2019 FVST Handbook

Table of Contents

Introduction                                                                                                                 

Eligibility                                                                                                                                              

Swim Team Eligibility                                                                                                                       

Pre-Team Eligibility                                                                                                                          

Time Trials                                                                                                                                           

Swim Team Representatives                                                                                                               

201FVST Reps                                                                                                                              

Flower Valley A Meets                                                                                                                         

A Meet Sign-up                                                                                                                                

A Meets - Scoring and Awards                                                                                                         

Flower Valley B Meets                                                                                                                         

B Meet Participation                                                                                                                         

Qualifying Times                                                                                                                              

B Meet Sign-up                                                                                                                                

B Meet - Scoring and Awards                                                                                                           

Additional Meets                                                                                                                                  

Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet                                                                                           

All-Star Meets                                                                                                                                   

A-Relay Carnival                                                                                                                              

Divisional Meet                                                                                                                                 

Pool Closings                                                                                                                                       

Coaching Staff and Policies                                                                                                                 

Contacting the Coaching Staff                                                                                                          

Practice Schedule                                                                                                                            

Pre-Team Practices                                                                                                                          

Pre-Team Volunteer Coaches                                                                                                          

EPA  Awards                                                                                                                                    

Disqualifications                                                                                                                               

Participation Around the Team                                                                                                             

Parent Participation                                                                                                                          

Officials Clinics                                                                                                                                 

Social Events                                                                                                                                   

Swim Team Banquet                                                                                                                        

Keeping in Touch                                                                                                                             

Dues                                                                                                                                                    

Flower Valley Swim Team Policies                                                                                                      

Discipline Policy                                                                                                                               

Sportsmanship                                                                                                                                 

Swimmers Rights & Responsibilities                                                                                                 

FVST Parent Do’s and Don’ts                                                                                                           

MCSL Code of Conduct Information                                                                                                     

Parent/Guardian's Code of Conduct                                                                                                 

Swimmer's Code of Conduct                                                                                                            

Coach's Code of Conduct                                                                                                                 

 

Introduction

The Flower Valley Swim Team Handbook serves as your guide for the 2019 season. Keep it handy for quick reference. In addition, please like us on Facebook, the pool’s web page, www.fvbrc.com, Flower Valley Swim Team on TeamUnify and check the Bulletin Board at the pool for updated information throughout the season. Post your Swim Team Calendar in your home and refer to it frequently. Important notices will also be distributed in the family file box in the pool office.

The Flower Valley Frogs undertake an extensive meet schedule consisting of “A” meets and “B”   meets, the Divisional Championship meet, and Relay Carnivals. A meets are a formal part of the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL). Generally, the three fastest swimmers in each event represent the team at Saturday morning A meets and the slate of A meet swimmers changes each week as swimmers improve their strokes and times. B meet swimmers range from “rookies” to highly polished swimmers, offering all members of the Flower Valley team an opportunity to swim in competitive meets. B meets are held on Wednesday evenings. In a swimming week, (the Saturday A meet and the subsequent Wednesday B meet), a swimmer may swim a particular individual event, including the Individual Medley (IM), only once and may swim a maximum of three individual events and the IM.

Flower Valley also sponsors two levels for pre-team called the “Tadpoles,” and the “Pollyzoggs,” designed for our young swimmers who have not met the qualifying times for the swim team. There is only ONE team at Flower Valley swimming which includes pre-team, A, and B meets teams. The Flower Valley Frogs are famous in the county for their team spirit and good fun! Behind each Flower Valley Frog, there is another, and another, and another…providing support, encouragement in swimming excellence, and friendship.

The swim team is responsible for organizing and training a team to participate in competitive swim meets in accordance with the rules and regulations of the MCSL. Private and group lessons that are offered by the swim team coaches or pool staff are not part of the swim team program.

Eligibility

Swim Team Eligibility

Any family member of the Flower Valley Bath and Racquet Club (FVBRC) is eligible for swim team membership provided that he/she: (a) has passed the deep water test at the pool (i.e., the pool management is satisfied that he/she can swim one length of the pool and tread water for one minute), (b) is not older than 18 on June 1, and (c) can swim one length of the pool within the qualifying times set forth in this handbook. A child may join the team at any time during the season as long as he/she can meet the above requirements.

