Club Policies

Colchester Swimming Club Codes and Policies

The Club has Codes of Conduct and policies to provide a framework of behaviours and standards within which members, coaches, parents and volunteers are expected to conduct themselves.

These Codes and Policies cover many important issues and are not intended to be exhaustive. It is suggested that all members, coaches, parents and volunteers read and familiarise themselves with these documents.

Codes of Conduct
  • Swimmers Code of Conduct for All Disciplines

    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. At CCHSG 10 minutes.

    2. Have all your equipment with you, i.e. paddles, kick boards, hats, goggles etc.

    3. It is expected that you must now shower before you enter the pool.

    4. Please ensure that you use the lavatory before training begins and when you have to use the toilet, always inform the coach so you agree when you need to leave the pool during training.

    5. Listen to what your coach is telling you.

    6. Always swim to the wall as you do in a race, and practice turns as instructed.

    7. Do not stop and stand in the lane, you may get injured.

    8. Do not pull on the ropes as this may injure other swimmers.

    9. Do not skip lengths or sets; you are only cheating yourself.

    10. Swimmers are expected to adhere to lane etiquette.

    11. Think about what you are doing during training.

    12. At CCHSG no mobile phones are allowed; neither are the taking of photos prohibited.

    13. At CCHSG no noise is allowed, if you are caught being noisy you will be banned from using the pool.

    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, make sure you sign in on time for all events or withdraw by the cut off 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 hat and goggles with you.

    7. Support your teammates. Everyone likes to be supported.

    8. You must wear club clothing 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.

    11.  Many clubs and swimming pools do not allow mobile phones to be used poolside or in the changing rooms, make sure to follow this ruling.

     

    Signed:    ……………………………………………………                                                   

    Date:    

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    Print Name:   


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    This must be signed by the swimmer

  • Coaches Code of Conduct
  • Parents Code of Conduct
  • Code of Ethics
Policies
  • Anti Bullying Policy

    Colchester Swimming Club fully support and have adopted the recommendations of the ASA in their latest documentation entitled ‘Wavepower 2009/11’.

     

    Further details can be found on the British Swimming website, www.britishswimming.org, in the Wavepower Section.

     

    Statement of Intent


    We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so they can swim in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all swimmers or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the club Welfare Officer or any committee member.

     

    What Is bullying?


    Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.


    Bullying can be:


    Emotional - being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically), sending hurtful text messages, tormenting, (e.g. hiding goggles/floats, threatening gestures)

    Physical - pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence.

    Racist - racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.

    Sexual - unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments.

    Homophobic - because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality.

    Verbal - name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.

     

    Why is it Important to respond to bullying?


    Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Swimmers who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. A club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

     

    Objectives of this policy


    All committee members, coaches and teachers, swimmers and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is. All committee members, teaching and coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported. All swimmers and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises. As a club we take bullying seriously. Swimmers and parents should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.

     

    Bullying will not be tolerated.

     

    Signs and symptoms


    A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

    •Says he or she is being bullied.

    •Is unwilling to go to club sessions.

    •Becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence.

    •Feels ill before training sessions.

    •Comes home with clothes torn or swimming equipment damaged.

    •Has possessions go “missing”.

    •Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully).

    •Has unexplained cuts or bruises.

    •Is frightened to say what’s wrong.

    •Gives improbable excuses for any of the above.

    •In more extreme cases starts stammering.

    •Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares.

    •Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable.

    •Is bullying other children or siblings.

    •Stops eating.

    •Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away.

     

    These signs and behaviours may indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.

  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy
  • Inclusive Policy 2020
  • Late Collection of Swimmers Policy
  • Mobile Phone & Email Policy
  • Photography Policy
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Social Media Policy and Protocol
  • Transport Policy
  • Whistle Blowing Policy
Codes of Conduct

Swimmers Code of Conduct for All Disciplines

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. At CCHSG 10 minutes.

2. Have all your equipment with you, i.e. paddles, kick boards, hats, goggles etc.

3. It is expected that you must now shower before you enter the pool.

4. Please ensure that you use the lavatory before training begins and when you have to use the toilet, always inform the coach so you agree when you need to leave the pool during training.

5. Listen to what your coach is telling you.

6. Always swim to the wall as you do in a race, and practice turns as instructed.

7. Do not stop and stand in the lane, you may get injured.

8. Do not pull on the ropes as this may injure other swimmers.

9. Do not skip lengths or sets; you are only cheating yourself.

10. Swimmers are expected to adhere to lane etiquette.

11. Think about what you are doing during training.

12. At CCHSG no mobile phones are allowed; neither are the taking of photos prohibited.

13. At CCHSG no noise is allowed, if you are caught being noisy you will be banned from using the pool.

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, make sure you sign in on time for all events or withdraw by the cut off 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 hat and goggles with you.

7. Support your teammates. Everyone likes to be supported.

8. You must wear club clothing 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.

11.  Many clubs and swimming pools do not allow mobile phones to be used poolside or in the changing rooms, make sure to follow this ruling.

 

Signed:    ……………………………………………………                                                   

Date:    

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Print Name:   


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This must be signed by the swimmer

Coaches Code of Conduct

This Code is an extension to the ASA Code of Ethics. Both should be followed.

