Code of Expectations for Parents and Guardians
Every parent or guardian is expected to comply with the Code of Expectations for Parents and
Guardians as set out below.
1. Respect the rules of the team. Respect the staff of the team, the marshals and the officials present at meets.
Address all questions and concerns to the Team Representatives. Actively volunteer to support the team.
2. Follow all team policies and facility rules and regulations.
3. Reiterate, at home, the expectation of sportsmanship, maturity and compassion which should be
demonstrated at all times during practices and meets, both to teammates and competing swimmers.
4. Encourage personal responsibility by allowing practice to be your swimmer’s time. Make your swimmer be
responsible for getting themselves to the pool deck on time with goggles and cap in hand and ready to begin
5. Understand that your child is the team member and allow the coaches to work with your children with
minimal parental involvement. The coaches are committed to your child’s enjoyment of the sport and the team.
Coaches will work closely with your swimmer on what they need to improve, their goals and their behavior
while under the supervision of the aforementioned. Please do not coach your child at practice.
Please maintain a dialogue with your child of what occurred and what was discussed individually and as a
group at swim practice. If there is a question about something your child communicates to you, please contact
the Team Representatives. Critical information, including closures, meet schedules, etc. will be communicated
6. Understand that all decisions for the team rest with the Team Representatives and the coaches. This
includes, but is not limited to, meet entries including relays. Questions and concerns should be directed to the
Team Representatives, not the coaching staff.
7. Encourage a positive team atmosphere. If problems arise, discuss concerns with the Team Representatives.
8. Support your team. Negative conversation about team members, families or staff will not be tolerated. If you
have a problem with our team, or a certain member of our team, please contact the Team Representatives
directly to discuss your issues. Everyone's opinions and views may vary, but if issues arise they are to be
communicated in this fashion. It is expected that anyone who wishes to be a part of the Brandywine
Barracudas cares about the success of our team and will not actively undermine the foundation of it. Speaking
negatively about our team in other public places and online is grounds for dismissal from the team.
9. Cheer for the team in a positive, supportive manner and refrain from providing directives. Demonstrate
appropriate gestures of sportsmanship at the conclusion of events and meets, (win or lose) and encourage this
behavior in your child(ren).
10. Parents are asked to stay in regular communication with the Team Representatives about their swimmer’s
availability to take part in swim meets. At the beginning of each season, Known Absences are requested
for each family; however, any changes in a swimmer’s assumed availability must be communicated as early as
possible so the dual and developmental meets, as well as relay events, can be planned most efficiently.
My signature below acknowledges receipt of and agreement to the rules stated above.
Specifically, I understand that my family is joining the Brandywine Barracudas, a swim team which
actively competes in the Northern Virginia Swim League, with the intention of improving my
swimmer’s skills and water safety, increasing their social interaction with team members and to
compete, when appropriate, in dual and developmental meets.
I commit to supporting the staff and the members of the team with both my actions and my words and I
understand that intentional steps to undermine the staff members or team members are grounds for
dismissal of our family from the team.
YES, I AGREE.
Enter your initials to indicate acceptance: