Code of Conduct Policy

The purpose of our Code of Conduct is to encourage fair, ethical treatment of all persons and organisations that come under the umbrella of Alpine Synchro Artistic Swimming Club (“ASASC” or “the Club”). Some sections of the code will be more applicable to some persons and groups than others. Any serious breaches or persistent violations of any aspect of this policy may result in the instigation of our Incident and Dispute Resolution process as outlined in our Incident and Dispute Resolution Policy.
Amendments to our Code of Conduct Policy

We reserve the right to review and amend this Policy from time to time.  Amendments will be effective immediately and ASASC has no obligation to notify you of such amendments.  We recommend that you check this page for amendments each time you revisit this website.

General Code of Conduct

  1. All persons will agree to abide by the ASASC Code of Conduct Policy and acknowledge that in the event of any breach of this policy, or any part of it, ASASC’s Incident and Dispute Resolution Policy (and appeal process if necessary) should be followed.
  2. As a member/relative/caregiver of the Club, you are judged not only as an individual, but as a representative of our Club, of Artistic Swimming New Zealand (ASNZ) and of the sport of artistic swimming. Your personal conduct reflects on the Club’s image as a whole. It is therefore your responsibility to safeguard the Club’s values, your team’s values, and that of your community. This includes:
    • Display positive team spirit at all times.
    • Display good sportsmanship to others, including officials and volunteers.
    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
    • Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others.
    • Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, your actions.
    • Refrain from any form of abuse, harassment, discrimination or victimisation towards others.
    • Refrain from using any obscene language.
    • Be a positive role model.
    • Never act in any way that may bring disrepute or disgrace to ASASC, ASNZ or to the sport of artistic swimming.
  3. All persons must adhere to the Club’s Internet and Communications Policy.
  1. The spokesperson on any matters concerning the Club members participating at any event is the Team Manager or Head Coach (although he/she may delegate responsibility for this to any other official of the Club).
  2. No alcohol, smoking or vaping of any kind, illegal drugs, or any involvement in an unlawful act or activity is permitted during Club training sessions, Club trips away or at Club or ASNZ events.
  3. The use of cell phones and other electronic devices by athletes is prohibited during Club training sessions and restricted during Club trips away (including but not restricted to training camps, competitions or similar). The restrictions for Club trips are as follows:
    • All athlete’s cell phones, electronic gaming devices, laptops and other electronic communication devices will be held by the Team Manager for the duration of the trip.
    • External communication with athletes will be through the Team Manager. Contact details will be provided to families before the trip.
    • At the discretion of the Head Coach/Team Manager, athletes may have access to their devices for limited periods when they are not required to partake in other activities.
    • Exceptions to these restrictions will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Head Coach and Team Manager. 

Three Warning System

Coaches have the right to coach and athletes have the right to learn. 

We have a three warning system in place to ensure that athletes accept responsibility for their own behaviour, understand that behaviour occurs as a result of choices, conscious or unconscious, and understand that inappropriate behaviour has consequences which will affect their opportunities and possibly their future in the club.

Inappropriate behaviour requires a response which protects the rights of those athletes who do want to learn, supports the rights of coaches to coach and offers the athlete involved a chance to learn how to make a more appropriate choice in the future.

Good behaviour management is based on rules that are maintained consistently and provides athletes with a choice by making clear the consequences that result from particular behaviours. 

Athletes will not be allowed to engage in behaviour that is not in the best interest of themselves or the best interests of others.

Pre First Warning : verbal reminder of appropriate behaviour

Where the athlete’s behaviour is inappropriate, the Coach will give that athlete a verbal warning explaining the inappropriate behaviour and reiterate the training expectations. The athlete will be given the opportunity to alter that inappropriate behaviour within a suitable timeframe communicated to them at this time. 

First Warning

If the behaviour does not change within the communicated timeframe, the athlete’s training session will be terminated and the athlete will be asked to leave the pool into the care of another coach/parent/caregiver. The coach will speak to the parent/caregiver directly after class and send them an email outlining the inappropriate behaviour of the athlete, the expected behaviour and the steps taken to manage that inappropriate behaviour. This will be recorded on Friendly Manager as the first warning and a copy of the email will be sent to the Club Secretary for inclusion on the club records and for discussion at the next Committee meeting.

