Code of conduct

Bendigo East Swimming Club conforms fully with the Behavioural Guidelines and the Member Welfare policy published by Swimming Australia.

Bendigo East Swimming Club encourages all members and guests to uphold the principles of fairness, respect, responsibility and safety at all times. All members of the Club are encouraged to be positive role models for other club members, and to represent their club with pride in the community.

Play by the rules.
1.  Never argue with an official. Always use the appropriate rules and guidelines to resolve a dispute. Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in any sport.
2.  Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team.
3.  Be a good sport. Applaud all good performances whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
4.  Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
5.  Cooperate with your coach, team mates and opponents.
6.  Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches.
7.  Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Parents are empowered to support their children's efforts and performance, and to show respect and appreciation for the efforts of all people involved in their child's swimming.

Parent/Guardian Code of Behaviour
1.  Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
2.  Encouragechildren to participate, do not force them.
3.  Focus on the child's efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
4.  Encourage children always to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
5.  Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
6.  Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
7.  Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
8.  Respect officials' decisions and teach children to do likewise.
9.  Show appreciation for coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.