Code of Conduct, Disciplinary Procedures, and Reporting of Sexual Misconduct
Code of Conduct: Athletes
(Adopted by the Piranhas Swim Club Board of Directors on November 19th, 2012 - Revised by the Piranhas Swim Club Board of Directors on April 18, 2016)
Whereas the Piranhas Swim Club is established to promote the sport of swimming and in the process help to develop the character of the individual swimmers,
Whereas, for the orderly operation of the Piranhas Swim Club certain rules and regulations and procedures for enforcing same must be established,
Whereas, it is the expressed intention of the Piranhas Swim Club to set forth procedures that will aid in identifying behavior the club finds undesirable and define a process for addressing an alleged occurrence.
Therefore, be it resolved that the following shall be the Disciplinary Code & Procedures:
This Disciplinary Code shall apply to all behavior occurring during or at an activity or function that is associated with the Piranhas Swim Club including but not limited to: swim practice, swim meets, team trips, team outings, or individual group outings and addresses objectionable behavior by members of Piranhas Swim Club occurring outside of club activities.
The types of objectionable behavior shall be divided into three (3) classifications:
Class I – 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 II – 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 III – Shall deal with behavior that is somewhat disruptive; does not portray the Piranhas 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.
Class I Objectionable Behavior:
Unacceptable Behavior (including, 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 of whether or not this behavior takes place at a club activity).
● Board shall send notice of hearing to parent/guardian and swimmer via e-mail and notify appropriate authorities as may be required.
● Hearing before quorum of Board of Directors with parent/guardian and swimmer being given the opportunity to bepresent; the facts shall be presented by the Board President or his/her designee; Head Coach shall be present in advisory role.
● Board decision to be e-mailed to the parent/guardian and swimmer within one week via certified mail.
May result in membership termination or other action as determined by the board of directors.
Class II Objectionable Behavior:
Unacceptable behavior as a member of the Piranhas Swim Club at Piranhas Swim Club team functions, practices, and meets. This behavior would include, but not be limited to: Physical assault of any athlete, coach or official, possession or use of illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco, theft, or significant vandalism.
● Hearing before Disciplinary Committee consisting of three members of the Board of Directors chosen by a majority of the Board.
● Committee shall send notice of hearing to Parent/Guardian and swimmer via certified mail with parent/guardian and swimmer being given the opportunity to bepresent;
● The facts shall be presented by the Board President or his/her designee; the Head Coach shall be present in an advisory role.
● Board Committee decision to be mailed to the parent/guardian and swimmer within one week via certified mail.
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 swimmer’s next season, if needed).
2nd Offense - Suspension* from the team for a minimum period of sixty (60) days of the swimmer’s season (these days may extend into the swimmer’s 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 Board at the end of the suspension period. During the periods of suspension, swimmers remain a member of Piranhas Swim Club 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.
Class III Objectionable Behavior:
Unacceptable behavior at Piranhas Swim Club practices, competitions and team functions that 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.
● Handled by the Coaching staff (Parents will be involved if anticipated discipline will result in a suspension).
As determined by the coaching staff (including but not limited to, clean-up duties, suspension from practice, and/or suspension from meet(s)). Repeated Class III offenses may result in the offense being considered a Class II Objectionable Behavior.
During all investigations into allegations of Class I & II offenses involving questioning or interviewing of the subject swimmer, a parent or guardian of such swimmer shall be present.
Reporting of Sexual Misconduct
USA-Swimming Code of Conduct Policy
The Piranhas Swim Club will take EVERY case of sexual misconduct extremely seriously and will follow USA-Swimming's mandatory reporting rule.
USA Swimming Rule 306.1 states that -
.1 It is every member’s responsibility to promptly report any incident regarding sexual misconduct by a member as described in Article 304.3.8 (please see full definition below) to USA Swimming. Reporting must occur when an individual has firsthand knowledge of misconduct or where specific and credible information has been received from a victim or knowledgeable third party. Various state laws may also require reporting to law enforcement or to a designated child protection agency.
.2 No member shall retaliate against any individual who has made a good faith report under 306.1.
.3 False reporting of sexual misconduct made in bad faith is prohibited.
.4 Neither civil nor criminal statutes of limitation apply to reports of cases of sexual abuse.
Article 304.3.8 (definition of Sexual Misconduct)
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 USA Swimming (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 USA Swimming-related activity by any person participating in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming (whether such person is a member or not) directed toward any member or other person participating in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming.
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 www.teamusa.org/Footer/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.
More information on Athlete Protection can be found under SAFE SPORT on USA Swimming's Website.