Pre-Team Eligibility

The Flower Valley Pre-Team is a unique program for young swimmers who would like to participate in the swim team, but whose swimming skills are not developed enough to qualify. The pre-team offers a high ratio of coaching staff to children to ensure that our younger swimmers receive special attention. Swimmers must be 3 years of age by the first day of pre-team, and must be willing and able to fully participate in the program. Swimmers must be able to enter and stand in the shallow end of the pool, and put their face and head in the water without coercion.All children will be evaluated by the coaching staff during the first week of pre-team, and final participation in the program is at the discretion of the head pre-team coach.

The Tadpole program is open to emergent swimmers who cannot yet swim the full length of the pool (25m). The Pollyzogg program is for those children who can swim the full length of the pool (25m), but have not met the qualifying times of the swim team. Pollyzoggs are eligible to participate in the B meets once they meet the qualifying time for any of the strokes. The Tadpoles and Pollyzoggs will be participating in a "Mini Meet” which is for fun, yet also give the swimmers the opportunity to taste the flavor of a real meet. Check your swim team calendar for Mini-Meet dates and watch the bulletin board at the pool for details.

Time Trials

Flower Valley will hold a practice meet called “time trials” on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.  with warm-ups beginning at 7:30 a.m. The meet establishes a starting point from which each swimmer can measure his/her progress. The times established at our time trials determine the first A meet line-up the following Saturday meet (final line-up is at the coach’s discretion).

Attendance is imperative at Time Trials. If you cannot attend, you must notify a coach in advance. Without this notification, you may forfeit a position at the first Saturday A meet (If a swimmer cannot attend time trials, that swimmer must have their times taken at practice dates to be determined by the Head Coach).

Swim Team Representatives

The Swim Team is sponsored by the FVBRC. The Board member currently overseeing Swim Team activities is the Aquatics Director, Mike Howard at aquaticfvbrc@gmail.com  

Team representatives (Reps) are the team’s official liaisons to the Club’s Board of Directors and to the MCSL, of which Flower Valley Swim Team is a member. 

2016 FVST Reps

(A) Stacey Haines                    301-252-4028             shaines@earlbeckwith.com  

(A) Chris Henry                       301-370-0352              henry15113@gmail.com 

(B) Karen Sanders                   240-997-5482              washandsand@gmail.com

(B) Sylvia Tovar                       202-378-0198              sylviabeatrizdiaz@yahoo.com                   

(PT) Bridget Cooke                  301-655-1530              flowervalleypreteam@gmail.com         

(PT) Jeremy Sommers             301-385-2140              flowervalleypreteam@gmail.com

Flower Valley A Meets

Flower Valley continues to be a competitive team in the MCSL. This summer we are in division B. The pools we will be competing against are:

  • Connecticut Belair
  • Glenmont
  • Mill Creek Towne
  • Old Georgetown
  • Tilden Woods

Our three fastest swimmers in each event will compete in the Saturday meets. All individual events, with the exception of individual freestyle, will have one heat. Individual freestyle will swim two heats, and six of our swimmers from each age group will have an opportunity to swim and score in the freestyle events. Additionally, there will be two graduated relays from each team which are able to score points. 

NOTE: The final line-up for all A meets is at the discretion of the Head Coach.

A Meet Sign-up

Swimmers selected for the A Meet will be contacted by the coaches and will be listed on TeamUnify on Thursdaypreceding the Saturday meet. Each swimmer must check off his or her name by 10:00 pm on Thursdayin TeamUnify to confirm they will participate in the meet. Please let the coaches know (by phone or email) if you will be away for any of the swim meets. The A meet line-up changes every week based on the results of the B meet and is at the discretion of the head coach.

For further information about the MCSL and the rules for Saturday A meets, please refer to the 2019 MCSL Handbook (available online at www.mcsl.organd on Flower Valley Team Unify). A team copy is available in the file box in the pool office, and all Flower Valley Officials will be provided with a MCSL Handbook. 

A Meets - Scoring and Awards

In an A meet, individual events will be scored for the first five finishers. Points scored will be: 6 points for 1stplace, 4 points for 2ndplace, 3 points for 3rdplace, 2 points for 4thplace, and 1 point for 5thplace. 

