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Shibaricon Event Rules


Safe, Sane and Consensual (SSC)

Our community recognizes the phrase "Safe, Sane, and Consensual" as the best brief summary of the principles guiding our practices:

• Safe is being knowledgeable about the techniques and safety concerns involved in what you are doing, and acting in accordance with that knowledge.

• Sane is knowing the difference between fantasy and reality, and acting in accordance with that knowledge.

• Consensual is respecting the limits imposed by each participant at all times. One of the recognized ways to maintain limits is through a "safe word" which ensures that each participant can end his/her participation with a word or gesture

SM vs. Abuse guidelines from NCSF.


Shibaricon Event Rules

This is a preliminary list of the event rules.  The rules as printed in the program book you will receive at the event will supersede any rules listed on this page.  At the event, you will be held responsible for knowing the rules as they are printed in the program book.

Please read and understand these rules.  They are for your safety and comfort, as well as the safety and comfort of those around you.  If you have a problem with anyone at the event or notice disregard for these rules that could put the event in jeopardy please notify Security or Staff immediately.  Unwillingness to follow instructions from Security or Staff may result in your removal from this and all future Shibaricon events.

BADGES
You must wear your wristband AND badge at all times during Shibaricon.  The wristband is designed to be worn for the duration of the event.  You will not be permitted to enter any portion of the event without BOTH your badge AND wristband.  If you lose your badge or wristband, please contact registration immediately.
In any event as large as Shibaricon, there may be times when individuals who don’t belong attempt to get into the play spaces or classrooms.  Prominently displaying your wristband - ON YOUR WRIST - and wearing your name badge helps us quickly detect people who shouldn't be at the event.  If you see someone who appears to be too young or has no identification please notify security immediately.

PHOTOGRAPHY & CELL PHONE USAGE
Shibaricon is a private event.  For the privacy and safety of all of our attendees, photography is not allowed, and will result in immediate removal from the event.  You may not bring photographic equipment or devices with picture-taking capability into the event space.  Any photographic device found in the event space may be confiscated, and all data and film destroyed before returned to its owner.  Cell phones, whether or not they have the capability to take pictures, may not be used anywhere in the event space.  If you are using your cell phone you will be removed from the event space.  Event staff will have internal and external communication devices.

LOST AND FOUND
If you find something, bring it to security.  If you lose anything, notify security.

EVENT STAFF & SECURITY
Obey all Shibaricon staff, security and safety monitors.  Failure to obey staff will result in your immediate removal from the event.  If you have trouble of any nature, please contact security or a staff member.

HOTEL STAFF
Be respectful, pleasant, and appropriate to the hotel staff.  Let's make sure we are welcome back in the future.

PARKING
Parking is permitted only in designated spaces.  Your car will be towed if parked in an inappropriate space.

STATE LAWS
Obey all federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

SOLICITATION
Prostitution, solicitation and negotiation of payment for sexual services are ILLEGAL and will not be tolerated.  Violation will result in ejection from this and all future Shibaricon events.

PUBLIC AREAS
In public areas of the hotel, it is expected that your behavior and attire will be appropriate for a vanilla public environment.  Alienating other guests or hotel employees will only cause problems for the event.  Do not "play" or test new toys in the parking lots or anywhere in public view.

DAMAGE TO THE HOTEL
Do not tie yourself or anyone to any hotel fixture such as towel racks, shower curtain rods, closet rods, sprinkler heads, pipes, plumbing, pillars etc.  Be careful that your play does not damage walls, fixtures, furniture, bedding or carpets in the rooms or the event space.  You will be held personally responsible for any damage you cause or participate in.

EMERGENCIES
In the event of a medical emergency or problem remain clear of the area and let the appropriate personnel do their jobs.  Please respect the privacy and dignity of anybody involved and do not stand around to watch or ask for or spread information if you are not directly involved in the situation.  Event Staff will communicate with attendees and emergency personnel when it is appropriate.

