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Code of Conduct/Bully

Code of Conduct

Colorado Torpedoes Swim Team members are expected to behave in an exemplary manner when at all practices, meets, and CT functions. Rules and regulations set forth by the CT Swim Team are to be obeyed at all times.

 

The following is a list of behaviors that will not be tolerated and are subject to disciplinary action(s):

  • Theft, disrespect, destruction, or degradation of people, places, and/or objects
  • Refrain from any illegal or inappropriate behavior that would detract from a positive image of the team or be detrimental to its performance objectives
  • The possession, use, or sale/distribution of any controlled or illegal substance or any form of weapon is strictly forbidden
  • Bullying (see the CT Bullying Policy)
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Disrespectful behavior towards coaches, parents, other swimmers or staff
  • Team members will display proper respect and sportsmanship toward coaches, officials, administrators, teammates, fellow competitors and the public at all times
  • No "deck changes" are permitted. Athletes are expected to use available change facilities
  • Proper Swimsuits shall be warn for swim training and cover the athlete appropriately
  • Swimmers are to refrain from inappropriate physical contact at team activities and events
  • Swimmers are to refrain from use of inappropriate language
  • Team members are reminded that when competing in meets, traveling on trips, and attending other meet-related functions, they are representing both themselves and the CT swim team. Athlete behavior must positively reflect the high standards of the club

 

Practice Expectations:

  • Adhere to practice requirements
  • Arrive and leave at scheduled practice time, or when dismissed
  • Notify coach of tardiness or absence
  • Follow directions given by the coach
  • Be positive and supportive of all swimmers
  • Swim the complete practice to the best of your ability
  • Bring your equipment every day. Do not borrow others

 

Swim Meet Expectations:

  • Obey all schedules and curfews
  • Be on time for warm-up and events
  • See coaches before and after each swim
  • Be supportive of all swimmers
  • Swim all events, prelims and finals unless excused by the coach
  • Wear CT team apparel
  • Coaches will resolve any problems that may arise at meets
  • Swimmers are required to travel with an adult to out of town meets except for official team travel meets

 

Disciplinary measures are enforced at the discretion of the coaching staff and depend upon severity and/or continued abuse of expectations, rules, and regulations. The following is a list of possible consequences for breaking any part of the Code of Conduct:

  • Meeting with coach and/or parent(s)
  • Temporary or permanent suspension from the team
  • Dismissal from the trip and immediate return home at the athlete’s expense
  • Disqualification from future team travel meets
  • Proceedings for a LSC or USA Swimming National Board of Review

CT swim team Bullying Policy

Bullying of any kind is unacceptable with the Colorado Torpedoes Swim Team and will not be tolerated. Bullying is counterproductive to team spirit and can be devastating to a victim. The Club is committed to providing a safe, caring and friendly environment for all of our members. If bullying does occur, all athletes and parents should know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell a coach, or athlete/mentor.

WHAT IS BULLYING?

The USA Swimming Code of Conduct prohibits bullying. Generally, bullying is the use of aggression, whether intentional or not, which hurts another person. Bullying results in pain and distress.

Bullying is the severe or repeated use by one or more USA Swimming members of oral, written, electronic or other technological expression, image, sound, data or intelligence of any nature (regardless of the method of transmission), or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at any other member that to a reasonably objective person has the effect of:

causing physical to another member or damage to the other member’s property or repeatedly through comments or expressions directed specifically at another member resulting in emotional harm or severe distress;

Placing another member in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property;

Creating a hostile environment through comments directed at another member or through physical intimidation of another member at any USA Swimming activity;

Infringing on the legal rights of the other member at any USA Swimming activity; or

materially, substantially and repeatedly disrupting the training process or the orderly operation of any USA Swimming activity

 

REPORTING PROCEDURE

An athlete who feels that he or she has been bullied is asked to do one or more of the following things:

  • Talk to your parents.
  • Talk to a Head Coach.
  • Write a letter or email to the Head Coach.

 

There is no express time limit for initiating a complaint under this procedure, but every effort should be made to bring the complaint to the attention of the appropriate club leadership as soon as possible to make sure that memories are fresh and behavior can be accurately recalled and the bullying behavior can be stopped as soon as possible.