SIERRA VISTA TSUNAMI TEAM
CONDUCT EXPECTED OF ALL PARENTS
Allow your child to enjoy swimming and do not force them to swim.
Remember children participate to have fun and that the sport is for youth, not adults.
Inform the coaches of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of your child.
- Be a positive role model for your child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy and by
demonstrating positive support for all swimmers, coaches, officials and spectators, volunteer board
Do not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, swimmer or parent.
Do no encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
Demand that your child treat other swimmers, coaches, officials and spectators with respect.
Teach your child that doing one's best is more important than winning.
Praise your child for competing fairly and trying hard.
Emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit your child over winning.
Demand a sports environment for your child that is free from drugs and alcohol.
Speak positively about the team in public and public forums.
Address any specific coaching/team issues either before or after practice with the coach AND board
immediately when they arise.
CONDUCT EXPECTED OF ALL SWIMMERS
Tsunami swimmers are expected to remember that at practice, during swim meets and in public they are representing the Sierra Vista Tsunami Team. They should represent the Tsunami Swim Team with excellence, team spirit, good sportsmanship and politeness.
Tsunami swimmers are expected at all times to follow the directions of any member of the coaching staff and any person who is a chaperone. Disrespect or failure to obey instructions will not be tolerated from any athlete.
Tsunami swimmers will use appropriate language. Profane language and gestures will not be tolerated.
Tsunami swimmers are expected to respect each other and the property of others.
Disruption of practice by an athlete will be grounds for removal.
Swim for the fun of it.
Be punctual for practices and meets. Pool time is very valuable.
Be an active participant in all team practices.
Be committed to put forth your best effort every day.
- The coach is there to help you. You are expected to pay attention and follow all the coach's instructions.
FEE AND LATE PAYMENT POLICY
Invoices not paid by the 25th of the month are subject to a $15 late charge.
Invoices that exceed 60-days past due will subject the swimmer to suspension from practices in addition
to jeopardizing entry into swimming meets. The billing system, treasurer, and coaches will attempt to notify members when invoices are in the arrears, but it is the team member's responsibility to stay on top of payments.
Requests from members to continue practices while in the arrears must be presented to the board.
• If you plan to leave the team, or place your swimmer’s account on hold for a month or more, you must notify the team by email before the 25th of the previous month. If notification is received after the 25th of the previous month, a $30 fee will be applied to the account before and refunds are made for monthly fees. Example: You aren't going to swim in July - you must email no later than June 25th.
Swimmers are expected to follow the spirit of the rules as well as the specific rules. The coach must adapt this
philosophy to an infinite number of situations. Swimmers are asked to respect the coach's directions and give their full cooperation. Cooperation with teammates and staff will produce a productive practice and competitive environment for all.
Action Plan of Sierra Vista Tsunami Team to Address Bullying
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Sierra Vista Tsunami Team (the "Club") and will not be tolerated. Bullying is counterproductive to team spirit and can be devastating to a victim. The Club is committed to providing a safe, caring and friendly environment for all of our members. If bullying does occur, all athletes and parents should know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell a coach, board member or athlete/mentor.
Objectives of the Club’s Bullying Policy and Action Plan:
1. To make it clear that the Club will not tolerate bullying in any form.
2. To define bullying and give all board members, coaches, parents and swimmers a good understanding of what bullying is.
3. To make it known to all parents, swimmers and coaching staff that there is a policy and protocol should any bullying issues arise.
4. To make how to report bullying clear and understandable.
5. To spread the word that SVTT takes bullying seriously and that all swimmers and parents can be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
The USA Swimming Code of Conduct prohibits bullying. Generally, bullying is the use of aggression, whether intentional or not, which hurts another person. Bullying results in pain and distress.
The USA Swimming Code of Conduct defines bullying in 304.3.7. Bullying is the severe or repeated use by one or more USA Swimming members of oral, written, electronic or other technological expression, image, sound, data or intelligence of any nature (regardless of the method of transmission), or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at any other member that to a reasonably objective person has the effect of:
- causing physical or emotional harm to the other member or damage to the other member’s property;
- placing the other member in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property;
- creating a hostile environment for the other member at any USA Swimming activity; - infringing on the rights of the other member at any USA Swimming activity; or
- materially and substantially disrupting the training process or the orderly operation of any USA Swimming activity (which for the purposes of this section shall include, without limitation, practices, workouts and other events of a member club or LSC).
An athlete who feels that he or she has been bullied is asked to do one or more of the following things: - Talk to your parents;
- Talk to a Club Coach, Board Member, or other designated individual;
- Write a letter or email to the Club Coach, Board Member, or other designated individual; - Make a report to the USA Swimming Safe Sport staff.
There is no express time limit for initiating a complaint under this procedure, but every effort should be made to bring the complaint to the attention of the appropriate club leadership as soon as possible to make sure that memories are fresh and behavior can be accurately recalled and the bullying behavior can be stopped as soon as possible.
HOW WE HANDLE BULLYING
If bullying is occurring during team-related activities, we STOP BULLYING ON THE SPOT using the following steps: 1. Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help.
