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Code of Conduct at Swim Meets

As part of the Herndon Swim League, we expect our families to comply with the league's Code of Conduct. All team members and spectators will behave in a sportsmanlike and respectful manner to all swimmers, coaches and parents at all times. For further information and specifics, please go to HSL Code of Conduct.

Parents and other spectators should be aware that any abusive behavior towards officials, coaches, players, pool staff (including the lifeguards), or team volunteers will not be tolerated. Violation of this policy could result in, but may not be limited to, the loss of privilege to attend meets.

The adults on the team should make every effort to teach the kids to accept calls made by officials. The judges at swim meets are volunteers, training is offered, they do the best they can (or at least that assumption will be made). As in all sports, judges, referees and umpires make mistakes. So do most people. We must teach our children to accept the ruling of the officials and move on, try again next time. This will be stressed to and by the coaches. This will be incorporated into the sportsmanship discussion.


OBLIGATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES OF SWIMMERS:
Swimmers have the following responsibilities to the team and their teammates.

  • Make every effort to attend each swim practice and swim meet.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early to be on deck and ready to swim at the scheduled time for practice/warm-ups.
  • Report any information received from the coaches at practices to parents.
  • Check the website for changes and for new information regarding events.
  • Get plenty of rest before a meet.
  • Swim in all events he/she is entered in unless unable to do so for medical or other emergency reasons.
  • Stay in the designated area.
  • Know their event numbers and be ready to report to the Clerk of Course when their events are called.
  • Show good team spirit by encouraging and cheering on teammates during their individual events and during relays.
  • Wear the Four Seasons team suit at all meets.
  • Respect the property of other swimmers on the team and on opposing teams.
  • At all meets and practices, leave the area in the same condition in which they found it.
  • Discuss with coaches questions they have about meet line-ups or other team and practice activities.


OBLIGATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS :
Swim meets absolutely cannot happen without the help of parents. There are a number of different ways that parents can help out so that their child can enjoy their summer swim meet experience.

  • Parents sign up swimmers for the meets they are attending on the website. If you are not able to attend a meet (or will arrive late/leave early), please let the coaches know as soon as possible so that the Head Coach has adequate time to adjust the meet line-up.
  • Direct all concerns to a Team Representative and maintain a courteous manner toward the coaching staff and team representatives at all times.
  • Sign up for volunteer assignments at meets.
  • Provide support and encouragement to all swimmers.
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