Official Club Policy for Class Etiquette

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.

What are the characteristics of good rules for class etiquette?


  1. Love how the rules are written in such a positive way! Im curious, when talking about the right to ride at a different intensity, just not noticeably higher than the class. So it’s ok to ride at a significantly lower intensity, and it’s not a violation of etiquette? Because I just rode in a, at a somewhat lower intensity, kept it in the saddle the whole time, and was repeatedly called out by the instructor for not standing up.. So not the way I was trained, or teach my classes. But then I wondered if by sitting, I was taking away energy from the class.

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