Terms and conditions

DST Code of Conduct and Rights & Responsibilities 2019/20
Applicable to: Stingrays Summer Camp wk1 SwimActive C group: gym D group (entry) E group: Stage 1 I Can Swim Stage 1 DST BOD E group: Stage 2 D group (actual) Stingrays Summer Camp wk2 DST BOD: non voting B group: gym I Can Swim Stage 2 A group: gym I Can Swim Stage 3 DST Staff C group E group: Stage 3 Stingrays Summer Camp wk3 Stingrays Summer Camp wk4 B group A group Stingrays Summer Camp wk5


                                                                      Code of Conduct
& Rights and Responsibilities

2019 / 2020


The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, 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 game is for youth, not adults.

3.      I will inform the coach of any challenge, disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others and / or may hinder their development as an athlete.

4.      I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of DST, Swim BC, SNC, and FINA.

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 players, coaches, officials and spectators at every practice, swim meet, club function or event.

6.      I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, swimmer, or parent.

7.      I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the swimmers – physical, mental, emotional, etc

8.      I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

9.      I will be an example to and demand that my child treat other swimmers, 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 trying their best, and make my child feel like a success every time.

12.   I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.

13.   I will emphasize skill development and their long term practices and how they benefit my child over winning.

14.   I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the Stingrays swimmers ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.

15.   I will respect the Officials & Coaches and their authority during practices and meets and will never question, discuss, or confront the Officials and know that this is the Coach’s responsibility. 

16.   I will also not confront the Officials & Coaches during a practice and / or Meet, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.

17.   I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all events.

18.   I will “let the Coach coach” and refrain from coaching my child or other players during practices and Meets. 
I understand my greatest role is to be my Child’s cheerleader and not the coach.


By submitting the DST Registration’s Athlete Information form, I and my Swimmer(s) also agree that failure to abide by the rules above and Rights & Responsibilities listed on the next page, I and/or my Swimmer(s) will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following*:

  • 1st violation: Verbal acknowledgement and / or warning by official, DST Head Coach, and / or the DST Board of Director(s).  This will include a written documentation to be kept on file
  • 2nd violation: Written warning received from the DST Head Coach and / or DST Board of Directors and kept on file.  A ‘2nd violation’ is defined as a violation of any kind compounding upon the 1st violation
  • 3rd violation: Parental AND / OR Swimmer practice and meet suspension with written documentation of incident kept on file by the Duncan Swim Team
  • Final violation: Parental AND / OR Swimmer season suspension

* The Duncan Swim Team Society and its authority reserve the right to expedite the process listed above if necessary.



The Duncan Swim Team is committed to inspire every person in its organization by providing opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and values necessary for each individual to become a capable and contributing participant in the swimming community.


Behavioural Expectations

Appropriate behaviour allows everyone the right to learn, to be safe and to be treated with respect, courtesy and consideration. Consequently, appropriate behaviour within the Duncan Swim Team is mandatory.

Each person is responsible for his / her behaviour and is capable of making appropriated choices. It is therefore the responsibility of coaches, parents and others to encourage and enforce appropriate behaviour and good decision making.

Swimmers have the right to:

  • Be treated with respect and consideration
  • Feel safe in a caring environment
  • A high quality swim program which takes into account their individual strengths and needs
  • Express their ideas and opinions respectfully


Swimmers have the responsibility to:

  • Treat others with consideration and fairness while respecting their rights and feelings
  • Help establish a clean, safe environment by caring for all personal and Team property
  • Demonstrate positive attitudes toward learning
  • Participate actively in all aspects of their swim program
  • Report all violations of the Code of Conduct to an authority figure (Coach, parent, senior swimmer, board member)

Parents have the right to:

  • Be treated with respect and consideration
  • Be informed of their child’s progress and be notified of any behaviour concerns
  • Have their child swim in a safe, friendly environment which builds self-esteem and a sense of belonging
  • Play an active role in their child’s swimming development as Head Cheerleader


Parents have the responsibility to:

  • Discuss and assist their child in understanding this Code of Conduct
  • Encourage their child to respect the rights and feeling of others
  • Play an active part in their child’s swimming and when their child enters the ‘competitive arena’, to play an active role as a volunteer official at every competition
  • Be their Child’s biggest cheerleader and let the Coach coach
  • Be in regular contact with their child’s Coach
  • Report all violations of the Code of Conduct to the Coach or DST Executive member

DST Staff have the right to:

  • Be treated with respect and consideration
  • Work in a safe non-threatening environment free from harassment
  • Work in an environment supported by the Parents
  • Expect swimmers to participate and be involved in a productive manner
  • Expect Parents to take the lead with the Swimmer’s development and let the Coach be the Coach

DST Staff have the responsibility to:

  • Provide the best swim program possible, accommodating individual swimmers’ needs with consideration of each swimmer’s personal commitment
  • Create and maintain order in a safe, nurturing environment
  • Deal with swimmers, parents, and peers in a fair and positive manner
  • Communicate with parents regarding each child’s program and progress as necessary
  • Report all violations of the Code of Conduct to the Head Coach who will liaise with the Board of Directors


Please feel free to contact us:

Duncan Swim Team

c/o Cowichan Aquatic Centre

2653 James St.  Duncan, BC V9L 2X5

executive@duncanstingrays.com & coaches@duncanstingrays.com