Medley relay events (events 1 and 2) and graduated relay events (events 49 & 50) will be scored for the first three finishing teams. Points scored will be: 8 points for 1stplace, 4 points for 2ndplace and 2 points for 3rdplace. The relay teams change every week and are at thediscretion of the head coach.

Ribbons will be awarded to the top six finishers in individual events, and the top three finishers in graduated relay and medley relay events.

Swimmers achieving an “All-Star” time will receive Flower Valley All-Star swim caps. One All-Star cap is awarded per swimmer, per season. All-Star swimmers are ranked by the MCSL. Swimmers may check their rank on the MCSL web site (www.mcsl.org).

Flower Valley B Meets

This year, Flower Valley will swim five other teams on Wednesday nights for B meets. The teams are: 

  • Clarksburg Village
  • Damascus
  • Hallowell 
  • Olney Mill 
  • Mill Creek Towne

All of the teams are competitive and certainly have lots of spirit. The 2018 B Meet season begins Wednesday, June 19 and ends Wednesday, July 17.

B Meet Participation

In a swimming week, (the Saturday A meet and the subsequent Wednesday B meet), a swimmer may swim a particular individual event, including the Individual Medley (IM) (ages 9 and older only) only once. Additionally, a swimmer may compete in a maximum of three individual events and the IM. For example, a swimmer who swims freestyle and breaststroke at the Saturday A meet may swim the IM and eitherbackstroke or butterfly at the Wednesday B meet. In previous years, due to time constraints, we have had to limit the number of events swum in the B meet. We may request that each swimmer rank their choices for the B meet and limit the number of strokes a swimmer may swim (to less than three and the IM). All final entries are at the coach’s discretion.

The B Relay Carnivalwill be held on TBD.The entire team’s success is dependent upon the participation of each child. Participation in B Relay Carnival isoptionaland if you sign up for the meet, you are guaranteed to swim at least one event. Rules for swimming in a B Relay are as follows:

  • 12 & under:  If a swimmer participates in ONE event in the A relay carnival, they are not eligible to swim in the B relay meet
  • 13 & up:  If a swimmer participates in TWO events in the A relay carnival, they are not eligible to swim in the B relay meet

Exceptions may be made to fill relays that otherwise could not be filled, as long as the swimmer swims a different leg or stroke from the A relay; all decisions are at the coach’s discretion. If you are not able to attend, you must notify your coach immediately and he/she will find a replacement for your leg in the relay.

Qualifying Times

Qualifying Times have been made in attempt to maximize successes, minimize disappointments, and improve the flow of Wednesday night B meets. They are:

                       Free         Back           Breast       Fly          

8 & Under     1:00 min    1:00 min     1:00 min   1:00 min    

9 – 10 yrs    1:00 min       40 sec        50 sec       50 sec

Any swimmer (age 9 and over only) who wishes to compete in the IM must be able to legally swim all four laps within 2:00 minutes. Also, the IM may be limited to threeheats, and ability to swim is at the coach’s discretion.  

Any swimmer, especially Pollyzoggs and Tadpoles, who meet any of the above qualifying times, may sign up for the next B Meet.  Contact your coach if you have any questions.

B Meet Sign-up

The B meet sign-up is located on Team Unify. We may be required to limit the number of swimmers in each event. Every swimmer should indicate with a check the strokes he/she intends to swim on Wednesday night. Please sign-up as soon as possible, as the deadline for B meet sign-up is Monday by 6:00 pm. There will be no deck entriesfor swimmers that fail to sign up by the Monday deadline.

Only those swimmers who can swim a stroke “legally” for one length of the pool may compete in that stroke in the meets. Each swimmer’s coach determines whether or not a swimmer is eligible to swim a particular stroke and the coach’s decision will be final. 

A coach may decide to enter a swimmer in a B meet as an “exhibition” swimmer. This is done in situations where a time is needed for the swimmer (e.g., they were unable to attend time trials). If a swimmer is entering an event as exhibition, they will not be eligible for heat winner ribbons, place winner ribbons, or to score points for the team. Additionally, exhibition swims do notcount towards the total number of events that a swimmer can enter in a week (3 events plus IM), and an exhibition swimmer can only swim as exhibition ONE TIME per event in a season.

