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Code of Conduct / Honor Code
 
All team members, team staff, and parents of minors are apprised in writing of this Code of
Conduct and the attached USA Swimming Code of Conduct. A signature on this document
constitutes unconditional agreement to comply with the stipulations of both documents.
 
a. Team members will display proper respect and sportsmanship toward coaches, officials, administrators, teammates, fellow competitors and the public at all times.
b. Team members and staff will refrain from any illegal or inappropriate behavior that would detract from a positive image of the team or be detrimental to its performance objectives.
c. The possession or use of alcohol or tobacco products by any athlete is prohibited.
d. The possession, use, or sale/distribution of any controlled or illegal substance or any form of weapon is strictly forbidden.
e. No “deck changes” are permitted. Athletes are expected to use available change facilities.
f. Swimmers are to refrain from inappropriate physical contact at team activities and events.
g. Swimmers are to refrain from use of inappropriate language.
h. Team members are reminded that when competing in meets, traveling on trips, and
attending other meet‐related functions, they are representing both themselves and the
Valparaiso Swim Club. Athlete behavior must positively reflect the high standards of the club.
 
Failure to comply with the Honor Code as set forth in this document may result in
disciplinary action. Such discipline may include, but may not be limited to:
a. Dismissal from the trip and immediate return home at the athlete’s expense;
b. Disqualification from one or more events, or all events of competition;
c. Disqualification from future team travel meets;
d. Financial penalties;
e. Dismissal from the team.
 
USA Swimming Safe Sport
The following Best Practice Guidelines are strongly recommended for all USA Swimming members.
1. Parents should be encouraged to appropriately support their children’s swimming experience.
2. All swimming practices should be open to observation by parents.
3. Two-deep Leadership: One coach member and at least one other adult who is not in the water should be present at all practices and other sanctioned club activities whenever at least one athlete is present. Clubs and coaches should evaluate their seasonal plans and map out how to best accomplish this strongly recommended guideline.
4. Open and Observable Environment: An open and observable environment should be maintained for all interactions between adults and athletes. Private, or one-on-one situations, should be avoided unless they are open and observable. Common sense should be used to move a meeting to an open and observable location if the meeting inadvertently begins in private.
5. Coaches should not invite or have an athlete(s) to their home without the permission of the athlete’s parents (or legal guardian).
6. During team travel, when doing room checks, attending team meetings and/or other activities, two-deep leadership and open and observable environments should be maintained.
7. Athletes should not ride in a coach’s vehicle without another adult present who is the same gender as the athlete, unless prior parental permission is obtained.
8. During overnight team travel, if athletes are paired with other athletes they shall be of the same gender and should be a similar age. Where athletes are age 13 & Over, chaperones and/or team managers would ideally stay in nearby rooms. When athletes are age 12 & Under, chaperones and/or team managers may stay with athletes. Where chaperones/team managers are staying in a room with athletes, they should be the same gender as the athlete and written consent should be given by athlete’s parents (or legal guardian).
9. When only one athlete and one coach travel to a competition, at the competition the coach and athlete should attempt to establish a “buddy” club to associate with during the competition and when away from the venue.
10. Communications between non-athlete adult members and athletes should not include any topic or language that is sexual or inappropriate in nature.
11. Non-athlete adult members should respect the privacy of athletes in situations such as changing of clothes, showering, etc. Non-athlete adult members should protect their own privacy in similar situations.
12. Relationships of a peer-to-peer nature with any athletes should be avoided. For example, coaches should avoid sharing their own personal problems with athletes.
13. Coaches and other non-athlete adult members should avoid horseplay and roughhousing with athletes. 
    14. When a coach touches an athlete as part of instruction, the coach should do so in direct view of others and inform the athlete of what he/she is doing prior to the initial contact. Touching athletes should be minimized outside the boundaries of what is considered normal instruction. Appropriate interaction would include high fives, fist bumps, side-to-side hugs and handshakes.
15. Coaches should not initiate contact with or accept supervisory responsibility for athletes outside club programs and activities.
16. Coaches should not engage in sexual intimacies with a former athlete for at least two years after the cessation or termination of professional services.
 
