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Marlins Code of Conduct

SWIMMERS' CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Swim for the fun and friendships.
  • Do your best to listen to and learn from the coaches.
  • Respect and show courtesy to teammates, coaches, lifeguards, parents, and pool managers at all times.
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship at all practices and meets with teammates and opponents alike.  
    • Wait to get out of the pool until everyone in your heat finishes; do not hop out as soon as you finish. 
    • Shake hands with the swimmers next to you.
    • Congratulate opponents and teammates on good swims. 
    • Make friends in the Clerk of the Course with all swimmers, no smack talk or negative comments will be tolerated. 
  • Set a good example of behavior and work ethic for younger teammates.
  • Do not disrupt swim practice or you will be asked to leave. 
  • Be on time for practices and meets, or better yet, be 5-10 minutes early.  On time means in water with all gear ready to swim, not just showing up at the pool at the start time.
  • Show respect for all pool and clubhouse facilities and other property (including locker rooms).
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic or otherwise inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated in any form. 
  • Cheer enthusiastically for and support all teammates equally.

PARENTS' CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Remember this is a summer league for children who are there to swim hard, but mostly to have fun and make friends. We encourage you to do the same.
  • Be a positive role model for children and encourage them to strive for the highest level of sportsmanship.
  • Be respectful and courteous to other swimmers, coaches, officials, and volunteers on Greenmeadow and any opposing team.
  • Make your ride home positive even if your child didn't swim as well as they or you wanted. 
  • Before complaining, ask yourself if you can help with a solution.
  • Please do let the coaches know if you have any questions or concerns before or after practice, but please do not speak to the coaches during practice.

COACHES' CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Appreciate that you are one of the most important and influential 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.
  • Place the emotional and physical well-being of the swimmers ahead of any personal desire or pressure to win.
  • Treat all swimmers fairly and equally by working towards improving each swimmer’s individual skill set regardless of how many points they score at meets.
  • Teach swimmers to treat other swimmers, coaches, team representatives, and officials with respect regardless of age, race, gender, or ability.
  • Use coaching techniques appropriate for the skills that you teach and do your best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all swimmers.
  • Lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all swimmers, parents, and officials on Greenmeadow, and all opposing teams.
  • Remember that you are a youth swimming coach and that races and meets are for children and not adults. 

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