B Meet - Scoring and Awards

Individual events will be scored for the first five finishers and ribbons awarded to the top ten times from all heats in each event. The fastest swimmer in each heat will earn a “Heat Winner” ribbon. Ribbons will be distributed as soon as possible after the meets. Swimmers who achieve an “All Star” time at a B meet will receive a Flower Valley All Star cap (one cap per swimmer, per season), but will not be ranked by the MCSL.

EPA Awards

“Exceptional Performance Awards” (EPAs) will be awarded after each A and B meet to select swimmers as designated by the coaching staff. All coaches must agree on the EPA awards given out at an A or B meet, Swimmers will be chosen based on their spirit, effort, and individual success in a particular swim meet. These awards are at the coaches’ discretion, and the amount given out at each meet is subject to change. 

Disqualifications

Disqualifications (DQ), if warranted, will be made in all heats in both A and B meets and are made by the Stroke and Turn Judges and Referee. Following a DQ, the coaching staff will inform a swimmer as to why they were DQ’d within two days to ensure understanding. All swim meets in the MCSL follow USA swimming rules. Please refer to the rules section in the MCSL handbook. 

Additional Meets

Each year, a number of Flower Valley swimmers qualify for the Coaches Invitational Long Course and the All-Star Meets. Watch the bulletin board at the pool for details regarding these meets.

Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet

The Coaches Invitational Long Course meet will be held on Tuesday, July 9. The top eight swimmers in the county for each event are invited to this meet as individuals. Qualification is determined by a ranking after the third dual meet, or June 30.

All-Star Meets

Eligibility for the All-Star Meets (Individual and Relay, held on a consecutive Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28) is based on established cut-off times which swimmers must achieve in order to qualify. Please reference MCSL website for All-Star qualifying times. At the end of the regular season, the top 16 finishers in individual and relay events in Montgomery County are selected to compete in the All-Star meets. Cumulative team scores are not kept at these meets.

To recognize our All-Star qualifiers, when an All-Star time is achieved, a swimmer will receive a special red FV All-Star Cap. Swimmers are eligible to receive one cap, per swimmer, per year.

A-Relay Carnival

The A-Relay meet will be held at  Connecticut Belair Swimming Pool on TBD.The resulting team score is used as a factor in determining the Divisional standings. First place relay teams (and some 2ndplace teams) are invited to the All Star Relay meet on Saturday, July 28, and final selections for the All-Star Relay teams will be at the discretion of the coaches.

Divisional Meet

After dual meets are over, a select group of the A swimmers are invited to compete in the Divisional Meet. To qualify for the Divisional Meet on July 20 at 8 a.m. at Glenmont, a swimmer must be one of the fastest twoswimmers in an individual event, or be selected for relays by the coaches. These swimmers compete against the top swimmers from the other five teams in the Division. The resulting team score is used as a factor in determining the Divisional standings.

Pool Closings 

Please note that the pool is closed during all morning practices (until 11:00 am) and during all home A and B meets. This includes the baby pool.

Coaching Staff and Policies

We are happy to welcome back Kristy and David Mashburn as the Flower Valley Head Coaches. Kristy and all the coaches will ensure that every child on the team has fun and reaches their potential. There will be enough love and attention for everyone who wishes to join the team and become a Frog!

Coaches are happy to answer your questions, but PLEASEnot during practice!

Interruptions, even short ones, make it very difficult to run the practice in a professional manner. Kristy and the age group coaches will be available each day (by appointment) before or after practice to talk to parents and swimmers. Please save your questions and concerns for these times. 

As in all sports, coaches must make decisions to meet the team’s best interests. The final meet line-up and make-up of relay teams are solely at the coaches’ discretion.

Over the years we have found it impossible to have a mandatory practice attendance policy due to the number of summer activities of our swimmers. We do, however, believe in the value of hard work and a regular practice schedule. The practice schedule shown in this handbook has been established to allow an effective swimmer-to-coach ratio. To make this work, the swimmers need to report to their assigned lanes during their assigned practice times. This responsibility belongs to both the swimmers and their parents.

Even our very dedicated swimmers who come to most of their practices become a distraction to the coaches and other swimmers if they are at the pool for recreation during their practice hours. A hard and fast rule does not seem workable, so we are relying on your cooperation.

