Athlete Code of Conduct


The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports, including swimming and diving are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.” As a result, RAC athletes are expected to follow the following code of conduct:

  1. Be respectful, courteous and demonstrate positive support for all RAC athletes, coaches, officials and spectators at every meet and practice. Unsportsmanlike conduct such as taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane or obscene language or gestures is unacceptable.

  2. Compete and train fairly and honestly.

  3. Treat all training and competition venues with the utmost respect, putting away all training equipment in its storage location after each work out and assisting in the cleanup of the team area after each day’s competition.

  4. Be punctual to all practices, meets, warm-ups, meetings and other scheduled RAC activities.

  5. Comply with the policies of RAC, SAL and USA swimming and diving, to the extent a RAC athlete participates in such activities.

  6. Comply with all pool, facility and locker room rules. Remember that RAC athletes are guests at these venues.

  1. Resolve conflicts without resorting to, or threatening, hostility or violence.

  2. Treat other athletes, coaches, officials and spectators with respect, regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability on any other protected status.

  3. Participate in all RAC, SAL and USA swimming and diving activities free from the influence of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, controlled substances or other substances not being used for their intended purpose (“substances”). The use, sale, distribution or manufacturing of such substances during any RAC, SAL and USA swimming and diving activity is prohibited.

  4. Refrain from engaging in hostile, abusive, intimidating, bullying, threatening or demeaning behavior when dealing with other athletes, coaches, officials and spectators.

  5. Refrain from sexual, racial, ethnic and all other forms of unlawful harassment and/or inappropriate behavior.

  6. Refrain from destroying or stealing the property of others.

  7. Refrain from any illegal or inappropriate behavior that would detract from a positive image of RAC or be detrimental to its performance objectives.