ATTIRE
All attendees must dress appropriately in all public areas of the hotel, parking areas and surrounding community.  Local businesses are NOT a part of our event and everyday "vanilla" attire and behavior is required.  Let's not be our own worst enemy.

NUDITY & CLEANLINESS
Per hotel policy, when in contact with hotel furniture, either you or the furniture must be properly covered.  Please be mindful that fabric chairs are difficult to clean and sanitize.  Per the hotel, you may bring towels or sheets from your guest room to use during classes and play. This common courtesy is important to the hotel.  Please respect their wishes.

ALCOHOL, ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES
Alcohol, smoking, and Illegal substances, are prohibited in the event space.  Smoking is only allowed in designated areas of the hotel.  Illegal substances, use or transfer will result in immediate and permanent ejection from the event. 

DRINKING
We encourage you to have a good time during the event. If you choose to drink, please do so responsibly.  You may be ejected from the event if your behavior interferes with the enjoyment of others or removed from the play areas if you appear to be intoxicated.

FOOD & DRINK
Food & drink in the event space is discouraged, with the exception of water, juices, soft drinks, coffee or tea.  Exceptions may be made for medical conditions.  No food or drink may be served in the event space if it is not purchased from the hotel.  This includes bringing in pizza, donuts, bagels, etc.  You can, of course, have whatever you’d like in your hotel room.

BEHAVIOR
There is always someone who you think ought to be elsewhere.  Please refrain from any behavior that interferes with the ability of others to deliver their lecture, demonstration or workshop and postpone all personal "confrontations" until after the event.  If you feel that you are the subject of rude or improper behavior, please notify security.

EVENT STAFF
Please follow all instructions received from event staff. Should you have a problem with those instructions please bring your concerns to the security or info table and we will assist you.  Failure to follow instructions from the event staff or interfering with their work may result in being removed from a particular activity or ejection from the event.

IN THE EVENT OF FIRE
Security will direct you to the nearest exit.  Should no staff be near your location, proceed to the nearest exit.  Do not take time to gather up your toys or other belongings.  Your safety is more important.  The sooner we clear an area, the better for emergency personnel.

VENDING
Vending from cars, hotel rooms, or other parts of the event is PROHIBITED unless authorized in advance by an officer of Shibaricon.  Unauthorized vending may result in ejection from this and any future Shibaricon.

FLYERS
No handbills or flyers may be distributed without advance permission from an officer of Shibaricon.

A FINAL NOTE & PLEA FOR COMMON SENSE
The Rules apply to EVERYONE.  Don't sneak a picture, park illegally or dress/behave inappropriately outside the event space.  Your good behavior may inspire others, and your bad behavior will affect us all.  Please use common sense in what you wear and do both in the hotel and in the community, and please alert a Shibaricon staff member or Security if you observe conditions or situations that put the event or its attendees at risk.


Play Space Rules
All Play Space Rules are in effect throughout the event, in all areas of the event space, not just during play time.  Please direct any questions to a Play Space Monitor or Security before you play.  Unwillingness to follow instructions from Play Space Monitors, Security or Shibaricon staff may result in your removal from the play space, event and all future Shibaricon functions.

CONSENT
By your entry into the Play Space, you acknowledge that you have read these rules, understand and will abide by them, and that you assume all risks incident to your attendance at this event.

ETIQUETTE
Normal party etiquette is required.  Do not interfere with a scene.  Do not touch anyone's body or equipment without permission.  You are not required to say or do anything.  Watching is acceptable, although you must maintain a safe distance from a scene in progress.  Please keep laughter, conversation and comments to a minimum.  Please use the social area for socializing.  Loud talking, or screaming during a scene is disruptive to others and is discouraged.

