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Swimmer Code of Conduct

As a member of the Elite Performance Aquatic Club (EPAC), you are part of a swimming organization
that believes teamwork, integrity, respect and good sportsmanship are more important than winning.
All swimmers agree to follow the rules for behavior and sportsmanship while a member of EPAC. The
following behavior guidelines state the principles EPAC expect all members to demonstrate and
uphold.
EPAC is fortunate to have experienced, professional coaches working to develop our children into
better swimmers, and more importantly, teaching and instilling important life-skills. These skills
include time-management, self-discipline and sportsmanship. Your child will reap the benefits of
swimming long after his/her participation with EPAC ends.
As swimmer, it is absolutely essential that we give our coaching staff the respect and authority they
deserve to run our swim team. Our coaches are hired for that purpose and the Head Coach oversees
the direction of the staff.

PART I – Swimmer Code of Conduct

The athlete participating with/for the Elite Performance Aquatic Club (EPAC) agrees to abide by the
guidelines outlined below in addition to those established by the staff.
• Swim for the fun of it, not just to please your parents or coach.
• Make every team practice, meet participation and activity an opportunity to learn.
• Swimmers are expected to remember that at practice, during swim meets, team activities and in
public they are representing EPAC. They should represent EPAC with excellence, respect, team
spirit, good sportsmanship, and politeness.
• Swimmers are expected at all times to follow the directions of any member of the coaching staff,
respect any instructions by officials and any person who is a chaperone. Disrespect or failure to obey
instructions will not be tolerated from any athlete.
• Swimmers are expected to show respect, common courtesies and good sportsmanship at all times
to the team members, coaches, competitors, officials, parents and for all facilities and other property
used during practices, competitions and team activities.
• Swimmers should be punctual and arrive on time for all practices and meets and team events. Pool
time is very valuable.
• Swimmers are expected to attend all team meetings, practice sessions and swim meets (if
registered for meets), unless excused by staff or have made special arrangements with their coach.
• Swimmers must notify the coach in advance if they are planning to leave practice or swim meets
early.
• Swimmers are expected to wear EPAC team caps and swim suits at all swim meets. This displays
team pride and also makes it easier to identify swimmers on the blocks and in the water.  

• Swimmers will come to all team sponsored meets and events in the appropriate attire. Boys shall wear suits which cover the buttocks. Girls shall wear suits which cover the buttocks and breasts.  No bikinis as a primary practice suit, no cut offs or under garments are allowed to be used as primary swim wear in the pool. Deck changing is forbidden (per USA Swimming Rules) as is shaving at swim meets (prevention of communicable diseases).
• Swimmers should be an active participant in all team practices, competitions, fundraising events and
other team activities.
• Focus on every drill and every set. Be committed to putting forth your best effort every day. An
honest effort does not include cutting laps, pulling on lane lines or missing send offs/sets.
• Disruption of practice by an athlete will be grounds for removal. Continual cheating in a practice will
be considered a disruption of practice.
• The coaches are there to help the swimmers. Swimmers are expected to pay attention and follow all
of the coach’s instructions completely and exactly. If any clarification is needed, they are to ask
questions politely.
• Swimmers are expected to use appropriate language. Use of profane or abusive language or
obscene gestures will not be tolerated.
• Dishonesty, theft, and/or vandalism will not be tolerated.
• Bullying will not be tolerated.
• Indiscreet or destructive behavior will not be tolerated.
• Every effort should be made to avoid guilt by association with such activities as those listed above.
• There shall be no drinking of alcohol or use of tobacco products or illegal drugs or any substances
banned by USA Swimming
• Swimmers are expected to respect each other. Fighting, intentional touching or striking another
athlete will subject the swimmer to the most severe discipline.
Swimmers are expected to follow the spirit of the rules as well as the specific rules. The coach must
adapt this philosophy to an infinite number of situations. Swimmers are asked to respect the coach’s
directions and give their full cooperation. Cooperation with teammates and staff will produce a
productive practice environment and competitive environment for all.

PART II – Violation of the Code

The coaches have the authority to impose the following penalties for violation of the Elite
Performance Aquatic Club Code of Conduct. The penalties include, but are not limited to, the
following:
 The swimmer will be given a verbal warning.
 The swimmer will be pulled out of practice in addition to a verbal warning and the coach will
contact the parent.
 The swimmer will need to be accompanied by a parent at practice for four (4) consecutive
days.
 If the swimmer continues his/her bad behavior, he/she may be suspended for one (1) week.
(There will be NO prorated fee for monthly dues.) If the swimmers disciplinary problem
continues, the swimmer and parent will meet with the coach to discuss the problem further.

