3. I will strive for success while following the rules and displaying the highest level of Spirit of the Game.
  4. I will support all of my teammates, opponents, and coaches on and off the field, treating them with respect and dignity.
  5. I will represent myself, the sport of Ultimate and the Toronto Ultimate Club in an appropriate manner. I will respect other users of the park/facility/venue.
  6. I will always play fair and abide by the rules of the game. I believe that all my opponents are doing likewise. I will do my best to learn the rules of ultimate, by reading the rule book and asking questions.
  7. I will use appropriate language and have discussions in a respectful manner at all times.
  8. I will leave playing fields in better condition than I found them.
  9. I will always try to avoid physical contact with other players. I understand that "I was going for a disc" is NEVER a valid excuse for initiating contact with another player. I will never engage in dangerous play. I understand that incidents of dangerous play will be investigated and offenders will face suspension from the league. I understand that anyone involved in a fight will be expelled from the Toronto Ultimate Club (TUC).

I acknowledge that I have read the TUC Juniors Athlete Code of Conduct. By signing this form, I understand that I am required to adhere to all expectations stated in this policy.

Athlete's Name:
Athlete's Signature:
Date:
DOB:

I acknowledge that I have read the TUC Juniors Athlete Code of Conduct. By signing this form, I am stating that I am aware that my child is required to adhere to all expectations stated in this policy. I agree that photos of my child may be used for the media and or website.

Parent's or legal guardian's signature (if under 18 years of age):
Parent's or legal guardian's name:
Date:


Concussion Code of Conduct for Athletes, Captains, Coaches, Parents and Administrators

Note:  A PDF version of this document is also available.

I will help prevent concussions through my:

  • Efforts to help Athletes develop their awareness, body control, agility, and sense of safe play;
  • Respect for the rules of Ultimate;

I will care for the health and safety of all participants by taking concussions seriously. I understand that:

  • A concussion is a brain injury that can have both short- and long-term effects;
  • A person doesn't need to lose consciousness to have a concussion;
  • An athlete with a suspected concussion should stop participating in training, practice or competition immediately;
  • Continuing to participate in further training, practice or competition with a suspected concussion increases a person's risk of more severe, longer lasting symptoms, and increases their risk of other injuries or even death;
  • I have a commitment to concussion recognition and reporting, including self-reporting of possible concussion and reporting to a designated person when an individual suspects that another individual may have sustained a concussion;

I will create an environment where participants feel safe and comfortable speaking up. I will:

  • Lead by example, I will tell a fellow player, coach or captain and seek medical attention by a physician or nurse practitioner if I am experiencing any concussion symptoms;
  • Encourage athletes not to hide their symptoms, but to tell a coach or adult captain if they experience any symptoms of concussion after an impact;
  • Understand and respect that any athlete with a suspected concussion must be removed from sport and not permitted to return until they undergo a medical assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner and have been medically cleared to return to training, practice or competition;
  • For coaches only: Commit to providing opportunities before and after each training, practice or competition to enable athletes to discuss potential issues related to concussions;

I will support all participants to take the time they need to recover.

  • I understand my commitment to supporting the return-to-sport process;
  • I understand the athletes will have to be cleared by a physician or nurse practitioner before returning to sport;
  • I will respect my fellow players, captains, coaches, parents, physicians and nurse practitioners and any decision made with regards to the health and safety of our athletes.

I will help prevent concussions, through my:

  • Acknowledgement of the escalating consequences for those who repeatedly violate the Concussion Code of Conduct.

By signing, typing your name and other information and checking the "I Agree" checkbox with an "X", I acknowledge that I have fully reviewed and commit to this Concussion Code of Conduct.

Name: _____________________________________________
Date: ______________________________________________
Position: __(Please Specify)__________________________
☐ I Agree