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Team Discipline

Sebastopol Sea Serpents established these rules to maintain an excellent learning environment for all swimmers.


Practice time is valuable. Swimmers must be in the water with cap on, goggles adjusted, and all equipment ready when practice starts.

Code of Conduct set forth by USA Swimming

The mission of USA Swimming is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of swimming. USA Swimming grants the privilege of membership to individuals and organizations committed to that mission. The privilege of membership may, therefore, be withdrawn or denied by USA Swimming at any time where USA Swimming determines that a member or prospective member's conduct is inconsistent with the mission of the organization or the best interest of the sport and those who participate in it. The following shall be considered violations of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct:

Discrimination in violation of the Amateur Sports Act which requires that USA Swimming must provide an equal opportunity to athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials to participate in the sport of swimming. Athletes must be allowed to participate and compete to the fullest extent allowed by the Rules and Regulations. Discrimination against any member or participant on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, genetics, mental or physical disability, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, where applicable, is prohibited.

Violation of any of the Athlete Protection Policies set forth in Article 305

Violation of any of the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Requirements set forth in Article 306.

Bullying is prohibited. For the purposes of the Code of Conduct, the term “Bullying” shall mean, regardless of when or where it may occur, the severe or repeated use by one or more USA Swimming members (“Members”) of an oral, written, electronic or other techno-logical expression, image, sound, data or intelligence of any nature (regardless of the method of transmission), or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at any other Member that to a reasonably objective person has the effect of: (i) causing physical or emotional harm to the other Member or damage to the other Member’s property; (ii) placing the other Member in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property; (iii) creating a hostile environment for the other Member at any USA Swimming activity; (iv) infringing on the rights of the other Member at any USA Swimming activity; or (v) materially and substantially disrupting the training process or the orderly operation of any USA Swimming activity (which for the purposes of this section shall include, without limitation, practices, workouts and other events of a member club or LSC). Allegations of Bullying of an athlete by a coach shall be investigated under 304.3.13.

Any inappropriate sexual conduct or advance, or other inappropriate oral, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature at any time, past or present, directed towards an athlete or any person under the age of eighteen (18) by (i) a coach member or other non-athlete member, or (ii) any other adult participating in any capacity whatsoever in the activities of USA Swimming (whether such adult is a member or not).

A complete Code of Conduct can be found at www.usaswimming.org and navigating to member resources/program & services/safe sport/policies & guidelines.


Swimmers may not be left unsupervised at the pool more than 15 minutes before their scheduled practice time. Swimmers are not allowed on deck without a couch. After practice, a swimmer needs to wait until a parent or guardian picks them up. Please, for safety reasons, do not ask your swimmer to wait for you in the park or on the sidewalk.

Team practices must be respected as a learning environment. Coaches may ask a swimmer to get out of the pool if the swimmer is not following directions.

If a swimmer needs to leave practice early, notify the coach during stretching or before getting in the water.

Locker Rooms

Please remember that the Sebastopol Sea Serpents share the locker rooms with community members. Horseplay and food in the locker room are not permitted. SSS swimmers are not allowed to use the handicapped shower.

If a swimmer breaks locker-room rules repeatedly, his or her locker-room privileges may be revoked.

Pool Deck Rules

Team swimmers are responsible for following all pool rules and should set an example for other pool patrons. Specifically, walking is mandatory on the pool deck at all times. Swimmers not following pool rules may be ejected from practice and will be benched for the day.

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