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”.