Swimmer and Parent Expectations

2018-19 Swimmer and Parent Expectations 

Part I: Parent Expectations and Code of Conduct

VOLUNTEERING: We are a parent run, 100% volunteer organization, and parent’s time and talents are vital to our club’s success. It takes hundreds of hours of volunteer time to run a successful swim meet. Volunteer opportunities include Board Membership, Committee chair roles, and many roles to support our home swim meets and other events. Minimum volunteer requirements are communicated within the first month of the beginning of each season. Those families that do not meet their minimum volunteer hours will be billed for the missed hours. Parents are encouraged to attend board meetings and read the minutes published on our website. We encourage parents who want to help build the organization and set the culture of the Club to consider a position as a Board member.

DROP OFF AND PICKING UP SWIMMERS: All swimmers should be ready to enter the water at the start of the posted practice time. This requires that they arrive at the pool at least 10 minutes before the start of practice. When dropping off swimmers, please wait until the swimmers have entered the building before leaving. In the event of a last minute pool closing or canceled practice, information will be communicated to families via email and social media. Parents should be at the school/pool waiting for their swimmer no more than 10 minutes after the end of practice. One coach will always remain until the last child is picked up.

SPORTSMANSHIP: How our swim parents conduct themselves in the stands is a reflection on our team. One never knows who is sitting nearby in the stands and could overhear disparaging remarks made about a swimmer, a coach or the club. We ask that all parents keep a positive outlook and bring concerns and issues to the Board for resolution, rather than discussing them in the stands.

MEETS: You must sign up your swimmer for swim meets through the website. Please pay attention to deadlines. Late entries must be approved by the head coach. Registration for meets and other events needs to happen by the stated registration due date. Club-internal registration due dates allow for as much time as possible for parents to sign up before the club must submit entries to host clubs. Event listings will be posted as soon as they are available and decided upon so that parents can plan ahead and there will be reminders for such events. This practice will help the club (1) avoid damaging relationships with host clubs, (2) ensure that our athletes are appropriately entered and do not miss events due to meets filling up or due dates being missed, (3) provide proper planning and volunteer staffing for any of our events, and (4) avoid duplicative efforts and thus save volunteer work hours for other valuable club tasks

If your child makes the finals, parents will show support for the team by making it possible for the child to swim in the finals. Swimmers are expected to swim in the finals if they qualify. If the swimmer is an alternate they are expected to attend the finals session. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of warm-ups for all meets unless otherwise instructed by coaches. The swimmers need this time to get changed, receive final lane assignments, and get ready for warm-up.

HOW TO COMMUNICATE ANY PARENT ISSUES OR CONCERNS: From time to time a parent may have a question or concern they need answered or resolved. If you have a concern during practice or a meet, please trust that the coaches will deal with any immediate concern. Parents may approach the coach after practice to set up a mutually convenient time to talk. Parents may also send an email to a coach or board member with any concerns. Contact information is available on the website.


The purpose of a code of conduct for parents is to establish consistent expectations for behavior by parents. As a parent/guardian, I understand the important growth and developmental support that my child’s participation fosters. I also understand that it is essential to provide the coaching staff with respect and the authority to coach the team. I agree with the following statements:

  • I will set the right example for our children by demonstrating sportsmanship and showing respect and common courtesy at all times to the team members, coaches, competitors, officials, parents, and all facilities
  • I will get involved by volunteering, observing practices, cheering at meets, and talking with my child and their coach about their progress.
  • I will refrain from coaching my child from the stands during practices or meets.
  • I understand that criticizing, name-calling, use of abusive language or gestures directed toward coaches, officials, volunteers, and/or any participating swimmer will not be tolerated.
  • I will respect the integrity of the officials.
  • I will communicate concerns according to the guidelines set by Sea Dragons Swim Club

Part II: Swimmer Code of Conduct

The purpose of a code of conduct for athletes is to establish a consistent expectation for athletes’ behavior. By signing this code of conduct, I agree to the following statements:

  • I will respect and show courtesy to my teammates and coaches at all times.
  • I will demonstrate good sportsmanship at all practices and meets.
  • I will set a good example of behavior and work ethic for my younger teammates and will train appropriately for the my experience, my personal and team goals
  • I will be respectful of my teammates’ feelings and personal space. Swimmers who exhibit sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate behavior will be faced with consequences.
  • I will show respect for all facilities and other property (including locker rooms) used during practices, competitions, and team activities.
  • I will refrain from foul language, violence, behavior deemed dishonest, offensive, or illegal.
  • If I disagree with an official’s call, I will talk with my coach and not approach the official directly.
  • I will obey all of the Sea Dragons Swim club policies on cell phone and locker room use and I will obey all of USA Swimming’s rules and codes of conduct.

When I check the box on the SDSC registration module for Parent and Swimmer code of conduct:

I understand that should I conduct myself in such a way that brings discredit or discord to Sea Dragons Swim Club, or USA Swimming, I voluntarily subject myself to disciplinary action. Sea Dragons Swim Club maintains the right to terminate any membership with/without cause in the interest of our vision, mission and objectives.

My swimmer understands that if my swimmer should violate this code of conduct, my swimmer will be subject to disciplinary action determined by my coaches and the swim club’s board of directors.