Code of Conduct

Behaviour and personal conduct: This must but at all times exemplary and reflect favourably upon the squad and sport. Language in public or relevant group situations must always be appropriate and socially acceptable.

Bulling: This is not to be tolerated in any form. What is bullying?

  • Emotional – including being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically), sending hurtful messages, tormenting (e.g. hiding goggles, floats, threatening gestures).
  • Physical – including pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of physical strength.
  • Racist – including racial taunts, graffiti, and gestures.
  • Sexual – including unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments.
  • Homophobic – in any way because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality.
  • Verbal – including name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.

It is every swimmers duty to report any incidents of this nature to a Coach/Club Officer/Welfare Officer or their parents so this can be investigated.

Consumption of alcohol: This is strictly prohibited for swimmers Under Age as defined by UK Law. Alcohol must not be consumed by any team member en route or prior to, during or returning from, a competition, training camp or any other team activity. This also applies to daily training sessions.

Smoking: This is strictly prohibited whilst en route or prior to, during or returning from, a competition, training camp or any other team activity. This also applies to daily training sessions. This is against UK Law in any public confined space or workplace, the definition of workplace includes any transport (mini-bus, coach, etc) used to convey swimmers to any event.

Personal appearance: This shall be appropriate to the circumstances as indicated by the Coach or team Manager. Team kit (including swim caps where used) must be worn –

  • When competing for Stowmarket Swimming Club
  • When assembling or travelling as a team
  • At official functions
  • On other occasions as notified, e.g. photo shoots

Attendance: Full attendance in accordance with the Coach’s personal recommendation is expected. If you are ill or cannot attend training inform the Coach and record this within your log sheet/book. The Coach will inform you individually of the weekly volume you will be required to complete. Be punctual at all times, if you need to leave a training session early inform the coach prior to session start. Do not leave the session without the express permission of the coach.

Pool environment & lane discipline: The swimming pool rules must be observed at all times, i.e. no bombing, running on poolside, littering, spitting etc. All swimmers are expected to be mindful of other team mates at all times within the water. Swimmers must endeavour to pass with care & consideration. If you are being passed, please allow the swimmer to pass you without impeding their progress whilst at the same time maintaining your own swimming. Finishing swimmers always have the priority, ensure that you allow any one behind you to finish correctly by allowing space. Dive starts are to only take place in a safe environment and swimmers must always check that the area below is clear before entry. Whenever land work is done poolside it must be completed safely, any equipment must only be used for its intended purposes.

Illegal performance enhancing drugs and substances: Use of this is strictly forbidden. Swimmers are expected to be aware of all banned substances and particular care must be exercised when taking medication prior to and during a competition as drug testing may take place. Use of illegal drugs and substances is prohibited even if they do not appear on the official banned list in respect of performance enhancing drugs.

Medication: It is important that information on all medication being currently taken should be reported to the Team Manager who will report it to the relevant personnel. Allergies to any medication must be reported to the Team Manager. An ASA medical declaration must have been completed for the club records.

Code of conduct for parents/carers:

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
  • Help your child to recognize good performance, not just results.
  • Never force your child to participate.
  • Set a good example by recognizing fair play and applauding the good performances of all.
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements.
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.