Contacting the Coaching Staff

You must contact your coach if you will be missing any of the A or B meets, including the A and B relays, Divisional Meet, Coaches Invitational Long Course, and All-Star Meets.Please contact your coaches before Friday morning, if you know you will be unable to swim in the A-meet on Saturday. You may call your coach at the pool during practice, if necessary. Under MCSL rules, the coaches cannot change the line-up for the A-meet after 12 noon on Friday! 

You do not need to contact your coach if you will miss just one or two practices. You should, however, contact your coach if you will miss practice for an extended period of time. 

The coaching staff will make every effort possible to help swimmers develop proper stroke techniques, as well as starts and turns; however, with many swimmers at practice at one time, it may not always be possible to give individual attention to each and every swimmer at every single practice.  If you feel that your child needs more help, please discuss your concerns with the coaching staff via email. You may also wish to consider either group or private lessons that are offered.

Practice Schedule

Please attend the practice most convenient for you. Be sure to be at the pool 15 minutes before the practice starts.

Tuesday, May 30 to Friday, June 15 – Afternoon practice ONLY

3:45 to 5:15      13 and older

5:00 to 6:00      8 and under

5:45 to 7:00      9 to 12 year olds

Monday, June 18 to end of season

Morning Practice

8:00 to 9:15                  9 to 12 year olds         

9:00 to 10:00                8 and under (first 15 minutes is dryland and 45 minutes pool time)         

9:45 to 11:00              13 and older

Morning practices are Monday through Friday. Please remember to check the swim team board regularly for possible changes to the Thursday morning practice schedule.

Afternoon Practice

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Afternoon (No practice on Wednesday afternoons)

4:30 to 5:30                 8 and under (first 15 minutes is dryland and 45 minutes pool time)

5:30 to 6:30                  9 and over

Friday All ages

4:30-5:00                     All Ages (starts, turns and finishes only) 

Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool (no coaches will be in the water)

Note: Afternoon practices are limited to two lanes. Please attend a morning practice session if possible.

* It is important to get to as many practices as possible. If a swimmer has a conflict with the times that are scheduled for his/her age group, talk with the coaches about coming at another time. The coaches are flexible about having swimmers attend alternate practices; however, for planning purposes, it is important to speak to the coaches before changing practice times.

Pre-Team Practices

The pre-team tryouts will take place on Monday, June 17 starting at 8:30 a.m. (evaluations only). Swimmers are welcome to join the pre-team at any point in the season. Practices are every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, with two practice sessions for Tadpoles, and one for Pollyzoggs. 

         

Tadpole 1        8:30 - 9:00 am (Beginners) 

            Tadpole 2        9:00 - 9:30 am  (Intermediate)

            Pollyzoggs       9:00 - 9:45 am (Can swim ¾ length of the pool)

The pre-team will have a "mini meet" on Friday, July 19at FVBRC. The end of the season meet will be followed by celebration for Tadpoles and Pollyzoggs at the Flower Valley pool. Pre-team swimmers will receive their meet ribbons and participation trophies at this event. Questions about the pre-team can be answered by contacting one of the Pre-Team Reps.

Pre-Team Volunteer Coaches

Current swim team members who have completed seventh grade and are interested in coaching the pre-team, should contact the pre-team head coach. There are a limited number of volunteer openings for the pre-team coaching staff. Training is required for all pre-team coaches and SSL Hours are earned for all MCPS Pre-Team Coaches.

Pre-team coaching is a serious commitment, and coaches are expected to have proper training, attend every practice, and follow a strict code of conduct. 

PARTICIPATION AROUND THE TEAM

Parent Participation
PARENT PARTICIPATION IS VITAL TO THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THE SWIM TEAM. 
It takes 91 parents to run the A and B meets each week. Adults are needed to officiate at all meets as timers, referees, starters, stroke & turn judges, and clerks of course. Parents are also needed to serve as scorers, ribbon writers, computer support, keep team records, and set up and serve refreshments. Helpers are needed for our team pictures, social events, Senior Banquet, Swim Team Banquet, etc.   All families will be asked to work AT LEAST FIVE (5) JOBS during this period.

If a family does fulfill their obligation to work five jobs during the season, there will be a $250 charge to your account at the end of the season. This charge is a result of families not showing up to work their jobs, and the burden being unfairly shifted to other families. Although most families fulfill their job duties as scheduled, there are gaps at every meet/event where assigned workers fail to show. The onus is on the scheduled worker to find a substitute if they cannot fulfill their job duty.