VSC Scholarships
At this time, Valparaiso Swim Club does not provide any scholarships.  Indiana Swimming offers a discounted IN/USA Swimming Outreach Membership (required for all VSC swimmers) for those who qualify. Yearly price of $63 is reduced to $7 if certain guidelines are met. Contact a Board Member for more information. Guidelines include:
Free or Reduced school lunch program documentation. School letter sent home to family upon school corporation application approval or e-mail from school administration is acceptable.
 Hoosier Healthwise insurance card copy.
WIC card copy
Other forms accepted if presented and would be equivalent to above.
 
Electronic Communication Policy of the Valparaiso Swim Club
PURPOSE
The Valparaiso Swim Club (the “Club”) recognizes the prevalence of electronic
communication and social media in today’s world. Many of our swimmers use these means as
their primary method of communication. While the Club acknowledges the value of these
methods of communication, the Club also realizes that there are associated risks that must be
considered when adults use these methods to communicate with minors.   
GENERAL CONTENT
All communications between a coach or other adult and an athlete must be professional in
nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities. The content
and intent of all electronic communications must adhere to the USA Swimming Code of
Conduct regarding Athlete Protection.  
For example, as with any communication with an athlete, electronic communication should not
contain or relate to any of the following: drugs or alcohol use; sexually oriented conversation; sexually explicit language; sexual activity; the adult’s personal life , social activities, relationship or family issues, or personal problems; and inappropriate or sexually explicit pictures
Note: Any communication concerning an athlete's personal life, social activities,
relationship or family issues or personal problems must be transparent, accessible and
professional.
 
Whether one is an athlete, coach, board member or parent, the guiding principle to always use
in communication is to ask: “Is this communication something that someone else would find
appropriate or acceptable in a face‐to‐face meeting?” or “Is this something you would be
comfortable saying out loud to the intended recipient of your communication in front of the
intended recipient’s parents, the coaching staff, the board, or other athletes?”  
With respect to electronic communications, a simple test that can be used in most cases is
whether the electronic communication with swimmers is Transparent, Accessible and
Professional.
Transparent:  All electronic communication between coaches and athletes should be
transparent.  Your communication should not only be clear and direct, but also free of hidden
meanings, innuendo and expectations.   
Accessible:  All electronic communication between coaches and athletes should be considered a
matter of record and part of the Club’s records.  Whenever possible, include another coach or
parent in the communication so that there is no question regarding accessibility.
Professional:  All electronic communication between a coach and an athlete should be
conducted professionally as a representative of the Club.  This includes word choices, tone,
grammar, and subject matter that model the standards and integrity of a staff member.   
If your communication meets all three of the T.A.P. criteria, then it is likely your method of
communication with athletes will be appropriate.
 
FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, BLOGS, AND SIMILAR SITES
VSC has official Social Media sites to communicate with parent, swimmer, and community.  Personal social media pages of coaching staff may not be used to follow swimmers, nor be used to communicate with swimmers, nor may swimmers contact the coach.    
 
TEXTING/EMAIL
Subject to the general guidelines mentioned above, texting is allowed between coaches and
athletes during the hours from 7am until 9pm.  Texting and email shall only be used for the purpose of communicating information directly related to team activities.  
 
EMAIL
Athletes and coaches may use email to communicate between the hours of 7am and 9pm.
When communicating with an athlete through email, a parent, another coach, or a board
member must also be copied.  
A parent must be copied to all communications, email or text, if a swimmer is contacting the Coach.  Communications must not be personal in nature
 
REQUEST TO DISCONTINUE ALL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
The parents or guardians of an athlete may request in writing that their child not be contacted
by coaches through any form of electronic communication.

