The Orcas Swim Team is the best youth sports organization in Marin County. Our coaches are there to help all Orcas improve their swimming skills. Practice is the time for skills to be improved, build strength and develop confidence. The meets offer an opportunity to test and monitor development, show good sportsmanship, learn about team spirit and have fun while you’re at it.
Orca Responsibilities at Practice:
- Be ready to swim at your scheduled time.
- Respect the Life Guards and pool rules. They are there to protect you and your friends.
- Be responsible in your actions. No diving. No running.
- Check the bulletin board and bring home any handouts distributed at practices.
- Be careful in the locker rooms and on the deck and please keep the locker rooms clean.
- The coaches are there to teach, encourage and challenge you to do your best. Please listen carefully to what they say.
- Be positive and encouraging, to yourself and others.
- You will be better athletes if you do what is asked. The coach has a plan. The plan is to help you be the best you can be. Take pride in what you can do!
Orca Responsibilities at Meets:
- Heat sheets are posted at practice Friday night. Know what events you are swimming and remember to check relays. The heatsheets are also posted on this website.
- Arrive Saturday morning on time to warm-up.
- Recheck the line-up sheets after warm-up for last minute changes, especially relays.
- Be positive, participate in the team cheers.
- Do the best you can and have fun.
- Check with the coach if you must leave before the end of the meet.
- Finish with a thank-you cheer for the other team.
- If you are going to be absent for a meet, tell the coach by the previous Monday and list your name on the "unable to swim" sheet. If you become ill or have a family emergency 12 hours before meet, please contact the head coach asap.
- Orca website: tlorca.org
- League website: www.marinswimleague.org
- Personal calls cannot be received at the pool.
Terra Linda ORCAS Performance Code
ORCA Performance Code
ORCAS swim because they want to. Our coaches are hired to help all ORCAS improve their swimming skills and promote good sportsmanship. With a large team, some rules are essential. The coaches rely on the swimmer's understanding of the team rules in order to do their job effectively. Each ORCA and ORCA parent must commit to upholding the following rules and indicate their commitment by signing the acknowledgement at the bottom of the page (or digitally signing on our website). The rules are as follows:
- Show good sportsmanship and citizenship at all times. This means no use of profanities, obscenities, or other abusive language. This applies to all swimmers, parents, other attending family members and guests of families attending Orca events.
- Come to practice prepared to swim.
- Arrive 10 minutes early, prepare yourself mentally, and be suited and ready to swim when practice begins.
- Listen to your coaches. Follow their instructions.
- Keep the bathroom area neat and tidy.
Come to meets prepared to do your best.
If you are unable to swim at a Saturday meet, inform the head coach by Tuesday of the week preceding the meet.
- Always respect and obey the lifeguards. They are there for your safety.
- Always respect and obey the pool rules.
- Enjoy being an ORCA. It is a special team with a long history of extraordinary team spirit and family orientation.
ORCA Discipline Policy
Coaches are hired to promote team spirit, discipline, good swimming technique, and good sportsmanship. They are not hired to be disciplinarians. The purpose of the discipline policy is to establish a clear understanding of the consequences of failing to comply with the team rules.
In the event a swimmer's behavior causes the coaches to take disciplinary action, the following guidelines will be employed. Misbehavior may include but is not limited to talking while the coach is giving instruction, failure to follow the coach's instruction, use of profanities or obscenities, and other behavior disruptive to the team. Disciplinary action up to step 4 is at the sole discretion of the coaching staff. Expulsions must be approved by a subcommittee of the Board of Directors. Specific disciplinary actions will depend upon the seriousness of the misbehavior. In general:
- The first two incidents of a swimmer's misbehavior will be dealt with at practice, usually with verbal warnings and a clear explanation of the offending behavior.
- If the same swimmer has a third incident of misbehavior, the swimmer will be asked to leave practice. In this event, swimmers will be expected to quietly and promptly leave the pool deck, dress, and wait for their parents to take them home. The swimmer's parents will be contacted and the incident discussed at the coach's earliest opportunity.
- If the same swimmer continues to have behavior problems, the head coach will schedule a meeting with the parents of the swimmer and the swimmer, in order to seek a parent supported solution to the behavior problem. Disciplinary action may include suspension from swim meets.
- Continuing behavior problems will result in a recommendation for further disciplinary action to the Board of Directors for final approval. Disciplinary action may include expulsion from the team without reimbursement of swim team registration fees.
Parents are role models when on deck or participating in Orca functions. Parents are expected to behave as such, and to support the team with positivity and good sportsmanship. Parents (and family members and family guests) who do not may be subject to the same disciplinary action as a misbehaving swimmer.
I have read and agree to these rules and understand that my participation on the team depends upon my upholding these rules for myself, my guests and my swimmer.