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FAST GENERAL POLICIES

Code of Conduct

Process for Registering Team Members

Processing Meet Entries

Communicating Practice Schedules

Payment of Dues

Membership Fees

Team Travel Policy

 

 

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

The Frederick Area Swim Team is a member of USA Swimming and is bound by the Code of Conduct. USA Swimming Rulebook Part 3, Articles 304, 305 and 306

 Members of the FAST swim team (athletes and parents) must abide by all of these rules.

A summary of the requirements is as follows:

• Swimming is for the benefit of all involved. Actions that are detrimental to another member of the organization are not allowed. Actions that encourage another member to violate the Code of Conduct will not be allowed.

• It is expected that athletes will come to practices and will focus on improving their abilities.

• Actions that reflect negatively on the FAST organization or the sport of swimming are not allowed.

• Other participants, whether they are other athletes, coaches, officials, or parents, must be treated with respect at all times. Profanity, insubordination, bullying, and hazing are not allowed.

• Intentional damaging of any facility or another member’s property is not allowed.

• Use of illegal drugs at any time is not allowed.

• Unwelcome sexual behaviors between athletes or any such behavior between athletes and adult members are not allowed.

• Other actions that are negative in nature or detrimental to the FAST organization shall not be advanced via electronic communications or via social media.  

Any violations of the Code of Conduct should be first reported to Head Coach. The Head Coach will then address the violation(s) of the Code of Conduct with all parties involved. 

Depending on the situation, a swimmer may be suspended or dismissed from the Team.

In the event of dismissal, a member of the FAST Board of Directors and the head coach will discuss the matter with the athlete and his/her parents regarding the decision. The FAST Board of Directors will take into account all pertinent facts of the situation and may entertain re-instatement after a time depending upon circumstances of the dismissal.

 

 

 

Code of Conduct for Coaches

Each Coach as a Non-Athlete Member of USA Swimming is bound by the Code of Conduct as listed in sections 304, 305, and 306 of the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations.  In addition coaches must abide by the points listed below. 

 

I.          The following additions to the Code of Conduct pertain to practices, meets, meetings, and clinics where coaches represent FAST, in or outside the LSC.

A.        Coaches shall follow sound principles of teaching, coaching, training, nutrition, rest, and prevention of injuries when planning practices and while coaching at meets.

B.        Coaches shall provide and exhibit appropriate communication and motivation to encourage optimal performances and participation by the athletes.

C.        Coaches shall display responsible actions and attitudes, follow rules, and encourage the same actions and attitudes in their athletes.

D.        Coaches shall treat all athletes and officials fairly and with respect.

E.         Coaches will not actively solicit athletes to change their present club affiliation.

F.         Coaches shall behave in a responsible manner, and will refrain from using any alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances while acting in any official capacity with athletes present.

II.        Failure to comply with any Code of Conduct rule will result in any or all of these disciplinary actions,

A.   A coach may not be allowed to participate in any or all practices, meets, team events, or meetings.

B.    A coach may be requested to leave the aquatic facility and/or lodging for the duration of the event.

C.    A coach will be financially responsible for any damage caused by him or her.

D.   A coach may be suspended from USA SWIMMING subject to the National Board of Review

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Process for Registering Team Members

The team uses the TU facilitated registration process for all registrations. Please access the FAST website and start the process.  You will see a new tab on the left side of the page under the Sign In function named Start Registration.  You do not have to sign in here before starting the process.  Click on the Start Registration button and you are on your way. 

If you are already signed in to the team website, then under the SYSTEM tab, select the Start Registration.  You do not have to sign in here before starting the process.  Click on the Start Registration button and you are on your way. 

The pages are pretty straight forward, but help is available if needed.   

 

Reasonable Accommodations for Swimmers with Disabilities

The Frederick Area Swim Team (FAST) is committed to developing each swimmer to their full potential.  In keeping with this goal, we will make reasonable accommodations for swimmers with disabilities.  FAST acknowledges the Maryland definition and considers a swimmer to be disabled if he/she has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments that causes marked and severe functional limitations. 

During the first few weeks of the season, new swimmers will be assessed by the coaching staff to determine the level of swimming ability.  If this assessment reveals a disability that cannot reasonably accommodated then a meeting will held with the parents and the FAST Head Coach and the Team Administrator to discuss the findings.  If reasonable accommodations cannot be made then all fees will be refunded. 

After the two week trial period, if assessments during practice or at meets reveal a disability and the Head Coach determines that reasonable accommodations cannot be made then a meeting will held with the parents and the FAST Head Coach and the Team Administrator to discuss the findings.  The contract may be severed but all fees incurred to date will still be payable in full.

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Processing Meet Entries

Meet entries are managed on line with the team website and Team Unify based Events and Swim Meets application. You will be able to sign up for swim meets and select events for your swimmer(s).   You may sign up for specific events for your swimmer.  The application will help to ensure your swimmer is eligible (not too fast or to slow) for the meet specifications.  The request will be sent to the coach for review and final approval.  After the coach approves the swim events, your account will be charged a non refundable fee for each event as described in the meet notice.  You may still request that the coach assign events for your swimmer. 

