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Code of Conduct

South Jersey Aquatic Club Water Polo:

Code of Conduct, Policies and Procedures

PURPOSE

To provide for the best possible individual, team and program responsibility which promotes the sport of water polo, helps to develop the athletic ability and character of the individual player, and helps maintain SJAC Water Polo Team’s reputation.

CODE OF CONDUCT POLICIES

All members and extensions of the team, including coaches, officials, volunteers, parents and athletes, must not only protect, but also improve the excellent reputation that SJAC has earned throughout the state and country. Members of the SJAC Water Polo Team must, at all times, follow appropriate code of conduct policies including but not limited to the following:

1. Behave in such a way that their action reflects positively on themselves and the team at all team practices, meets, team trips, team or individual group outings and any team functions.

2. Display proper respect and sportsmanship toward coaches, officials, administrators, fellow competitors, parents, and the general public in attendance at practices, meets or team functions.

3. Follow the directions of the coaching staff during practice, meets, and other team activities.

4. Do not purchase, possess, sell, or use alcohol, tobacco, or any illegal non-prescription drugs.

5. Do not illegally purchase, sell or misuse prescription drugs.

6. Do not remove or take any article that does not belong to them, such as clothing, jewelry, money or any other items regardless of value.

7. Respect the property of SJAC and any other facility the team may visit or use. No swimmer shall tamper with or cause damage to any such facility.

8. Promote positive team spirit and morale, which includes being humble in victory and courageous in defeat. Deal justly, kindly and impartially with all fellow team members.

9. Refrain from all illegal or inappropriate behaviors that would detract from a positive image of the team or be detrimental to its performance objectives.

10. Never interfere with the progress of another swimmer at any time.

11. Obey applicable pool safety rules, including but not limited to the following:

a. No running on deck or in the locker rooms.

b. Shower before entering the pool.

c. No diving except where permitted and in the manner permitted.

d. No unruly or disruptive behavior, such as; pushing, shoving, yelling on deck or in the locker rooms.

e. No towel snapping or hitting.

f. No fighting or roughhousing.

g. It is the swimmer’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with and abide by pool safety rules applicable to the facility where a practice or swim event is being held.

12. Refrain from verbal or physical abuse/assault or inappropriate touching behavior towards other teammates, coaches, officials, or fellow competitors.

13. Players must practice/compete to the best of their ability at all times.

14. Never endanger the safety of another participant, coach or administrator.

15. Never leave the supervision of the coaching staff without their direct approval.

16. Never participate in inappropriate or unsupervised activities between participants.

17. Come ready to practice and meets with all necessary equipment and on time.

18. Players must stay in practice area during entire practice.

19. Players must wear designated team suit, cap, and other clothing as prescribed by the coaches.

20. Players must avoid use of any nutritional supplements not approved by a coach or physician.

21. Parents should remain within spectator areas unless volunteering in an official capacity that requires them to be on deck. Only players, coaches, officials and other representatives shall be allowed on pool deck during competitions and team practices.  Water Polo parents, officials, coaches, volunteers, and anyone in attendance at any SJAC Water Polo Team event on behalf of any SJAC Water Polo Team member is expected to maintain compliance with applicable SJAC Water Polo Team Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions for any events of noncompliance.

CODE OF CONDUCT PROCEDURES:

Administration

The SJAC Water Polo Team Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures will be governed by the SJAC Parent Advisory Board President(s) and the Director of Competitive Swimming.  All decisions made by the SJAC coaching staff, at the site of any infraction will initially prevail.  Appeals, if necessary, can be made in writing within 48 hours and in a rational, constructive, and fair manner and will be heard by the SJAC Water Polo Team Parent President (s) and the Director of Competitive Swimming as soon as possible. Parents shall have the right to request to have an appeal heard on an emergency basis in situations which are time sensitive. All decisions made by the SJAC Board Advisory Board President(s) and the Director of Competitive Swimming will be final.

The Board President(s) will not be permitted to participate in or preside over any processes which represent direct personal conflicts of interest in any way. In such a case a replacement(s) will be appointed to fill in for that process by the Board President(s).

