North Texas Thunder Water Polo Code of Conduct


North Texas Thunder Water Polo adheres to all rules, regulations, and policies, implemented by their governing body of USA Water Polo to include but not limited to: anti-discrimination, minor athlete abuse-prevention policy, and concussion protocol.  All information pertaining to these policies and others can be obtained at USAWaterPolo.org.

 

The Code of Conduct shall apply to each athlete and parent while a member of the Thunder Water Polo Club. This includes all times, not just behaviors associated with direct water polo activities. Members of Thunder Water Polo shall not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, disability (except where such disability affects an athlete’s ability to perform), national origin or sexual orientation.

 

  • Athletes (and Parents) shall contribute to a positive atmosphere in and out of the pool.
  • Athletes (and Parents) shall treat all referees, opponents, volunteers and coaches with respect, regardless of situation.
  • Athletes (and Parents) shall display a positive and encouraging attitude for your team at all times, regardless of situation (amount of playing time, which roster you are on, score, etc.).
  • Athletes shall arrive on time and ready to play at every practice and game.
  • Athletes (and Parents) shall communicate concerns in the following order: their primary coach, the appropriate age-group head coach, the Club Director, an Executive Board member.
  • Athletes shall not play “dirty”. We want to cultivate a reputation as clean players.
  • Athletes shall not participate in activities (Drinking, drugs, smoking, foul language, etc.) that will bring dishonor to the club.
  • Athletes (and Parents) shall not inappropriately use social media for bullying or harassment.
  • Athletes (and Parents) shall not voice their frustrations at referees or opponents.
  • Athletes (and Parents) shall not participate in any objectionable behavior that is disruptive to the team and does not portray the Thunder Water Polo Club in a good light; or other actions that are not in compliance with appropriate behavior as a member of the team or society in general. Examples of this type of conduct include but are not limited to: insubordination; failure to follow basic direction; lack of respect for coaches, parents, teammates and/or equipment; failure to act responsibly in the pool or on the deck, locker room, or hallways; use of profanity; racial, ethnic or sexual slurs; possession or use of alcohol, tobacco or vaping products; inappropriate display of affection, improper conduct on team trips such as unsafe traveling conduct while in vans, buses, or cars; tardiness for departure to/from hotels, meets, or dining facilities; switching roommates without the permission of chaperones or coaches; excessive noise; or leaving room in a disorderly state.

Failure to adhere to the Code of Conduct may result is suspension or removal from the team.