Tornadoes Partners
Swimmer Safety

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Tornadoes swim team is committed to update its policies and guidelines to align with the most current updates from USA Swimming.  Below you will find information and links to Tornadoes updates that follow USA Swimmings model guidelines.

All coaches, athletes, and parents will be made aware of the changes and be asked to review and sign code of conducts.  The 2017-18 registration process has been revised to include these codes of conduct. 


This code of conduct is based off the USA Swimming Safe Sport Model Athlete code of conduct. The purpose of a code of conduct for athletes is to establish a consistent expectation for athlete’s behavior.  By signing this code of conduct, I agree to the following statements:

  • I will obey all of USA Swimming’s Rules and Codes of Conduct.

  • I will obey all of Clark County Family YMCA Rules and Codes of Conduct.

  • I will respect and show courtesy to my teammates and coaches at all times.

  • I will demonstrate good sportsmanship towards all teams, swimmers, parents, fans, officials, coaches and board members at all practices and meets.

  • I will set a good example of behavior and work ethic for my younger teammates.

  • I will make every effort to win a contest and avoid deliberate actions which could cause harm to other swimmers.

  • I will be respectful of my teammate’s feelings and personal space.  Swimmers who exhibit sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate behavior will be faced with consequences.

  • I will attend all team meetings and training sessions unless I am excused by my coach.

  • I will show respect for all facilities and other property (including locker rooms) used during practices, competitions, and team activities. Vandalism, intentional damage or theft of property will not be tolerated.

  • I will not use an audio or video recording device, including cell phones, for any reason, in any changing area, rest room, or locker room of any facility I swim at.

  • I will refrain from bullying, foul language, violence, behavior deemed dishonest, offensive, or illegal.

  • I will not drink alcoholic beverages, use tobacco/vaping products or take illegal drugs or any substances banned by USA Swimming.

  • I will avoid the spreading of rumor or gossip that would be detrimental to fellow teammates.

  • If I disagree with an official’s call, I will talk with my coach and not approach the official directly.

VIOLATION OF THE CODE:  I understand that if I violate this code of conduct, I will be subject to disciplinary action determined by my coaches and the board of directors to include but not limited to the following:

  1. First incident:  Meeting between swimmer, parent, coach and board member to determine what occurred.  Will make decision on next steps, if required. Documented with team safety representative.

  2. Second incident: Minimal one week period time out from practice

  3. Third incident: Can result in termination from the team.


This code of conduct is based off the USA Swimming Safe Sport Model Parent code of conduct.

Philosophy:  The Tornadoes swim team expects our parents to maintain a respectful, supportive and courteous demeanor. As a parent of a Tornadoes swim team member, your help in maintaining a caring and supportive environment is important for all our swimmers. In order to maintain our teams integrity and honor our partnership with the YMCA, we ask that all parents acknowledge their reading and following of this code of conduct to signify they understand our teams expectations. 

Basic Responsibilities: 

  • Set the right example for our children by showing respect and common courtesies at all times to the team members, coaches, competitors, officials, YMCA Staff and parents and Board.

  • Recognize and celebrate good performance and success of fellow club members, support their hard work, sportsmanship and team unity.

  • Practice teamwork with all parents, swimmers, and coaches by supporting the values of discipline, loyalty, commitment and hard work.

  • Represent the Tornadoes Swim Team in a positive way by practicing respect, team spirit, good sportsmanship and politeness on and off deck.

  • Be involved; observe practices, cheer at meets, communicate with coaches regarding progress and goals.

Financials and Volunteering:

  • Parents are financially responsible for all fees relating to your child's participation with the Tornadoes swim team. 

  • Parents are expected to share the burden by volunteering to time or perform any other jobs as needed at meets.

  • Parents are required to volunteer throughout the year by choosing a parent job. 

  • Be an active participant in fundraising.

Coaches, Practices and Meets:

  • Assist the coaches in conducting effective practices and meets by ensuring swimmers arrive on time with the proper attire and gear.

  • Parents of children under 12 are required to check in their children per YMCA policy. 

