Swimmers Code of Conduct

 

Philosophy

 

Our primary objective is to help each swimmer realize their full swimming potential.  In order to do so, an environment that will encourage accomplishment must be established and maintained.  A swimmer’s conduct at practices and swim meets should support every other swimmer’s ability to learn and the coach’s ability to teach other swimmers.  With that in mind, we have developed the Swimmer Code of Conduct and expect all Marlin swimmers to do their best to follow it.

 

Conduct Expected of All Swimmers

 

  • To remember that at practice, during swim meets and in public they are representing the YMCA of Greenwich Marlins.  They should represent the YMCA with excellence, team spirit, good sportsmanship, and politeness.
  • To think and act positive at all times
  • To follow the directions of any member of the coaching staff and any person who is a chaperone.  Disrespect or failure to obey instructions will not be tolerated from any athlete.
  • To avoid spreading rumor or gossip that could be detrimental to the fellow teammates.
  • To try their best in practice and competition
  • To follow all practice guidelines
  • To use appropriate language.  Use of profane or abusive language or obscene gestures will not be tolerated.
  • There shall be no drinking of alcohol or use of tobacco products or illegal drugs or any substances banned by US Swimming or FINA.
  • To be on time for practice and competition
  • To remain until the conclusion of practice
  • To notify the coach in advance if they are planning to leave practice or swim meets early.
  • To wear designated team apparel at all competitions. (This includes but is not limited to team swim cap, t-shirts, etc...)
  • To report any sign of illness or injury to a coach or Y staff member immediately.
  • To follow the attendance policy set forth by the coaching staff.
  • Disruption of practice by an athlete will be grounds for removal.  Continual cheating in a practice will be considered a disruption of practice.

 

I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:

  • 1st time: Verbal warning by official, head coach, or YMCA
  • 2nd time: Formal Letter of Complaint will be issued to all parties involved and filed with the YMCA and Aquatic Advisory Committee Board.
  • 3rd time: Practice and/or Meet Suspension (two weeks from practice and one meet suspension) and a formal meeting with the Aquatic Advisory Board.  Written documentation of incident will be kept on file.
  • 4th time: Removal of swimmer from the team.

 

 Parents Code of Conduct

1. I will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all swimmers, coaches, officials, and spectators at every meet, practice, or other sporting event.

2.I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, swimmer, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.

3. I will respect the officials and their authority during meets and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches on the pool deck, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.

4. I will respect coaches and their authority during practice. I will never question, discuss or confront coaches during practice time. I will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.

5. I will refrain from coaching my child or other swimmers during meets and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.

6. I will only be on deck at a swim meet if I am a timer, meet marshal, or official. If I am on deck I will not approach the coaches or swimmers.

7. I will respect the Swimmer/Coach relationship and allow my child to be their own advocate for any issues they may have.

8. I will not text, email, or phone coaches during a swim meet unless it is to inform them of tardiness or scratches.

9. I will not engage in any negative discussions on the pool deck during practice or meets that is detrimental to the swim team.

10.I will respect the Coaches office hours of Mon-Thurs from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. I will contact them during these times for any questions or concerns. Coaches are happy to respond to email in a timely manner within 24 hours.

11. I will adhere to the following guidelines while on deck during practice hours:

- I will not use any recording devices.

- I will remain seated on the bleachers.

- I will not sit behind or stand in front of one of the lanes.

I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:

·         1st time: Verbal warning by official, head coach, or YMCA

·         2nd time: Formal Letter of Complaint will be issued to all parties involved and filed with the YMCA and Aquatic Advisory Committee.

·         3rd time: Parental Practice and/or Meet Suspension (two weeks from practice and one meet suspension) and a formal meeting with the Aquatic Advisory Committee.  Written documentation of incident will be kept on file.

·         4th time: Removal of swimmer from the team.