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    Registration 2017 Season

    The staff and full-time volunteers of the Brandywine Barracudas Swim Team welcome you to the 2017 Summer Season! Each spring, the NVSL shuffles the more than 100 teams around to make each division as closely matched as possible. This year Brandywine will compete in Division 12. We will be swimming with the following teams: Brookfield, Poplar Heights, Fairfax Club Estates, Stratford and Kings Ridge.

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    Volunteer Requirement

    Every family is required to volunteer. At least 40 volunteers are necessary to run each swim meet; this does not include swim meet set up and break down. There are volunteer positions of all shapes and sizes. We need a solid roster of certified officials. Please consider becoming a Stroke and Turn judge or a table worker this summer. You can sign up for the entire season, if you want, by going to the Schedule section, clicking on a meet and selecting a volunteer job.

    Brandywine has many families with multiple children. Please understand that whether our roster of swimmers has 30 sets of parents or 50 sets of parents, we still need the same number of people to run a swim meet. If you have multiple children swimming on the team, your volunteering commitment should be commensurate with that number of kids. Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and mature siblings make wonderful Timers and Marshals. Please consider every option when making your volunteer commitments and keep in mind the number of swimmers you have participating in each swim meet. Each family should have a volunteer position for each child swimming.

    Team Reps. Maureen Boland and Melissa Stahl will be using Swimtopia to schedule volunteers for the entire season. On Thursdays (for A meets), the team reps will put together the final volunteer lists. Positions that aren't filled will be assigned based on the volunteer selections you made at registration. For B meets: an email will go out Saturdays with positions that need filling for Monday night. 

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    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 when asked.

    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 via email.

    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. 

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    Code of Expectations for Swimmers

    Brandywine Barracudas swimmers are expected to comply with the Code of Expectations for Swimmers as set out below.

    Attending practice regularly is critical to taking full advantage of the team’s training program. Please make every effort to arrange your schedule in order to maximize your attendance. If you are going to be absent, please inform one of the Team Representatives.

    Respect the rules of the team. Respect the staff of the team and the officials present at meets. Swimmers are to address all questions and concerns to the coaches or Team Representatives.

    Make eye contact with and listen to your coaches and Team Representatives when they are speaking to you. Follow the directions given to you. Speak clearly and loud enough to be heard when answering or asking questions. Behave in a mature fashion at practice and at meets, home or away.

    Be responsible for getting yourself and your gear to the pool deck on time.

    Share each practice experience with your parent, not only the compliments and challenges you received individually, but what happened with the team practice overall. Be aware of goals that you have set with the coaches and Team Representatives as well as goals that are set for you. When your meet events are shared with you, study them and commit them to memory. Consider your developmental meet event opportunities and discuss them with your coach when asked.

    Officials and timers are to be treated with respect. Make eye contact and be pleasant. Shake hands with both lane neighbors whenever possible at the completion of a race. Thank your timers and ask for your times. Our coaches’ jobs are to better you as a swimmer in many ways. Upon completion of your event, you should report to your coaches, share your results and gather pointers and praise.

    Cheer for your team. Support and encourage your team mates, win or lose.

    Your support for the Brandywine Barracudas, like any other sports team you may be on, matters on and off the pool deck. Negative conversation about team members, families or staff will not be tolerated. If you have a problem with our team rules and policies, your coaches or a certain member of our team, please contact the Team Representatives directly to discuss your issues.

    Being unkind to a team mate or speaking negatively about our team in other public places and/or online is grounds for dismissal from the team.

    All swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend the entire session of their meet in order to support their teammates.

    Sportsmanship, maturity and compassion should be demonstrated at all times during practice and games, both to teammates and competing swimmers. Unkind words or actions toward a teammate are grounds for suspension.

    I understand the rules presented above and will abide by them. I realize that continued disregard for these rules are grounds for dismissal. 

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    Team Rules and Policies

    The No. 1 responsibility of the staff of the Barracuda Swim Team is swimmer safety. During swim practices and meets all existing pool safety rules are to be followed.

    No running start dives are permitted. No horseplay or pushing fellow swimmers into the pool.

    Coaches are not to be disturbed or distracted during practice other than in emergency situations. Swimmers who are not participating in a practice should not be in the area where practice is taking place.

    Swimmers are expected to attend all practices as arranged with their coaches and, when unable to attend, they are to make every effort to contact the Team Representatives.

    Swimmers are to behave in a polite and respectful manner. Good sportsmanship is required for all team members. They will treat the staff, spectators and members of other teams with the same courtesy expected in their interaction with their own team mates, team staff, or any other adult. The Brandywine Barracudas will strive to be both polite and accommodating hosts at home meets and visitors at away meets.

    Swimmers are expected to be courteous in the bath house, both at home meets and when attending an away meet. Respect the privacy of other swimmers and vacate the bath house quickly to make room for others who wish to use it.

    Swimmers are to arrive at swim meets on time. The Team Representatives provide very detailed information preceding each swim meet, including the time that swimmers are due to arrive. Families are asked, other than in emergency situations, to provide any changes to their ‘Known Absences’ by Tuesday morning of each week so that upcoming swim meets can be seeded properly.

    At meets, swimmers should remain in the team area, and should make sure they clean up the area upon the conclusion of the meet.

    Grounds for removal from a practice

    • Insubordination
    • Unsportsmanlike conduct
    • Disrespectful speech, gestures or actions toward coaches or Team Representatives Repeated disruption of training environment
    • Habitual tardy arrival to training or late arrivals which have not been cleared by the Team Representatives, may also result in denial of practice if arrival significantly disrupts training session

    Grounds for removal or suspension from the team 

    • Repeated Insubordination
    • Intentional harm to teammate
    • Repeated unsportsmanlike conduct
    • Gossip or unkind behavior toward a teammate
    • Gossip or negative actions by a team parent with intention of undermining the team Repeated disrespectful behavior at practice
    • Any unexcused missed swim meet 
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