Ashbourne Swimming Club Swimmers Code of Conduct
Attendance Attendance is optional at Ashbourne Swimming Club; however it is essential that you can keep up and meet the demands of your group.
Lateness Lateness should not be a regular occurrence, on occasions you maybe late explain your reason to the coaches or if you know you will be late let the coach know in advance. All swimmers should have their hats goggles and be in the water ready to start when the coach instructs the warm up. It is not acceptable to stand there and miss the warm up out. It is also not acceptable to join the session half way unless you ask the coach as you have not warmed up correctly.
Leaving Early - If for some reason you must leave the session it is essential that you tell the coach. It is an H&S requirement the coach know how many are in the pool. Dont just disappear
Talking Talking over a coach or helpers is rude and disrespectful, swimmers need to listen carefully to instructions and do as you are told. The club does want you to have fun, socialize and enjoy your training but note there is a time and a place for talking. When the coach is delivering instructions it is your responsibility to be quiet to ensure you reach your potential and let others reach theirs.
Technique Technique is paramount to swimmers and it is essential you take on points and feedback from your coach. Correct turns and finishes should always be done to the best of your ability. Technique is in your own hands, coaches can provide you with method to improve however you must practice them in order to see improvement.
Stopping All sessions are suitable for all swimmers in the group, however if you have to stop or chose to stop you must sit on the side with your feet out of the water to ensure you do not get in the way of other swimmers. Also when you join back in, you must have respect for the swimmers in the lane that have completed all the sessions, swimming on their feet is unacceptable if you have been resting. I remind swimmers that there should be no reason to stop during a set unless due to illness or injury.
Lane Discipline Lane ropes are a safety feature and swimmers should work as a team when swimming in a lane together, swimmers should always leave 5 seconds between each other, and only take over where safe to do so. Swimmers should not hold on or pull on or even sit on the lane rope.
Toilet Breaks Swimmers should use the toilet before the start of the sessions, if you really need to go ask at the end of a set, try not to ask during a set as you will lose the benefit of the session.
General Attitude Swimmers should be positive and willing to learn, you are expected to be polite to your coach and your fellow team mates. Rudeness, inappropriate comments and bullying will be taken very seriously.
Attitude to training Swimming is a demanding and challenging sport, swimmers must be prepared to work hard, get stuck in, push themselves and show the determination to achieve. Swimmers must remain coachable. Success is your own destiny. Whether you are a recreational, leisure, club, county, midland or national performer you should all have individual goals you strive to achieve. Whatever your ability the club will work with you to achieve you goals and potential, never give up and never under estimate what you can achieve.
Drinks Swimmers are encouraged to drink during training to maintain hydration levels, however this should be done during the set and not used as a excuse to stop. No fizzy drinks are allowed on poolside and clear bottle caps off sport drinks must be removed before the session as they can cause damage and are a choking hazard if left around and go into the pool. Swimmers must throw all their bottles away.
Equipment Swimmers should have all their own equipment and it should have names on and preferably in a net bag to prevent it getting mixed up. Swimmers should not chew floats or break their floats.
Club Kit at competition it is compulsory you wear club kit if you have it, we are a team we must look like a team and be proud to represent Ashbourne. Hats and t.shirts are available from Roger.
Swimmers that do not wish to conform to the rules will be expected to leave the session. This will be at the judgement of any coach or helper.