Code of Conduct

All swim teams are required to have a Code of Conduct for Parents, Coaches, and Athletes. These codes are adapted from the USA swimming rule book and/or USA model policies.


Code of Ethics-Parents

As a parent of a swimmer and member of the PENN Aquatics Program Competitive and/or Pre-Competitive swimming or diving programs:

1. I will practice teamwork with all parents, swimmers/divers and coaches by supporting the values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.

2. I will not coach or instruct the team or any swimmer/divers at a practice or meets (from the stands or any other area) that interfere with coaches on the pool deck.

3. I will demonstrate good sportsmanship by conducting myself in a manner that earns the respect of my child, other swimmers or divers, parents, officials and the coaches at meets and practices.

4. I will maintain self-control at all times. I will know my role: Swimmers Swim, Coaches Coach, Parents Parent, Divers Dive, and Officials Officiate.

5. I will understand that criticizing, name-calling, use of abusive language or gestures directed toward the coaches, officials, other parents and/or spectators and/or any participating swimmer or diver will not be tolerated, and I may be asked to leave the program.

6. I will enjoy involvement with the PENN Aquatics Swimming and Diving programs by supporting the swimmers or divers, coaches and other parents with positive communication and actions.

7. I will direct any questions or concerns regarding decisions made by meet officials to a member of our coaching staff.

8. I will not interrupt coaches on the deck during practices or meets.

Sanctions: Should I conduct myself in a way that brings discredit or discord to the PENN Aquatics Swimming and Diving Program, I voluntarily subject myself to disciplinary action. PENN Aquatics maintains the right to terminate any membership with/without cause in the interest or our vision, mission, and objectives.


Code of Ethics-Swimmers/coaches

All Swimmers and coaches must abide to the following Code of Conduct.  Any violation of any of these actions stated below are grounds for immediate dismissal from PENN Aquatics WITHOUT:

1.  Any prior advanced notice.

2,  Refund of any funds paid.

The Coaches and Board of Trustees retain the rights to be judge and jury.

1.  Conviction of, imposition of a deferred sentence for, or any plea of guilty or no contest at any time, past or present, or the existence of any pending charges, for (i) any felony, (ii) any offense involving use, possession, distribution or intent to distribute illegal drugs or sub-stances, (iii) any crime involving sexual misconduct, or (iv) any criminal offense against a minor.

2. Bullying is prohibited. For the purposes of the Code of Conduct, the term “Bullying” shall mean, regardless of when or where it may occur, the severe or repeated use by one or more USA Swimming members (“Members”) of an oral, written, electronic or other techno-logical 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: (i) causing  physical or emotional harm to the other Member or damage to the other Member’s property; (ii) placing the other Member in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property; (iii) creating a hostile environment for the other Member at any USA Swim-ming activity; (iv) infringing on the rights of the other Member at any PENN Aquatics activity; or (v) 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 lim¬itation, practices, workouts and other events of a member club or LSC).

3. A Any inappropriate sexual conduct or advance, or other inappropriate oral, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature at any time, past or present, directed towards an athlete or any person under the age of eighteen (18) by (i) a coach member or other non-athlete member, or (ii) any other adult participating in any capacity what¬soever in the activities of PENN Aquatics (whether such adult is a member or not).


  B Any act of sexual harassment, including without limitation unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate oral, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature in connection with or incidental to a PENN Aquatics-related activity by any person participating in the affairs or activities of PENN Aquatics (whether such person is a member or not) directed toward any member or other person participating in the affairs or activities of PENN Aquatics.

  C A romantic or sexual relationship, even if it is a consensual relationship between adults, which began during the swimming relationship, between athletes and those individuals (i) having direct supervisory or evaluative control, or (ii) who are in a position of power and trust over the athlete. Except in circumstances where no imbalance of power exists, coaches have this direct supervisory or evaluative control and are in a position of power and trust over those athletes they coach. The prohibition on romantic or sexual relationships does not include those relationships where it can be demonstrated that there is no imbalance of power. For example, this prohibition does not apply to a relationship between two spouses or life partners which existed prior to the swimming relationship. For factors that may be relevant to determining whether an imbalance of power exists, consult the USOC’s Safe Sport Policies at Legal/Governance-Documents.

D Any peer-to-peer sexual abuse. For the purposes of the Code of Conduct, the term “peer-to-peer sexual abuse” shall mean any unwelcome physical conduct of a sexual nature directed towards a minor athlete by another minor athlete.

4, The sale or distribution of illegal drugs or the illegal sale or distribution of any substance listed on FINA's recognized list of banned substances.

5. The use of illegal drugs in the presence of an athlete, by a coach, official, trainer, or a per¬son who, in the context of swimming, is in a position of authority over, that athlete.

6. The providing of alcohol to an athlete by a coach, official, trainer, manager or any other person where the athlete is under the legal age allowed to consume or purchase alcohol in the state where the alcohol is provided.

7.  The abuse of alcohol in the presence of an athlete under the age of eighteen (18), by a coach, official, trainer, or a person who, in the context of swimming, is in a position of authority over that athlete.

8 Abuse

A Physical abuse of an athlete by any person who, in the context of swimming, is in a position of authority over that athlete. “Physical abuse” is defined as a non-accidental injury and/or an injury primarily caused by the gross negligence on the part of the person in a position of authority over the athlete.

B Bullying by an athlete to any individual.

9. For any swimmer knowingly participates as a suspended or ineligible athlete.

10.  Any act of fraud, deception or dishonesty in connection with any PENN Aquatics related activity.

11.  Any non-consensual physical contact, obscene language or gesture, or other threatening language or conduct directed towards any meet official and which is related to any decision made by such official in connection with a PENN Aquatics sanctioned competition.

12 Violation of any team misconduct rule as established by the USA Swimming, Suburban Aquatic League any Zone or LSC team authority.

13. Any other material and intentional act, conduct or omission not provided for above, which is detrimental to the image or reputation of PENN Aquatics, USA Swimming, a LSC or the sport of swimming.


Penn Aquatics Parent Volunteer Policy

PENN Aquatics is supported by a parent organization made up of officers, committee chairs and the membership at large. It is the goal of the organization to support the team through fees, fundraising, running the meets, and administrative responsibilities such as registration, bookkeeping, and communication to the membership. We need your support, and ask that all parents/guardians volunteer in the following capacities throughout the season:

· Volunteer at all home and away swim or dive meets for which there are volunteer requirements of our team, if you have a swimmer or diver participating in the meet.

· Volunteer for our Team’s job at the Invitationals and Championship meets and USA meets in which your swimmers or diver participate.

· Participate in our Team Fundraising Activities.

· Volunteer for a committee, committee chair, or officer position as your skills and your time allows.