Please volunteer early and often. When everyone helps just a little, the summer season will be so much more enjoyable for all of us!

Parents must take responsibility for the supervision of their children at meets. If a parent cannot accompany his/her child to the meets, he/she must make arrangements for another adult to supervise. We know that there are many ways to show love for your child. Simply BEING THERE is one of the best. Become involved; share the work and excitement!

Officials Clinics

Saturday & Wednesday meets need referees, stroke & turn judges, head timers, starters, scorers, ribbon writers, clerks of course, announcers and timers. We need you to volunteer to be trained for these important positions. Timers for the A and B   meets do not need to attend a training course. The head timer will give you instructions at the beginning of the meet.

The MCSL will again sponsor Officials Clinics. Instruction will be offered in stroke & turn, relay take-off judge, starter, and referee. These clinics familiarize participants with the MCSL rules for competition. Attendance is required for those who wish to serve as Referee, Stroke & Turn Judge and/or Starter. The schedule for clinics can be found at www.mcsl.org

Officials have the “best view on deck”!  We CANNOT have meets if we don’t have the necessary trained and certified officials. The more officials we have trained, the fewer times each will be called to serve. Please check the MCSL web site. 

Social Events

Besides working hard, the swim team also has fun!

Keep checking the website and team board to see what is coming up! The swim team will hold a Welcome Open House on FridayMay 31th from  5-7 p.m. This event is a meet and greet  with the our head coach Kristy Mashburn introducing the coaching staff and the reps will be available to answer any questions about the swim team. 

During the season, the team will celebrate at the Pool before and after home meets. Every meet has a theme, and swimmers are encouraged to dress up for the parade just prior to each A and B meet. After home meets, we will stay at Flower Valley and celebrate our swimmers by handing out ribbons (listen for an announcement during the meet for away meets).

Swim Team Banquet

The annual Swim Team Banquet will be held on Saturday, July 20at 6:00 pm. This will be a catered dinner for swimmers and their families. 

Keeping in Touch

The list of swim team activities can be overwhelming!  Each Flower Valley family has a file folder in the box near the trophy case.  Check for weekly for ribbons from previous meets. Please look over the bulletin board near the baby pool for a list of upcoming activities. You can check out the Flower Valley webpage (www.fvbrc.com) or like us on Facebook at Flower Valley Swim Team to find much of the information in this handbook. In addition, weekly emails will be sent out by the coaching staff.  

Dues

Dues pay the cost of our MCSL league fees, coaches’ salaries, awards and trophies, equipment, printing, and some social activities. The dues this year are:

            $125 per family ($150 after May 27)

$90 per swimmer (for the first 3 swimmers per family; then $70 for each sibling swimmer after the 3rd) 

Acceptable forms of payment are Visa, MasterCard, or Debit Card. (A separate $250 per family fee will be charged at the end of the season if all five volunteer jobs are not completed). Under MCSL rules, a registration form and dues must be turned in before a swimmer may participate in a meet.

Swimmer’s fee: Dues remain constant throughout the season, regardless of the point at which your child joins the team; there are no pro-rated fees at any time. 

Refunds are only made as follows: Up until the first day of practice (prior to 12:00/midnightTuesday after Memorial Day), the full fee is refundable due to swimmer cancellation. If a swimmer cancels after the first day of practice, only the swimmer fee of $90 are refundable. After the day of Time Trials (12 midnight on the Saturday of Time Trials), dues are not refundable and there are no exceptions.

Flower Valley Swim Team Policies

Discipline Policy

The Flower Valley Pool is not open with guards in place until 11:00 am; therefore, the following policies have been adopted for the safety of each swimmer:

  1. All swimmers at the pool before 11:00 am must be in practice, or waiting in the pavilion for a parent pick-up.
  2. Coaches will utilize a three warning system. If a swimmer is not swimming or following reasonable coach’s requests, the swimmer will be warned. If this behavior continues, the swimmer will be asked to leave the pool after the third warning.
  3. If your child is asked to leave the pool, he/she must wait in the pavilion area until you pick them up. Prompt pickup is expected.

