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JCC Swimming: Policies and Procedures

Code of Conduct for Swimmers

  1. Bullying in any form -  including any use of derogatory terms based on religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation (even “as a joke”) – will not be tolerated and may result in suspension or exclusion from the team.
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  3. Swimmers may not interfere with the progress of another swimmer, during practice or otherwise.
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  5. Consistent with the Athlete Protection Policies of USA Swimming, participants in the team’s programs will not make any recordings of themselves or other athletes while in locker rooms, behind starting blocks, or in any other location that compromises the privacy and personal integrity of any swimmer (including the person making the recording.)  Athletes, parents and staff will use discretion when publishing or electronically posting any such recordings to protect the privacy and personal integrity of those involved.
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  7. Any swimmer who uses alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco is subject to suspension from the team.  Use of some prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications may be prohibited by the rules of competition.  Athletes are responsible for knowing which medications they take and working with their medical professional to ensure that they do not use substances that are banned from competition.
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  9. At all club functions, whether practice, meets, or social gatherings, swimmers will behave in such a way that their actions reflect positively on the team.
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  11. All members of the team, including swimmers, parents, and staff, should work to protect and improve the excellent reputation of the team.
 

Areas of Responsibility

Responsibilities of Coaches

The job of the Head Coach is to supervise the entire competitive swim program.  The coaching staff is dedicated to running a program for swimmers that encourages both personal achievement and teamwork.  Our goals are to help each swimmer reach their best personal potential as a swimmer and as a teammate to others.

To that end, the Coaching staff has the following responsibilities:

  • Coaches assign swimmers to practice groups.  This is based on age and ability, with an eye towards a swimmer’s physical and emotional developmental level. 
  • Coaches have exclusive responsibility for instruction in technique and development of each practice group’s training regimen.
  • Coaches decide which meets the team will attend, and which athletes are appropriate for specific meets.
  • At meets, coaches will supervise warm-ups for the team in accordance with USA Swimming warm-up procedures.
  • After each race, coaches will offer constructive criticism regarding the swimmer’s performance.
  • Selection of members of the relay team is the responsibility of the coaching staff.

Responsibilities of Parents

  • The greatest contribution you can make to your swimmer's progress is to be a loving, supportive parent. 

  • Find the way to emphasize positive achievements, and help your child constructively critique their performance to reinforce the process of goal setting.  Every swimmer has an “off day;” allow your child to articulate what they think went wrong, and what they think they can do to improve.

  • Please make every effort to have your swimmers at practice on time.  Realize that your child is working hard and give all the support you can. 

  • Encourage good diet and sleeping habits.  They will serve your children well.

  • Be timely in informing the coach when you child will (or will not) be participating in meets or activities.

  • Ensure that fees are paid in a timely fashion and that appropriate paperwork is turned in when needed.  Coaches do not want to embarrass swimmers by turning them away from practice or a meet, but may be required to do so if these administrative responsibilities are not completed.

Responsibilities of Swimmers

A swimmer has responsibilities to the team, the coach, his/her parents, and most importantly to themselves. Swimmers need to prepare themselves for a 100% effort each time they come to practice.

  • Swimmers will be required to bring specified training accessories (i.e., goggles, flippers, etc.) to workouts. It is the swimmer's responsibility to make sure these items are properly adjusted and that spares are readily available. Equipment adjustment and repair will not be accepted as excuse to miss part of a training session.
  • As a swimmer's level of swimming ability increases so does his/her responsibility.  The program is designed to encourage all swimmers to be Senior Swimming bound.  As swimmers improve this is a deep commitment that requires great effort on all parts