Kangaroos Code of Conduct
The Kemp Mill Kangaroos strive to provide a safe and fun environment for swimmers of all experience levels to learn proper swimming techniques, demonstrate good sportsmanship, and enjoy the experience of team competition.
It is the duty of all Kangaroos and their familes to:
- Follow Kemp Mill Swim Center rules, mind the lifeguards, and use good behavior at all pool activities.
- Refrain from disruptive behavior that interferes with the safety of and/or respect due to others.
- Emphasize and demonstrate good sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
- Respect the integrity and judgment of swimming officials, both Kangaroos and opponents.
- Follow Montgomery County Swim League rules. Speaking with an official can get a swimmer or the whole team disqualified from a meet. Bring issues to a Kangaroos Rep, not swimming officials.
- Respect the integrity and judgment of coaches. Trust that the coaches know the rules.
- Speak with coaches after practices, not during practices or meets.
- Mind the coaches. If you don’t understand a coach’s instructions, talk to him/her immediately.
- Keep coaches informed. If a swimmer cannot continue a practice, tell a coach. If the swimmer can resume, tell a coach and return to the water.
- Accept decisions of the coaches for all entries of individuals and relay teams in meets.
- Respect the property, equipment, and facilities of KMSC families and opponents.
- Avoid using profanity.
- Never use threatening or abusive language, gestures, or behavior. Bullying will not be tolerated.
- Treat visiting officials, teams and spectators as honored guests, with courtesy.
- Encourage and support team members and opponents rather than criticizing them. Work together.
- Arrive on time for practices and meets, prepared to swim.
- Try your best at practices and meets to support the team.
- Contribute to the team through volunteering at meets, home and away. The team requires an adult from each family to be available for 6 volunteer shifts during the season. Failure to show-up at an assigned shift will disqualify your swimmer(s) from at least one meet.
- Supervise children at the pool during practices and meets. KMSC rules require children under 10 be supervised by an adult at all times. During a volunteer shift, children must be supervised by a non-volunteering adult. If you cannot volunteer at an assigned shift, you may swap with another adult. To facilitate volunteer communication for supervising children and swapping shifts, use the Kangaroos email list and/or the team directory (online).
- Coaches are not responsible for supervising children during practices or meets.
- Keep Emergency Contact information updated
- Avoid excessive absences.
In swimming, as in life, treat others as you would have them treat you. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Breaking the code of conduct may result in loss of team participation privileges for the swimmer and/or his/her family. Discipline problems will not be tolerated.