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.
- Show respect and 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.
- Win with humility and lose with dignity.
- Set a good example of behavior and work ethic for younger teammates.
- Be respectful of teammates' feelings and personal space. Swimmers who exhibit sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate behavior will be faced with consequences.
- 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) used during practices, competitions, and team activities.
- If there is any disagreement about an officials call, talk with the coach, not the official.
- Obey all USA Swimming and GMCA rules and codes of conduct.
- 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.
- Get involved by volunteering, cheering at meets, and talking with your child and their coach about the 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.
- Criticizing, name-calling, use of abusive lanugage or gestures directed towards coaches, officials, volunteers, and or any swimmer will not be tolerated.
- Refrain from coaching your child from the pool deck during practices or meets; that's what we pay the coaches to do!
- Please 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.
- We want to make Greenmeadow a safe space for all swimmers, so please take a momemt to review USA Swimming's Safe Sport Guidelines and notify a coach or Swim Team Committee member if you have any concerns.
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.
- Coach in a positive manner and do not use derogatory comments or abusive language.
- 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.
- Be a role model by treating all swimmers, coaches, team representatives, and officials on Greenmeadow and any opposing teams with respect regardless of age, race, gender, or ability.
- Instruct swimmers on good sportsmanship and remind them when you see lapses.
- 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.
- Maintain a professional separation between coach and athlete
- Win with humility and lose with dignity.
- Adhere to USA Swimming and GMCA rules and code of conduct.
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