Parent/ Guardian Role
As the Parent/Guardian of a competitive swimmer, your main responsibility is to provide a caring, supporting environment. This support will encourage your child to feel good about his or her interest in competitive swimming. Show your support by ensuring your swimmer’s attendance at practices and swim meets. Parents/guardians are not participants on their child’s team but contribute to the success experienced by the swimmer and his or her team. Parents/guardians serve as role models, and children frequently emulate their attitudes. Strive to be a positive role model. Most important, show good sportsmanship at all times toward coaches, officials and other teams. 


As a Parent of the VSC Swim Team, parent shall abide by the following code of conduct: 
1. Practice teamwork with all parents, swimmers & coaches by supporting the values of discipline, loyalty, commitment & hard work. 
2. As a parent, I will not coach or instruct the team or any swimmer at a practice or meets (from the stands or any other area) or interfere with coaches on the pool deck. Any communication with the coaching staff will occur either prior to the start of a coaches shift or after the conclusion of his/her coaching day. 
3. Demonstrate good sportsmanship by conducting myself in a manner that earns the respect of my child, other swimmers, parents, officials & the coaches at meets & practices.  
4. Maintain self-control at all times & know my role. 
Swimmers – swim, 
Coaches - coach, 
Officials – officiate, 
Parents –parent. 
5. Enjoy involvement with the VSC Swim Team by supporting the swimmers, coaches & other parents with positive communications & actions. 
6. During competitions, questions or concerns regarding decisions made by meet officials are directed to a member of our coaching staff only. 
7. As a parent, I understand that criticizing, name-calling, use of abusive language or gestures directed toward the coaches, officials, &/or any participating swimmer will not be permitted or tolerated.
There is more to this code of conduct that appears that it is signed...perhaps at registration? Taken from USA swimming handbook example.
        Release of Liability
You agree to participate (or allow my child(ren) and family members to participate) in the Valparaiso Swim Club, and hereby release Valparaiso Swim Club, its directors, officers, agents, coaches, and employees from liability for any injury that might occur to myself (or to my child(ren) and family members) while participating in the Valparaiso Swim Club program, including travel to and from training sessions, swim meets or other scheduled team activities.
I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the above mentioned organizations and/or individuals, their agents and/or employees, against any and all liability for personal injury, including injuries resulting in death to me, my child(ren) and/or other family members, or damage to my property, the property to my child(ren) and/or other family members, or both, while I (or my child(ren) or family members) participating in the Valparaiso Swim Club program.
 

        Email/ Website/ Newsletter Responsibility
It is the parent’s responsibility to check their folders, the website, and their e-mail’s for any changes to practice schedule, practice cancelations, meet cancelations or changes, meeting announcements, or any other important information that the Board or Coaching Staff may need to get out. All efforts will be made to get as much information as possible in all places but it is still the parents responsibility to find the information on a daily basis in all the ways of communication listed above.
        On- Deck Rules- Meets/ Practice
No parents will be allowed on deck during practice and during meets, for any reason. Parents can request time to talk with a coach after their child’s practice time. The more time parents interrupt the coaches during practice the less time the coaches will be teaching your children.  
At a meet, any parent (NO exceptions) on deck (who isn’t currently working the meet on deck) will be asked to leave the deck. If the parents still remain on deck thereafter, the coach will ask the head official to ask the parent to leave from the deck. 
        Siblings
Please keep siblings and other children under parental supervision. At no time shall unsupervised children be allowed to run free in the pool area, locker rooms, surrounding hallways or the athletic breezeway. This includes swimmers who are waiting for practice to begin or are finished with practice. Parents of children who are not following the rules will be called to pick up their children. Swimmers are only allowed on deck during their practice times, or at special request from the coaching staff.


