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Code of Conduct Policy

In an effort to make the swim team experience a happy, memorable time, we want to promote the best possible conduct of all Lakes of Bella Terra Swim Team (“LOBTST”) Swimmers and Parents at practice, swim meets and other team functions. It is the responsibility of the parent (s) and athletes to understand and abide by the code of conduct required of all swimmers. The LOBTST Board of Directors and the Coaching Staff will enforce this code and determine appropriate disciplinary action.

Expected behavior of all members of the LOBTST includes:

 Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others

 Demonstrate good sportsmanship and team unity

 Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others

 Respect and follow the decisions and instructions from coaches, officials and volunteers

 Behave in a way that is not distracting or impeding to the training or performance of others

 Respect the belongings of others

 Pick up trash from area before you leave practices and swim meets

 Be responsible for your personal belongings – make sure they go home with you

 Help at swim meets by remaining in your ready bench area

 Refrain from any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination towards others, and discourage others from such behavior

Any swimmer whose behavior is disruptive, unsportsmanlike and/or dangerous will be disciplined based on the severity of the situation. This includes:

 Being disrespectful

 Pushing others into the pool and other horseplay

 Bad language

 Making fun of others

 Not paying attention to the instructions of the coach; talking while the coach is talking

 Theft, vandalism or disrespect towards the belongings of others

 Doing anything that causes harm or ill feeling towards others

Depending on the severity/ frequency of the misbehavior, the swimmer may be suspended for several days (may include meets) or dismissed from the team with no refund. Any coach at any time has authority to ask a swimmer to exit the pool for disciplinary reasons.

The LOBTST Code of Conduct is categorized into three levels. Each level is identified below and lists some sample offenses and possible disciplinary options. The sample listings are not meant to be all inclusive.

LEVEL I

Level I offenses are minor acts of misconduct which interfere with practice or a meet running in an orderly manner.

Sample Offenses:

 Disruption of practice

 Failure to follow coaches' instructions

 Disrespecting coaches, volunteers, teammates or opponents

 Running around the pool or engaging in horseplay during swim meets or practice; sitting or hanging on lane ropes; improper entry into the pool

 Failure to participate in practice activities

 Throwing objects

Disciplinary Actions:

 Verbal reprimand

 Time out of the pool during practice or meets o may include being pulled from swimming an event at a meet

 Telephone call/note to parent

LEVEL II

Level II offenses involve more severe and disruptive behaviors, or repeated disruptive behavior

from Level I.

Sample Offenses:

 Persistent offenses from Level I

 Physical contact with another with implied malicious intent

 Intentional destruction of or damage to property

 Engaging in public displays of affection with another swimmer

 Verbal abuse; using profane, obscene, or threatening language towards anyone

Disciplinary Actions:

 All Level II infractions will require documentation and will be submitted to the BOD

 Time out of the pool during practice or meets, and conference with swimmer/parent/coach or may include being pulled from swimming an event at a meet

 Behavioral contracts

 Mandatory parent presence/supervision during practices/ meets

 Temporary suspension from LOBTST practices / meets

LEVEL III

Level III offenses are acts of misconduct which are considered the most serious. Parents will be notified and requested to come for a conference with the coach, a member of the Board and the swimmer in each instance of a Level III infraction. The Swimmer will not be allowed to participate in ANY LOBTST activities until the conference is completed.

Sample Offenses:

 Persistent offenses from Level II

 Engages in conduct of public lewdness during LOBTST activities

 Theft

 Possession or concealment of a weapon during or outside of LOBTST activities

 Use, possession, under the influence of, or distribution to another person of any illegal drug, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, tobacco product, or any controlled substance for which the swimmer does not have a prescription for

Disciplinary Actions:

 All Level II infractions will require documentation and will be submitted to the BOD

 Temporary suspension from LOBTST practices / meets (A)

 Mandatory parent presence/supervision during practices/ meets

 Suspension from all LOBTST activities for current season (A)

 Permanent suspension from all LOBTST activities for the current season as well as all future seasons (A)

(A) Duration of any suspension will be determined by the LOBTST Board. If an athlete is suspended or dismissed from the team, there will be norefunds. Any decision to suspend or dismiss a swimmer will be made by LOBTST board members and / or the head coach. Appeals can be made in writing to the LOBTST Board. The decision of the LOBTST Board of Directors is final.

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