SSA endorses Play By The Rules policies and resources for fair, safe and inclusive environment sport.

Competition Rules

All athletes participating in events in Australia and overseas are responsible for understanding the rules under which they are competing. The full Australian Competition Rules and FIS International Competition Rules are quite detailed, so a summary of key rules specific for athletes are included on the SSAXC Competition Rules page.


Athletes should be also be aware of their Insurance obligations and options, which include having compulsory insurance covering cross country ski racing when competing in FIS international competitions (note this does not include FIS Popular events such as Worldloppet). It is also highly recommended for everyone competing at any level in Australia to have ambulance cover.


Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.  SSA’s Anti-Doping page has comprehensive information on everything you need to know.

Outlined below are the links to various bodies that protect sporting integrity and the health of all athletes.

SSA Code of Conduct

SSA expects the following behaviour from all persons involved in any activity held or sanctioned by SSA and by all SSA athletes, coaches, officials and administrators:

  1. Respect the rights dignity and worth of others.
  2. Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others.
  3. Be professional in, and accept responsibility for your actions.
  4. Make a commitment to providing quality service.
  5. Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your
    words and actions are an example.
  6. Be aware of, and maintain an uncompromising adhesion to SSA standards, rules, regulations and policies.
  7. Operate within the rules of SSA including national policies and guidelines which govern SSA.
  8. Understand your responsibility if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of this Code of Behaviour.
  9. Do not use your involvement with SSA to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent
    with those of SSA.
  10. Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under 18 years of age, wherever possible.
  11. Refrain from any form of abuse towards others.
  12. Refrain from any form of harassment towards, or discrimination of, others.
  13. Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity.
  14. Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
  15. Be a positive role model.