Code of Conduct – Parent or Guardian


1.  I will complete and return the Medical Information Form as requested by MASC and provide details of any health conditions/concerns relevant to my child on the consent form. I will report any changes in the state of my child’s health to the coach prior to training sessions or events. I will ensure that MASC has up-to-date contact details for me and for any alternative person(s) as required

2.  I will deliver and collect my child punctually to and from training sessions/events. I will inform a member of the coaching team or my child’s squad team manager if there is an unavoidable problem.  If the coaching team changes my child’s lane and/or changing times, I will remember that the change is to provide appropriate levels of training and to enable my child to progress, and I should therefore support and encourage this at all times.

3.  I will ensure my child is properly and adequately attired for the training session/ events including all mandatory equipment, e.g. hats, goggles, etc, and encourage my child to be independent in looking after their equipment.

4.  I will inform a member of the coaching team before a session if my child is to be collected early from a training session/event and if so, by whom.

5.  I will encourage my child to obey the rules and teach them that they can only do their best.

6.  I will not cause disharmony amongst swimmers, parents, members of the coaching team or others involved in MASC.

7.  I will not use inappropriate language within the organisation environment.

8.  I will show appreciation and support my child and all the team members.

9.  I will ensure my child’s needs are met in terms of nutrition and I will listen to advice given from the coach/nutritionist.

10.  I will support the coach and committee appropriately and raise any concerns I may have in an appropriate manner to the relevant designated person.

11.  I will be friendly to all new swimmers and their parents, encouraging them with their involvement in the club.

12.  If and when possible, support the club by taking your turn at time keeping, fund raising, and other club/committee activities.

13.  General information is published regularly on the MASC website, other social media platforms and the club notice board, I will read these notices for important information about coming events, changes to training times and location.  The club will endeavour to hold regular parents information sessions throughout the year, when deemed necessary by the coaching team.  If you have any questions please liaise with either a member of the coaching team or a committee member.

14. I will pay swim fees, meet entries, and all other payments at the required time.  If there is a problem with payments, please speak to the Chairperson or Treasurer.

15.  Most of all, I will help my child to enjoy their sport in a friendly, safe and respectful environment and to achieve to the best of their ability and provide a model of good sports behaviour for your swimmers

16. The Head Coach must be notified in writing prior to a swimmer taking part in any external competition or training facility not organised by the club, so that consent can be given.

At Training

1. Parents are welcome to stay for the duration of training, however, to minimise poolside noise and distraction, parents are asked not to enter poolside once swimmers are attired and training has begun unless requested to do so or in an emergency.

2. I will behave responsibly as a spectator during training and treat members, coaches, committee members and other parents of members of MASC and any other organisation with due respect, in accordance with the ASA commitment to equality and diversity.

3. Parents are asked not to signal and try and get the attention of their child during a training session.  If this is a matter of urgency, the parent must communicate with the coach.

4. Parents are reminded that during training sessions the Coach must concentrate on the swimmers.  If parents have questions for the Coach about their individual swimmers, they can arrange a mutually convenient time to speak outside of training times. 

5. During training parents are asked to leave the coaching management and constructive criticisms of swimmers to the Coach, and/or Club officials as appropriate.

At Competitions

1.  I will behave responsibly as a spectator during training/events and treat members, coaches, committee members and other parents of members of MASC and any other organisation with due respect, in accordance with the ASA commitment to equality and diversity.

2.  Please cheer for your swimmers and all the other swimmers in the club.  However, calling out to the swimmers while they are on the blocks, focussed for their races, distracts both swimmers and officials.

3.  I will not ask time keepers for my child’s times immediately after a race.  Times are collated and published as soon as possible after events/meet.

4.  I will accept the official’s decision on my child’s swim, and discuss any concerns you have about a decision privately with the Coach at the conclusion of the meet.

The organisation will

1.  Inform you at the earliest possible opportunity if your child becomes ill and will ensure their wellbeing until you are able to collect him/her.

2.  Ensure good child safeguarding guidelines are followed at all times to keep your child safe.

3.  Ensure all activities are properly supervised/ taught/coached and that consent is obtained for any activity outside of that previously agreed.

You have a right to:

1.  Make a complaint to MASC if you feel this organisation or a member of this organisation is not acting appropriately or in accordance with ASA/MASC rules and regulations. Details of how to do this can be obtained from the welfare officer.

2.  Make a complaint on behalf of your child to the ASA Office of Judicial Administration.