MDSI CODE OF CONDUCT:

Maryland Swimming promotes good sportsmanship by athletes, coaches, members, and spectators.  This Code of Conduct establishes minimum behavior expectations at all MD Swimming meets/events. It is to be understood that anyone violating this Code of Conduct, will be subject to disciplinary action determined by MD Swimming’s Board of Directors or the leadership of the MD Swimming meet/event.

  • Respect and show courtesy to fellow athletes, coaches, spectators, and officials at all times.
  • If there is a disagreement with an official’s call, only the coach (real or assigned) will speak with the deck referee for verification.
  • Parents and/or athletes shall always refer to the coach for any questions about DQ’s/times/etc., and never approach meet staff or officials directly.
  • Set a good example of behavior and work ethic for peers.
  • Be respectful of all others' (athletes, coaches, officials, meet staff, etc.) feelings and personal space.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Show respect and abide by all rules concerning the use of facilities (including locker rooms) at MD Swimming meets/events, and during team practices.
  • Refrain from use of foul language, violence, and behavior deemed dishonest, offensive, or illegal.
  • Obey USA Swimming rules and codes of conduct.

IMPLEMENTATION:

Failure to comply with the MDSI Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action, including, but not limited to:

  • Verbal warning
  • Disqualification from one or more events, or all events of competition
  • Removal from meet/event
  • Disqualification from attending future Maryland Swimming meets/events

Note:  Any appeal following any disciplinary action shall be in accordance with USA Swimming Rules and Regulations.

Meet Announcement and announcer's opening remarks for each meet will contain the following statement:

We request your cooperation in creating only a positive meet environment. Negative comments and/or actions are not consistent with good sportsmanship. This meet/event is held under the dictates of the MD Swimming Code of Conduct, available on the Maryland Swimming website. All athletes, coaches, officials, meet staff, and spectators will be held to the standards set within. Thank you and enjoy the meet.