GROWING STRONGER TOGETHER - GWY Sharks Swim Team Handbook 2017-2018 Season YMCA of Greater Whittier
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1 OUR MISSION The YMCA of Greater Whittier is an association of all people united in a common effort to put Judeo- Christian principles into daily practice and to enrich the quality of spiritual, mental, physical, and social life of their families, their community, and themselves. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN YMCA SPORTS The Y believes that character development, focusing on the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, is an essential element of its sports program. Our Y has the responsibility to train staff, volunteers and participants to model and promote appropriate values through sport, and to create an environment conducive to character development and safety. Caring: To love others and be sensitive to the well-being of others involved in the sports program Honesty: To have integrity, making sure that one’s actions match one’s values through participation in sports Respect: To value the worth of every person, including oneself, one’s teammates, opponents and officials Responsibility: To be accountable for one’s behavior and obligations. GWY SHARKS SWIM TEAM As a team, GWY Sharks will… Promote commitment, loyalty, friendship, and mutual respect among its members Maintain excellent communication and financial stability Require participation by all members Maintain excellent relationships with local schools, community organizations, and other swim teams Foster a safe, fun, and healthy environment For the individual, GWY Sharks will… Help each swimmer reach his/her maximum potential Instill values enabling each swimmer to achieve greater personal growth, self-esteem and an improved self-image Develop a balanced and well-rounded responsible individual For the sport, GWY Sharks will… Train swimmers to compete at YMCA Swimming level Provide proper equipment, education, and quality coaching GWY SHARKS SWIM TEAM COACHING STAFF All GWY Sharks Swim Team coaches hired at the YMCA of Greater Whittier are cleared with the pre-hire screenings that include reference checks and background checks. All coaches hold current Y of the USA approved CPR, First Aid and Life Guard certifications. BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES Coaches are responsible for placing swimmers in the appropriate practice groups. This is based on the age, level of commitment, ability, and level of mentality. Coaches have sole responsibility for stroke instruction and the training regimen. Each groups’ practices are based upon sound scientific principles and are 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.
2 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 swimmers to other coaches of the team 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 as a team member. 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 swim meet, the coaches will provide feedback regarding the swimmer’s performance. Coaches will discourage the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products by swimmers. SWIM GROUP DESCRIPTIONS Baby Sharks - From age 4, Pre-Competitive Age Group Emphasis: Health, stroke mechanics, and beginning training techniques Pre-requisite: Must complete an acceptable level of swim lessons at the Y or previous other swim experience. Knowledge of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke kick and acceptable endurance expected. Training Offered: 3 days a week Uptown YMCA East Whittier YMCA Mon/Wed 4:00-5:00 p.m. / Fri 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tue/Thu/Fri 4:00-5:00 p.m. Requirements: o Attendance: 2 day minimum attendance per week is required o Parent/Coach Conversation: Required for consistent late arrival, early departure, and more than 1 missed practice per week. o Commitment: Must be committed to compete year round o Swim Meets: Minimum Requirement Y-League: When coach deems swimmer ready, participation in 1 dual meet and 2 invitationals to qualify and participate in the league championship at the end of the season and our own hosting meet is required. Beginner Level - From age 6, Experienced Beginning Competitive Age Group Emphasis: Health, stroke mechanics, and beginning intermediate training techniques Pre-requisite: Must complete an acceptable level of swim lessons at the Y or previous team experience required Training Offered: 3 days a week Uptown YMCA East Whittier YMCA Tue/Thu/Fri 4:30-6:00 p.m. Mon/Wed/Fri 3:30-5:00 p.m. Requirements: o Attendance: 2 day minimum attendance per week is required o Parent/Coach Conversation: Required for consistent late arrival, early departure, and more than 1 missed practice per week. o Commitment: Must be committed to compete year round o Swim Meets: Minimum Requirement Y-League: Participation in 3 invitationals to qualify and participate for the league championship at the end of the season and our own hosting meet required
