Barracuda Code of Conduct & Social Media Policy
Purpose: To promote individual and team excellence both in and out of the water. The goals of summer swimming is helping young people establish a love for the sport of swimming, while developing advanced aquatic skills, teamwork, and the principles of good sportsmanship. To accomplish these goals, parents/guardians and athletes must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with creating a positive experience for our athletes and their families.
Clinton County Barracuda Swimming Athlete Code of Conduct: As a representative of Clinton County Barracuda Swimming and the Miami Valley Swim Association, all swimmers are expected to behave in an exemplary manner and display proper respect and sportsmanship towards team members, competitors, coaches, officials, parents, facility staff, and the public at all times. Clinton County Barracuda swimming will not tolerate behavior that reflects poorly on the team.
As a Barracuda swimmer, I agree to:
- obey all of Miami Valley Swimming Association's rules and codes of conduct;
- be respectful of my teammates' feelings and personal space. A swimmer who exhibits sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate behavior, will face consequences;
- refrain from the use of obscene, profane, or abusive language in the presence of any swimmer, parent, or coach during or traveling to/from practices, meets, or team activities;
- refrain from violence and behaviors deemed dishonest, offensive, or illegal
- respect the facility personnel and property (including locker rooms) during practices, meets, and team activities. If I disagree with an official's call, I will talk with my coach and not approach the official directly;
- follow the directions of the coaching staff and/or chaperones when under team supervision; and
- set a positive example and demonstrate a strong work ethic for the younger Barracuda swimmers.
Bullying is prohibited. Bullying is the severe or repeated use of oral, written, electronic or other technological expression - an image, sound, data or intelligence of any nature (regardless of the method of transmission), or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at anyone that has the effect of:
- Causing physical or emotional harm to the other member or damage to the other member’s property,
- Placing the other member in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property,
- Creating a hostile environment for the other member at any Barracuda/MVSA swimming activity,
- Infringing on the rights of the other member at any Barracuda/MVSA Swimming activity, and or
- Materially and substantially disrupting the training process or the orderly operation of any Barracuda/MVSA Swimming activity
- The content and intent of all electronic communications must adhere to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct regarding Athlete Protection. Barracuda/MVSA coaches and board members cannot monitor social media accounts.
- Words and photos that are posted on-line are there for everyone to read and view. While you may be able to delete a post or email, etc., once it has been made, it will never fully be erased.
- Before posting anything to the Internet or texting to someone, ask the following:
- Would I send this message or photo to my parents?
- Would I send it to my coach or teachers?
- With respect to electronic communications, ensure that all electronic communications are transparent, accessible and professional.
- Transparent: All electronic communication between coaches, parents, and athletes should be clear and direct, free of hidden meanings and expectations.
- Accessible: All electronic communication between coaches, parents, and athletes should be considered a matter of record and part of Club records. Whenever possible, include another coach or parent in the communication so there is no question of the accessibility.
- Professional: All electronic communication between coaches, parents, and athletes should be as a professional representing the team.
Violations to this code of conduct should be reported to a coach or Clinton County Barracudas Board Member.
Barracuda/MVSA Parent Code of Conduct: The purpose of the parent code of conduct is to establish consistent expectations for behavior by Clinton County Barracuda Swimming parents. The participation of a child in a sport is beneficial to his/her growth and development. It is also important to recognize the necessity of treating the coaching staff with respect and allowing them the opportunity to coach.
As a Barracuda/MVSA parent/guardian, I agree to:
- set the right example for the team by demonstrating sportsmanship and showing respect and common courtesy at all times to swimmers, coaches, officials, and parents at all facilities;
- get involved by volunteering, observing practices, cheering at meets, and talking with my child and his/her coach about progress;
- refrain from coaching my child from the stands during practices and meets;
- refrain from gossiping, criticizing, name-calling, and using abusive language or gestures, directed toward coaches, officials, volunteers, and/or any participating swimmer(s);
- direct any concerns privately first to the Head Coach; then, if not satisfied, to the Clinton County Barracuda Swim Board; and
- uphold all rules and regulations of USA Swimming, Clinton County Barracuda Swimming and MVSA Swimming.
Failure to comply with these Codes of Conduct, Bullying and Social Media policies (by Athlete and Parent/guardian) may result in, but not necessarily be limited to, any of the following actions:
- Swimmer and/or parent restricted from participating in some or all team activities.
- Swimmer sent home from practice, swim meets and/or team activities.
- Swimmer and/or parent suspended or completely removed from the Clinton County Barracuda Swimming program, without refunds.