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Marlins 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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