    Swimmer’s Role
        Code of Conduct
The following code is in effect throughout the year, some of the items refer specifically to team/family travel. 
Additionally, anyone who, in the opinion of the coach or coaches, acts in a manner that would interfere with the travel objectives listed below, will be subject to immediate return home (at the expense of the parent and/or swimmer) and other punishments including barring from future travel meets or other competition, suspension from practice, or dismissal from the team.
1. All VSC team/family members should be respectful of their peers, coaches, and parents. Any VSC team member not acting in such a manner will be asked to change or stop that behavior. If that team member fails to comply, they will be asked to leave and disciplinary procedures will follow.
2. VSC will travel as a team and as individual families in order to compete with the best and further strive to better competition. Everyone is expected to behave in an exemplary manner. The reputation of VALPO, as well as the other athletes with you, is dependent on your behavior.
3. The coaching staff holds the final word on any rules, regulations, or disciplinary action.
4. The consumption or purchase of alcohol, smoking or chewing tobacco, or use of any other illegal drug or USOC banned substance of any kind will not be allowed. In addition, any team member found or suspected to be in the presence of others (regardless of team affiliation) partaking in any of the above activities will be subject to the same punishments and probable expulsion from VSC. Any swimmer suspected of such activity will appear before a review committee.
5. At no times will male and female athletes be in the same room together unless a coach or chaperone is in the room or has approved the situation. This applies to VSC team members or members of any other team.
6. No team meetings may be missed. Be punctual to all meetings and warm-up times.
7. Team Overnight Trips: No team member may be out of their room after the assigned bed time. Permission must be obtained from the coach to leave the room past this time.
8. Team Overnight Trips: Any damages or thievery incurred at a hotel will be at the expense of the swimmers assigned to that room, and further disciplinary action will be taken. No loud or boisterous behavior will be tolerated in the hallways or public areas, and such behavior should be kept to a minimum in your rooms. Make all long distance calls on a credit card or collect.
9. All team members will be polite in restaurants. Leave at least a 15% tip. If there has been a problem with the service, see the coach.
10. All team members must agree to follow the rules about practice and meet behavior.
11. All VSC team members agree to follow electronics rule with cell phone and camera usage. (This includes, but is not limited to, NO CELL PHONE USAGE IN LOCKER ROOMS OR BATHROOMS) No inappropriate usage will be tolerated nor explicit images. 
Cell phones and other mobile devices with recording capabilities, including voice recording, still cameras and video cameras increase the risk for different forms of misconduct in locker rooms and changing areas. The USA Swimming Athlete Protection Policies prohibit the use of such devices in the locker room or other changing area: 305.3 Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone camera, is not allowed in changing areas, rest rooms or locker rooms. This policy is being adopted to protect the rights, privileges and most importantly, the privacy of ALL swimmers – both Age Group & Masters.

 
I, as the swimmer, understand that at no time will the following be accepted: 
1. Use or possession of any illegal substance (i.e. alcohol, drugs, tobacco). 
2. Destructive behavior. 
3. Inappropriate or unruly behavior, including fighting or striking another athlete. 
4. Inappropriate language (swearing or derogatory comments) or lying. 
5. Stealing and vandalism. 
6. Bullying or isolating another swimmer. 
7. Interference with the progress of another swimmer during practice or at any other time.

        Discipline after Infraction
The below is the process we use when behavior spins out of control. The coaches at VSC do everything we can to help talk things out between swimmers and redirect minor issues. Our kids are learning and growing human beings and we are here to help them grow to be well rounded individuals. Helping them learn to cope as a team is part of our job, and we strive to help everyone as best as we can before going into any discipline plan. 
This Disciplinary Code shall apply to all objectionable behavior occurring during or at an activity or function that is associated with the VSC including but not limited to: swim practice, swim meets, team trips, team outings, online forums, or individual group outings and addresses objectionable behavior by members of Valparaiso Swim Club occurring outside of club activities.
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The types of objectionable behavior shall be
divided into 3 classifications:


Class 1:
Shall deal with behavior that is somewhat disruptive; does not portray the Valparaiso Swim Club in a good light; and other actions that are not in compliance for good behavior as a member of a team or society in general.
Examples:
Include, but are not limited to: minor vandalism, being disruptive in practices or meets, abusive language or behavior, insubordination to members of the coaching staff, chaperones, or others, littering, other acts of misconduct as determined by the coaching staff.


