Indiana Swimming
Level 2

On April 24th, 2012 the ACST board adopted the following new code of conduct for all of its swimmers to follow.  While we do not like the age we live in where we feel we must write down a set of instructions and consequences for our kids, we do recognize it is the era we live in and we must protect the interest of the club, swimmers, coaches, spectators, and others by creating a more formal code of conduct.

ACST has had a behavioral code in the past, but now with this documentation we feel it will define what some of the wrong actions are and what some of the consequences may be.  Please take a few moments to read this form and then discuss it with your swimmer.  


Disciplinary Code & Procedures


Avon Community Swim Team


(As adopted by the Avon Community Swim Team Board of Directors on April 24, 2012)




Whereas the Avon Community Swim Team known as ACST is established to promote the sport of swimming and in the process help to develop the character of the individual swimmers,


Whereas, for the orderly operation of the ACST certain rules and regulations and procedures for enforcing same must be established,


Whereas, it is the expressed intention of ACST to set forth procedures that will aid in identifying behavior the club finds undesirable and define a process for addressing an alleged occurrence.


Therefore, be it resolved that the following shall be the Disciplinary Code & Procedures:


This Disciplinary Code shall apply to all behavior occurring during or at an activity or function that is associated with ACST including but not limited to: swim practice, swim meets, team trips, team outings, or individual group outings and addresses objectionable behavior by members ACST occurring outside of club activities such as internet and school behavior that may cast a bad image on ACST.


The types of objectionable behavior shall be divided into three (3) classifications:


Class I – Shall deal with the behavior that is considered very severe and disruptive, possibly life threatening and/or in direct violation of governmental laws. These are actions that are so detrimental that it is not desirable to have such a person associated with the team.

Class II – Shall deal with behavior that is considered disruptive; having a detrimental effect on one’s self, other members of the team, or the general public; causes significant damage to the reputation of the club and/or their coaches.

Class III – Shall deal with behavior that is somewhat disruptive; does not portray ACST in a good light; and other actions that are not in compliance for good behavior as a member of a team or society in general.


Class I Objectionable Behavior:

Unacceptable Behavior (including, but not limited to): Sale or distribution of illegal drugs; conviction of felony and fighting that results in the severe bodily injury of any person (regardless whether at a club activity or not).


Disciplinary Procedure:

Board shall send notice of hearing to parent/guardian and swimmer via certified mail.

·       Hearing before quorum of Board of Directors with parent/guardian and swimmer present; the facts shall be presented by the Board President; Head Coach shall be present in advisory role.

·       Board decision to be mailed to the parent/guardian and swimmer within one week via certified mail.


Recommended Discipline:

·       May results in membership termination or other action as determined by the board of directors.


Class II Objectionable Behavior:

Unacceptable behavior as a member of ACST at team functions, practices, school, public environment when wearing ACST clothing, and meets.  This behavior would include, but not be limited to:  Possession or use of illegal drugs, alcohol, severe threatening of bodily harm, tobacco use, theft, or significant vandalism.


Disciplinary Procedure:

·       Hearing before Disciplinary Committee consisting of three members of the Board of Directors chosen by a majority of the Board.

·       Committee shall send notice of hearing to Parent/Guardian and swimmer via certified mail.

·       The facts shall be presented by the Board President; the Head Coach shall be present in an advisory role.


Recommended Discipline:

·       1st Offense – Suspension* from the team for a minimum period of thirty (30) days of the swimmer’s season (these days may extend into the swimmer’s next season, if needed).

·       2nd Offense - Suspension* from the team for a minimum period of sixty (60) days of the swimmer’s season (these days may extend into the swimmer’s next season, if needed). In addition, work detail may be assigned by the Committee as outlined on 1st offense above.

·       3rd Offense – Shall be considered a violation of Class I Objectionable Behavior and handled according to the disciplinary proceedings of Class I Objectionable Behavior.


* Terms of suspension shall be spelled by the Disciplinary Committee and must be adhered to by the swimmer/parents in order to be reinstated by the Committee at the end of the suspension period. During the periods of suspension, swimmers remain a member of ACST and thereby all dues and fees are still due in full from the swimmer. The swimmer cannot be reinstated until any fees and/or dues that are in arrears are paid in full. Additionally, during periods of suspension, all work session requirements remain the responsibility of the swimmer and any missed session will be charged in accordance with the then current fee schedule.


Class III Objectionable Behavior:

Unacceptable behavior  at ACST practices, competitions and team functions that include, but are not limited to: minor vandalism, being disruptive in practices or meets, abusive language or behavior, insubordination to members of the coaching staff, chaperones, or others, littering, other acts of misconduct as determined by the coaching staff.


Disciplinary Procedure:

·       Handled by the Coaching staff (Parents will be involved if anticipated discipline will result in a suspension).


Recommended Discipline:

·       As determined by the coaching staff (including but not limited to, extra laps, clean-up duties, suspension from practice, and/or suspension from meet(s)). Repeated Class III offenses may result in the offense being considered a Class II Objectionable Behavior.


During all investigations into allegations of Class I & II offenses, involving questioning or interviewing of the subject swimmer, a parent, or guardian of such swimmer shall be present.