Disciplinary Procedures

All members of the SJAC Water Polo Team are required to comply with the SJAC Water Polo Team Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures. Parents and swimmers must understand that each player is responsible for his/her own actions. During practice sessions and meets the coaches’ primary responsibility is to train and coach the player, not act as a disciplinarian.  Any player or parent who violates any of the SJAC Water Polo Team Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures will be subject to the following disciplinary measures:

  • Level II (major incidences):

Level II (major incidences) under the SJAC Water Polo Team Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures include but are not limited to the following:

1. Purchase, sale, possession or use of alcoholic beverages or tobacco of any kind;*

2. Purchase, sale, possession or use of illegal non-prescription drugs;*

3. Illegal purchase, sale or misuse of prescription drugs;*

4. Verbal or physical abuse/assault or inappropriate touching behavior towards other teammates, SJAC Water Polo Team coaches or other staff members;*

5. Destruction of any kind at SJAC or other facility we attend as a Team;*

6. Theft of any article that does not belong to them, such as clothing, jewelry, money or

any other items regardless of value;*

7. Misrepresentation of swimmer’s age by parent and/or swimmer; *

8. Any other items not specifically defined herein but deemed to be Level II violations by the SJAC Board Advisory President(s) or Director of Competitive Swimming.*

All Level II (major incidences) will be subject to the following disciplinary actions:

First Offense: The player will be dismissed from the practice or event immediately and a disciplinary note (see Exhibit C) will be sent and emailed to the parent, Director of Competitive Swimming - Head Coach or Head Age Group Coach and The SJAC Parent Board Advisory President(s). A meeting with all previously mentioned individuals, along with the coach and player, will be required to occur before the swimmer can return to the team. During this

meeting the final disciplinary action will be determined, agreed to and documented. Any practices missed during this time period will be counted as missed practices for attendance purposes. All parties involved in the meeting will be required to sign the note.

Second Offense: The swimmer will be excused from the SJAC Water Polo Team with no refund of team fees.  There will be a one-year probationary period from the date of the first Level II offense. If another offense occurs during that one year period it will be considered as a second offense subject to appropriate disciplinary actions. If the one-year probationary period expires without the occurrence of another offense then the next offense will be considered as a first offense with appropriate disciplinary actions being taken. If a player commits three level II offenses in total, regardless of time period lapsed, then that swimmer will be immediately excused from the SJAC Water Polo Team with no refund of team fees.

{*} NOTE: If there are extreme consequences, as determined by the Parent Advisory Board President(s) and Director of Competitive Swimming, such as legal violations, physical injury to any party involved, the player may be immediately dismissed from the team with no refund of team fees.

  • Level I (minor incidences):

All incidences not identified as Level II (major incidences) above will be considered as Level I (minor incidences) pursuant to the SJAC Water PoloTeam Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures and will be subject to the following disciplinary actions:

1) First Offense: The player will be notified and a disciplinary note will be sent and emailed to the parents and the Parent Board Advisory President(s) and the Director of Competitive Swimming explaining the unacceptable behavior on the day of the occurrence. The parents must arrange for a meeting with the coach to discuss the incident prior to the swimmer returning to training. The parents, swimmer and coach must all agree with and sign the note.

2) Second Offense: The player will be notified and a disciplinary note will be sent and emailed to the parents and the Parent Board Advisory President(s) and the Director of Competitive Swimming outlining the unacceptable behavior on the day of occurrence. The player will be excused from the next scheduled practice session. This missed practice will be counted as a missed practice for attendance purposes. The parents must arrange for a meeting with the coach and the swimmer to discuss the incident prior to the swimmer returning to training. The parents, player and coach must all agree with and sign the note.

3) Third Offense: The player will be notified by the coach and a disciplinary note will be sent and emailed to the parents and the Parent Board Advisory President(s) and the Director of Competitive Swimming explaining the unacceptable behavior on the day of the occurrence. The player will be excused from the next two (2) scheduled practice sessions. These missed practices will be counted as missed practices for attendance purposes. The parents must arrange for a meeting between the parent, player and the Parent Board Advisory President(s) and the Director of Competitive Swimming. The parents, player, coach, Parent Board Advisory President(s) and the Director of Competitive Swimming must agree with and sign the note.

4) Fourth Offense: The player will be excused from the SJAC Swim Team with no refund of team fees.

NOTE:  There will be a one-year probationary period from the date of each Level I offense. If another Level I offense is committed during this period then it will be considered as progressive to the prior offense.

All incidents of disciplinary action (Level I and Level II) will be recorded in the player’s Record of Disciplinary Action.  All disciplinary notes will be maintained in the player’s file by the Parent Board Advisory President(s) and the Director of Competitive Swimming.