Disciplinary Procedure:
Generally handled by the Coaching staff (Parents will be involved if the discipline will result in a suspension). The parent/guardian will be notified of his/her child’s suspension and a hearing will be convened during the suspension period.
Recommended Discipline:
As determined by the coaching staff. Generally the coaches will endeavor to apply the following progressive discipline for general misbehavior:
The swimmer will be warned by the coach as to what he/she is doing wrong and be requested to stop.
If after being warned, the swimmer continues to misbehave, he/she will be removed from the pool for a period of 15 minutes.
If the misbehavior continues, the swimmer will be dismissed from that practice and escorted to a telephone to call home. The swimmer must then wait poolside until their ride arrives.
If the misbehavior continues, the swimmer will be dismissed from that practice and escorted to a telephone to call home. The swimmer must then wait poolside until their ride arrives.
Dismissal from a second practice will result in an immediate one week suspension, during which time a hearing will be convened with the board.
In some cases behavior may be deemed too severe to apply the progressive approach and the coach may move immediately to a one week suspension and hearing with the board.
The parent/guardian will be notified of his/her child’s suspension and a hearing will be convened during the suspension period. The Hearing will take place before a quorum of the Board of Directors with Parent/Guardian and swimmer being given the opportunity to present.  The facts shall be presented by the Board President or his/her designee. The Head Coach shall be present in an advisory role. 


Class 2
Shall deal with behavior that is considered disruptive; having a detrimental effect on one’s self, other members of the team, or the general public; causes significant damage to the reputation of the club and/or their coaches; leading to the possible injury of self or other persons. 
Class 2 violations will be met with immediate suspension pending a board hearing. The parent/guardian will be notified of his/her child’s suspension and a hearing will be convened during the suspension period. The Hearing will take place before a quorum of the Board of Directors with Parent/Guardian and swimmer being given the opportunity to present. The facts shall be presented by the Board President or his/her designee. The Head Coach shall be present in an advisory role. Further and ongoing punishment will be decided on by the board. Parents will be notifies within one week.
Examples:
Include, but not limited to: Possession or use of illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, theft, significant vandalism, bullying or repeated Class 1 suspensions.


Recommended Discipline:
1st Offense…  Suspension* from the team for a minimum period of thirty (30) days of the swimmer’s season (these days may extend into the swimmers next season, if needed).
2nd Offense - Suspension* from the team for a minimum period of sixty (60) days of the swimmers season (these days may extend into the swimmers next season, if needed).
3rd Offense….Shall be considered a violation of Class I Objectionable Behavior and handled according to the disciplinary proceedings of Class I Objectionable Behavior.
Terms of suspension shall be spelled by the Board of Directors and must be adhered to by the swimmer/parents in order to be reinstated by the Committee at the end of the suspension period. During the periods of suspension, swimmers remain a member of VSC and thereby all dues and fees are still due in full from the swimmer. The swimmer cannot be reinstated until any fees and/or dues that are in arrears are paid in full. Additionally, during periods of suspension, all work session requirements remain the responsibility of the swimmer and any missed session will be charged in accordance with the then current fee schedule.


Class 3:
Shall deal with the behavior that is considered very severe and disruptive, possibly life threatening and/or in direct violation of governmental laws. These are actions that are so detrimental that it is not desirable to have such a person associated with the team.
Class 3 violations will be met with immediate suspension pending a board hearing. The parent/guardian will be notified of his/her child’s suspension and a hearing will be convened during the suspension period. The Hearing will take place before a quorum of the Board of Directors with Parent/Guardian and swimmer being given the opportunity to present. The facts shall be presented by the Board President or his/her designee. The Head Coach shall be present in an advisory role. Further and ongoing punishment will be decided on by the board. Parents will be notifies within one week.
Examples:
Include, but not limited to: Sale or distribution of illegal drugs; conviction of felony and fighting that results in the severe bodily injury of any person (regardless whether at a club activity or not).


