Code of Conduct

Our COSA Swimming Code of Conduct provides the guardrails needed to maintain a culture that develops swimmers as both swimmers and as future leaders. Swimmers, coaches, and parents all have a role to play in helping our swimmers exceed their goals.

Swimmer Code of Conduct
COSA swimmers agree to the following rules of behavior and sportsmanship wherever and whenever they represent COSA Swimming.
Show Respect and Be Polite to EVERYONE:
-> Follow our Safe Sport policies.

-> Respect the property of COSA Swimming and of others. Do not use others’ property without their permission.
-> Do not steal nor vandalize anything that doesn’t belong to you.
-> Do not use profanity. Do not make ugly comments to others. Do not lie.
-> Do not behave in a manner that makes coaches or other swimmers uncomfortable (public displays of affection, sexual harassment, bullying).
-> While at COSA Swimming functions, facilities, and meets always represent the team in a positive and respectful manner.
Swim Practice Etiquette:

-> Arrive on time.
-> Listen to coaches and follow their direction.
-> Do not disrupt your coach or bother others in your lane.
-> Practice good sportsmanship and encourage teammates.
-> Promote team spirit.
Meet Etiquette:

-> Wear your COSA swim cap and suit.
-> Show up to the meets on time for check in.
-> Stay and swim finals and relays.
-> Demonstrate good sportsmanship. Win gracefully. Lose graciously. Congratulate and encourage opponents.
-> See your coach before and after your races.
-> If you have questions about a disqualification, talk to your coach. Do not approach officials at a meet.
-> Remember to be a positive representative of COSA Swimming.
Prohibited Behavior:

-> Use or possession of drugs, firearms, alcohol, tobacco, or any other hazardous substances.
-> Theft.
-> Conviction for any unlawful act.
-> Extreme demonstration of disrespect to property or individuals (e.g., vandalism, bullying, harassment).
-> Anything that is against the rules of our governing bodies (e.g., USA Swimming, USA Masters Swimming, Fina).

Parent Code of Conduct
COSA parents agree to the following rules of behavior and sportsmanship wherever and whenever they represent COSA Swimming.
Show Respect and Be Polite to EVERYONE:

-> Follow our Safe Sport policies.
-> Have your swimmer arrive on time for practices and meets.
-> Help your swimmer organize his or her time to be successful in school and in the pool.
-> Demonstrate good sportsmanship. Win gracefully. Lose graciously. Congratulate opponents.
-> Assume the best from coaches and officials. We all want to see your swimmers succeed and meet their individual goals.
-> While at COSA Swimming functions, facilities, and meets always represent the team in a positive and respectful manner.
Know Your Role:

-> Swimmers swim. Coaches coach. Officials officiate. Parents parent.
-> Love your kids with positive reinforcement and encouragement.
-> Do not coach your child at practice nor during meets.
-> Do not distract the swimmers and coaches by interfering in practices or meets.
-> If you have a concern, please make arrangements to meet with the coach privately.
Meet Etiquette:

-> Respond in a timely manner for meet entries. The coaching staff has final approval on each swimmer’s meet entries.
-> Show up to the meet early to make sure your swimmer has time to check in before warmups.
-> If you have questions about a disqualification, direct them to the coach. Do not approach officials at a meet.
-> Do not step onto the pool deck unless you are working the meet (e.g., officiating or timing) per USA Swimming rules.
-> Hold a positive image for our team. Wear our logo! Keep setting that good example.
Get Involved:

-> Help raise funds for the COSA Foundation (aka Booster Club).
-> Become a USA Swimming Official or otherwise volunteer at meets (e.g., be a timer, run concessions, etc.).
-> Help plan a group social.

Violation of COSA Swimming’s Code of Conduct or behavior that brings discredit or discord to COSA Swimming may be subject to disciplinary action. COSA Swimming maintains the right to suspend or terminate any membership with or without cause.