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The USSA committee fully acknowledge that parents are an integral part of the partnership, which ensures that young swimmers enjoy their involvement in the sport and experience an environment in which they can flourish.


The USSA committee encourages parents to:

•Be familiar with the coaching and training programme in order that they can ensure that their child is fully involved and the coaches are aware of their availability.

•Be familiar with the teaching and coaching methods used by observing the sessions in which your child participates.

•Be aware that the club/school has a duty of care and therefore, where appropriate, assist coaches with the supervision of the young swimmers, particularly where numbers are large and there is a need to transport youngsters to galas.

•Be involved with club/school activities and share your expertise.

•Share concerns, if you have them, with club/school officials and/or the USSA committee.


The USSA committee also encourages coaches to:  

•Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players.

•Keep winning and losing in perspective, encouraging young players to behave with

dignity in all circumstances.


It is important that parents support coaches in instilling these virtues.





Young swimmers are impressionable and their behaviour will often reflect that of adults around them. In swimming we welcome spectators who embrace the ethos of the sport of swimming as one of fun, enjoyment and skill development.


The USSA committee encourages spectators:

•Act as positive role models to all young swimmers.

•Be familiar with, and abide by, child protection guidance in relation to verbal and emotional abuse.


The USSA committee believes that spectators should:

•Remember children participate in swimming for their enjoyment not yours.

Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all youngsters irrespective of which team they compete for.

•Respect official's decisions. Remember, they are volunteers providing an opportunity for youngsters to swim.

•Never verbally abuse young swimmers, match officials, fellow spectators or coaches. Such behaviour can create a negative environment for young players and their behaviour will often reflect this.

•Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than the "win at all costs" ethic.

Verbally encourage all youngsters in a positive way. If you do want to shout make sure it is 'for', not 'at', the swimmers.

•Condemn bad language, rude behaviour and violence.

•Encourage all youngsters irrespective of their ability – never ridicule any individual swimmer, regardless of the team they compete for.

•Remember - It's only a swimming gala!







•Swim because you want to do so, not to please coaches or parents.

•Remember that skill development, fun and enjoyment are the most important parts of swimming.

•Be focused and attentive at all training and coaching sessions.

•Work as hard for your team as for yourself - both will then benefit.

•Be a sportsman/woman - win or lose - and recognise good efforts by all swimmers on all teams.

•Swim in accordance with the regulations of the gala, accept feedback from officials and ensure that any questions for officials are presented in a respectful manner.

•Control your emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team mates, opponents, or officials is unacceptable.

•Treat all swimmers as you would like to be treated. Do not abuse, bully or take advantage of any player.




•Recognise and appreciate the efforts of coaches, parents, match officials and administrators in providing the opportunity for you to swim and enjoy the competitive environment.

•Understand the values of loyalty and commitment to your team, team mates and adults who contribute to it.

•Recognise that every other swimmer is entitled to compete in a safe and abuse-free swimming environment.

•Understand that if any individual or group of young players is not being treated acceptably, then you have a right to tell an adult either at the gala or outside of the competition.


























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