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Communicating Practice Schedules

Routine Practice schedules are posted on our home page under the Practice/Lessons tab. We will continue to provide practice schedules and locations, announcements about important team events and functions through blast emails.  The site will also be the place to find out late breaking news such as practice site changes.  We encourage you to check it every day! Make sure we have your (up to 3) verified emails and SMS addresses on file in the system so you will get the updates.

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Payment of Dues

You will now receive your billing statement on line via your e-mail address.  You will be able to preview your account at anytime during the month before the system generates your monthly bill.  Six monthly installments are allowed.  You may pay your outstanding balance by mailing check as you have in the past or you will have the additional SECURED options of placing a credit card on file with the team with the charge going directly to your credit card or you can set up for automatic payment from your bank account on a pre-set day of the month.  Associated fees for these services will not be passed along to your account as a member benefit of swimming with FAST.  The billing due date will be the 20th of each month and the late fee date will be the last day of the month.

Mail/Payments accepted at:

P.O. Box 3673

Frederick, MD 21701

 

 

Consequences of Late Payment of Dues

If your billing statement balance is not paid in full by the 20th of the month, a late fee charge of $35 will be added to your account.

 

Consequences of Non Payment of Dues

The business administrator and the finance committee will review all accounts in arrears or past 90 days due.  The family will be contacted and asked to develop a manageable payment plan to bring the account current.  The member account may be suspended (not allowed to register for team seasons or swim meets) until the payment plan is determined to be effective.  If the payment plan does not work then the business manager will request the full Board of Directors approve moving to utilizing a collections agency to collect the outstanding dues.

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Membership Fees

In order to keep the swimming dues rates as low as possible we will add a Membership fee to each families account.  For the Winter Season, each family is required to pay a $175 membership fee for the first swimmer and then 50.00 for each additional swimmer up to a maximum of $275.00.  To fulfill this requirement you may work swim meets as a certified USS swimming official (MD Swimming requires six deck session per year to remain in good standing)  and/or earn rebate dollars through the SCRIP program or other board approved fund raising functions.  Your account will be updated as you earn credits and any remaining Membership Fee balance will automatically be billed to your account on April 1 each year.  For the Summer Season, each family is required to pay a $75 membership fee.  The same methods to earn credits apply as from the Winter Season.  Any remaining membership fee balance will automatically be billed to your account on August 1 of each year.

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Team Travel Policy

  • Team members and parents are reminded that when they are traveling on trips, competing in team meets, and attending other meet-related functions, they are representing both themselves and FAST. Athlete and parent behavior must positively reflect the high standards of the club and Maryland Swimming.
  • Team managers and chaperones must be members of USA Swimming and have successfully passed a USA Swimming administered back ground check. (305.5B)
  • Regardless of gender, a coach may not share a hotel room or other sleeping arrangement with an athlete (unless the coach is a parent, guardian, sibling, or spouse of that athlete). (305.5A)
  • During overnight team travel, if athletes are paired with other athletes the athletes should be of same gender and should be similar age. Athletes who are 13 and over will have chaperones staying in rooms that are of close proximity.  Athletes, who are 12 and under traveling on FAST team meets, must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. LSC meet conduct and policy shall be followed when team members attend those meets. When only one athlete and one coach travel to a competition, the athlete must have his/her parents (or legal guardian’s) written permission in advance to travel alone with the coach. (305.5C)
  • FAST Coaches are not allowed to transport or drive any athlete, at any time without the express written consent of the legal guardian (parent) and the written permission of the Head Coach.  This must be filed in advance of transportation with the head Coach. Coaches who drive athletes assume liability, must provide proof of insurance, and understand that they are not indemnified by the club.  FAST parents are not allowed to transport other athletes without a written consent from the swimmer’s parent or legal guardian.   The Frederick Area Swim Team assumes no liability for transportation of athletes, and all parties agree to hold harmless and indemnify Frederick Area Swim Team and its agents and directors from liability arising out of any and all claims.
  • Curfews shall be established by the staff each day of the meet.  Athletes agree to abide by curfews.
  • When visiting public places, swimmers must stay in groups of no less than 3 and must be accompanied by a chaperone.
  • The Head coach shall report any code of conduct violation to the appropriate club/LSC leadership and legal guardian of any affected minor.
  • Athletes are to refrain from any inappropriate physical contact at team activities and events.
  • Team members and staff will refrain from any illegal or inappropriate behavior that would detract from a positive image of the team or would be detrimental to its performance objectives.
  • Parents and swimmers agree to follow team rules while traveling.
  • Failure to comply with the Honor Code and team rules as set forth in this document may result in disciplinary action.  Such discipline may include but may not be limited to:
    1. Dismissal from the trip and immediate return home at the expense of the athlete and their parent.
    2. Disqualification from one or more events of a competition.
    3. Disqualification from future team travel meets.
    4. Dismissal from the team.
    5. Proceedings for a LSC or USA Swimming Board of Review.