George School Aquatics Program Policies
 
GSA Mission Statement

George School Aquatics (GSA) provides swimmers of all ability levels the opportunity to train for success and learn the sport of swimming in a positive, challenging, fun, and supportive environment.  Our professional coaches are devoted to developing complete student-athletes with a mind towards achievement both in and out of the pool.  We are dedicated to establishing a solid foundation of proper mechanics and training habits upon which our athletes can grow and accomplish their goals in competitive swimming. 

Communication

The GSA staff will communicate primarily through email and the website.  In the event that a phone call is necessary, please email the coach(es) so that a phone call can be scheduled.

Please be patient with the GSA coaches and staff in terms of communication responses.  Each and every swimmer and family is a priority, however, there are more swimmers and families than coaches, and each of our coaches have additional jobs and responsibilities, within and outside of GSA.  We will do our best to respond quickly, within a twenty-four hour period when possible.

Please refer to the George School Aquatics website for contact information and coach/staff listings. Although GSA is owned by, and the staff are employees of George School, GSA and its staff are an external program.  Non-GSA George School employees are not versed, prepared, or authorized to answer or address most questions related specifically to GSA.  George School students are their top priority as GSA swimmers are ours. 

Billing/Payments

 

Accounts are automatically invoiced on the first of each month.  Families that have elected to pay via monthly installment and have set up automatic billing to a credit card or ACH debit from a bank account must notify the coaching staff immediately if your swimmer(s) will no longer be able to participate in GSA.  Payments will continue to be automatically processed on the first of each month until we are notified of member cancellation.  Payments made prior to the cancellation notification will not be refunded.  The cancellation will take effect with the next month’s billing.      

Additional charges for meets, travel and/or transportation expenses, coaching fees, championship apparel, team activities, banquets, team gifts, etc. will be billed to your accounts accordingly.

Accounts not in good standing may result in dismissal of your swimmer, temporarily or permanently, from GSA practices and/or program.  Please contact Elaine Lengle at [email protected] or 215.579.6508 to discuss situations of financial hardship, questions about billed items, or other concerns about keeping your billing account current.

Fees will not be prorated due to missed time.


Practices 
 

Team/Club structure, group and practice structure, and schedules may be changed, restructured, and reworked for the best use of GSA resources, and in the best interest of the overall program.  Any changes regarding the structuring of the team/club, practice groups and/or schedules will be posted and distributed electronically as early as possible.

Swimmers will be placed into practice groups deemed most appropriate for them by the GSA coaching staff.  Placements are final until a change, up or down a group, is deemed necessary by the coaching staff.  Placement assignments are based on a variety of criteria and made in the best overall interest of each swimmer.

Swimmers are expected to meet the practice attendance requirements assigned to their respective groups.  Coaches will take attendance daily.  Swimmers who do not meet their practice requirements will be notified and appropriate actions will be taken if requirements continue to be unmet.  Practice requirements are listed on the GSA web site with practice group descriptions.  If something comes up that would necessitate an absence from practice (wedding, funeral, illness, school event, etc.) please email your swimmer’s coach as soon as possible.

We are guests of George School and all members of GSA, swimmers and families, are expected to behave accordingly.  Although GSA is owned by George School, our use of their pool and facilities is a privilege, not a right.  Any actions or behavior that has a negative impact upon George School, George School students, George School community, or damages the facilities will result in immediate disciplinary action, up to and including, dismissal from the team.

Any GSA vehicle parked in an illegal or unauthorized area is subject to ticketing or towing.

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration. All swimmers, regardless of their practice group, are to have an appropriate drink for every practice and meet.  We are lucky to have several water fountains on the pool deck for filling and refilling water bottles, however, not bringing a bottle or drink and expecting to rely on getting in and out of the pool during practice for a drink at the fountain is not acceptable.  Acceptable drinks for practices and meets include water, Gatorade, Propel, or Power-Ade type beverages.  Glass containers, energy drinks, juice, soda, caffeinated beverages, tea, lemonade, etc. are not allowed.

Chocolate milk has been scientifically proven to be a beneficial aid in recovery after physical activity, particularly swimming.  As such, Senior and Junior group swimmers should have a chocolate milk to drink at the end of every practice. YooHoo, Ensure, Boost, etc. are chocolate flavored drinks but not true chocolate milk, and as such should not be used in place of chocolate milk as a recovery drink.  Swimmers are not required to have a chocolate milk at the end of every practice but they are highly encouraged to do so.

All swimmers are required to have the appropriate training equipment for their specific group for each and every practice.  Equipment may vary per group so please check the team website for equipment lists which will be located with the group descriptions.  GSA swimmers may NEATLY leave their equipment bags in the designated pool storage room.  Swimmers who choose to keep their training equipment at the pool must have the outside of their bag clearly labeled with their name.  All swimmers should put their name on each piece of equipment to avoid mix ups or lost items.

Any swimmer with hair that falls into their eyes or face, or comes below their chin, must wear a cap at all practices and meets.

Each swimmer should bring a suit, cap, goggles, towel, drink and training equipment to every practice.