In order that each member of the swim team to be able to develop to his/her fullest potential, the coaching staff must spend practice time directing and motivating swimmers and not disciplining unruly members of the team. If your child becomes a distraction during practice, he/she will be asked to leave the pool area. Swimmers who have been asked to leave a practice may not return to the next practice without their parent or guardian. We believe that this discipline policy will result in the best use of practice time for all swimmers.

Thank you for your support. These measures are in effect to ensure the safety and well-being of each and every swimmer at FV.

Sportsmanship

Flower Valley Frogs will display good sportsmanship at all times to other members of our team, other teams, officials, parents, and our community. Behavior that shows poor sportsmanship or is destructive will be dealt with by the Coaches, Reps, and the involved swimmers’ parents, and will result in disciplinary actions ranging from extra pool chores, forfeiting of trophies, suspension or expulsion from the team.

Swimmers Rights & Responsibilities

  1. Get plenty of rest before your meet!
  2. Be prompt for warm-up, usually one hour before away meets, and one and a half hours before a home meet.
  3. Know your event number, and report to the Clerk of Course when called.
  4. STAY IN THE TEAM AREA; be cheerful and supportive to your teammates.
  5. Eat fruit and drink water; eat absolutely no junk foods during a meet.
  6. Follow all instructions of officials and pool personnel.
  7. Please note that it is against both pool and team policy to throw anyone in the pool at any time.
  8. When the meet is over, all swim team members are responsible for the cleanup of the team area. Parents, please, we need your support and cooperation in this matter! 
  9. Communicate with your coaches; inform them as to illness, camps or vacation plans, etc., giving written notice whenever possible. This will help our coaches when preparing line-ups for weekly meets and Relay Carnivals.  Please email Kristy Mashburn at kristy.mashburn@gmail.comwhen your swimmer needs to miss practice or a meet.
  10. You are responsible for all information from the bulletin board, newsletters, handouts, etc. Please consult your calendar and the file box daily!

FVST Parent Do’s and Don’ts

Parents Do: Encourage and Cheer on ALL Flower Valley Swimmers. Attend pep rallies, swim meets and get involved. Volunteer!

Parent’s Do NOT: Engage in any rude/disrespectful behavior toward our team or any visiting team parents, coaches or swimmers.

Parents Do: Stay off of the pool deck during practices and meets. Refrain from passing through or behind coaches. Save all questions/comments to ANY COACH for email format… the issue will not be addressed on the pool deck. 

Parent’s Do NOT: Interrupt coaches and swimmers during meets and practices.

Parents Do: Let the swimmers swim and the coaches do their jobs.

Parents Do NOT: Act in an unsportsmanlike manner. If you have a question/concern, email head coach/board rep. 

Parents Do: Keep an eye on your children during swim meets. Make sure your child stays in the designated team area. They are NOT permitted to be playing on playground equipment- if they are not swimming, they should be resting, or cheering for their teammates.  Know what events they are swimming and help them get to the team area for lineup. Know where your kids are at all times. No playing in the bathrooms, community room or in the gardens. 

Parent’s Do NOT: Drop off kids at the meet and leave them unattended for long periods of time.  Do not allow any Flower Valley swimmer to run, vandalize, fight or engage in any undesirable behavior at practices or meets.

Parents Do: Report problems and concerns to the Board Rep/Aquatics Director (Gary Feldman), or Head Coach (Kristy Mashburn) in writing or an email. 

Parent’s Do NOT: Become confrontational with Coaches or other Officials regarding problems or concerns, especially on the pool deck. 

Parents Do: Attend the Parent’s Meeting, age group outings, and VOLUNTEER!!!!!

Parent’s Do NOT: Make negative or rude remarks toward any swimmer or volunteer. Voice concerns in an appropriate manner.

Parents Do: Notify coaches at least ONE WEEK (or more) IN ADVANCE if swimmers cannot make it to a practice or meet via email/phone.

Parent’s Do NOT: Allow your swimmer to leave a meet or practice early without first telling the coaches.

Parents Do: Smile and Have a Great Time. Encourage swimmers to be active in the team spirit, and remember the expectations of “team players.”  We EXPECT and NEED you to hold off on camps/vacations/etc. during the summer swim season, because each and every swimmer is important to the team at ALL times!

Parents DO NOT:  Think of our team as “JUST” A team, B   team, or Pre Team. We are all ONE team.

