ATHLETE'S CODE OF CONDUCT

GENERAL CONDUCT:

  • Refrain from unsportsmanlike conduct. 
  • Compete in the spirit of fair play.
  • Competitors will NOT use watercrafts in a reckless manner, this includes but is not limited to intentionally running the watercraft hard up on the beach, spraying the water tower or race officials or a hydroflight athlete flying over shallow water.

  • Treatment of fellow athletes, officials, volunteers, and spectators will be conducted with respect and courtesy, free of objectionable material and profanity.
  • Respect the property of others.
  • When speaking as a representative of the sport, your fellow athletes or event personnel – act responsibly and communicate professionally.
  • Appropriate and respectful dress code when appearing at event functions and in VIP areas.
  • Avoid the use of abusive behavior whether verbal, physical or sexual.
  • Refrain from public nudity or indecent exposure.

RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Be responsible for your own safety and the safety of others, for the entire time period spent in the event community. This includes wearing helmets on and around the close course area and in view of fellow athletes and the community. 
  • Obey rules, regulations and instructions from race officials.
  • Never make a false statement in relation to eligibility and membership to compete.
  • Complete event registration for events prior to registration cut-off dates and times.
  • Complete onsite check-in during the posted check-in/registration hours.
  • Attend mandatory riders meeting or inform the race or hydroflight director of the inability to attend.
  • Know, understand and follow the Pro Watercross Competition Rules as listed at: www.ProWatercross.com

GUIDELINES FOR THE APPLICATION OF PRO WATERCROSS CODE OF CONDUCT:

  • Audible and visible displays of obscenity and anger. 
  • Heated public disagreements with officials, negative comments to or about volunteers or any other event personnel before, during or the conclusion of an event.
  • Displays of anger and displeasure for reasons personal or race related where members of the public (including athletes, spectators and the media) are present in any capacity.
  • Publicly questioning or criticizing a race official or official decision, ruling or penalty except through the accepted procedure in an official hearing or inquiry.
  • Abuse (physical, verbal, threatening or slanderous) of Race Officials, volunteers, fellow competitors and any event personnel.
  • Any intentional obstruction of a fellow athlete.
  • Improper contact or arguments with race officials or other event personnel.
  • Improper or insulting personal communication with officials.

UNPROFESSIONAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS IN PERSON OR VIA ANY MEDIA DIALOG:

  • Slanderous comments with racial, cultural or sexual overtones regarding event officials, event personnel or fellow athletes.
  • Damaging and false commentary of an event and any related personnel.
  • Any public comment or discussion regarding a specific violation. Included are comments or discussion at the race venue or to the media.

BLATANT AND REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF EVENT PROCEDURES:

  • Failure to attend pre- race mandatory briefing without notifying the Race Director of inability to attend.
  • Failure to notify event or relevant departments of withdrawal from an event.

SANCTIONS FOR BREACH OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT:

  • Athletes whose conduct is considered contrary to this Code is subject to penalties, including but not limited to one or more of the following:
  • A fine and/or a letter of reprimand
  • Disqualification from Event.
  • Loss of earned points from overall points ranking in which the Athlete is ranked.
  • Temporary suspension from Pro Watercross events – one tour stop event.
  • Permanent suspension from Pro Watercross Events.