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Membership & Rules

Maui Dolphins Swim General Rules and Club Information:

Family Commitment

  • Families are expected to participate in club events and commitments. Examples include: serving as desk monitor; participating in occasional fundraising; timing at swim meets; providing hospitality at host swim meets [food donations, set-up, clean-up, acting as safety marshal]; helping to chaperone swimmers; being a designated driver. The club also needs member support in serving on the Board of Directors and various Board committees. One of the fun & most rewarding ways to help is to become a deck official!

  • Members are required to make every effort to attend all meetings, special activities, and fundraisers.

  • All swimmers are encouraged to swim in swim meets when their coach think's they're ready. Swimmers in the Spinners and Silvers have an obligation to attend as many meets as possible during the regular season.

  • Individual swimmers may qualify to travel for competition in off-island events as determined by qualifying times. If the club decides to send swimmers to an off-island swim meet, there may be special fundraising required. You may be asked to help with these fundraising and travel arrangements if your child will be attending.

New/ Transferring Applicants:

  • The Head Coach must evaluate all prospective swimmers for placement by conducting a swim assessment. A parent and/or guardian must be in attendance for this evaluation. (This usually only takes a few minutes. The swimmer swims one or more laps of basic strokes to place the swimmers in the correct group.)

  • All registration forms and copies of birth certificate(s) must be completed and submitted with payment before the swimmer can swim workouts with the club. Signed paperwork/ registration forms must be filled out before the evaluation. Dues are non-refundable.

Equipment

  • Swimmers must supply (required for ALL groups) their own goggles. Other recommended items: swim cap (esp when cold), towel, & shower supplies. Kick boards, pull buoys, fins and other swimming aids are provided.

Other General Rules

  • All swimmers need to check in at the front desk each day or with their coach before swimming.

  • NO DIVING. That's right. NO DIVING. The most dangerous part of competitive swimming is swimmers diving and hitting the bottom, diving on each other, not looking where they’re going, etc. So … there is no diving except during diving practice under the direct supervision of a coach. This no diving rule applies during warm-ups at swim meets - diving only allowed in designated lanes under the supervision of a coach. (Swimmers who dive can be DQ’d for the whole meet.)

  • Swimmers are expected to conduct themselves properly. Each swimmer is a reflection and a representative of the team. Swimmers are expected to show respect for their coaches and team members. Foul or abusive language or conduct will not be tolerated.

  • All swimmers must follow all pool rules.

  • Pool facility and all equipment, such as kick-boards, lane lines, bathrooms, and bulletin boards are to be treated with the utmost respect and care. Swimmers (and parents) are not allowed on lifeguard towers, diving boards, pool covers or behind front desk.

  • There is NO going under the bulkhead at any pool. NEVER! (Swimmers will be asked to leave for the day or longer if they dive under the bulkhead.)

  • Keep Back from the pool! During practice, children, friends, and parents MUST keep away from the pool. Two problems: (1) Coaches cannot concentrate on coaching and swimmers if we have to watch children playing on the pool deck near the water. (2) Liability … having children (or adults) on deck increases liability. Even parent-supervised children inevitably climb and play, trip and fall, etc.; MDSC is required to file incident reports any time this happens. Please stay in office, on or near the area of the bleachers and picnic tables, or outside the pool in the grassy area.

  • BE ON TIME! Swimmers AND Parents: Please be on time to practice … ready to swim at start time. And parents please pick up your children on time or make special arrangements beforehand … coaches cannot leave until the last person is gone.

Participation in Swim Meets

  • Swimmers must sign up for each individual swim meet. Entries for each meet are due no later than the Wednesday prior to each meet. If a swimmer signs up for a meet and then finds that he/she can’t attend, please notify the coach ASAP. Once a swimmers is entered in the meet, the club must pay $1 for each events entered (whether swum or not) using the money from the swimmer’s “escrow” account.

  • Every swimmer must check in with your Coach on the morning of the meet. Any swimmers who do not check in before 8:00am must be scratched from the meet, per meet rules.

  • For swimmers who wish to attend an off-island meet (when an MDSC coach cannot attend), MDSC's Head Coach will contact a USA-S Coach to oversee the swimmer at the swim event - the swimmer and parent/guardian will be expected to support that club's efforts during the visit.

Termination of Membership

  • The Board of Directors or Head Coach may terminate membership for any due cause. A member’s involvement, commitment, adherence to rules, behavior, and dues status will be considered.

  • Terminated members may appeal to the Board of Directors.

Maui Dolphins Swim Club General Rules

  • All Maui Dolphins Swim Club members are expected to practice safely above all else. All posted rules must be followed.

  • Acceptance into the Maui Dolphins Swim Club does not guarantee training under a particular coach. coaches may be assigned to different age groups or training levels during the course of the year. All swimmers are expected to train with their assigned coach.

  • Swimmers are expected to conduct themselves properly. Each swimmer is a reflection of and a representative o the team.

  • Swimmers are expected to show respect for their coaches and team members. Foul or abusive language will not be tolerated.

  • Members are responsible for reading and acting upon all materials distributed at practices.

  • Members are required to support the club, each other, and do what is best for the team.

  • Members should make every effort to attend all meetings, special activities, and fund-raiser events.

  • Members should strive to bring a positive attitude to the club.

  • The pool facility and all equipment, such as kick-boards, lane lines, and the bulletin boards are to be treated with the utmost respect and care.

  • Swimmers (and parents) are NOT allowed on lifeguard towers, diving boards, the pool covers or in the guard office area.

  • Parent or guardian must promptly pick up child after swim practice at the specified time. Your child may not leave the pool facility alone either during or after practice unless you have notified a club representative in writing with a signed note of your consent for your child to do so.