Parent Code of Conduct

As a member of the Elite Performance Aquatic Club (EPAC), I am part of a swimming organization
that believes teamwork, integrity, respect and good sportsmanship are more important than winning.
By signing this Code of Conduct, I agree to follow the rules for behavior and sportsmanship while I
am a member of EPAC. The following behavior guidelines state the principles EPAC expects all
members to demonstrate and uphold.
EPAC is fortunate to have experienced, professional coaches working to develop our children into
better swimmers, and more importantly, teaching and instilling important life skills. These skills
include time-management, self-discipline and sportsmanship. Your child will reap the benefits of
swimming long after his/her participation with EPAC ends.
As parents/family members, it is absolutely essential that we give our coaching staff the respect and
authority they deserve to run our swim team. Our coaches are hired for that purpose and the Head
Coach oversees the direction of the staff.

PART I – Parents Code of Conduct

• Set the right example for our children by showing respect and common courtesies at all times to the
team members, coaches, competitors, officials, parents, and
for all facilities and other property used during practice or competition.
• Respect the integrity of swim officials by assuming decisions are based on honest, objective
evaluations of performance. Only coaches may approach meet
officials for clarification of rulings.
• Understand that opposing teams, including their swimmers, coaches, and fans, want the same
positive experiences for their swimmers as we do. Help EPAC achieve our goals by avoiding criticism
either verbally or by gesture. Look for opportunities to build rapport with teams that we compete and
work with.
• Demonstrate good sportsmanship during all practices, competitions and team activities. Promote
good sportsmanship by setting an example and by helping others to do likewise. EPAC wins
gracefully, loses graciously and congratulates their opponents either way.
• Be an active participant in all fundraising events and other team activities and encourage and
support your child by permitting them to be timely for practices and competitions.
• Realize that swimmers become easily confused when coached by parents and benefit most from
positive reinforcement of the professional coaching staff’s instructions and advice. Your unconditional
love and support before and after races will help them best.
• Recognize that EPAC coaches are professionals and allow them to coach your child without
interference during workouts and meets. Parents are allowed on deck during practice, however,
during any meet parents are not allowed unless they are timing or an official.
• Support your professional coaches as they strive to do what is best for each EPAC swimmer. Our
expectations and methods are based on USA Swimming, the American Swim Coaches Association
and other recognized swimming authorities.
• If you have concerns, you will address it with the appropriate coach in private.
• Maintain open and honest communication among all members of the EPAC family. We reach our
common goals by working together.
• Insist that your child refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, drugs, other prohibited substances,
violence, abusive or foul language, inappropriate sexual conduct, or any other behavior deemed
dishonest, discourteous, offensive or disrespectful of others.


PART II – Parent Basic Responsibilities

• Regardless of intent, any action that may be considered questionable/inappropriate by the general
public should be refrained upon. When in doubt, either ask a coach or a board member if they feel
the action is appropriate or simply refrain from that action.
• Practice teamwork with all parents, swimmers, and coaches by supporting the values of Discipline,
Loyalty, Commitment, and Hard Work.
• Assist the coaches in conducting effective practices by ensuring swimmers arrive and leave on time,
and bring the proper equipment.
• Arrive at meets in time for volunteer or swimmer check in, stretching and warm-ups.
• Represent EPAC with excellence, respect, team spirit, good sportsmanship, and politeness
• Maintain self-control at all times. Refrain from inappropriate behavior that detracts from a positive
image of the team or is detrimental to our performance
objectives.
• Know your role. Swimmers – Swim / Coaches – Coach / Officials – Officiate / Parents – Parent
• Call or meet with coaches during normal business hours before or after practice/meets to discuss
issues.
• Do not coach your child at practice or during meets, that is the coach’s job.
• Assist the coaches by not talking with or motioning to swimmers during practices unless clearing it
with a coach first.
• Do not interrupt or confront the coaching staff on the pool deck during practice or meets.
• Trust and support your swimmers and coach’s decisions around goal-setting, training commitments,
swim event entries, and meet schedules. Do not impose your ambitions on your child.
• Any questions about disqualifications, judging, etc. should be directed to your swimmer’s coach.
• Get involved….be an official, work on the board, help plan a fundraiser, help plan a group social.
Find something you enjoy!
• Share the burden among parents by volunteering to help at meets.
• Pay your fees on time.
• Know and uphold EPAC rules, regulations, management and coach directives, and by-laws that are
designed to maximize the experience for all swimmers and parents
Each parent agrees to comply with and support the foregoing rules that constitute the EPAC Parent's
Code of Conduct. Parents acknowledge that failure to abide by the aforementioned rules and
guidelines subjects the Parent to disciplinary action. If a parent’s conduct brings discredit or discord to
EPAC, then the parent voluntarily subjects himself or herself to disciplinary action that may include,
but is not limited to the following:
• Verbal warning by official, coach, and/or officers of EPAC.
• Written warning by official, head coach, and/or officers of EPAC.
• Parental or swimmer suspension with written documentation of incident kept on file by organizations
involved.
• Suspension from the pool deck for a specified period of time.
• Parental or player season suspension.
• Revocation of any or all of EPAC privileges.
In the case of suspensions or revocation, loss of all deposits or payments made to EPAC.