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Nocatee Blue Tide Parent Information Sheet

September 9, 2019

 

Mission of NBT:   The Nocatee Blue Tide Swim team is dedicated to the emotional and physical growth of its swimmers and to the morale of the community in which they live.  The coaches, parents and all involved in NBT will strive to make swimming a fun and rewarding experience.  At the same time, we must all foster in both parents and swimmers alike, the benefits of hard work and sacrifice, the traits of good sportsmanship, the value of self-discipline, the seed and fruits leadership, the exhilaration of amateur competition, and the joy of community spirit.

 

Athletes on this team are required to adhere to the following (in addition to USA  Swimming Foundation Rules & Regs):

 

  • Good Sportsmanship conduct towards fellow teammates and competitors
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  • Understand and follow proper lane etiquette and will refrain from any behavior that prohibits the progress of learning for my teammates.
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  • Be respectful and supportive of my teammates and understand learning differences of others who may be on our team or another team.
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  • Refrain from using profanity or inappropriate gestures or participate in hurtful behaviors including but not limited to pinching, hitting, kicking, teasing, fighting, name calling, etc.
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  • Refrain from making insulting remarks or gestures or any means of taunting or teasing.
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  • Never enter the pool without approval from a Coach or Official (both at practice and swim meets)
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  • Be respectful of all coaches, officials and meet staff .  Answer respectfully when spoken to and follow directions.
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  • Bring all necessary supplies and uniform to each practice or meet and be responsible for said belongings.
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  • Arrive at all practices and meets on time.
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  • Do not possess or partake in the use of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or drugs before, during or after a swim meet either on the grounds of NBT or at any sanctioned USA Swim Meet.
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  • Have an overall positive attitude and always do my best to HAVE FUN!

 

Parents on this team are required to adhere to the following (in addition to any USA Swimming Foundation Rules & Regs):

 

  • Do not force an unwilling child to swim.  
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  • Encourage your athletes to follow the rules and take time to educate your athlete on the expectations of behavior.  
  • The pool deck is the coaches’ domain.  Any and all questions, comments or concerns may be directed to the Coach before or after practice per your coaches preference.
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  • The same rules above for swimmers apply to parents as well.  Please refrain from using inappropriate behavior and language and refrain from any behavior that encourages anyone else to taunt, make fun of or root against another swimmer.
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  • Applaud good effort by your athlete, and offer praise for competing fairly.

 

New Pool Deck Rules:

 

  • If parents, grandparents, or guardians wish to stay on the pool deck to watch practice, they must be seated in the bleachers and not behind the coaches or on the side of the pool deck.
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  • Parents, Grandparents and Guardians may not, at any time, interfere with practice, interrupt the coaching of any athlete or walk the pool deck to talk with your athlete or a coach at any time during practice.
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  • If you have a need to remove your athlete prior to the completion of their scheduled practice, please let your coach know prior to the start of practice.
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  • Technology is a distraction: There should be no phone conversations, conferences or computer video chats on the pool deck.  Please keep noise to a minimum so that coaches and swimmers are able to focus on their practice.
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  • Coaches use their phones on the pool deck to take roll, to read through practice notes and for emergencies only. We will not be checking our emails or texts during practice.  If there is an issue or situation that you need your child’s coach to be aware of, please make sure to address it before practice.
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  • Encourage your athlete to advocate for themselves.  If there is a health problem, an injury, fear or insecurity that we aren’t aware of, we cannot adequately help your athlete be successful.  Let’s set them up for success early by building a trust with their individual coaches so that we can all be on the same page.