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Athlete Code of Conduct



All ACA Competition athlete members must review, sign, submit to the ACA, and adhere to the ACA's Athlete Code of Conduct each year.  


All Competition athlete members include athletes competing in any Olympic, Paralympic, ICF, or Other Sanctioned Competition disciplines as listed at


This applies to all athlete members whether they are competing locally, nationally or internationally, and whether or not they are a current member of a USA National Team. 

  • Athlete Code of Conduct: (WordPDF)


Three (3) ways on how to sign and submit your yearly Athlete Code of Conduct:

  • During the online Join or Renewal process, you are able to select a button acknowledging your adherence to the Athlete Code of Conduct, or
  • Email your signed Code of Conduct form to:, or 
  • Fill out the online Athlete Code of Conduct submission form


Reporting a Suspected Code of Conduct Violation:


If you suspect that there has been a violation of the Code of Conduct, please report it to the ACA by:


Violations of the Code of Conduct:


Upon receiving information pertaining to a potential Code of Conduct violation, the ACA Staff will take the following steps:

  • gather information from all relevant individuals
  • provide the information to the Hearing Panel
  • If the Hearing Panel determines:
    • no violation occurred, communicate to the athlete and any relevant individuals
    • a violation occurred, communicate an appropriate disciplinary action to the athlete


Hearing Panel:


If an athlete's opportunity to compete is denied or if an athlete is charged with a violation of the code they have the right to a hearing.


The ACA Code of Conduct Hearing Panel consists of:

  • Director of High Performance & Competition - Chair of the Hearing Panel
  • High Performance Manager
  • National Team Coach
  • Appropriate Discipline Committee Chair from the Competition Council
  • Elite Athlete Representative to the Board of Directors

These individuals are listed here: Staff / Discipline Committee Chairs / Elite Athlete Representatives


If an individual panel member is unable to participate in the Hearing Panel, or if a Hearing Panel position is currently vacant, the ACA Executive Director may appoint another individual to serve on the Hearing Panel in that capacity.  The Hearing Panel must have at least 20% athlete representation.



Athlete Ombudsman at U.S. Olympic Committee:


If an athlete requires further information regarding their rights under this Code that are
not answered by the ACA, they may contact the USOC Athlete Ombudsman, Kathleen (Kacie) Wallace via phone at 719-816-5000 or via email at 


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