Yorktown Swim Club is fortunate to have highly experienced, professional coaches working to develop our children into better swimmers and more importantly, disciplined people. As parents, it’s absolutely essential that we give our coaching staff the respect and authority they deserve to run our swim team. Our coaches are hired for that purpose.
YSC, as an organization, highly encourages the following parental behavior:
Open communication between parents, swimmers and coaches emphasizing goal-setting and focusing on the performance expectations of both the swimmer and the parents
Meeting with the coaches/swimmers/parents during normal operating hours to discuss issues
Positive reinforcement of all swimmers in all situations - team spirit, team loyalty
Parental involvement on the Board of Directors and in organizing and running of meets and other team events
YSC, as an organization, will not tolerate the following behavior from parents:
Coaching your children at practice or during meets, that is the coach's job
Interrupting or confronting the coaching staff on the pool deck during practice or meets
Abusive language towards coaches, swimmers, parents, officials and your own children
Any behavior that brings discredit or disruption to our swimmers and our organization
Do not send swimmers to practice too early, and please pick them up promptly after their practice is over. Swimmers who are on deck outside their practice times distract other swimmers. Coaches need to concentrate on the swimmers in the water. Out of respect for our coaching staff, please do not make them wait unnecessarily after practice is over with swimmers who do not yet have rides.
Escort younger swimmers directly to and from the pool area for their protection.
Please promote responsible locker room behavior to your swimmer! Coaches are not often in the locker room area to monitor activity. Insist on respectful use of our pools (both YHS and Tuhey). Misuse of school facilities or misbehavior while on school property could jeopardize the team’s access to the pool, and may result in expulsion from the team for any swimmer proven responsible! The parents may also have financial liability for any damages.
Parents of a swimmer and member of Yorktown Swim Club:
I. Practice teamwork with all parents, swimmers and coaches by supporting the values of Discipline, Loyalty, Commitment and Hard Work.
II. Cannot coach or instruct the team or any swimmer at a practice or meets (from the stands or any other area) or interfere with coaches on the pool deck.
III. Demonstrate good sportsmanship by acting in a manner that earns the respect of my child, other swimmers, parents, officials and the coaches at meets and practices.
IV. Maintain self-control at all times. Know your my role. Swimmers – Swim, Coaches – Coach, Officials – Officiate, Parents - Parent
V. Parrents must understand that criticizing, name-calling, use of abusive language or gestures directed toward the coaches, officials, and/or any participating swimmer will not be permitted or tolerated.
VI. Enjoy involvement with Yorktown Swim Club by supporting the swimmers, coaches and other parents with positive communication and actions.
VII. During competitions, questions or concerns regarding decisions made by meet officials are directed to a member of our coaching staff. Parents address officials via the coaching staff only.
Yorktown Swim Club is a not-for-profit corporation run entirely by volunteers with the exception of our coaches. It requires hundreds of hours to keep the team running, and all parents are encouraged to contribute a significant amount of time to the team. The team cannot operate without volunteers. There are many opportunities to help. Find something you enjoy from the list below and get involved! We believe YSC can offer our swimmers the best experience possible, but it will require every parent to contribute to the cause.
YSC normally hosts one meet per season. For the short course season the meet is typically scheduled during the first two weeks of January. For the long course season it is usually scheduled in the middle of June. We host these meets for several reasons:
First, YSC strives to provide quality competitive opportunities for our swimmers and to provide our parents with many opportunities to become involved with the sport of swimming, our organization, and to continue to support their children
Secondly, these meets are a significant source of revenue for the club, thus enabling the club to maintain a reasonable fee structure for its members.
Each YSC parent is expected to volunteer for 2 working sessions at each YSC hosted meet. This expectation is your responsibility is yours even if your swimmer in not competing in the meet. Sign-up opportunities for the specific jobs and times will be available online in the months leading up to the event. If you know prior to the posting that you will be unable to participate or volunteer in the meet, please contact the club president ahead of time as there are usually ways to help out and fulfill your requirement ahead of time
Some of the meet volunteer positions (and the minimum number of people required to fill those positions for each session at the meet) are outlined below:
• Head Timer: to oversee the timers.
• Timers: use a stopwatch to record times for swimmers.
• Relief Timers: to relieve the timers for breaks
• Clerk of Course: to assemble and assist 8 & under swimmers to report for their heats.
• Awards Workers: to sort and label ribbons/awards.
• Concession Workers: sell food items from the concession stand.
• Hospitality Workers: provide food and beverages to coaches and officials.
• Administrative Workers: announce events, operate the computer, and operate the timing system and a runner to assist.
• Officials: make sure all swims are legal and the meet is run according to USA Swimming regulations. • Clean-up: to clean up after the meet.
• Note: YSC is also expected, and sometimes required, to provide assistance at away meets. We ask that you help as needed during these meets. Timers and officials are usually needed.
A lot of work is done behind the scenes. Please find a way to help other than just at the meets. A lot of administrative tasks, planning and preparations are needed. There are several committees. Please inquire to see how you can help.