The Swimmers' Code of Conduct


Participation in the Stuttgart Piranhas Swim Team is a privilege. It is every swimmer's responsibility to abide by the Swimmers Code of Conduct and to protect our team's reputation within the swimming community. Failure to abide by our Code of Conduct may result in a range of disciplinary actions in accordance with our CoachingPhilosophy and Disciplinary Guidelines.


As a Stuttgart Piranhas Swimmer, I agree to the following:

I. I will be a good representative of the Stuttgart Military Community. 

  • I will display appropriate attitudes and behaviors towards members of the host nation community.
  • I will abide by the Department of Defense Dependent Schools' Europe Athletic Regulations, if applicable.
  • I will be a good host to members of visiting teams.
  • I will behave in a manner that reflects positively on the Military Community and the Stuttgart Piranhas team.


II. I will respect the Stuttgart Piranhas team a. I will support, assist and encourage my teammates at meets, dry-land training and at practice.

  • I will support our team captains and help foster team spirit.
  • I will not spread unverified information, rumors or gossip that could be detrimental to our team spirit, team and community reputation, and the physical and mental well being of my teammates and their families.
  • I will not participate in activities that reflect negatively on the team.


III. I will respect my body:

  • I will not smoke or misuse drugs of any kind.
  • I will inform the coaching staff of any injury or condition that might affect my ability to swim safely.


IV. I will respect the coaches:

  • I understand that decisions of the coaches are final. If dissatisfied, I will address my concerns to the coach after practice or meet and according to thePiranhas Grievance process as described in the Stuttgart Piranhas Constitution, Article V, Section 6.
  • I will correct my behavior if found inappropriate.
  • I will not enter or leave the pool or pool area without informing the coaching staff.
  • I understand that by not following the coaching staff directions, I may be subject to disciplinary action.


V. I will respect myself and others:

  • I will respect the privacy and personal space of others.
  • I will keep my hands, feet and objects to myself. I understand that physical horseplay, intentional touching, and public displays of affection other than highfives and side hugs will result in disciplinary action.
  • I will display good sportsmanship.
  • I will not use crude or offensive language or gestures.
  • I will not verbally or physically intimidate or interfere with other swimmers.
  • I will not take or use another swimmer's property without permission.


VI. I will respect the meet officials:

  • I will abide by the rules of the host team.
  • I will follow the directions of the Head Marshal, Meet Director and other Meet Officials.
  • I will treat all officials with respect and abide by decisions of the Head Official.
  • I will direct any issues I have with any meet official to my Head Coach and/or Coaching Staff.


VII. I will respect the pool rules as described in the Basic Pool Rules guidelines. Additionally,

  • I will not vandalize or remove pool property.
  • I will be courteous to the pool management and staff.


The Parent Code of Conduct


The Parent Code of Conduct is an agreement between each swimmer's parent(s) and the swim team. All parents are expected to model appropriate behavior for our swimmers to follow at all times. Misconduct by a parent will be addressed by the Stuttgart Piranhas Board as outlined in the Stuttgart Piranhas Bylaws, Article I, Section 4.


As a Parent of a Stuttgart Piranhas Spring training swimmer(s), I agree to the following:


  • I will demonstrate appropriate behavior and provide a healthy environment for our swimmers. I understand that the use of profanity, strong language, smoking and drunkenness are unacceptable whenever a group of swimmers is present.
  • I will attend scheduled parents meetings.
  • I will ensure that my swimmer(s) attend regular practice sessions on time with appropriate equipment. I will promptly pick up my swimmer(s) after practice. I understand that transportation to all practices and meets is 100% parent (or swimmer) responsibility.
  • I will respect the coaching staff and abide by their decisions. I will not interrupt a coach during practice. I will address individual concerns about my swimmer to the coaching staff after practice and swim meets, via the coaching staff's team emails, or according to the coaching staff's individual communication guidelines. If dissatisfied, I will follow the team's grievance process to have my issue(s) resolved as outlined in the Stuttgart Piranhas Constitution Article V, Section 6.
  • I will treat pool staff, our swimmers, visiting teams, visiting coaches and visiting families with respect.
  • I will follow the rules of the hosting pool, team president and officials at all swim meets.
  • I will assist with swim meets as a timer, runner, marshal, stroke and turn official, starter, awards volunteer, or other needed role as requested by the team.
  • I will follow the process outlined in the Stuttgart Piranhas Constitution Article V, Section 6, to address any informal and formal grievances that I may have.




Safety is a priority at the pool. Stuttgart Piranhas swimmers and families are reminded of the following rules whether at one of our local pools or visiting another pool.Questions and concerns regarding pool rules can be directed to Coaches, Board Members, or the pool personnel.


  • Swimmers may not enter the pool area without a coach. Swimmers may not exit the pool area until dismissed or without the permission of a coach.
  • Street shoes are not permitted on the pool deck (and many German pools prohibit street clothes on the pool deck).
  • No running or horseplay in any area of the pool to include but not limited to the pool deck and changing areas.
  • No spitting, spouting, dunking, pushing or horseplay in the pool.
  • No hanging on lane lines, safety ropes or playing with the rescue equipment.
  • No food or drinks are permitted in the pool area except water in plastic bottles or sport bottles. NO GLASS containers are allowed in the pool area under any circumstances.
  • Locker room, showers, and bathrooms are OFF LIMITS to members of the opposite sex.
  • Follow all posted pool rules.
  • Follow all German parking regulations including but not limited to the prohibition against leaving engines idling while parked and not parking in employee parking areas.