  • Assist the coaches by not disrupting practice by talking or motioning to swimmers during practice.

  • Do not coach your child at practice or during meets, that is the coaches job.


  • Refrain from negative behavior that detracts from a positive image of the team or is detrimental to our performance. 

  • Team parents should be respectful of each other. Spreading gossip or making disparaging or negative comments will not be tolerated. 

  • Parents are asked to NOT discipline another parents swimmer. Any issues with a child other than your own should respectfully be brought to the attention of the parent or the coach. 

  • Use of recreational drugs, alcohol, or tobacco/vaping will not be permitted on site of practice, meets or other Tornadoes activities.

  • Name-calling, swearing or abusive language/gestures is strictly prohibited.

  • Will not use any audio or video recording device, including cell phones, for any reason, in any changing area, rest room, or locker room.

  • Inappropriate physical contact will not be tolerated. The Board reserves the right to the immediate removal of any parent observed in fighting, touching, pushing or striking another parent. 

Social Media:  Information shared on these platforms are public domain and we ask that you refrain from using children's full names or birth dates. In addition to protecting swimmer privacy we also ask that you refrain from using these public platforms in a negative way towards our team, its coaches, swimmers or parents. 


I agree that, if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include but is not limited to the following:

The Board reserves the authority to impose all the following:

  • The parent/family will be given a verbal warning.

  • The parent/family may be asked to not attend practices/meets.

I agree, if I violate any of these rules, I will be subject to disciplinary actions determined by the Board, which may include expulsion from the team.

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The purpose of this code of conduct for coaches is to establish common expectations for all members of the coaching staff of the club.  It is to be used as a guide to promote a positive team environment and good sportsmanship.

  • At all times, adhere to USA Swimming’s Rules and Codes of Conduct.

  • At all times, adhere to Clark County Family YMCA Rules and Codes of Conduct.

  • Set a good example of respect and sportsmanship for participants and fans to follow.

  • Act and dress with professionalism and dignity in a manner suitable to his/her profession.

  • Respect officials and their judgment and abide by the rules of the event.

  • Treat opposing coaches, participants and spectators with respect.

  • Refrain from spreading gossip, making disparaging or negative comments about fellow coaches, athletes, teammates and spectators.

  • Instruct participants in sportsmanship and demand that they display good sportsmanship.

  • Address all swimmer and parent issues immediately. Document and notify Board immediately of any on-going issues.

  • Coach in a positive manner and do not use derogatory comments or abusive language.

  • Win with humility and lose with dignity.

  • Treat every athlete fairly, justly, impartially, intelligently, and with sensitivity.

  • Always place the well-being, health, and safety of swimmers above all other considerations, including developing performance.

  • Continue to seek and maintain their own professional development in all areas in relation to coaching and teaching children.

  • Will refrain from use of recreational drugs, alcohol or tobacco/vaping while on site of practice, meets or other team activities.

  • Always maintain a professional separation between coach, athlete and parent.


Any complaints of a coach violating this code of conduct will be brought to the attention of his/her supervisor and the board of directors. All attempts will be made to resolve the situation between the parties.  Disciplinary actions may include warnings, suspension and/or expulsion. 

I understand that if I violate this code of conduct, I will be subject to disciplinary action as determined by the Board of Directors.

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USA Swimming has adopted safety guidelines for teaching and performing backstroke starts. Coaches will be going over the progression (similar to the forward start certification swimmers go through before they are allowed to go off the blocks at meets) for backstroke starts to ensure that swimmers know how to properly use the blocks and perform a backstroke start.  There are specific guidelines on which swimmers need to have the certification (some over a certain age, or with a certain amount of swimming experience do not need to have the certiication), however, we as a team have found that it is easier to keep track of certifications, is safer for everyone, and reminds swimmers of the basics of using the blocks to have everyone certified.  Over the next month or so, we will be working with swimmers on forward and backstroke start certification.  It is a straightforward process ensuring the swimmers can complete a proper backstroke start in at least 6 feet of water and hold a streamline from this start.  You can view the entire protocol at