General Codes of Conduct

The following standards have been adapted from the Australian School Sports Council document School Sport Australia - Codes of Behaviour.  They apply to members of the Lara Swimming Club Inc.

For Swimmers

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

For Coaches and Instructors

  • Set a good example for your swimmers
  • Encourage and create opportunities to develop individual skills
  • Encourage team participation
  • Ensure that the events are appropriate for the age group and the skill development level of the swimmers involved
  • Teach your swimmers to be friendly towards officials and opponents and to treat them with respect
  • Discipline any swimmers whose behaviour is not acceptable [1] and where necessary impose appropriate penalties[2]
  • Keep your own knowledge of coaching and developments of the sport up to date
  • Share your own knowledge with others as the need arises

For Parents/Guardians

  • 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
  • Ensure that new parents/guardians/swimmers feel welcome
  • Do not interfere with the conduct of any event

For Spectators

  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour
  • Remember swimmers compete for enjoyment
  • Let officials conduct events without interference
  • Support skilled performances and team play
  • Demonstrate respect for other competitors and their supporters


    [1] Unacceptable behaviour includes interfering with another swimmers’ training or enjoyment, or with the coach’s ability to conduct a training session, intentional damage to property, conduct likely to cause injury and inappropriate comments or physical contact.

    [2] The nature of any penalties depends on the severity of the incident and its repetition, and the degree of remorse shown by the swimmer.  Appropriate penalties include counselling with the coach, time out of the water, temporary isolation in another lane, a verbal / written apology to those affected, removal from a training session and / or non-attendance at future training session(s).  Very serious or on-going issues will be directed to the President.