The best way to avoid problems stemming from student disruptions is to preempt them by having an official club policy listing the rules of class etiquette posted at the entrance of or inside the studio. This way, the instructor does not have to play good cop/bad cop, or have to stand up to an intimidating student. Instead, they can simply point to the rules and ask the member to adhere to club policies.
What ways can a student be disruptive? They can talk on the phone, text, wear headphones and ignore the instructor, arrive late or leave early, save a bike for someone else or always expect a certain bike, and various other examples. Depending on your own tolerance level and the longtime culture at your club, you may or may not be bothered by some of these behaviors.
Let’s discuss how to write good rules that confront these issues and don’t come across as condescending. We also have provided two samples at the end of this post that show how others have addressed rules.