Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Code for Swimmers

  • Arrive for training and competition on time, prepared and with the correct kit as requested by the Coach.
  • Do not enter the water until the coach has instructed you to do so.
  • Inform the Coach before the start of training if you have any illness / injury which may affect your training.
  • Look at and listen to the Coach when they are speaking and follow the instructions given in training and at competition.
  • Behave appropriately in the water.
  • Do not sit or pull on lane ropes or disrupt other swimmers.
  • Respect fellow swimmers at all times.
  • Bullying in any form (whether that be Emotional (which includes Excluding), Physical, Racist, Sexual, Homophobic and Verbal (including written telephonic and electronic communications (including (without limitation) on Facebook, Twitter or other “Social Media”), but not limited to these), will not be tolerated.
  • Behave sensibly in the changing rooms.
  • Notify the team selectors / Coach as soon as possible if you cannot attend a gala for which you have been selected.
  • Be proud to wear your team kit.
  • If swimming for your club, stay with your team on poolside.
  • Inform the coach where you are going if you leave the poolside.
  • Do and say nothing that will bring the Club into disrepute.
  • Personal conduct must at all times be of a high standard and reflect favourably on the sport and the Club.
  • Bad language in public or relevant group situations is not acceptable.
  • Enjoy your swimming and be a good sport whether you win or lose.
  • Performance enhancing drugs and substances are strictly forbidden.
  • Swimmers are expected to be aware of the current list of banned substances and particular care must be exercised if anyone is on medication prior to or during a competition.
  • Illegal drugs and substances: The use of these, even though they may not appear on the official banned list in respect of performance enhancing drugs, is nonetheless prohibited.

Code for Parents

  • Encourage your child to swim, never force them.
  • Ensure your child is on the poolside on time for training with the correct kit.
  • Ensure that you or another adult nominated by you are there on time at the end of the session to pick up your child.
  • The Club is unable to act as a babysitting service or to supervise the changing areas.
  • Coaches often go straight on to coach another squad and cannot be responsible for your child if you are late or if there is no other adult present who is taking responsibility for them.
  • Parents / guardians of all children under 8yrs old must stay on the premises at all times during the session.
  • If you leave an older child and you will be responsible for collecting them, please inform the Coach and ensure that you have left your contact details with another parent of a swimmer in the same squad before you leave.
  • You must also inform that parent if you cannot be back before the end of the session.
  • The Club accepts it has a duty of care to look after an unattended swimmer in unforeseen circumstances but should this be repeated or regular, necessary action would need to be taken.
  • Ensure that the Club has up to date contact (including emergency contact) numbers for you.
  • Inform the Coach before training of any illness / injury your child may have.
  • Do not interrupt the Coach while coaching unless asked to do so or in an emergency.
  • If you wish to speak to the coach about your child, please speak to them at the start of a session to arrange a suitable time.
  • In your dealings with your child’s Coach, treat the Coach with respect and in the same manner as you would wish to be treated.
  • Focus on your child’s efforts rather than winning or losing.
  • Provide positive verbal feedback after training and competition.
  • Be realistic about your child’s ability; do not push them beyond that which they are capable of achieving.
  • Take an interest in your child’s progress by watching training sessions.
  • Show appreciation of good swimming by all swimmers from all clubs.
  • Respect decisions made by coaches and officials and encourage swimmers to do the same.
  • Keep payments of Club, ASA registration and entry fees up to date.
  • Bullying in any form (whether that be Emotional (which includes Excluding), Physical, Racist, Sexual, Homophobic and Verbal (including written telephonic and electronic communications (including (without limitation) on Facebook, Twitter or other “Social Media”), but not limited to these), will not be tolerated.

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