2. Separate the kids involved.
3. Make sure everyone is safe.
4. Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
5. Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders. 6. Model respectful behavior when you intervene.
If bullying is occurring at our club or it is reported to be occurring at our club, we address the bullying by FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENED and SUPPORTING THE KIDS INVOLVED using the following approach:
FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENED
1. First, we get the facts.
a. Keep all the involved children separate.
b. Get the story from several sources, both adults and kids.
c. Listen without blaming.
d. Don’t call the act "bullying" while you are trying to understand what happened.
e. It may be difficult to get the whole story, especially if multiple athletes are involved or the bullying involves social bullying or cyber bullying. Collect all available information.
2. Then, we determine if it's bullying. There are many behaviors that look like bullying but require different approaches. It is important to determine whether the situation is bullying or something else.
a. Review the USA Swimming definition of bullying;
b. To determine if the behavior is bullying or something else, consider the following questions:
- What is the history between the kids involved? - Have there been past conflicts?
- Is there a power imbalance? Remember that a power imbalance is not limited to physical strength. It is sometimes not easily recognized. If the targeted child feels like there is a power imbalance, there probably is.
- Has this happened before? Is the child worried it will happen again?
c. Remember that it may not matter "who started it." Some kids who are bullied may be seen as annoying or provoking, but this does not excuse the bullying behavior.
d. Once you have determined if the situation is bullying, support all of the kids involved.
SUPPORTING THE KIDS INVOLVED
3. Support the kids who are being bullied
a. Listen and focus on the child. Learn what’s been going on and show you want to help. Assure the child that bullying is not their fault.
b. Work together to resolve the situation and protect the bullied child. The child, parents, and fellow team members and coaches may all have valuable input.
- Ask the child being bullied what can be done to make him or her feel safe. Remember that changes to routine should be minimized. He or she is not at fault and should not be singled out. For example, consider rearranging lane assignments for everyone. If bigger moves are necessary, such as switching practice groups, the child who is bullied should not be forced to change.
- Develop a game plan. Maintain open communication between the Club and parents. Discuss the steps that will be taken and how bullying will be addressed going forward.
c. Be persistent. Bullying may not end overnight. Commit to making it stop and consistently support the bullied child.
4. Address bullying behavior
a. Make sure the child knows what the problem behavior is. Young people who bully must learn their behavior is wrong and harms others.
b. Show kids that bullying is taken seriously. Calmly tell the child that bullying will not be tolerated. Model respectful behavior when addressing the problem.
c. Work with the child to understand some of the reasons he or she bullied. For example:
- Sometimes children bully to fit in or just to make fun of someone is a little different from them. In other words, there may be some insecurity involved.
- Other times kids act out because something else—issues at home, abuse, stress—is going on in their lives. They also may have been bullied. These kids may be in need of additional support.
d. Involve the kid who bullied in making amends or repairing the situation. The goal is to help them see how their actions affect others. For example, the child can:
- Write a letter apologizing to the athlete who was bullied.
- Do a good deed for the person who was bullied, for the Club, or for others in your community. - Clean up, repair, or pay for any property they damaged.
e. Avoid strategies that don’t work or have negative consequences:
- Zero tolerance or "three strikes, you’re out" strategies don’t work. Suspending or removing from the team swimmers who bully does not reduce bullying behavior. Swimmers may be less likely to report and address bullying if suspension or getting kicked off the team is the consequence.
- Conflict resolution and peer mediation don’t work for bullying. Bullying is not a conflict between people of equal power who share equal blame. Facing those who have bullied may further upset kids who have been bullied.
f. Follow-up. After the bullying issue is resolved, continue finding ways to help the child who bullied to understand how what they do affects other people. For example, praise acts of kindness or talk about what it means to be a good teammate.
5. Support bystanders who witness bullying. Every day, kids witness bullying. They want to help, but don’t know how. Fortunately, there are a few simple, safe ways that athletes can help stop bullying when they see it happening.
a. Be a friend to the person being bullied;
b. Tell a trusted adult – your parent, coach, or club board member;
c. Help the kid being bullied get away from the situation. Create a distraction, focus the attention on something else, or offer a way for the target to get out of the situation. "Let’s go, practice is about to start."
d. Set a good example by not bullying others.
e. Don’t give the bully an audience. Bullies are encouraged by the attention they get from bystanders. If you do nothing else, just walk away.
During the annual registration process, you will be presented with these rules again. By agreeing to the form, you are stating that you are the financially responsible party for the children whom you are registering with SVTT (Sierra Vista Tsunami Team), and that you agree to the following:
You will pay any and all charges which apply for your child(ren) to swim with SVTT. This includes, but is not limited to, yearly registration fees to the team and to USA Swimming, monthly swim fees, meet fees and surcharges, apparel costs, late fees, etc.
You will pay the balance due each month, as reflected on my swim account on the team’s website, located at “www.sierravistatsunami.com”. You understand the balance is due on the first of each month, and a late fee is added if I have not paid by the last day of the month.
If you leave a balance on your account that is unpaid for 6 months or more, you understand that the team may seek legal action. This may include, but is not limited to a suit in small claims court. The team will request that you pay all associated legal fees in addition to your outstanding balance with the team.