Blue Fin’s policies and codes of conduct are based on standard practice within the Australian competitive swimming environment and through the Club’s experience over twenty years.  These are summarised below.

Coaches Expectations of Swimmers

At training

  • Be on time to every session ready to start at the allocated time.
  • Bring fins, drink bottles, two pairs of goggles (adjusted ready to go).
  • Pre swim, warm up and stretches are important.  Do them properly to prevent injury.
  • Tumble-turn and streamline every lap.
  • No breath on the three strokes before and after the turn.
  • Finish into the wall and move across.
  • Do your best in every set; remember your technique at all times.
  • If you have to discuss any issues about your training we will organise a time outside training sessions to get together.

At Swim Meets

  • Arrive on or before the allocated time.
  • Report to your coach last thing before you leave to marshal and as soon as you have raced and swum down.
  • Swim down (whenever possible) before returning to the stands.
  • Ensure you have the correct Blue Fin uniform at all Club, District and State meets.
  • Eat a high carbohydrate meal before the meet.  Bring snacks with you e.g. rice cakes and sandwiches and plenty of water.

Swimming Victoria Code of Conduct

Provided below is a summary of Swimming Victoria’s Code of Conduct; which is observed and expected to be observed by all coaches, swimmers, officials and parents of BFAASC.

Coaches

  • Set a good example to your swimmers.
  • Encourage and create opportunities to develop individual skills.
  • Encourage team participation.
  • Ensure that the events are appropriate for the age group and skill development of the swimmers involved.
  • Teach your swimmers to be friendly towards officials and opponents.
  • Discipline any swimmers whose behaviour is not acceptable.
  • Keep your knowledge of coaching and developments of the sport up to date.
  • Share your knowledge with others as the need arises.

Swimmers

  • Be a good sport.
  • Compete for enjoyment.
  • Work hard for your team as well as yourself.
  • Treat all teammates and opponents as you enjoy being treated.
  • Compete by the rules.
  • Co-operate with team and game officials.
  • Control your behaviour in and out of the pool.
  • Learn to value honest effort, skilled performance and improvement.

Parents

  • Encourage participation by your children.
  • Provide a model of good sports behaviour for your child to copy.
  • Be courteous in your communication with swimmers, officials and sport administrators.
  • Make any new parents feel welcome on all occasions.
  • Do not interfere with the conduct of any event.

BFAASC Behaviour Policy

The major emphasis of this policy is that all children have the right to learn or train and that all coaches have the right to coach without interruption.

The following is deemed to be inappropriate behaviour and disciplinary action will be taken if any of these occur:

  • physical abuse – deliberate kicking, biting, fighting, punching, pinching, pushing, rough handling or any type of aggressive behaviour;
  • verbal/emotional abuse – name-calling, derogatory comments, racist remarks, sexist remarks, swearing; and
  • any activity that threatens the safety of an individual.

This policy is applicable whenever the inappropriate behaviour is applied towards any fellow member, parent, child, guest, coach, or official of our club, OR whilst at another club or venue, towards any competitor, official, coach, parent, child, friend, etc. at the venue.

This policy can be enforced by any of the coaching staff or club officials present.

Drug Testing

With the ever-growing presence of drugs in sport, swimmers should be aware that drug testing might occur at any time at national level. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is an independent body responsible for selecting athletes for a drug test including winners, place getters and unplaced competitors.

Drug testing aims to deter athletes from using banned drugs, thereby making competition fairer for all athletes.  To find out which drugs are permitted call: ASADA Hotline 1800 020 506 (Mon-Fri, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm EST), or go to their website at: HTTP://www.asada.gov.au