MCSL Code of Conduct Information

Parent/Guardian's Code of Conduct 

Parents and guardians will understand that MCSL and its activities are for the benefit of children. The goals of the league include helping young people establish a love for the sport of swimming, while developing advanced aquatic skills, teamwork, and the principles of good sportsmanship. To accomplish these goals, parents/guardians must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with creating a positive experience for children and their families.

As a Parent or Guardian of a child registered with an MCSL member team, you are responsible for the conduct of your guests and other family members. MCSL teams will not tolerate a parent or guardian yelling at or belittling a child, an official, coach or other parent or guardian in any way.

As an adult and role model, children are influenced by my words and actions. I agree to the following:

  1. I will remember that all children participate to have fun and that competition is for youth, not adults.
  2. I will be a positive role model for children and will encourage them to reach the highest levels of sportsmanship and to follow the rules.
  3. I will be respectful and courteous of others, and will support and encourage swimmers, officials, team representatives, and coaches through my positive actions and attitude.
  4. I will recognize that meet officials are volunteers and will treat them with the same respect that I would expect if I were in that position.
  5. I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike behavior with an official, coach, swimmer, or parent/guardian such as arguing, booing, taunting, or using profane language or gestures.
  6. I will teach my child to treat other swimmers, coaches, team representatives, and officials with respect regardless of age, race, creed, color, gender, or ability.
  7. I will not be aggressive or hostile towards another individual and will teach my child to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence or argument.
  8. I will not ridicule or yell at my child or any other participant for making a mistake and will not hold a specific child responsible for losing a competition.
  9. I will respect and support the team representatives’, officials’ and coaches’ authority during meets and will never argue with, question, discuss, or confront officials or coaches.
  10. I will support a swimming environment for my child that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and will refrain from their use at all team events.
  11. I promise to help my child enjoy the summer swimming experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectable fan, volunteering at meets, and helping with other team activities.
  12. I will do my best to make swimming fun for all children.

Swimmer's Code of Conduct

  1. I will do my best to listen and learn from my coaches.
  2. I will attend every practice and meet that I can and will notify my coach if I cannot.
  3. I will treat my coaches, other swimmers, officials and fans with respect regardless of age, race, creed, color, gender or abilities and I will expect to be treated accordingly.
  4. I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike behavior with any official, coach, swimmer or other parent/guardian such as arguing, booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
  5. I will encourage my own parents or guardians to engage in good sportsmanship.
  6. I will expect to be treated fairly over the course of a season with regard to meet entries and recognize that certain meets are more competitive than others.
  7. I deserve to have fun during my swimming experience and will alert parents/guardians or coaches if there are problems or it stops being fun.
  8. I deserve to play in an environment that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and expect adults to refrain from their use at all swim meets.
  9. I will remember that meets are an opportunity to learn and have fun.

Coach's Code of Conduct

As a coach, you will realize that you are one of the most important and impactful role models in a child's life. Your words and your actions will have a positive and potentially devastating impact on the emotional well-being of the children in your charge. Coaching is a privilege and with it comes responsibility. Coaches set the tone for the team and are responsible for the conduct of their swimmers, parents or guardians and any other coaches on the field.

All children are influenced by my leadership and authority and as their coach; I understand I am a role model. I agree to the following:

  1. I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my swimmers ahead of any personal desire or pressure to win.
  2. I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, opposing coach, swimmer, team representative, parent/guardian or spectator such as: arguing, refusing to shake hands, excessive yelling or belittling or using profane language or gestures.
  3. I will treat each official and opposing coach with respect, and will not engage in open arguments or confrontations, and will work to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  4. I will treat my swimmers fairly and will work towards improving a swimmer’s individual skill set.
  5. I will be knowledgeable of the rules set forth for swimming by MCSL, will teach the rules to the swimmers I coach and will adhere to these rules at all times.
  6. I will do my best to provide a safe and encouraging competitive situation for my swimmers.
  7. I will teach my swimmers to treat other swimmers, coaches, team representatives, and officials with respect regardless of age, race, creed, color, gender, or ability.
  8. I will use coaching techniques appropriate for the skills that I teach and will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all swimmers.
  9. I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all swimmers.
  10. I will remember that I am a youth swimming coach and that races and meets are for children and not adults