Code of Conduct - Swimmers


The purpose of this conduct policy is to insure that every swimmer is provided an environment that allows them the opportunity to reach their individual goals.

  • A swimmer’s conduct at practices and swim meets should support every other swimmer’s ability to learn and the coach’s ability to teach other swimmers.
  • Each swimmer should be committed to striving for his/her own goals and for the good ofthe team.


Conduct Expected of All Swimmers

  • GBSA swimmers are expected to remember that at practice, during swim meets, and in public, they are representing GBSA. They should represent GBSA with excellence, team spirit, good sportsmanship, and politeness.
  • GBSA swimmers are expected at all times to follow the directions of any member of the coaching staff and any person who is a chaperone. Disrespect or failure to obey instructions will not be tolerated from any athlete.
  • GBSA swimmers are expected to use appropriate language. Use of profane or abusive language or obscene gestures will not be tolerated.
  • There shall be no drinking of alcohol or use of tobacco products or illegal drugs or any substances banned by USA Swimming.
  • GBSA swimmers are expected to respect each other. Fighting, intentional touching or striking another athlete will subject the swimmer to the most severe discipline.
  • GBSA swimmers are expected to respect and care for the property of others. Vandalism, intentional damage to property or theft of property will not be tolerated.
  • Swimmers must notify the coach in advance if they are planning to leave practice or swim meets early.
  • Disruption of practice by an athlete will be grounds for removal. Continual cheating in a practice will be considered a disruption of practice.


Basic Responsibilities

  • Swim for the fun of it, not just to please your parents or coach.
  • Swimmers should be punctual for all practices and meets. Pool time is very valuable.
  • Swimmers are expected to wear GBSA swim suits and team caps at meets. This displays team pride and also makes it easier to identify swimmers on the blocks and in the water.
  • Swimmers should be an active participant in all team practices, competitions, fundraising events and other team activities.
  • Focus on every drill and every set. Be committed to putting forth your best effort everyday. An honest effort does not include cutting laps, pulling on lane lines or missing send offs/sets.
  • The coach is there to help you. You are expected to pay attention and follow all of the coach’s instructions completely and exactly. If any clarification is needed, inquire politely. Swimmers are expected to follow the spirit of the rules as well as the specific rules. The coach must adapt this philosophy to an infinite number of situations. Swimmers are asked to respect the coach’s directions and give their full cooperation. Cooperation with teammates and staff will produce a productive practice environment and competitive environment for all.

Code of Conduct - Parents

GBSA is fortunate to have highly enthusiastic, experienced, and knowledgeable coaches
working to develop our children into better swimmers, and more importantly, teaching and
instilling important life skills. These skills include time management, self-discipline, and
sportsmanship. Your child will reap the benefits of swimming long after his/her participation
with GBSA ends.


As parents, it is absolutely essential that we give our coaching staff the respect and authority
they deserve to run our swim team. Our coaches are hired for that purpose.


Conduct Expected of All Parents


  • Set the right example for our children by showing respect and common courtesies at all
    times to the team members, coaches, competitors, officials, parents, and for all facilities
    and other property used during practice or competition.
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship during all practices, competitions and team activities.
  • Be an active participant in all fundraising events and other team activities and encourage
    and support your child by permitting them to be timely for practices and competitions.
  • Recognize that GBSA coaches are professionals and allow them to coach your child without
    interference during workouts and meets, including not being present on deck during
    practice or meets, unless you are working in a designated volunteer role at the meet.
  • If you have concerns, you will address it with the appropriate coach in private.
  • Insist that your child refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, drugs, other prohibited
    substances, violence, abusive or foul language, inappropriate sexual conduct, or any other
    behavior deemed dishonest, discourteous, offensive or disrespectful of others.


Basic Responsibilities


  • Practice teamwork with all parents, swimmers, and coaches by supporting the values of
    Discipline, Loyalty, Commitment, and Hard Work.
  • See that your swimmer is on time for practice and arrives on time for meet warm-ups.
  • Maintain self-control at all times.
  • Know your role. Swimmers – Swim / Coaches – Coach / Officials – Officiate / Parents –
    Parent (positive support at ALL times)
  • Call or meet with coaches during normal business hours before or after practice/meets to
    discuss issues.
  • Do not coach your child at practice or during meets, that is the coaches’ job.
  • Do not interrupt or confront the coaching staff on the pool deck during practice or meets.
  • Trust and support your swimmer’s and coach’s decisions around goal-setting, training
    commitments, swim event entries, and meet schedules. Do not impose your ambitions on
    your child.
  • Any questions about disqualifications, judging, etc should be directed to your swimmer’s
  • Get involved….be an official, help plan a fundraiser, help plan a group social. Find
    something you enjoy!
  • Share the burden among parents by volunteering to help at our club-hosted meets, and be
    a timer at ‘away’ meets.
  • Pay your fees on time.
  • Read and understand the “10 Commandments for Swim Team Parents”.

Code of Conduct - Coaches

Conduct Expected of All Coaches

  • Abide by the rules and regulations of USA Swimming and follow procedures for
    enforcement of the GBSA codes of conduct.
  • Maintain professional standing in an honest manner and preserve the reputation of GBSA
    and the USA Swimming coaching profession
    • Be professional and accept responsibility for all actions
    • Extend professional courtesy to other coaches, athletes and their parents by
      keeping all parties informed in matters of athletes entering/leaving training
    • Keep all relevant qualifications up to date
  • Make decisions based upon the best interest of the swimmer’s all-around education:
    swimming, school, and future career.
    • Acknowledge the individual talents and potential of swimmers
    • Set appropriate training programs based upon the developmental level of the
    • Maintain a balanced emphasis of swimming involvement with educational and
      career objectives
  • Direct all observations and recommendations regarding all aspects of swimming to the
    appropriate persons
    • Be constructive in criticisms and direct comments, observations to the relevant
      individuals or organizations
    • Respect the efforts of appointed and elected representatives of GBSA and USA
  • Reject the use of performance enhancing drugs in swimming and abide by the guidelines
    set forth by national and international regulatory bodies
    • Respect the health and dignity of swimmers to compete on the basis of their abilities
  • Exercise a standard of care consistent with the professional qualifications as a swimming
    • Show concern for the health, safety, and welfare of athletes and colleagues
  • Respect the right, dignity and worth of every human being with the context of the coach’s
    involvement in swimming


Basic Responsibilities


    • Coaches are responsible for placing swimmers in the appropriate practice groups. This is
      based on the age, level of commitment, and ability level of each individual.
    • Coaches have sole responsibility for stroke instruction and the training regimen. Each
      groups’ practices are to be based on sound scientific principles and geared to the specific
      goals of that group.
    • Direct comments at the performance rather than the person. Refrain from public criticism
      of swimmers or fellow coaches.
    • Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language while
    • Cooperate with registered medical practitioners in the overall management of swimmers’
      medical and psychological needs. Consider the swimmer’s future health and well-being
    • Recognize and accept when to refer swimmer to other coaches or sport specialists.
    • Regularly seek ways of increasing professional development and self-awareness.
    • Treat members of other teams and officials with respect and encourage swimmers to act
    • Cooperate with the swimmer’s parents or legal guardians, involving them in their child’s
    • Be aware of the academic pressures placed on student athletes and conduct practices and
      meets in a manner so as to allow academic success.
    • At meets, the coaching staff will conduct and supervise warm-up procedures for the team.

After each race, the coaches will provide feedback regarding the swimmer’s performance.

  • Coaches will discourage the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products by swimmers in
    conjunction with the sport.