Policy and Procedure
Turlock Aquatic Club’s philosophy is on developing individuals through swimming and related activities.  We will develop fitness, physical achievement, life lessons of sport, sportsmanship, and goal orientation.  We teach cooperation in working with all types of people, whether officials, teammates, or coaches.  Swimming and related activities cultivates positive mental attitude and high self-esteem.  They will participate in aquatics for such a short time yet the friendships that will develop and the life skills learned will carry on for a lifetime.
We all desire the best for our children in a competitive, fun and safe environment.  To establish this environment requires hard work and importantly, clear communication that starts with positive attitude and intent.

Communication
The main source of communication is our team website.
Parent and team members should expect from coaches:
1. Clear philosophy
2. Practice and meet expectations (location, date, time, conduct)
3. Clear team policies

Coaches should expect from parents:
1. Issues with coaching philosophy
2. Treatment of your child
3. Ways to help your child improve
Choose an appropriate occasion either after practice, or during a mutually agreeable time.  Before or during practices and meets are not appropriate times.  Clearly express your concerns and assume a positive intent.  If you cannot meet in person, you can always reach the Coach via email.

Practices
Swimmers are encouraged to attend all team practices.  Coaches need to know when a swimmer is not coming to a practice via some sort of communication (phone call, email, text). This is necessary so a coach knows what to plan for prior to a workout.  Parents are requested to remain off the deck near the side of the pool and remain in the bleachers,benches, or along the sides.  Parents should refrain from coaching their own children, as well as initiating discussions with the coaches during practice.
Swimmers should arrive 10 minutes before beginning of practice.  During that time, they should help set up the pool area, start stretching and loosening up for the workout.  If a swimmer must leave early this must be communicated to the coach prior to the beginning of the practice.

Refunds
Refunds will be considered on a case by case basis for those swimmers who unexpectedly cannot continue swimming the club.

Discipline
If there is a situation in which a swimmer has been removed from a practice because of a discipline problem, the swimmer will remain in view of the coaches until the swimmer’s practice session has concluded.  If such behavior continues, the coach will set up a meeting with parent(s) to discuss methods to prevent this from continuing.
 
Inclement Weather
Practices will take place during most rainy days.  Practice will be canceled if it is thundering/lightening or in the event of high winds and/or heavy rain.  The Head Coach is responsible for determining whether practice is canceled and will notify team members via email and Facebook.  

Equipment
Swimmers are encouraged to wear the team suit and team caps during swim meets.  All swimmers need to bring goggles, caps, and water bottles to practice sessions.  Flippers and a kick board is additional optional equipment to be brought to practice.  Swimmers are responsible for keeping tract of their equipment, not the coach.  

Family Volunteers
Running a club is a time intensive undertaking and can only be successful if family volunteers help conduct meets and social events.  Sign-ups will be posted at parent meetings as well as at the pool.  There are plenty of jobs to assist with, particularly when we host a meet.

Fundraising
Fundraising is a key element to the success for TAC.  TAC's current policy is for each family to raise $100 per year through various fundraising programs.

Complaints
All complaints regarding policies, decisions, etc., need to be brought to the attention of a Coach or a Board Member.  These individuals can suggest to the appropriate person to whom your issues should be addressed.  If still unresolved, the issue can then be taken to the next scheduled board meeting.