Eastleigh Swimming Club Statement of Acceptable and Unacceptable Behaviour

(The is the Directive of the Head Coach, based on guidelines set out in WavePower 2016-19 and The Swim England Handbook)

This is an agreed statement of what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and the range of sanctions which may be applied in response to unacceptable behaviour.

Acceptable Behaviour

Swimmers must accept responsibility for their own behaviour and conduct and respect the spirit of the sport adhering to rules in and out of the pool , incorporating the concept of friendship and respect for others. As a member of Eastleigh Swimming Club, swimmers have signed up to our Code of Conduct. (This is available to view on the website).

Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour can be defined as any behaviour which has a negative impact on other swimmers or coaches. Unacceptable behaviour will result in consequences or sanctions which are described below. These sanctions also apply to behaviour in the changing rooms before and/or after sessions. (The Principles of these sanctions are noted in brackets)


  • If your behaviour, in a training session, has a negative impact on other swimmers or coaches (in any way), you will be given a verbal warning by the coach leading the session. The coach will explain to you which behaviours are unacceptable and why. (De-escalation)
  • If, following this explanation, you continue to behave in an unacceptable manner you will be asked to leave that session (Time out). The length of the 'Time out' is proportionate to the severity of your behaviour and may range from a few minutes to 2 weeks out.
  • If you have been asked to leave a session because of your behaviour you will not return to that session until you and your parents have met with the coach to resolve the issue (Reparation- making amends).
  • In some circumstances individual contracts or agreements for future participation, in the form of an 'Individual Behaviour Plan' may be agreed between you, your parents and your coach (This may include increased supervision during training).
  • If unacceptable behaviour continues and an agreement cannot be reached, temporary or permanent exclusion from the club may follow.

Any concerns relating to these sanctions should be directed to the Head Coach in the first instance.

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