NORTHWEST AQUATIC LEAGUE
PARENT/COACH CODE OF CONDUCT
Children’s sports are supposed to be fun-for the children. Unfortunately, many parent, fans and coaches don’t realize that their actions, whether verbal or nonverbal, can have a lasting emotional effect on children. Too many children are leaving sports activities because the fun is unfairly taken away by adults. This following Code of Conduct is for parents and spectators to abide by at every practice and meet.
The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, and caring and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”
I therefore agree:
1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.
2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the sport is for youth, not adults.
3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
4. I will learn the rules of the sport and the policies of the league.
5. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all swimmers, coaches, officials and spectators at every meet, practice, or other sporting event.
6. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
10. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a race or his/her performance.
11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
NWAL Stroke RULES
ALWAYS CHECK THE MOST RECENT EDITION OF THE RULE BOOK FOR ANY POSSIBLE RULE CHANGES
In the individual freestyle event, you may swim any stroke. In the Individual Medley or Medley Relay, you may swim any style except butterfly, breast stroke, or backstroke. On turns and finishes, some part of the swimmer must touch the wall.
a. Swimmers line up in the water, facing the starting end.
b. Both hands must be on the edge of the pool, or any part of the starting block.
c. Feet may be placed in any position, but must be completely in the water.
a. Swimmer pushes off on his back and remains on the back throughout the race.
a. Some part of the swimmer must touch the wall. Shoulders should be at or past the vertical, towards the back, before the feet leave the wall.
b. After the swimmer passes the backstroke flags, the swimmer’s upper shoulder may rotate past the vertical towards the breast. No pulling is permitted except with the turn. The swimmer may kick or glide into turn position.
a. Any part of swimmer may touch the wall. Swimmer must be on back (or not past vertical towards breast) at the finish.
a. Forward Start
a. The swimmer is permitted one or more leg kicks but only one arm stroke under water after the start and after each turn. The initial under water stroke must bring the swimmer to the surface.
b. Your body must stay on the breast with shoulders horizontal from the beginning of the first arm stroke after the start and turn.
c. Some portion of both arms (or hands) shall brought forward together over the water and brought back together simultaneously.
a. All up and down movements of the legs and feet must be at the same time.
b. No flutter kick or scissor kick or breast stroke kick is allowed.
a. Both hands touch the wall at the same time, at, above or below the surface, not necessarily at the same level.
b. After turning, the shoulders should be at or past the vertical towards the breast when the feet leave the wall. The body must be on the breast, horizontal, before taking the first armstroke.
a. The touch shall be made with both hands at the same time anywhere on the wall. Shoulders must still be horizontal (do not drop a shoulder).
a. The body should be on the breast, horizontal, from the beginning of the first arm stroke after the start and each turn.
b. All arm movements should be at the same time, no alternating, and may recover at, above, or below the surface.
c. The hands may not pull past the hip, except on the first stroke after the start and turn.
d. Some part of the swimmer’s head shall break the surface of the water at least once during each complete stroke cycle, except during the first cycle after the start and each turn. (The cycle is one pull, one kick.)