LMT Swim & Dive Team Coach Code of Conduct
Parents are vital to the development of young athletes. Whether on deck or helping out as a volunteer, parents must set a positive example. Parents, and adults involved in youth sports, should be models of good sportsmanship and lead by example on and off the playing field.
I will be a leader and role model for all swimmers.
I will respect fellow coaches and teammates.
I am aware that I am always a representative of the team, coaching staff, and community.
I will always demonstrate good sportsmanship.
I will work to strengthen our team’s sense of community.
While Coaching Practice, I will:
- Refrain from chatty conversations between coaches
- Not use my cell phone
- Not use foul language or make inappropriate comments
- Understand that poor behavior will not be tolerated (as a swimmer OR coach)
- Arrive at pool for practice at least 10 minutes before my scheduled shift to help prepare deck and swimmers for practice (i.e. lane lines, flags, tables, timing system, assisting with child's caps/goggles)
- Be an active coach, engaging and monitoring my swimmers
- Demonstrate enthusiasm, poise, and composure
- Demonstrate appropriate appearance/dress (i.e. no two-piece bathing suits)
At Meets, I will:
- Arrive at pool for meets at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled swimmer arrival time to assist with set up and swimmer arrival/check-in
- (Swimmer coaches) Assist with swimmer check in, warm up, and 8/10 and under races
- Provide guidance and support to younger swimmers behind blocks prior to their races
- Make sure our team area is clean after meets
- Encourage cheering and comradery amongst team for all age groups
I understand that LMT coaches will be scheduled based on availability and work ethic/engagement with swimmers on deck.
The following Policy is adopted from USA Swimming (www.usaswimming.org/protect):
Electronic Communication Policy of the LMT Swim & Dive Team
The Lower Makefield Township (LMT) Swim & Dive Team (the “Club”) recognizes the prevalence of electronic communication and social media in today’s world. Many of our swimmers use these means as their primary method of communication. While the Club acknowledges the value of these methods of communication, the Club also realizes that there are associated risks that must be considered when adults use these methods to communicate with minors.
All communications between a coach or other adult and an athlete must be professional in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities.
For example, as with any communication with an athlete, electronic communication should not contain or relate to any of the following:
- drugs or alcohol use
- sexually oriented conversation; sexually explicit language; sexual activity
- the adult’s personal life , social activities, relationship or family issues, or personal problems
- inappropriate or sexually explicit pictures
Note: Any communication concerning an athlete's personal life, social activities,relationship or family issues or personal problems must be transparent, accessible and professional.
The guiding principle to always use in communication is to ask: “Is this communication something that someone else would find appropriate or acceptable in a face‐to‐face meeting?” or “Is this something you would be comfortable saying out loud to the intended recipient of your communication in front of the intended recipient’s parents, the coaching staff, the board, or other athletes?”
With respect to electronic communications, a simple test that can be used in most cases is whether the electronic communication with swimmers is Transparent, Accessible and Professional.
Transparent: All electronic communication between coaches and athletes should be transparent. Your communication should not only be clear and direct, but also free of hidden meanings, innuendo and expectations.
Accessible: All electronic communication between coaches and athletes should be considered a matter of record and part of the Club’s records. Whenever possible, include another coach or parent in the communication so that there is no question regarding accessibility.
Professional: All electronic communication between a coach and an athlete should be conducted professionally as a representative of the Club. This includes word choices, tone, grammar, and subject matter that model the standards and integrity of a staff member.
If your communication meets all three of the T.A.P. criteria, then it is likely your method of communication with athletes will be appropriate.
FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, MYSPACE, BLOGS, AND SIMILAR SITES
Coaches may have personal Facebook (or other social media site) pages, but they are not permitted to have any athlete member of the Club join their personal page as a “friend.” A coach should not accept any “friend” request from an athlete. In addition, the coach should remind the athlete that this is not permitted. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “private message” each other through Facebook. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “instant message” each other through Facebook chat or other IM method.
The Club has an official Facebook page that athletes and their parents can “friend” for information and updates on team‐related matters.
Coaches are encouraged to set their pages to “private” to prevent athletes from accessing the coach’s personal information.
Coaches are not permitted to follow athletes on Twitter. Likewise, athletes are not permitted to follow coaches on Twitter.
Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “direct message” each other through Twitter.
Alternative Option: Coaches and athletes may follow each other on Twitter. Coaches cannot retweet an athlete message post. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “direct message” each other through Twitter.
Subject to the general guidelines mentioned above, texting is allowed between coaches and athletes during the hours from 6:30am until 9pm. Texting only shall be used for the purpose of communicating information directly related to team activities.
Athletes and coaches may use email to communicate between the hours of 7am and 9pm. When communicating with an athlete through email, a parent, another coach, or a board member must also be copied.
REQUEST TO DISCONTINUE ALL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
The parents or guardians of an athlete may request in writing that their child not be contacted by coaches through any form of electronic communication.
If I have concerns or questions, I will bring them to the Head Coach.