Recommended Discipline:
May result in expulsion from the team and forfeiture of any monies paid to date.
 
        Progressive Discipline Policy


        Safety and Behavior
The VSC board of directors reserves the right to terminate the membership of any individual whose behavior places VSC in an unfavorable light or jeopardizes our participation in any pool use or sporting event. All swimmers are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and act as appropriate ambassadors for the club. They should act as role models for other swimmers at all times. 


        Attendance Policy
Attendance to practice on a regular basis is recommended for all swimmers.  With most things, the more you practice, the more likely a skill will improve, endurance will improve and speed will improve.  We understand that kids are involved in other activities, both within school, and outside of it.  We ask that if swimmers will be missing on a regular basis that the coach is informed ahead of time.  If a swimmer is sick, we ask that you inform the coach, and refrain from having that swimmer attend practice.    
White group=75% attendance recommended
Green Group=85% attendance recommended, including Saturday practices and doubles when applicable
Attendance is used to help determine meet participation, event choice, and Championship Meet relays.  
      
Group Descriptions
VSC Group Description Swimmers may be able to advance to a higher level at recommendations of coaches.  However, Head coach has final decision on group placement and group changes.  Swimmers will move up when skills, techniques and mental readiness are mastered.  Moving up to a higher group may incur an increase in registration fees.  
Vikes/Beginners:  
Must not have fear of water 
Must be able to do minimum one length (any stroke) without stopping, touching bottom of pool, or holding side of pool 
Must be comfortable swimming with face in water, and being submerged, progressing to bilateral breathing pattern 
Ability to listen and follow proper behavior both on deck and in the water 
Will learn all four competitive strokes, flip turns and open turns 
Progression of forward dive from starting block 
Have fun while learning new skills 
Begin goal setting 
Swimmers are encouraged to try 1-2 meet this season-usually conference, and feel comfortable competing in minimum freestyle and backstroke event 
 
White/Juniors: 
Must be able to swim all four competitive strokes, legally, or with minimal stroke refinement
Able to do underwater kicking past flags 
Use proper coordination and timing on strokes 
Goal setting-work on competing in all four strokes in competition 
Introduction to endurance and sprint training 
Mastering skills in starts and turns 
Swimmers should strive to maintain 75% attendance. 
Participation in invitational meets while striving for Divisional Times and beyond. Coaches may add other events/strokes for swimmers to compete in and achieve times in, and may include longer distances events if appropriate.
Introduction of more interval swimming 
Swimmers will strive to swim at practice:  10x50 freestyle 1:00//4x200s on interval without stopping 
 
Green/Advanced: 
Advanced techniques and mastering of all competitive strokes 
Focus on competitive edge and time standards 
Strong mental focus  
Must be self-disciplined during practice, during competition and understand appropriate goal setting 
Increase in yardage, intensity, endurance training 
Encouraged 85% attendance, including Saturday practice and double practices when applicable 
Goal times should be looking towards Championship Meets-Divisionals, State, Zones and beyond 
Must be well rounded swimmer in all strokes/distances-Coach may enter swimmer in variety of strokes/distances in meets to get times 
Must be able to balance school and swimming schedule 
Outside strength training or cross-training is recommended 
Should be able to swim in practice: 10x50 on :45//6x100 free <1:30//4x500 free <7:15//2x400 IM on interval 
 
**Attendance includes coming to practice on time, ready to get in water at designated start time. Being late will count against overall attendance percentages.  Attendance percentages will be factored when determining meet participation, relay selection, and advancing groups.  
 


