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What’s Important When Creating a Swim Club Code of Conduct?

Ali Souz

Posted on December 01 2014

When crafting a Code of Conduct for a swim club it is important to focus on the essential elements that build good character and ethical behaviour. These elements are embodied in the concept of good sportsmanship. Good sportsmanship is defined by a set of six core principles consisting of respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, caring and good citizenship. When competition reflects these 6 core principles, and the code of conduct is built around and enforced according to these principles, the highest potential of sports is achieved.

Members of a club, and more importantly, they way members conduct themselves, reflects on the club. For this reason the Code of Conduct needs to be in alignment with the goals and personality of the club itself.

When creating a Code of Conduct it should explicitly state how club members are expected to act under a variety of circumstances when representing the club at any practice, meet, social activity or other occasion within the club or that the club is sponsoring or events the club is participating in.

The Code of Conduct needs to take into consideration the safety of its members as well as safety of the club property

The Code of Conduct also needs to include the consequences for failing to abide by or comply with the Code of conduct.

Typical types of regulations found in a Code of Conduct include statements concerning:

Good Sportsmanship

Being respectful of others, responsible, trustworthy, caring of others, fair with each other and being a good citizen both in and out of the pool and at any function or event where the individual is representing the club.

Obedience

Members are expected to follow the rules and instructions of coaches, officials, and all other administrative personnel at all times.

Behaviour

Behavioural rules describe responsible behaviour including not using or possessing illegal drugs, banned substances, fireworks and alcohol.

Respect

Most Codes of conduct address the issue of respect as it relates to other individuals and property. Rules can address things such as bullying, the use of profane language and often provide examples of respectful and disrespectful behaviour for clarification.

Safety 

Many Codes of Conduct specifically incorporate rules regarding safety and address issues such as horseplay, running, jumping and activities that could cause harm to another person or to the person himself.

It can be very helpful to write and organize your Code of Conduct by Role. For instance, swim team members, parents, staff, and volunteers. Some rules and regulations for parents and coaches will differ from rules and regulations for children on a team. Keep statements short and to the point.

The Code of Conduct should be crystal clear and written in a way that everyone can understand. These are the rules and regulations that define the playing rules for how members interact with one another and their surroundings. Setting out the expectations from the start is important to maintaining the integrity of the club and its members.

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