Pompano Beach Piranhas Code of Conduct

Parents Code

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 be a positive role model for my child 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 teach my child to abide by the spirit of the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • I will demand that my child treat other swimmers, coaches, officials and spectator with respect regardless of race, gender, or ability.
  • I will get involved by volunteering, cheering at meets, and talking with my child and their coach about their progress.
  • I will refrain from coaching my child and other children 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 first to my child’s coach; then, if not satisfied, to the Head Coach.
  • I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.

I understand the above expectations and that my failure to adhere to them may result in disciplinary action, to include, but not limited to the following:

  • Verbal warning by team official, Head Coach, and/or Pompano Beach Piranhas Swimming Leadership.
  • Written warning.
  • Parental practice and/or meet suspension with written documentation of incident.
  • Parental season suspension.
  • Expulsion from the team.


Athletes Code

The purpose of a code of conduct for Athlete establish consistent expectations for athletes’ behavior and to facilitate an environment that is supportive of swimmers, coaches, parents, and families.


  • I will respect and show courtesy to my teammates, coaches, parents and families at all times.
  • I will support my team and fellow swimmers through my words and actions. I will demonstrate good sportsmanship at all practices and meets regardless of outcome.
  • 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. I will not exhibit sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate behavior to my teammates and coaches.
  • I will attend all team meetings and training sessions, arriving on time and with all necessary equipment.
  • 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 agree to comply with the above expectations, and understand that if I violate this code of conduct, I will be subject to disciplinary action determined by my coaches and possibly the Pompano Beach Piranhas Board of Directors.


Coaches Code

The purpose of a code of conduct for Coaches to establish common expectations for all members of the coaching staff of the club.

This Code of Conduct for coaches is to be used as a guide to promote a positive team environment and good sportsmanship. It will also be used to establish boundaries between coach and swimmer.

Expectations: As a coach, I understand the importance of my role in the development of the swimmers, and agree with the following statements:

  • At all times, adhere to USA Swimming’s rules and code of conduct.
  • Set a good example of respect and sportsmanship for participants and fans to follow.
  • Act and dress with professionalism and dignity in a manner suitable to his/her profession.
  • Respect officials and their judgment and abide by the rules of the event.
  • Treat opposing coaches, participants, and spectators with respect.
  • Instruct participants in sportsmanship and demand that they display good sportsmanship.
  • Coach in a positive manner and do not use derogatory comments or abusive language.
  • Win with humility and lose with dignity.
  • Treat every athlete fairly, justly, impartially, intelligently, and with sensitivity.
  • Always place the well-being, health, and safety of swimmers above all other considerations, including developing performance.
  • Continue to seek and maintain their own professional development in all areas in relation to coaching and teaching children.
  • Always maintain a professional separation between coach and athlete.

Any legal felony conviction shall also be considered a violation of this code.

Any complaints of a coach violating this code of conduct will be brought to the attention of

his/her supervisor and/or the employer. Enforcement of the code is included but not limited to:

  1. A letter of reminder of ethical conduct to the coach
  2. A letter of reprimand directly to the offending coach
  3. A letter of reprimand to the offending coach, with copies to the employer of the coach
  4. A letter as above, with additional copies to the LSC Chair in the cases of USA Swimming Coaching, or similar body in other situations.
  5. Temporary suspension
  6. Suspension