SAFETY SHEARS
As this is a rope bondage event it is expected that everyone (top, bottom, switch, butcher, baker & candlestick maker) will have a pair of safety shears or similarly effective cutting tool within easy reach, i.e. not buried at the bottom of a full bag of toys.  In the event that there is an emergency and your shears are somehow not available, all Safety Monitors, Security & Staff will have safety shears handy.  Please don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.

SAFETY MONITORS
Safety Monitors (DMs) must be obeyed.  If someone is violating rules or bothering you please notify a Safety Monitor or Security.  Some of our rules are based on hotel policy and we cannot always grant exceptions.  Don’t shoot the messenger.  Safety Monitors are there for your protection and to ensure a safe and comfortable play environment for all.  Please be cooperative and treat them with respect.

SAFE WORDS
The house safe word for "Stop" is "Red" and the house "Caution" word is "Yellow".  A Safety Monitor will intervene in a scene if the Top does not respond appropriately when one of these words is used.  A loudly-shouted "Safe word!" will also be interpreted as a call for outside assistance.

EQUIPMENT USAGE & TIME LIMITS
Do not monopolize equipment; others want to play too.  Due to past issues, there is now a limit of 2 hours on a piece of equipment.  Your time does not start over if you begin playing with a different person.  Exceptions will be made at the discretion of Staff based on the number of people in the play space.  If you require further clarification or believe someone has exceeded the 2 hour time limit, please see a Safety Monitor.

Attendees are forbidden from moving equipment in the play space.  If you would like something moved, please see a Safety Monitor.  Disregard for this rule will result in removal from the play space and possibly the event.

ELECTRICITY USAGE
Nothing may be plugged into any electrical outlet in the event space.  Please see a Safety Monitor if you need clarification.

NO OPEN FLAME
Due to hotel policy, there will be no open flame or fire of any kind allowed in the event space.  This includes but is not limited to matches, lighters and candles.  Please check with a Safety Monitor if you need clarification.

RESTRICTED ACTIVITIES
No kidnapping role play/scene, breath play or electrical play is allowed without prior permission from a Safety Monitor or Shibaricon staff.   Any device which sends an electrical charge into the body may not be connected to any portion of the anatomy above the waist.

BLOOD & BODILY FLUIDS
Play which is expected or likely to result in broken skin or discharge of bodily fluids must utilize appropriate barriers and precautions to protect equipment, attendees and hotel fixtures from surface or airborne contact.  Sharps may not be used over carpet or uncovered equipment, and must be disposed of in appropriate puncture-proof containers.
Please give consideration to the protection of those around you as you decide where and how to play.  If your scene cannot be contained, it is not appropriate for the space.

MESSY SCENES
Food play, or any similarly messy play, is not allowed in the event space.  Please use good judgment with regard to anything messy, or potentially messy.  Shibaricon can’t afford a cleaning bill and we are not able to hose down the ballroom.

SAFER SEX
Safer sex practices are required for all activities.  Safer sex supplies will be available from the medical staff.  Genital to genital contact and sexual intercourse is prohibited in the event space.  If you need clarification please see a Safety Monitor.

CLEANING & SAFETY SUPPLIES
Cleaning supplies are available throughout the play space.  If you need a tarp or drop cloth, please ask a Safety Monitor for one.  You are expected to clean up after yourself, leaving all equipment free of sweat, bodily fluids, lubricants, etc.  Bring bodily fluid contamination to the attention of a Safety Monitor.

CELL PHONES
NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN THE EVENT SPACE, including the social areas and hallways. Please leave your cell phone in your car or room. If you need to make a call, please leave the event space entirely.  In an emergency, Staff, Security and Medics will have internal and external communication devices.

LIABILITY
Neither Shibaricon, it’s Officers, nor the management, volunteers, owners, or operators of the facilities, nor any agents, successors or assigns of any of the foregoing shall be liable to any attendee for injury to person or property incurred as a result of attendance at this event.

Remember what your mother taught you in 3rd grade about playing in the sandbox ...
play nice with others,
Share your toys,
and look nice in public!
 
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