Code of Conduct - Coaches

Conduct Expected of All Coaches

  • Abide by the rules and regulations of USA Swimming and follow procedures for
    enforcement of the GBSA codes of conduct.
  • Maintain professional standing in an honest manner and preserve the reputation of GBSA
    and the USA Swimming coaching profession
    • Be professional and accept responsibility for all actions
    • Extend professional courtesy to other coaches, athletes and their parents by
      keeping all parties informed in matters of athletes entering/leaving training
      programs
    • Keep all relevant qualifications up to date
  • Make decisions based upon the best interest of the swimmer’s all-around education:
    swimming, school, and future career.
    • Acknowledge the individual talents and potential of swimmers
    • Set appropriate training programs based upon the developmental level of the
      swimmer
    • Maintain a balanced emphasis of swimming involvement with educational and
      career objectives
  • Direct all observations and recommendations regarding all aspects of swimming to the
    appropriate persons
    • Be constructive in criticisms and direct comments, observations to the relevant
      individuals or organizations
    • Respect the efforts of appointed and elected representatives of GBSA and USA
      Swimming
  • Reject the use of performance enhancing drugs in swimming and abide by the guidelines
    set forth by national and international regulatory bodies
    • Respect the health and dignity of swimmers to compete on the basis of their abilities
  • Exercise a standard of care consistent with the professional qualifications as a swimming
    coach
    • Show concern for the health, safety, and welfare of athletes and colleagues
  • Respect the right, dignity and worth of every human being with the context of the coach’s
    involvement in swimming

 

Basic Responsibilities

 

    • Coaches are responsible for placing swimmers in the appropriate practice groups. This is
      based on the age, level of commitment, and ability level of each individual.
    • Coaches have sole responsibility for stroke instruction and the training regimen. Each
      groups’ practices are to be based on sound scientific principles and geared to the specific
      goals of that group.
    • Direct comments at the performance rather than the person. Refrain from public criticism
      of swimmers or fellow coaches.
    • Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language while
      coaching
    • Cooperate with registered medical practitioners in the overall management of swimmers’
      medical and psychological needs. Consider the swimmer’s future health and well-being
      foremost.
    • Recognize and accept when to refer swimmer to other coaches or sport specialists.
    • Regularly seek ways of increasing professional development and self-awareness.
    • Treat members of other teams and officials with respect and encourage swimmers to act
      accordingly.
    • Cooperate with the swimmer’s parents or legal guardians, involving them in their child’s
      development.
    • Be aware of the academic pressures placed on student athletes and conduct practices and
      meets in a manner so as to allow academic success.
    • At meets, the coaching staff will conduct and supervise warm-up procedures for the team.

After each race, the coaches will provide feedback regarding the swimmer’s performance.

  • Coaches will discourage the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products by swimmers in
    conjunction with the sport.