YUMA HEAT PHOTOGRAPHY POLICIES
PURPOSE
There has been much talk about whether it is safe to have images taken of children participating in sports. While the great majority of images are appropriate and are taken in good faith, it is a fact that images can be misused and children can be put at risk if common‐ sense procedures are not observed.
SUGGESTED POLICIES
1. The publishing of a photograph of swimmer under 18 either on a notice board or ina published article or video recording (including video streaming) of swimming competitions (“publication”) should only be done with parents’ consent per the attached form.
2. A parent or guardian has a right of refuse to have children photographed. The exercise of this right of refusal cannot be used as grounds for refusing entry into a swimming competition. Therefore, any photo that may go to press or on a notice board, be it through a member of the club or official photographer, should receive parental consent before publishing/displaying the photo, preferably in writing. A suggested formallowing parents to indicate refusal of consent is to follow.
In the case of open meets and other competitions where the host club has an official photographer present, all parents attending should be made aware of this in your meet information. If photos are to be published anywhere, the individual parent should be given the opportunity to withhold their consent. Their right to do so should be specifically drawn to their attention.
All photographs must observe generally accepted standards of decency in particular:
• Action shots should be a celebration of the sporting activity and not a sexualized image in a sporting context.
• Action shots should not be taken or retained where the photograph reveals a tornor displaced swimsuit.
• Photographs should not be taken from behind swimming blocks at the start of a race or exhibit a child climbing out of the swimming pool.
• Photographs should not be taken in locker‐rooms orbathrooms.

Photography Consent Form
Yuma Heat may wish to take photographs (individual and in groups) of swimmers under the age of 18 that may include your child during their membership in the club. All photos will be taken and published in line with club policy. Parents have a right to refuse agreement to their child being photographed.

 

YUMA HEAT- Parent Code of Conduct

The purpose of a code of conduct for parents is to establish consistent expectations for behavior by
parents. As a parent/guardian, I understand the important growth and developmental support that my
child’s participation fosters. I also understand that it is essential to provide the coaching staff with
respect and the authority to coach the team. I agree with the following statements:

❏ I will set the right example for our children by demonstrating sportsmanship and showing respect and
common courtesy at all times to the team members, coaches, competitors, officials, parents, and all
facilities.
❏ I will get involved by volunteering, observing practices, cheering at meets, and talking with my child
and their coach about their progress.
❏ I will refrain from coaching my child from the stands during practices or meets.
❏ I understand that criticizing, name-calling, use of abusive language or gestures directed toward
coaches, officials, volunteers, and/or any participating swimmer will not be tolerated.
❏ I will respect the integrity of the officials.
❏ I will direct my concerns to a Yuma Heat Board representative or Head Coach.

 

Yuma Heat CODE OF CONDUCT: ATHLETES

The purpose of a code of conduct for athletes is to establish a consistent expectation for
athletes’ behavior. By signing this code of conduct, I agree to the following statements:
❏ I will respect and show courtesy to my teammates and coaches at all times.
❏ I will demonstrate good sportsmanship at all practices and meets.
❏ I will set a good example of behavior and work ethic for my younger teammates.
❏ I will be respectful of my teammates’ feelings and personal space. Swimmers who
exhibit sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate behavior will be faced with
consequences.
❏ I will attend all team meetings and training sessions, unless I am excused by my coach.
❏ I will show respect for all facilities and other property (including locker rooms) used
during practices, competitions, and team activities.
❏ I will refrain from foul language, violence, behavior deemed dishonest, offensive, or
illegal.
❏ If I disagree with an official’s call, I will talk with my coach and not approach the official
directly.
❏ I will obey all of USA Swimming’s rules and codes of conduct.
I understand that if I violate this code of conduct, I will be subject to disciplinary action
determined by my coaches and the swim club’s board of directors.