 

The Teacher/Coach must:

 

1. Put the well-being, health and safety of members above all considerations including developing performance.

 

2. At all times adhere to the ASA Code of Ethics, Rules and Laws.

 

3. At all times adhere to the ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

 

4. Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

 

5. Treat all swimmers with respect and dignity, value their worth and treat everyone equally, recognising their needs and abilities within the context of their sport.

 

6. Develop an appropriate working relationship with swimmers based on mutual trust and respect.

 

7. Meet the ASA commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

 

8. Always place the well-being, health and safety of swimmers above all other consideration including developing performance.

 

9. Always ensure that all teaching, coaching and competition programmes are appropriate for the age, ability and experience of the individual swimmer.

 

10. Always identify and meet the needs of the individual swimmer as well the needs of the team/squad.

 

11. Be fair and equal in team and training squad selection.

 

12. Never exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward. In particular, coaches must not use their position to establish or pursue a sexual or improper relationship with an athlete or someone close to them.

 

13. Encourage and guide swimmers to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

 

14. Continue to seek and maintain their own professional development in all areas in relation to coaching and teaching children.

 

15. Treat all information of a personal nature about individual swimmers as confidential, except in circumstances where to do so will allow the child to be placed at risk of harm or continue to be at risk of harm.

 

16. Encourage all swimmers to obey the spirit of the rules and laws both in and out of the pool.

 

17. Co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sport scientists, doctors, and physiotherapists) in the best interests of the swimmer.

 

18. Never encourage or condone swimmers, volunteers, officials or parents to violate the rules of the club or the sport and report any violations appropriately.

 

19. Observe the authority and the decision of the officials and only question those decisions in the appropriate manner.

 

20. Treat all competitors and other club teams with respect, whether that is in victory or defeat and encourage all team members and fellow club members to do the same.

 

21. Refer all concerns of a child safeguarding nature in line with the club/ASA safeguarding children policy.

 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

 

1. The ASA and British Swimming have committed themselves to tackling forms of discrimination and to strive to become inclusive of all those who want to participate in swimming (as competitors, officials, coaches and administrators) irrespective of their race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation and faith and ability.

 

2. This code of conduct includes the Association’s commitment to address equality, diversity and inclusion in swimming. To this end the Association will not tolerate:

a) Discrimination on the grounds set out in 1 above.

b) Harassment.

c) Bullying.

d) Abusive or insensitive language.

e) Inappropriate behaviour detrimental to any individuals or groups of individuals.

 

3. The ASA and British Swimming are governed by UK law and will seek to ensure that its participants are committed to addressing its responsibilities under the sex discrimination Act 1975,Race Relations Act 1976, Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, Equal Pay Act 1970, Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Human Rights Act 1998, Disability Discrimination Act (Amendment)2005, Equality Act 2006.4. Committees, Officials and Volunteers in all aquatic disciplines must address this responsibility to support equality, diversity and inclusion in our sport.

 

Signed:

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Date:

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Parents Code of Conduct

Parents, Carers and Guardians 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. And 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. At CCHSG drop off will be 10 minutes before the session begins and must be exited 10 minutes after the session ends. 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 always be facilitated and encouraged. 

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 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 Swim England 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 Welfare Officer can be found on the Club’s website. 

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. 

13.  At CCHSG you are not permitted to wander around the school or the grounds.

14.  At CCHSG you must be at the pool to collect your swimmer and escort them from the pool area.

15.  At CCHSG there is a zero-noise policy.  Anyone found making lots of noise on one of the many cameras will be banned from using this pool.

The club will undertake to: 

a.  Inform you at once if your child is ill and ensure their wellbeing until you can collect him/her. 

b.  Ensure good child protection guidelines are always followed to keep your child safe. 

c.   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: 

a.  Make a complaint to the club if they feel the club or a member of the club is not acting appropriate to Swim England/club laws and rules. Details of how to do this can be obtained from the club Welfare Officer. 

b.  Make a complaint on behalf of their child to the Swim England. Any misdemeanours and breach of this code of conduct will be dealt with by the club.

Signed:
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Date:

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Print Name:

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Code of Ethics
Terms of Reference


The content of this Code of Ethics applies to all those involved within the sport of Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water Swimming and Synchronised Swimming.

The Code of Ethics should be read in conjunction with the ASA Codes of Conduct contained in Wavepower (ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures).

ASA Code of Ethics

All individuals within the ASA aquatic disciplines will at all times:

•Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, be they adult or child, treating everyone equally within the context of the sport.

•Respect the spirit of the sport adhering to the rules and laws in and out of the pool, incorporating the concept of friendship and respect for others.

•Promote the positive aspects of the sport and never condone the use of inappropriate or abusive language, inappropriate relationships, bullying, harassment, discrimination or physical violence.

•Accept responsibility for their own behaviour and encourage and guide all ASA members and parents of junior members to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and conduct.

•Ensure all concerns of a child safeguarding nature are referred in accordance with Wavepower (ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures).

•Conduct themselves in a manner that takes all reasonable measures to protect their own safety and the safety of others.

•Promote the reputation of the sport and never behave or encourage or condone others to behave in a manner that is liable to bring the sport into disrepute.

•Adhere to Wavepower the ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

•Adhere to the ASA Anti-Doping Rules.

•Adhere to the ASA Equity Policy.

•Adhere to the ASA Laws and Regulations.

•Adhere to the ASA Codes of Conduct.

 

Policies

Anti Bullying Policy