Codes of Conduct

Affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association, we are expected to conduct our activities within the rules of the Association.  These rules include the ASA Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics and an Equity Policy.

The club follows the following “Code of Behaviour” which we ask our members to follow. We would ask you to therefore to read each category carefully so you know what is expected of you as a member of our club.  The Code will be provided to all new members.

Stevenage Swimming Club Code of Conduct for Parents

Parents are expected to:

  1. Complete and return the Health and Consent form as requested by the club and detail any health concerns relevant to the child on the consent form. Any changes in the state of the child’s health should be reported to the coach prior to coaching sessions. Ensure the club has up to date contact details for you and any alternative person.
  2. Deliver and collect the child punctually to and from coaching sessions/swim meets. Please inform a member of the committee or coaching staff if there is an unavoidable problem. If the club changes your child’s lane and changing times, please remember the change is to provide appropriate levels of training and enable your child to progress and should be facilitated and encouraged at all times.
  3. Ensure your child is properly and adequately attired for the training session/events including all required equipment, i.e. hats, goggles etc.
  4. Inform the coach/WO before a session if your child is to be collected early from a coaching session/meet and if so by whom.
  5. Encourage their child to obey rules and teach them that they can only do their best.
  6. Behave responsibly as a spectator at training/meets and treat swimmers, coaches, committee members and parents of yours and other clubs with due respect meeting the ASA commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  7. Ensure they do not use inappropriate language within the club environment.
  8. Show appreciation and support your child and all the team members.
  9. Ensure your child’s needs are met in terms of nutritional needs and listen to advice given from the club coach/nutritionist.
  10. Support the club coach and committee appropriately and raise any concerns you have in an appropriate manner. Details of the club W/O can be found on
  11. Do not enter poolside unless requested to do so or in an emergency. If you wish to have a discussion with the coach check with the club Welfare Officer how this can be arranged.
  12. Most of all help your child enjoy the sport and achieve to the best of their ability.

The club will undertake to:

  1. Inform you at once if your child is ill and ensure their well being until you are able to collect him/her.
  2. Ensure good child protection guidelines are followed at all times to keep your child safe.
  3. Ensure all activities are properly supervised/taught/coached and consent is obtained for any activity outside of that previously agreed

The parent has a right to:

  1. Make a complaint to the club if they feel the club or a member of the club is not acting appropriate to ASA/club laws and rules. Details of how to do this can be obtained from the club Welfare Officer.
  2. Make a complaint on behalf of their child to the ASA.

The club will deal with any misdemeanors and breach of this code of conduct.

Code of Conduct for all Swimmers – General Behaviour

  1. Treat all members of the club with due respect including:
    • Fellow swimmers
    • Coaches
    • Officials
  2. Treat all competitors and representatives from competing clubs with due respect.
  3. The use of inappropriate or abusive language, bullying, harassment, discrimination or physical violence will not be tolerated and could result in action being taken through the club disciplinary or child welfare policy.

Swimming training

  1. Arrive in good time to stretch, 15 – 20 minutes before start time.
  2. Have all your equipment with you, i.e. paddles; kick boards, hats, goggles etc.
  3. Use the lavatory before training begins and always inform the coach if you need to leave the pool during training.
  4.  Listen to what your coach is telling you.
  5. Always swim to the wall as you do in a race, and practice turns as instructed.
  6. Do not stop and stand in the lane as you may get injured.
  7. Do not pull on the ropes as this may injure other swimmers.
  8. Do not skip lengths or sets you are only cheating yourself.
  9. Think about what you are doing during training.
  10. Do not act in a way that could endanger yourself or others at your place of training, Open Meet or Gala.  This includes behaviour in and around the changing area.

Competition

  1.  You must swim events and galas that the Chief Coach has entered/selected you for unless agreed otherwise by prior agreement with the relevant club official.
  2. At Open Meets, check when you should post your cards and be sure to post them on time.
  3. Warm-up before the event. Prepare yourself for the race.
  4. Warm up properly by swimming, not playing or stopping in the lane. Turning practice should have taken place during your normal training sessions.
  5. Be part of the team. Stay with the team on poolside. If you leave for any reason you must tell the Coach and Team Manager where you are going.
  6. Listen for your race to be announced. Go to the marshalling area in time and report in. Take your Club hat and goggles with you.
  7. Support your team mates. Everyone likes to be supported.
  8. You must wear club uniform and hats when representing the club.
  9. Swim down after the race, if possible. Do not use this time to play.
  10. After your race report to the coach, not your parents. Receive feedback on your race and splits.