Tri-Hampton YMCA Swim Team – Code of Conduct
Swimmer Code of Conduct
As a YMCA Swim Team athlete, all swimmers must recognize and agree to conform to the following Code of Conduct at all times while representing the Tri-Hampton YMCA Swim Team is:
- Display the four core values of YMCA Character Development at all times: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
- Offer congratulations to my opponents, win or lose, and cheer on my teammates.
- Act and conduct myself with dignity and with respect for others and the property of others.
- Dress in a manner suitable to my position as a representative of the Tri-Hampton YMCA.
- Be humble in victory and courageous in defeat.
- Always teach and practice good sportsmanship.
- Be a responsible goodwill ambassador between the sport of swimming, the YMCA and the public.
- Promote positive high team spirit and morale.
- Cultivate in myself and encourage in all team members the virtues of patience, courage, justice, and sincerity.
- Strive to do my best, and encourage all team members to do the same.
- Deal justly, kindly, impartially, and intelligently with all of my fellow team members.
While taking part in any YMCA Swim Team function:
- I will not cause physical harm or threaten physical harm to a fellow team member, coach, or parent.
- I will not possess, use or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemicals, or illegal drugs.
- I will not behave in a manner that in the opinion of the coaches or team representative is contrary to normally accepted behavior.
Moreover, all swimmers should abide by the following:
- Swimmers should arrive to practice early, or at the latest, on time. If swimmers need extra time to change, stretch, socialize etc. please arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
- We are guests at the Bucks County Community College and all areas of the campus and pool need to be respected. There is to be no running, playing, or hanging out in the hallway or gym areas of the school (unless doing dryland while supervised by a coach). This includes the dryland area of the pool deck.
- Swimmers are expected to give their best effort at all practices and swim meets. If there is a situation that may prevent this, the swimmer and/or parent should communicate this to the coach.
- During practice and meets, swimmers should listen carefully to their (or any other) coach that is instructing and/or speaking.
- There is no running on the pool deck. All gum, candy, band-aids, etc. are to be thrown away prior to the start of practice. All jewelry should be taken off prior to practice.
- Swimmers are expected to show respect to all team members, coaches, officials, and adults.
- The following conduct will not be tolerated and may result in suspension or dismissal from the team: unsportsmanlike conduct toward coaches, officials, adults, or other swimmers, the use of inappropriate language, destructive or indiscreet behavior.
- Swimmers will not attend practice if they are sick, per the illness policy, so as to keep their teammates healthy.
All swimmers must agree that violating any of these may cause me to be sent home, at my parents’ expense, and subjects me to dismissal from the team. This Code of Conduct remains in effect as long as the swimmer is a member of the Tri-Hampton YMCA Swim Team. The Lower Bucks Family YMCA reserves the right to remove a swimmer from the program at any time for violations of this Code of Conduct.
Parent Code of Conduct
- Demonstrate good sportsmanship and be a positive role model for your swimmers by supporting them (regardless of their performance), supporting the coaching staff, other parents, other swimmers, officials, etc.
- Parents are welcomed to observe any swim practice from the bleachers. If a parent needs to speak to a coach, the parent should wait until the end of practice, as the coaches’ focus is on the swimmers during practice.
- Parents should never coach, instruct, or try to talk to their swimmer(s) during practice. This is not only distracting for the swimmer, it is also disruptive for the coaching staff. Trying to instruct your child regarding stroke techniques and/or race strategies will only lead to confusion for the swimmer. Failure to follow this rule will result in parents not being permitted on the deck area during practice. Please allow our professional coaching staff to address the technical aspects of swimming.
- It is the parent's responsibility to make the coaches aware of any medical conditions / problems of their children. Please refer to the team's illness policy.
- Volunteers are essential to the smooth operation of any swim club. Parents should be prepared to donate their time and/or talent in any meet in which their child is swimming.
- Every effort must be made to have swimmers arrive to practice on time. If practice starts at 5:00pm, swimmers must be ready to dive in at 5:00pm. In addition, all swimmers must be picked up promptly at the end of their practice. *Note: this is also listed under “Swimmer Code of Conduct” - it's their responsibility too!