3 Intermediate Level - 8 and up, Intermediate Competitive Age Group Emphasis: Health, stroke mechanics, and advanced training techniques for swimmers gearing towards to higher level of age group swimming. Pre-Requisite: Completion of Beginner level or previous swim team experience Training Offered: 4 days a week Uptown YMCA East Whittier YMCA Tue/Thu 5:30-7:30 p.m./ Fri 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tue/Thu/Fri 5:00-7:00 p.m. East Whittier and Uptown Joint practice: Sunday 1:30-3:30 p.m. (East Whittier Site) Requirements: o Attendance: 3 day a week minimum attendance per week is required o Parent/ Coach Conversation: Required for consistent late arrival, early departure, and more than 2 missed practices a week o Commitment: Must be committed to compete year round o Swim Meets: Y-League: Participation in all invitationals to qualify and participate in the league championship at the end of the season and our own hosting meet required. Advanced Level – Ages 9 and up, Advanced Competitive Age Group Emphasis: Health, stroke mechanics in advanced training techniques, and mental maturity. Pre-Requisite: Completion of Intermediate level or previous swim team experience Training Offered: 4 days a week Uptown YMCA East Whittier YMCA Mon/Wed/Fri 5:00-7:00 p.m. Mon/Wed/Fri 5:00-7:00 p.m. East Whittier and Uptown Joint practice: Sunday 1:30-3:30 p.m. (East Whittier Site) Requirements: o Attendance: 3 day minimum attendance per week. o Parent Notes: Required for consistent late arrival, early departure, and more than 2 missed practices a week. o Commitment: Must be committed to compete year round o Swim Meets: Y-League: Participation in all invitationals to qualify and participate in the league championship at the end of the season and our own hosting meet required. SWIM GROUP PROMOTIONS The placement of a swimmer in a swim group shall be initiated by the coach only. Factors considered in the group coaches’ decisions are the swimmer’s promptness to workouts, attendance record, work out habits, ability, endurance, and right level of mental readiness. All promotions will be discussed with the head coach for the final approval.
4 THE SWIM SEASON The GWY Sharks Swim Team is active in the So Cal Y Swimming League from September through February. So Cal Y LEAGUE The “Y” season runs from September through February and culminates with the “Y” Championship meet in February. To be eligible to compete at “Y” Champs, a swimmer must compete 3 “Y” Invitational meets in the season, at least 1 before December 31st. All meet schedules will be posted on the team web page on the Y website (www.ymcawhittier.org). During the season, the swimmer competes in the age-group that he/she is on the first day of December of that season. Participation and completion of the Y season is mandatory for all swim groups and 100% participation on the meet GWY Sharks Swim Team hosts. FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS All swim families are required to meet the following financial commitments. 1. YMCA MEMBERSHIP: All swimmers must be facility members in order to be on the team. The family membership comes with many benefits for the 1 or 2 adults (30 years and older) and their dependents. The Welcome Center will be happy to go over all options with you. 2. SWIM TEAM DUES: The monthly dues are based on the swimmer’s group level. All swim dues are automatically debited from an account every month. Swim dues for a single child family for each group are as follows: Baby Shark - $57, Beginner - $60, Intermediate - $67, Advanced - $67 *Sibling Rate: additional siblings are $4 off of the monthly due. Not applicable to swimmers on financial aid or staff children. 3. Y-League ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE: $25 per year. The registration fee is set by the Local Swimming Committee and is due in September. 4. MEET FEES: Each swimmer is responsible for paying his/her entry fees for meets. The team is electronically entered as a single group for each meet and issues a team check to the meet host. Once the entries are processed by the meet administrator and the fee report is generated by the team, all families are responsible for the payment in timely manner. Intermediate/Advanced Levels: A one-time non-refundable fee of $125 will be due by October 1st. This fee will cover one day’s events of each of the 5 invitationals in the 2017-2018 season. Parents wishing their children to swim more than one day per invitational can confirm with their coach and will submit an extra check 2 weeks before the meet or if you are on auto-pay for your monthly swim team fees, the fee will be deducted from your account on your next month’s payment, spreading the $125 fee out over 5 months. ***Intermediate and advanced levels are strongly encouraged to come to both days of every invitational! Coaches will choose all events for each swimmer. Relays are mandatory for the swimmers chosen. Baby Sharks/Beginner Levels: Before every swim meet an entry form will be emailed home and checks will be due 2 ½ weeks before every swim meet, to be turned in to your coach. If you choose to auto draft your fees, you may request it by email. 5. UNFULFILLED PARENT SERVICE HOUR (PSH) PENALTY : $100 In the event that a family does not fulfill PSH, $100.00 will be debited from the account on March 1st. There is no credit given for partial hours completed.
