Code of Conduct and Social Media Guidelines
Brookwood Swim and Dive Parent/Guardian's Code of Conduct
Parents and guardians understand that Brookwood S&D and its activities are for the benefit of the students. The goals of high school swimming is 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 our students and their families.
As a Parent or Guardian of a student registered with Brookwood S&D, you are responsible for the conduct of your guests and other family members. Gwinnett County Swim Booster teams will not tolerate a parent or guardian yelling at or belittling a student, 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 students participate to have fun and that competition is for youth, not adults. Adults need to meet their volunteer duties as agreed to during registration.
- I will be a positive role model for my student 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 student 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, do my requited 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.
Social Media Guidelines
Brookwood Swim and Dive recognizes that the use of networking sites is a growing phenomenon and is increasingly used as a communication tool of choice. Although these technologies are useful and provide exciting opportunities they are also unfortunately accompanied by dangers and negative consequences if abused by users. Student-athletes and staff members are asked to use discretion when participating in social networking avenues. For good or for bad, you are always "on the clock" when it comes to representing Brookwood Swim and Dive.
Student-athletes are representatives of Brookwood High School and are in the public eye more so than other students. Assume anything you post on your personal account could be read by Brookwood High School, staff, teammates, classmates, opposing teams, recruits, alumni, parents or other family members, media members, a current employer, future employers, coaches or the local police. The information you post on a social networking site is considered public information. Protect yourself by maintaining a self-image of which you can be proud for years to come.
(More in-depth guidelines will be required for parents and student-athletes to read and sign during swim team registration).