Code of Conduct
The following is from the MCSL code of conduct. Original copy can be found here.
Parent/Guardian's Code of Conduct
Parents and guardians will understand that MCSL and its activities are for the benefit of children. The goals of the league include 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 must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with creating a positive experience for children and their families.
As a Parent or Guardian of a child registered with an MCSL member team, you are responsible for the conduct of your guests and other family members. MCSL teams will not tolerate a parent or guardian yelling at or belittling a child, an official, coach or other parent or guardian in any way.
As an adult and role model, children are influenced by my words and actions. I agree to the following:
- I will remember that all children participate to have fun and that competition is for youth, not adults.
- I will be a positive role model for children and will encourage them to reach the highest levels of sportsmanship and to follow the rules.
- I will be respectful and courteous of others, and will support and encourage swimmers, officials, team representatives, and coaches through my positive actions and attitude.
- I will recognize that meet officials are volunteers and will treat them with the same respect that I would expect if I were in that position.
- I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike behavior with an official, coach, swimmer, or parent/guardian such as arguing, booing, taunting, or using profane language or gestures.
- I will teach my child to treat other swimmers, coaches, team representatives, and officials with respect regardless of age, race, creed, color, gender, or ability.
- I will not be aggressive or hostile towards another individual and will teach my child to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence or argument.
- I will not ridicule or yell at my child or any other participant for making a mistake and will not hold a specific child responsible for losing a competition.
- I will respect and support the team representatives’, officials’ and coaches’ authority during meets and will never argue with, question, discuss, or confront officials or coaches.
- I will support a swimming environment for my child that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and will refrain from their use at all team events.
- I promise to help my child enjoy the summer swimming experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectable fan, volunteering at meets, and helping with other team activities.
- I will do my best to make swimming fun for all children.
Swimmer's Code of Conduct
- I will do my best to listen and learn from my coaches.
- I will attend every practice and meet that I can and will notify my coach if I cannot.
- I will treat my coaches, other swimmers, officials and fans with respect regardless of age, race, creed, color, gender or abilities and I will expect to be treated accordingly.
- I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike behavior with any official, coach, swimmer or other parent/guardian such as arguing, booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
- I will encourage my own parents or guardians to engage in good sportsmanship.
- I will expect to be treated fairly over the course of a season with regard to meet entries and recognize that certain meets are more competitive than others.
- I deserve to have fun during my swimming experience and will alert parents/guardians or coaches if there are problems or it stops being fun.
- I deserve to play in an environment that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and expect adults to refrain from their use at all swim meets.
- I will remember that meets are an opportunity to learn and have fun.
Coach's Code of Conduct
As a coach, you will realize that you are one of the most important and impactful role models in a child's life. Your words and your actions will have a positive and potentially devastating impact on the emotional
All children are influenced by my leadership and authority and as their coach; I understand I am a role model. I agree to the following:
- I will place the emotional and physical
well-beingof my swimmers ahead of any personal desire or pressure to win.
- I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, opposing coach, swimmer, team representative, parent/guardian or spectator such as: arguing, refusing to shake hands, excessive yelling or belittling or using profane language or gestures.
- I will treat each official and opposing coach with respect, and will not engage in open arguments or confrontations, and will work to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
- I will treat my swimmers fairly and will work towards improving a swimmer’s individual skill set.
- I will be knowledgeable of the rules set forth for swimming by MCSL, will teach the rules to the swimmers I coach and will adhere to these rules at all times.
- I will do my best to provide a safe and encouraging competitive situation for my swimmers.
- I will teach my swimmers to treat other swimmers, coaches, team representatives, and officials with respect regardless of age, race, creed, color, gender, or ability.
- I will use coaching techniques appropriate for the skills that I teach and will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all swimmers.
- I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all swimmers.
- I will remember that I am a youth swimming coach and that races and meets are for children and not adults.