5 SWIM TEAM POLICY 1. MINIMUM ATTENDANCE POLICY: Swimmers in all levels must adhere to the attendance policy below. These attendance standards have been set in order to preserve the integrity of a practice environment geared towards training championship level swimmers. Swimmers are more motivated to train hard and to manage their time to be at practice when they know their teammates will be there with them. Consistent training is needed at the advanced level in order to continue improvement, and the coach can design a much more effective, progressive training plan when the swimmers are there on a regular basis. Swimmers are excused for longer absences only with prior parents’ notification via e-mail or hand written note. Baby/Beginner: 2 minimum, 3 recommended per week Intermediate/Advanced: 3 minimum, 4 recommended per week Swimmers may face demotion or other disciplinary action if; Habitually late to practice or habitually not meeting the minimum attendance policy Miss 3 or more practices consecutively without any prior notifications to the coaches 2. PRORATE POLICY: The swim team monthly dues for swimmers with injuries or conditions that require more than 2 weeks of treatments with the doctor’s note will be prorated. 3. TEMPORARY MEDICAL LEAVE: Existing swimmers with medical condition may hold the swim team membership for up to 3 months. 4. PARENT SERVICE HOURS: Each family is required to complete 10 service hours per swim year in addition to timing at the meets. The hours may be completed by the spouse, older sibling, grandparents, or guardians. In the event that a family does not fulfill their obligation, the family will be debited $100.00 electronically on March 1st each year. No completed partial hours will be recognized; prorate will not apply for unfulfilled PSH. *If the team season does not have enough hours for each family to complete 10, it will be adjusted accordingly. Service Hour Opportunities Come to the mandatory Parent Orientation meeting at the beginning of the season (1.5hr credit) Sign up to set up and assist at team functions (1-3 hour credit) GWY hosting meet in the Y season- several shifts available Annual Support Campaign-must campaign a minimum of $350 in order for it to count as PSH Join and serve on the Parent Support Group- 1 year commitment, meet once a month Volunteer to time at meets when emergency timers needed* (See TIMING AT MEETS) PSH Exempted Activities Following activities will not applied towards to PSH Mandatory timing at meets Bringing food to team functions Logging Hours: A master log book will be kept by the swim team secretary and updates will be sent home periodically. 5. TIMING AT MEETS: The timing assignments will be confirmed by a parent volunteer before each meet. Parents who wish to change the time slot should consult the Head Coach. A minimum of 2 sessions (morning or afternoon- approx. 3.5 hours) of timing is required of each family per season. Timing assignments will be emailed home 1 week before each swim meet. A season calendar will be open at the Parent meeting in August for people to start signing up for shifts. Carpooling families: Must fulfill the other family’s timing duty Parents with small children: please make arrangements for care or bring someone else that can time for you. Self-driving and dropped-off athletes: No exception from the timing assignment. Each athlete is responsible for the timing duty accordingly.
6 If you wish to be exempt from timing at swim meets, you may pay a one-time season fee of $100 per season and you will not be asked to time. If you choose to volunteer for the Annual Support Campaign, it will take the place of one timing shift. 6. FINANCIAL DELINQUENCY: Late swim team/membership payments may prevent swimmers from practicing with the team until the delinquency is resolved. 7. TEAM APPAREL: The swimmers’ equipment consists of a team suit, cap and other apparel. We strongly recommend that every swimmer orders the basic suit and cap for swim meets. If you are unable to afford the team suit, please try to stick to the team colors of navy blue. Major orders are placed twice a year and small items are available for sale all year through the Swim Team Office. Female Athletes: One piece suit and swim cap should be worn at all times. The suit should not be revealing. A secondary suit is allowed to compensate the coverage. Male Athletes: No board shorts allowed unless otherwise directed by the coach for the training purposes. Any style of the suit should be unfading and worn tight. 8. SEASONAL SWIMMERS: GWY Sharks Swim Team is a competitive year round program. The team is not designed for; Seasonal high school swimming preparation Non-competitive swimmers who are interested in fitness maintenance All swimmers must be committed to compete during the league season. 9. CANCELLATION POLICY: A confirmed email of cancellation or letter is required when a swimmer cancels from the team and must be submitted to the member services desk or emailed 15 days prior. At the time of cancellation, all pending financial obligations will be prorated if necessary, and processed. One’s membership will not be terminated at the membership desk without the written notification. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP PURPOSE OF PSG The GWY Sharks Swim Team Parent Support Group is an organization of interested volunteer parents. PSG is open to all parents who would like to contribute their time and effort for the team. The purpose of PSG is: 1. To help the coaching staff to organize and promote the parent involvement of the swim team. 2. To stimulate and develop interests in competitive swimming of the community. 3. To promote a closer relationship between the families on the team, and the Y. PSG holds regular meetings to discuss business and coordinate activities. Any interested parents are encouraged to attend. Please contact Aquatics Director Soretta Walker by email for more details. CODE OF CONDUCT The GWY Team Code of Conduct is for all swimmers, parents, and coaches as it provides a clear understanding of expected behavior during all team-related activities on or off the Y facilities. All swimmers, parents, and coaches must follow the four core values of the Y: Caring, Respect, Honesty, and Responsibility.