Second and Third Warning

If the athlete displays inappropriate behaviour again in subsequent training sessions, these will form warnings two and three. The process to be followed by the Coach is the same for the first warning. 

On the third warning, the Incident and Dispute Resolution Policy will come into play. 

Coach Code of Conduct

A Coach will:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every individual athlete as a human being and:
    • Treat everyone equally regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or family status.
    • Respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each athlete in order to help each athlete reach their full potential.
    • Maintain high standards of integrity.
    • Operate within the regulations of artistic swimming and in the spirit of fair play, while encouraging athletes to do the same.
    • Advocate a sporting environment free of drugs and other performance enhancing substances within the guidelines of the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency.
    • Not disclose any confidential information relating to the athletes without written prior consent.
  • Be a positive role model for the sport and the athletes and act in a way that projects a positive image of coaching:
    • Provide all athletes with the equal attention and opportunities they deserve.
    • Ensure the time spent with their athletes is a positive experience.
    • Be fair, considerate and honest with athletes.
    • Encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle – refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol and engaging in poor lifestyle choices around athletes.
  • Show professional responsibility:
    • Display high standards in language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation.
    • Display control, courtesy, respect, honesty, dignity and professionalism to all involved within the sphere of sport – this includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators.
    • Encourage their athletes to demonstrate the same qualities.
    • Be professional and accept responsibility for their actions.
    • Accurately represent personal coaching qualifications, experience, competence and affiliations.
    • Refrain from criticism of other coaches.
  • Make a commitment to providing a quality service to their athletes:
    • Seek continual improvement through on-going coach education and other personal and professional development opportunities.
    • Provide athletes with planned and structured training programmes appropriate to their needs and goals.
    • Seek advice and assistance from professionals when additional expertise is required.
    • Maintain appropriate records.
  • Provide a safe environment for training and competition:
    • Adopt appropriate risk management strategies to ensure that the training and/or competition environment is safe.
    • Ensure equipment and facilities meet safety standards.
    • Ensure equipment, rules, training and the environments are appropriate for the age, physical and emotional maturity, experience and ability of the athletes.
    • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured athletes.
      • Allow further participation in training and competition only when appropriate.
      • Encourage athletes to seek medical advice when required.
      • Provide a modified training programme where appropriate. Maintain the same interest and support toward sick and injured athletes.
  • Protect athletes from any form of personal abuse:
    • Refrain from any form of verbal, physical and emotional abuse towards athletes.
    • Refrain from any form of sexual and racial harassment, racial vilification and harassment on the grounds of disability.
    • Ensure that any physical contact with athletes is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the athlete’s skill development.
    • Be alert to any forms of abuse directed towards athletes from other sources while in their care. 

Athlete Code of Conduct

An athlete will:

  • Show appreciation and respect to coaches, officials and administrators at all times.
  • Speak to each other in polite and respectful tones, use pleasant language and do not harm any other person in any way.
  • Do as the Coach requests unless they consider it sexually inappropriate or would be putting themselves or others in danger. 
  • Put in 100% enthusiasm and effort into every training session.
  • Accept that constructive feedback is part of the learning process and not a personal criticism on the athlete. 

Judge Code of Conduct

A Judge will:
  • Officiate competitions in a fair, safe manner that ensures spectator enjoyment and athlete safety.
  • Know the rules of the competitions and their interpretations thoroughly.
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all.
  • Keep up to date with the latest FINA judging rules and training.
  • Give all people a ‘fair go’ regardless of their race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or family status.
  • Conduct themselves in a way that is ethically and morally beyond reproach.
  • Support fellow officials.
  • Grant athletes and coaches dignity and self-respect.

Team Manager Code of Conduct

A Team Manager will:
  • Be responsible for the overall welfare and well-being of team members and officials when travelling with a team.
  • Maintain a ‘duty of care’ towards team members and be accountable for the management of the team.
  • Have a sound working knowledge of ASNZ Rules & Guidelines, and ensure that the conduct of the affairs of the team is in accordance with these and or any other Codes and guidelines determined by ASNZ from time to time.
  • Foster a collaborative approach to the management of the team.

Parent/Caregiver Code of Conduct

A Parent/Caregiver will:

  • Agree to abide by the General Code of Conduct.
  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not the parents.
  • Encourage children to participate and not force them.
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Remember that children learn best by example.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation and respect to coaches, officials and administrators.