Code of Conduct: Parents


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 set the right example for our children 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 get involved by volunteering, observing practices, cheering at meets, and talking with my child and their coach about their progress.
  • I will refrain from coaching my child 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 respect the directives of coaches, understanding that any requests are in the best interest of swimmers.
  • I will direct my concerns following the OPST Grievance Policy.


Family Participation Policy

OPST has a reputation for being a model team when it comes to volunteering. We have an extraordinary group of families and swimmers who continually dedicate their time and talent to ensure the success of the team.

In order to create a positive environment and maintain success at the highest level, the dedicated efforts of our parents are vital. Hammerhead families are required to volunteer at EVERY meet your swimmer attends. This is the minimum obligation for ALL Hammerhead families.

Volunteering our time and working together as parents provides our swimmers with examples of hard work, commitment, and dedication that are the characteristics and traits that our team strives to instill in our swimmers. Consistent and full participation ensures that duties necessary to host a well-run meet, are evenly shared among all families.  Refer to Volunteer Job Descriptions and communicate with the volunteer coordinator the way(s) in which your family will contribute.



If you have an interest in serving on the OPST Board of Directors, contact the current President. Timing positions will be filled by signing up online for each meet. All other positions are filled on a first come first served basis at the beginning of the season.

The following positions need to be filled ALL DSA meets:

  1. Age Group Parent- 1-2 parents per age/gender group for meets. Assures event information is written on arms, assisting swimmers to starting blocks, and provides general supervision of the group during the meet.
  2. Timers - 30 timers for every meet. This allows timers to split sessions and limit the commitment to half the meet.
  3. DSA Officials - 1 starter, 1 referee, and 4 stroke / turn judges per meet.
  4. Scoring Table - 1-2 parents to assist with entering and validating times.
  5. Ribbon Writers- 2 parents to work at scoring table. Places labels on ribbons and files in swimmer folders.
  6. Meet Runner- 1-parent to collect timer records and deliver to scoring table.
  7. Announcer- Voice of the meet; announces each event and heat number.
  8. Shark Shack- 1-2 parents to staff concessions and apparel for sale.
  9. National Anthem- We encourage our swimmers to volunteer.



Each family asked to participate in fundraising for the team. The team provides several fundraising events throughout the year. Refer to Sponsorship letter in Documents section of website when approaching businesses for support.  Other fundraising activities may be added throughout the year.