7 COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT Abide by the rules and regulations of the Y, USA Swimming and follow procedures for enforcement of the GWY Sharks Swim Team codes of conduct Maintain professional standing in an honest manner and preserve the reputation of the Y 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 Make decisions based upon the best interest of the swimmer’s sports, education, and health Acknowledge the individual talents and potential of all 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 to the organization. Respect the efforts of appointed and elected representatives of the Y and USA Swimming. 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 Refrain from any form of sexual harassment toward athletes and parents and show concern for the health, safety, and welfare of athletes and parents. Keep all relevant qualifications and certifications up to date. Respect the right, dignity and worth of every human being. Refrain from any discriminatory practices on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnic background, or special ability/disability. CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SWIMMERS 1. As a swimmer of the GWY Sharks Swim Team; I agree to conduct myself in a courteous, responsible and exemplary manner. I recognize that the reputation of the GWY Sharks Swim team is affected by and dependent upon my conduct and behavior. I understand all swimmers must wear team-issued caps and non-revealing one piece suit (female)/non-fading tight suit (male) that comply with team colors at all times. I will compete and participate in all of my events to the best of my ability. I will exhibit sportsmanship teammates, and competitors from other teams, and respect for coaches and meet officials at all times. I will not in any way endanger the safety of another participant. I will comply with all team rules and regulations, and procedures directed by the coaching staff. 2. I acknowledge that the following conduct is unacceptable and will NOT be tolerated; Disrupting practices, failing to abide by coaches’ directives, or disrespecting teammates, coaches, officials, and lifeguards at the facilities. Habitual tardiness or leaving early. Use of profanity or inappropriate language anywhere in the Y facility and other swim meet/practice sites. Inappropriate or unsupervised activities between group members. Destruction or damage to the Y, any facility we visit, or other member’s property. Roughhousing with teammates in the locker rooms, using violence or profanity. Possession or use of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or tobacco products. Isolating fellow teammates or discrimination of any kind. Attending a swim meet or official function independent from the swim team. Violating the team morale or unity. Rebellious behavior towards coaches, officials, and lifeguards. Non-participation in major team competitions and functions without coach’s permission.
