Team Policies

The Sleepy Hollow Swim Team (SHST) has a tradition of sportsmanship and fun. We provide a safe atmosphere in which all swimmers can maximize their individual swimming potential without undue pressure. 

In order to continue our tradition and fulfill this mission the SHST Board and coaches expect parents and swimmers to adhere to our Team Policies.


SWIMMERS: You Represent All Sea Lions! 

Participation on our team is a privilege, not a right. Your privilege to participate may be withdrawn, either temporarily or permanently, in the event that you do not adhere to our Team Policies.

  • When coaches talk, swimmers listen.

  • Always abide by the decisions of coaches and meet officials.

  • Respect all property at our pool and at away pools.  This includes no hanging on lane lines, no running, and no destruction or mistreatment of bathrooms, showers, and grounds.

  • Cheer and applaud other swimmers for putting forth their best efforts, no matter what age group, heat, or team. Congratulate other swimmers in your race.

  • No put-downs, swearing, or other inappropriate language.

  • No bullying either verbally or physically, or through writing or social media.

  • No fighting or physical abuse.

  • No disruptive or rude behavior.

  • Be on time for practices and meets.

  • Do not use drugs, alcohol or tobacco, and do not provide them to others in violation of local, state and/or federal law.

PARENTS: Set the Example for Your Sea Lion. 

Your swimmer's privilege to participate on the team may be withdrawn, either temporarily or permanently, in the event that you do not adhere to our Team Policies.

  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship:

    • Respect the decisions and experience of our coaches.

    • Recognize that you may not "coach" or direct during practices or meets.

    • Do not question referees, timers, and other volunteer meet officials.

    • Encourage all athletes, no matter the team.

  • Remain quiet during practices.  Do not cross the "line in the pavement" on our pool deck and approach the pool and coaches.  Contact coaches via email or between practice groups without disrupting swimmers.

  • Complete your Family Commitment or pay the Non-Working Fee.  Recognize that you will incur a $100 fee for every missed shift/obligation.

  • Absolutely no use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs at any home or away meets.

  • Commit to the team only if your child is truly interested in attending practices and meets and contributing fully.

  • The SHST will take all appropriate measures to enforce our Team Policies.  These measures may include a swimmer's suspension from practice, exclusion from meets, and/or dismissal from the team. 

Any violation of our Team Policies by swimmers or parents should be immediately reported to our Team President and Coach Mark Anderson.  They will assess the misconduct and, with input from other coaches and SHST Board members, will determine what action is needed.  In the event of dismissal from the team no refunds will be granted by the SHST. 

These disciplinary measures are at the sole discretion of the coaches and the SHST Board.

Swimmers and their families must also adhere to all rules and regulations of the Marin Swim League (MSL). Please consult the MSL Policies and the USA Swimming Mini Rule Book.

Covid Protocols

The safety and well-being of our swimmers and coaches is our top priority. Participation on the team is a privilege, not a right. Your swimmer’s privilege to participate on the team may be withdrawn, either temporarily or permanently, in the event that these protocols are not adhered to.

Below are the guidelines and protocols we will be following per the county and state rules.  The following rules will be enforced at every practice, there will be no exceptions. Swimmers who do not follow the guidelines will not be allowed to participate. 

  • Swimmers will only be allowed to attend their designated group for the entire season, unless otherwise specified.
  • Swimmers will swim 3 to a lane.
  • Social distancing will be followed when arriving and exiting the pool area.
  • Parents must drop off and pick up on time and stay in their car if possible.
  • Parents are not allowed inside the gate of SHHA.
  • Swimmers will wear a mask upon arrival and be socially distant during check in
  • Swimmers must have their temperature taken every day upon arrival. (If a swimmer's temperature is 100.4 F or higher, the swimmer will be sent home and be required to attain a Covid-19 test before returning to practice.  If there is a positive test all swimmers in that group will be notified and must get tested before returning to practice.)
  • If your swimmer has experienced a fever, is not feeling well in any way, or has been exposed to someone who is sick they may not attend practice and you must inform the coaching staff immediately.  
  • Upon the completion of practice, swimmers will wear a mask and exit the pool area immediately. Swimmers will keep socially distant throughout the exiting process until they have left the area (by car, foot, or bike).
  • Swimmers must arrive in their swimsuits, and ready to swim. No deck changing or using the locker room
  • Swimmer will be allowed to bring a towel, goggles, shoes/sandals, a labeled water bottle, and a mask.
  • Bathrooms and locker rooms are not available.
  • All coaches, staff and volunteers will wear masks.