Scarborough Swim Club Code of Conduct


Athletes, coaches, team managers, and chaperons taking part in Scarborough Swim Club activities, including practices, and/or travelling with the Club represent themselves, the sport of swimming, the Scarborough Swim Club and their community.  The Scarborough Swim Club strives to project an image that will make all of us proud of our sport and our swimmers.  Therefore, all individuals who take part will be expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct.

Team Code of Conduct

  1. There will be a ZERO TOLERANCE for violence or unlawful act of any kind.  
  2. Swimmers are encouraged to support their teammates at both practice and competition.  Working together as a team for the benefit of all individuals in the group is an important aspect of the Scarborough Swim Club philosophy.
  3. Swimmers may leave training practice only with the permission of their Coach.  
  4. Swimmers are expected to follow the coaching staffs’ direction at all times.  At no time will a disrespectful attitude toward the coaching staff or other teammates be tolerated.
  5. As a matter of pride, swimmers are expected keep all team areas, including sleeping areas, neat, clean, and orderly.
  6. Abusive or foul language, harassment of another swimmer, violence, racial incidences, rough horseplay or vandalism will not be tolerated.
  7. Swimmers will abide by the rules, which govern the facilities in which they train.
  8. Orderly and reasonable behaviour is expected at all times.  This includes, but is not limited to, times when the team gathers in public places; travels on public transit; while waiting for races on pool decks; and when the team meals are served in restaurants.
  9. Swimmers will be held responsible for damage to any property (bus, hotel, change rooms, restaurant, etc.) Any swimmers caught damaging property will be held financially responsible and will face disciplinary action.
  10. Swimmers will NOT be allowed to drink or carry alcoholic beverages, nor use drugs other than those prescribed by a physician.  Such drugs MUST be reported to the coaching staff.  However, proper administration of same will be the responsibility of each individual concerned.
  11. No swimmer is permitted to smoke to chew tobacco.
  12. Appropriate behaviour is mandatory on team trips.  When behaviour is deemed unacceptable by the coaches/ chaperons/accompanying staff, that swimmer will be scratched from all or part of the competition or, extreme cases, be sent home at his/her own expense.  Examples of inappropriate behaviour include, but are not limited to:
  • promiscuity
  • failure to comply with stated rules/curfews, etc. as set out by the coaches/chaperons
  • any behaviour in violation of a criminal code
  1. Hotel etiquette of the highest calibre is mandatory.  Hotels are resting places for all guests.  The following behaviour is NOT acceptable:
  • running up and down hallways
  • constant room-to-room phoning
  • playing loud music/TV
  • fist fights and any kind of roughhousing
  • crank phone calls to anyone in the hotel
  • pranks of any nature, which may result in damage to property or injury to fellow teammates.
  1. Whenever a member of the opposite sex is in your hotel room, the door must be propped open.
  • Male and female swimmers must at no time be in each other’s rooms with the door closed.
  • Athletes from other teams are not allowed in the swimmers’ hotel rooms unless explicit approval has been given by the coaching staff/chaperons attending.
  1. All team members are expected to respect each individual’s needs for rest/study times, which will vary from trip to trip.
  2. Teenage athletes may be left alone in their hotel room at the discretion of the coaches/chaperons for reasons of minor illness or disciplinary action.
  3. All of the above conditions also apply on the last night of any trip.  There may be occasions when the entire team will enjoy an outing, a movie, dinner, etc. on the last night.  Return to the hotel must be orderly and quiet.  All rules/curfews must be adhered to as set out by the coaches/chaperons.
  4. Athletes must consider it their responsibility to report behaviour that does not adhere to the Code of Conduct to the Head Coach or Team representative.  Any athlete who may be present when the Code of Conduct is breached by swimmers from other teams must leave that area immediately and return to his/her own team.  Failure to do so will result in removal from the workout, competition or expulsion from the trip.

Violations of the Code of Conduct

Any contravention of the above will be dealt with by the Head Coach and the Board’s Disciplinary Committee and may result in any or all of the following:

  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Suspension of swimmer from training
  • Loss of privileges or confined to dorm/room
  • Suspension from current or upcoming competition
  • Sent home from competition at swimmer’s expense, which may also include the amount subsidized by the Club
  • Restitution where appropriate
  • Formal expulsion

Violations will be dealt with on an individual basis, either on the spot or after returning home.  Action will be taken according to the severity of the infraction (in the opinion of attending staff members).  A meeting with the parents, coaching staff and the Board’s Disciplinary Committee may also be held.