Occasions may arise where a George School event, or obligation may conflict with George School Aquatics scheduling or pool usage.  In the event of a scheduling conflict, please note that George School will take first priority and GSA practices may be canceled or adjusted accordingly.

Swimmers are not to wear any apparel, swim caps, suits, t-shirts, or warm ups that represent another team or club during practices or meets.  The only exception to this is Middle Atlantic Zone Team, USA Junior National, or USA National gear.



Behavior and Conduct

All GSA swimmers and families are expected to demonstrate appropriate sportsmanship and proper decorum at all times.  You are not just representing yourselves, but are a representative of George School Aquatics and George School.  As such, everyone is to behave in a manner that demonstrates strength of character, respect and dignity for others, and pride in self, team, and George School, the host and sponsor of our team. These expectations include, but are not limited to:

• Trash talking of any type will not be tolerated by any GSA swimmer or parent.

• Bullying of any type, regardless of nature (verbal, physical, sexual, emotional, mental, etc.) will not be tolerated.

• Misuse of social media which may cast GSA or anyone affiliated with GSA or GS in a negative light will not be tolerated.

• There is to be no badmouthing, trash talking, or slanderous verbiage about any GSA coach, staff member, swimmer, family, GSA club/program, member of George School community, or George School.

• There will be no screaming or yelling, or abusive behavior towards any GSA coach, staff member, swimmer, or family.

• There will be no lewd, lascivious, or sexual behavior, talk, imagery, or gestures from or towards any member of GSA.

• Any act of fraud, dishonesty, or deception will not be tolerated.

• There is to be no use, advocacy, or endorsing of alcohol and/or drugs within the GSA club or facilities.

• There is to be no unauthorized or non-sanctioned "recruitment" to GSA or George School. If someone you know inquires about our program please refer them to Ginna Lewing, Head Coach of GSA.

• All swimmers and families are expected to adhere to all USA Swimming, FINA, Middle Atlantic, and Eastern Zone rules and policies in the areas of doping and sexual behaviors. Please see the website for these governing bodies for more details.

• Anyone in violation of any of these policies is subject to immediate disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate and necessary by the Program Director and Head Coach and coaching staff of George School Aquatics. These actions may include, but are not limited to, removal from the building(s), removal from practice, removal from meet, removal from roster/program.


Photography Consent
 
Members who are 18 or older:
 
I give permission and consent that I may be photographed, filmed, reported on or interviewed during my participation in George School Aquatics activities.  I further give permission that my  name and information regarding accomplishments and the photographs, videos and interviews may be published in newspapers, television, George School publications and website, and other publications and websites to illustrate and promote the George School Aquatics experience, George School and its auxiliary programs.
 
Members who are under 18:

I give permission and consent that my child may be photographed, filmed, reported on or interviewed during his/her participation in George School Aquatics activities.  I further give permission that my  child’s name and information regarding accomplishments and the photographs, videos and interviews may be published in newspapers, television, George School publications and website, and other publications and websites to illustrate and promote the George School Aquatics experience, George School and its auxiliary programs.

High School & College Swimming

Any GSA swimmer who also swims for and represents their school team needs to set up a meeting with their GSA coach at the earliest possible convenience.  GSA coaches are advocates of all high school age swimmers having the opportunity to compete for and represent both their school and club teams during the winter school swim season and will do everything possible to make both team commitments work in the best possible interest of the swimmer.

Any GSA swimmer who also swims for their school team must provide their GSA coach with a copy of their high school meet and practice schedule for the entire high school swim season prior to the start of high school swim season beginning.

Any GSA swimmer coming home from college for a visit, holiday break, or summer vacation is welcome to come back and train with GSA during that time.  These swimmers should contact the GSA coaches as soon as possible regarding this matter.

GSA swimmers who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year and who would like to swim at the college level should contact their group coach to set up a meeting to discuss the college research, recruiting and swim process. 

George School Matriculation

Any family or swimmer interested in pursuing George School for high school, as a day or boarding student, should contact the GSA Head Coach.  George School holds several prospective student and family events per year. Any GSA swimmer or family who is interested in attending one of these events should contact the GSA Head Coach for more information.

George School holds several prospective student and family events per year. Any GSA swimmer or family who is interested in attending one of these events should contact the Director of Recreation and Athletics for more information.

GSA swimmers and families are not to host, attend, or promote off-site activities identifying with, promoting, advocating, etc. George School Aquatics that are not officially authorized and/or sanctioned GSA events.

Fundraisers and other events may be added to the GSA schedule on occasion and all swimmers are expected to attend said events, and families are expected to participate appropriately. Families may be expected to contribute to some of these events. Information on any team event will be distributed and posted as early as possible.


No swimmer will be allowed to register for George School Aquatics without GSA having received legitimate acknowledgement and confirmation that these policies have been read by the families and swimmer(s). 
 
*It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their swimmer(s) have read the GSA program policies. 
*Changes and additions to these policies may be made and implemented at any time.
*Violation of any of these policies are subject to immediate actions and sanctions.