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Family Obligations

Team Dues – The dues cover expenses such as coaching fees, conference fees, pool rental and equipment (public address system, upkeep on starting blocks, lane ropes, flags, tables, etc.).  Dues are:

$155 per swimmer, PLUS
$40 per swimmer USA Swimming fee if not already registered with USA Swimming   

There is $5 discount per swimmer for families with 2 or more swimmers.   

In 2016, there will be no required fundraisers, thus fees have been raised to cover expenses previously covered by fundraisers like the Cookie sales or Swim-a-Thon.      

All registration and other fees must be paid at registration.  There will be a $25 late fee per swimmer for all payments received after that date.  If necessary, fees can be refunded (less fees paid to outside organizations such as MO Valley Swimming and Northland Conference) until June 1, 2016. 

Release Forms – Medical and liability release forms must be signed (electronically during registration) and on file before a swimmer enters the water.

Discipline Policy – In order to make practices the most beneficial and safe for all, a discipline policy must be followed. If a coach encounters a problem, they will give your child one warning to stop their disruptive behavior. If the behavior continues, the child will be asked to sit out for a period of time. If the behavior continues, the parents will be notified and the child will be sent home for the day.

Parent Volunteers at Swim Meets – Swimming is a sport that requires MANY volunteers to be successful.  We need to fill at least 70 jobs at each meet. At least one adult from each swimmer’s family is required to work one-half of at least 5 of the 6 meets.  As a parent, if you are not helping, someone else is working for you and does not get to watch their child swim. Parents work either the 1st or 2nd half of meets at a designated job (i.e. timer, concessions, scoring table, safety marshal, etc.) Workers change at the completion of the Backstroke event. Most of these jobs are fairly simple and you can be trained the night of the meet.  The Volunteer Coordinators will help get you plugged in to an appropriate task at registration.  If you find that you cannot work a shift that you signed up for, a roster of team members will be made available so that you can arrange for your own substitute.  If you fail to show up for your job or find a substitute, your child may not be eligible to swim in the next meet.

Certified Workers – stroke and turn judges, starters and referees must be certified with Missouri Valley and USA Swimming. These positions require completion of a criminal background check (USA Swimming requirement).  Interested parties should contact a board member for further information.

Clean up – Clean up duties for home meets will be assigned based on the first letter of each family's last name.  (We'll identify the breakdown for 2013 once we complete registration.)  Expect to be required to assist with clean up at 1 of the 3 home meets this season.

Code of Conduct-

NEW MARK SWIM TEAM PARENT AND SWIMMER EXPECTATIONS

CODE OF CONDUCT

     All swimmers and parents are expected to display good sportsmanship during practices and meets.  Good sportsmanship occurs when teammates, opponents, coaches, officials and parents treat each other with respect. This includes treating other teams with respect.  Disrespect will not be tolerated.  Bad behavior reflects poorly on the whole team.  If there is an issue with swimmer behavior during practice or a meet, your swimmer may be asked to leave the pool area or not be allowed to swim in a meet.  We ask that all parents display good sportsmanship by encouraging your swimmers to do their best.  Remember that in swimming, the kids win each time they improve their time.  Please leave the coaching and officiating to the coaches and officials.  If you have questions or an issue arises, please talk directly with a board member or coach to resolve it. 

    At least one parent from each family is required to volunteer during swim meets.  It takes a great many volunteers to run a swim meet.  There are many different volunteer positions available; timers, runners, concessions, spiritwear sales, heat sheet sales, ribbons, set up and clean up.  We are certain you can find one to fit your needs and/or talents.

   Violations will be handled in the following manner:

 

1.      First offense: A written certified letter to the swimmer and/or parent explaining the Code of Conduct Violation which will lead to one of the following:

-          “First Strike” warning (includes meeting with board members and/or coaches) with understanding that if there are any further conduct violations, automatic suspension or expulsion from the team will result, OR

-          Suspension from ALL team activities for a set amount of time, OR

-          Immediate expulsion from the team (drug usage, weapons, etc.)

2.      Second offense:

-Immediate suspension or expulsion from the team.

Both of these actions will be voted on at a Board or Emergency Board meeting.  Note: The coaches and Swim Officials do have the right to send a swimmer and/or parent home from any swim team activity with a meeting to follow. 

The membership thanks you for your cooperation.