Code of Conduct





All swimmers, coaches, parents and Board members of the Penn Trafford Aqua Club (hereinafter “PTAC”) are expected to comply with the following Code of Conduct guidelines while taking part in any club activities, including practice sessions.


By joining PTAC, all swimmers and parents agree to follow this code.  The actions of each swimmer, parent and coach reflect upon the entire club.




Abide by all rules, regulations and guidelines of USA Swimming.


Regularly seek ways of increasing professional development.


Be professional and accept responsibility for all actions.  Always be mindful of the high visibility and great influence your have as a coach.


Behavior and personal conduct must at all times be of high standard and reflect favorably on the club and the sport of swimming.  Maintain high standards of personal integrity.


Be a positive role model – set good examples


Treat members of other teams and officials with respect,and encourage swimmers to do the same.


Acknowledge the individual talents and potential of all swimmers.


Set appropriate training programs based upon the development level of each swimmer.


Be constructive in criticisms,and direct comments at the performance rather than the person.


Respect the health and dignity of all swimmers to compete on the basis of their abilities.


Be aware of the academic pressures placed on student athletes away from the pool.


Refrain from any form of sexual harassment towards athletes or colleagues and report any that you witness.


Officials and volunteers should refrain from coaching.




Swimmers should be punctual for all practices and meets.  Swimmers should be in the pool area with all necessary equipment ready to begin practice at least 5 minutes prior to their scheduled time.  This will allow for proper stretching and any pre-practice instruction.


Be responsible for your own swim gear.


Keep all facilities clean.


Swimmers are expected to be active participants in all team practices, competitions, fundraising events and other team activities.


Swimmers are expected to remember that at practice, during swim meets and in public they are representing PTAC.  They should represent PTAC with team spirit, good sportsmanship and politeness.


Swimmers are expected to follow the directions of any member of the coaching staff, official or any parent volunteer.


Swimmers are expected to respect each other.  No fighting, intentional touching or striking another athlete.


Swimmers are expected to respect and care for the property of others.  Vandalism, intentional damage or theft will NOT be tolerated.


Swimmers are expected to wear PTAC team suits and team caps at meets.  This displays team pride and also makes it easier to identify PTAC swimmers on the blocks and in the water.


Swim for the fun of it, not just to please your parents or coaches.


Swimmers should be aware that their performance is due in large part to their efforts at practice.




Keep up to date with all club information posted on the bulletin board and club web site.


Pay all membership, registration and meet fees promptly and by the deadlines given.


Set good examples for our swimmers by showing respect and common courtesies at all times to all PTAC coaches, swimmers, officials, parents and other members.


Demonstrate good sportsmanship during all practices, competitions and team activities.


Be an active participant in all fundraising events and other team activities and encourage and support your swimmer by permitting them to be on time for practices and competitions.


Recognize that PTAC coaches are professionals and allow them to coach your swimmer without interference during practices or meets.  Do not coach your child at practice or meets.


Do not interrupt the coaching staff on the pool deck during practice or meets.  Please address the staff prior to the start of practice or meets, or when the practice or meet has concluded.


If you have concerns, address it at the appropriate time with a coach in private.


Remember that swimmers are participating in the sport for their enjoyment, not yours.  Encourage your child to participate, but do not force them.


Focus on your swimmer’s efforts and performance rather than on winning or losing.


GET INVOLVED!  Be an official, work on the board or help to plan a fundraiser or event.  Share the burden among all parents by volunteering at meets and competitions.