PLAYERS' CODE OF CONDUCT
All members, staff and visitors to Play are expected to follow and respect our Code of Conduct. This Code sets the expectations for behaviour in the gym, to ensure that everyone can safely participate and fully enjoy the best hour of their day.
#1 Don’t be late
Please ensure you turn up on time for your class. If the class starts at 6am, that means ensuring you’re walking through our front door at 5:55am so that you have time to drop your bag upstairs, grab your skipping rope or anything else you might need for the workout, and make your way onto the gym floor 100% ready to start at 6am. The coach needs to start the class right on time to ensure you have time to complete the day’s programming, and it is very disruptive to have someone rock in 5 minutes late, so don’t be that guy and make sure you’re ready on time.
#2 Check your ego at the door
Don’t shave reps, track your results in Wodify even on a ‘bad day’ and know that the only competition is yourself, so be coachable and ready to do what it takes to improve your performance and hit your goals (yes, sometimes that means scaling even for our experienced athletes!). This stuff takes time so be patient, have fun and push yourself and others to become better. Please don’t take working out too seriously…it’s only CrossFit.
#3 Reserve only if you’re actually coming, and always sign in on Wodify
This applies to anyone attending a class, regulars and drop-ins. Reservations open 8 days in advance, and please do not reserve a spot unless you are sure you’ll make it, as classes do fill up. You must sign in on Wodify using your phone before the class starts or you will be fined - this is our contact tracing mechanism during the pandemic, and a failure to sign-in could lead to the gym facing fines or worse, so get on it!
#4 Listen to the coach
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing CrossFit for 1 month or 5 years, it’s disrespectful to have your own private conversation or do your own thing when the coach is trying to give instruction to the class. You may know how to perform each movement off the top of your head, but not everyone does, so just be patient and quiet and let everyone get the full benefits of the coaches’ knowledge. Besides, being coachable is a valuable skill, and you might learn something new about the movement that you would have otherwise missed!
#5 Respect other athletes space and workout
This is crucial for safety purposes, as well as the focus of the athlete. If someone is preparing for a major lift, don’t walk behind them, in front of them, or anywhere close to them. If they need to bail, the last thing a coach wants to see happen is the bar strike an athlete standing too close, or worse yet have an athlete fall back on to someone else’s equipment.
Likewise, if someone is mid-workout or mid-lift, don’t stop them for a chat - let them do their workout their way, and you can catch up after class.
#6 Introduce yourself to newcomers
Hopefully your coach will take the initiative and announce a drop-in or a new member when you turn up for class. That’s the first step. But you should view it as your duty as a member of your box to make sure that the new athlete feels welcome in a new environment—especially if it’s their first taste of CrossFit. Furthermore, the new member will probably give a positive review of your box to their friends, which will bring in new business for your coach and help the community grow.
#7 Don’t drop equipment unless it’s a properly loaded (and heavy) barbell
Never drop kettlebells, dumbbells, empty barbells, or barbells loaded with only the 5kg plates. This is because this equipment can bounce when dropped from overhead and ricochet into yourself and other athletes, not to mention this equipment is not designed to be dropped and will break. Equipment doesn’t come cheap, so help us to maintain our fantastic facility by taking care of it.
#8 Keep the gym clean and tidy
Grab a cloth and a spray bottle to wipe all your equipment down before you put it away - always spray the cloth, not the equipment. It isn’t nice to pick up someone else’s sweaty wallball or sticky barbell, so be thorough and keep our equipment hygienic. Try to keep all the chalk in the bucket (not all over the floor) and mop up any chalk or sweat that ends up on the floor.
Once you’ve wiped your equipment down - put it back where it came from! All equipment must be put away between each class, so have a good look around you and make sure all your plates, bands and other equipment is tidied up before you head out.
#9 Take care of your personal gear
Your gear (knee sleeves, belts, skipping ropes, lifters, grips etc) is your responsibility, and you cannot leave them at the gym. Make sure you remember to take your gear with you (and don’t forget to give it a wash every now and then!). Any gear left at the gym will go into lost property, which is cleaned out weekly.
Likewise, if you’ve borrowed something from another athlete, make sure you take good care of it, and return it to them as soon as you’re done with it.
#10 Don’t pack up until everyone is finished
One of the best things about CrossFit Play is our amazing community. Don’t pack up your equipment until every person in your class has finished the workout, take the moment to catch your breath and then go and cheer on your fellow athletes all the way to the finish. Get yourself some well-deserved fist bumps once everyone is finished, then everyone will pack up together.