8 3. I understand GWY Swim Team has a “zero tolerance” policy for abusive and disruptive behavior against teammates, parents, and coaching staff and that any of the behaviors listed above may result in immediate disciplinary action by the coaching staff including but not limited to: Suspension at a meet Suspension from the team, the Y-league, and Southern California Swimming Forfeiture of all payments or credits for participation in an event and/or program Dismissal from the Y and the GWY Sharks. SANCTION: I understand that it is an honor and privilege to represent the GWY Sharks Swim Team, and I agree to conduct myself appropriately and honorably at all times at practices, meets, and all other team functions as stated above. PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT As a parent of a swimmer and member of YMCA of Greater Whittier, and GWY Sharks Swim Team, I will abide by the following guidelines: 1. Practice teamwork with all parents, swimmers and coaches by supporting the values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility. 2. I will not coach or instruct the team or any swimmer at a practice or meets (from the stands or any other area) that interfere with coaches on the pool deck. 3. Demonstrate good sportsmanship by conducting myself in a manner that earns the respect of my child/children, other swimmers, parents, officials and the coaches at meets and practices. 4. I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of a personal desire to win 5. Maintain self-control at all times. Know my role. Swimmers - Swim Coaches - Coach Officials - Officiate Parents – Parent 6. During competitions, questions or concerns regarding decisions made by meet officials are directed to a member of our coaching staff. Parents address officials via the coaching staff only. 7. I understand that the Y-League has disciplinary authorities for misconduct of swimmers and parents. 8. Enjoy involvement with the GWY Sharks by supporting the swimmers, coaches and other parents with positive communication and actions. 9. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and will refrain from their use at all the Y youth sport events. 10. I will help my child enjoy the youth sports experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectful spectator. 11. I understand that criticizing, name-calling, use of abusive language or gestures directed toward the coaches, officials, and/or any participating swimmer will not be permitted or tolerated, and I will be facing a disciplinary action or/and will be asked to leave the program. I also understand that my misconduct may cause termination of my child’s participation on the team. 12. I understand that my volunteer efforts are an integral part of the success of the team and I will complete my volunteer responsibilities such as timing assignments, Parent Service Hours, and other duties at our hosting meet. 13. I understand that I am responsible for all financial commitment. Affecting my child’s participation of the team due to my financial delinquency is the least thing I want to do. Sanctions: Should I conduct myself in such a way that brings discredit or discord to the Y or GWY Sharks Swim Team, I will involuntarily subject myself to disciplinary action. The Y maintains the right to terminate any membership with/without cause in the interest of our vision, mission and objectives.
9 DISCIPLINARY ACTION PROCEDURE AGAINST A SWIMMER When a swimmer or a parent breaks the rules of the swim team’s Code of Conduct, the coach will complete an incident report stating the misconduct for the Aquatics Director to review. Aquatics Director and coaching staff will grant ruling depending on the severity of the infraction. (i.e. the misconduct may directly warrant the third infraction consequence). First infraction: Requires the swimmer to write a personal letter of apology to the offended party signed by the swimmer and parents. Depending on the severity of the offense, a swimmer may face dismissal from the team. Second infraction: The length of suspension/demotion will be decided by coaching staff and a personal letter of apology will be written to the offended party signed by the swimmer and parents Third infraction: The swimmer will be dismissed from the swim team permanently. AGAINST A PARENT When an infraction is caused by a parent, a meeting will be called by the Head Coach and/or Aquatics Director. Depending on the seriousness of the infraction, the parent may be suspended from attending the team meets or the swim family may be removed from the team. FILING A COMPLAINT Any Issues concerning conflicts among swimmers or parents need to be submitted in writing to the Head Coach. He/she will address the conflicts and obtain a suitable resolution and will then inform the Aquatics Director of the situation. The Head Coach has the authority to decide on other issues related to swimmers or parents not stated above. All swimmers and parents must comply with the coach’s decision. Failure to follow the appeal process will result in immediate dismissal from the team. CONTACT US Amanda Kasimoff-Swim Team Coordinator (P) 562 309 4852 (E) email@example.com Helen Fonti-Swim Team Administrator (P) 562 217 4962 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org Soretta Walker-Aquatics Director (P) 562 309 4814 (E) email@example.com (Website) ymcawhittier.org (Facebook) www.facebook.com/ymcaofgreaterwhittier
10 APPENDIX A SWIMMER/PARENT AND EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION SHEET ATHLETE INFORMATION Full Name: Birthday: School: Grade: Program Joined Date: Name of Current Group: Athlete Cell (if available): Athlete Email: ALLERGY INFORMATION (LIST ALL) Food: Medications: Other: PARENT INFORMATION Father’s Name Mother’s Name Home Phone: Father’s Cell: Father’s Email: Mother’s Cell: Mother’s Email: EMBERGENCY CONTACTS Other than Parents Primary Name: Relationship: Contact #: Secondary Name: Relationship: Contact #: ___________ I, , parent/legal guardian of authorize to provide transportation from and to the Y, other practice venues and swim meets. Parent Signature: Print Name: Date: I have read and understand the complete GWY Sharks swim team handbook. I have gone over the swimmer code of conduct with my child. I will abide by all rules and procedures set forth by the team and the YMCA of Greater Whittier. Swimmer Signature: _______________________________________________ Parent Signature:___________________________________________________ Date:_____________________________
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