Canceled Swim Practice Policy

Under certain conditions, it is the responsibility of the swim coaches, instructors and facility to cancel all swimming instruction and swim activities. Cancelations can occur for the following: weather, rental of pool to outside organizations, safety of the swimmers, special events or a closed facility. The Valparaiso Swim Club (VSC) does not pay pool rental fees to the Valparaiso High School within the Valparaiso Community School Corporation and thus does not have say of when swim practices will be canceled when initiated by the Valparaiso Community School Corporation. 

Procedures
As soon as Valparaiso Swim Club coaches receive notification from Valparaiso Community School Corporation that the pool is not available, the following will occur:

The head coach will notify the parents and board members immediately via email that practice is canceled. If the head coach is not available to notify parents, then a VSC board member will notify parents that practice is canceled. 

b. Upon cancelation of swimming practice not due to weather, the head coach within reason will contact other swim clubs within Northwest Indiana regarding rental of pool lanes. If pool lanes at another swim club are available, fees will occur. VSC, when feasible, will absorb these fees. When swim lanes cannot be secured from another swim club, it is optional to the swimmer to swim on their own time at another facility.

  c. If practice is canceled while in session, swimmer’s parents will be called and emailed to pick up their swimmer(s).

Inclement Weather
In the case of severe inclement weather that might occur during the times of swim practice, the pool will be closed to protect our swimmers. 
Due to storms that cause lights to flicker constantly or shut off for long periods of time, practice will end immediately. 
If for any reason Valparaiso Community School cancels school, then the pool will be closed for that day. 
Rain does not cancel swim practice.

Reimbursement
Credit will not be issued when practice cancelation is caused by severe weather, rental of pool to outside organizations, safety of the swimmers, special events, or a closed facility or other said circumstances beyond VSC’s control.

Locker Room Policy of the VALPARAISO SWIM CLUB
Valparaiso Swim Club has staggered practices, with different groups arriving and departing throughout the evening. It is therefore not practical to constantly monitor locker rooms and changing areas over this extended course of time. We do not post staff, coaches, parents, or other adults inside or at the doors of the locker rooms and changing areas.  However, in the case of emergencies, Coaches may enter locker rooms, with women checking on female locker rooms, and men checking on male locker rooms. The Valparaiso Swim Club Policy for Locker Room Utilization is as follows:
 
The Age Group swimmers will use the General Swim Locker Rooms for Evening/Saturday practices All swimmers, regardless of age, will shower with swim suits on.
The Age Group Coaches will review this policy with the Age Group Swimmers, and encourage dressing quickly and exiting locker room as fast as they can.
They will also advise the Age Group swimmers to immediately notify any Coach if they encounter ANY adult in the General Locker Room that is not a Coach.
I also would like to ask the parents of the Age Group Swimmers to reinforce this particular policy.
Violation of this policy will result in suspension and possible termination of VSC membership.This is in accordance with USA Swimming policies and Athlete Protection.
Horseplay and destruction of VHS property will NOT be tolerated and are subject to the disciplinary procedures of VSC.  
 
Equipment
Check with your coach–not all items are required for all groups:
Practice Suit (must be specifically designed for competition and training) 
Goggles 
Cap 
Fins Fins are highly recommended due to limited sizes available at the pool.  We utilize fins across all groups/levels
Paddles (hand & finger)-for our white and green groups-please avoid paddles that are oversized, as they may not be appropriate for our swimmers 
Pull Buoy
 
Lost & Found
You are strongly encouraged to label all of your swimmers equipment. Labeled equipment found at practice can easily be returned to the swimmer. Unlabeled equipment found around the pool deck will be placed in either the pool office or a table/ box located by the VSC swimmer folders. Swimmers should keep all personal belongings on the pool deck and not in the locker room during practice sessions. The locker rooms can be used by others groups. The club is not responsible for lost or stolen items.