SOBHD Code of Ethics


In this Code “Participant” means any organization, body, association or individual with full or associate membership of the Board; any individual who is a member of an organization, body or association with full or associate membership of the Board; any individual who is registered with the Board; any person directly connected to a body or individual who is registered with the Board.

This includes Judges, Teachers, Organizers, Parents, Dancers & all parties connected with dancers.


  1. Participants will display honesty, fairness and equality of opportunity in all relationships in association with Highland Dancing, this includes but is not limited to social network communication (e.g. Facebook).
  2. Participants will not engage in behaviour which undermines the status and esteem of Highland Dancing.
  3. Participants will recognize the authority of judges and other officials and treat them with courtesy and respect.
  4. Participants will treat all other participants with courtesy and respect, whether successful in competition or not.
  5. Participants will not discriminate between other participants on the grounds of sex, ethnic background, religion or ability.
  6. Participants will respect the competence of teachers and judges and will not engage in public criticism; nor will participants be exposed to adverse public criticism.  This includes but is not limited to verbal, textual or social networking communication.
  7. Participants will not compromise the integrity of any competition result by seeking to influence any judge’s decision.
  8. 8.Participants will not actively persuade dancers to change teacher nor will participants seek to influence other participant’s choice of teacher.
  9. Participants are responsible to maintain trophies and return them in the same conditions as received.


All participants will seek to ensure the health & well-being of the dancer at all times. In particular, the S.O.B.H.D. recommends that the teacher will comply with the disclosure requirements as applicable in the country/countries in which they are teaching and will provide planned programmes of preparation and competition for dancers; Organizers will have a child protection policy, adhere to national child protection policy, provide a safe environment and suitable programming of events to ensure sufficient recovery time for the dancers.


Teachers/judges must be suitably qualified and will have a responsibility to maintain their qualifications and expertise.  Teacher/judges must behave in a professional manner at all times and will not compromise dancers by advocating an unfair advantage.


Participants who do not adhere to the above will be subject to a penalty decided by the Board.

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