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2015 YMCA Take Your Mark Swim Team Rules
(Updated 2/26/15)

  • Be 10 minutes early to practice. Practice needs to start on time if the swimmers are late it disrupts practice. This means that the lane lines should be in and the warm-up started at your specified practice time. The reason for the warm-up and stretching is to prevent injuries and discomfort during practice. Consistent lateness will not be tolerated. Swimmers who are late will be required to stay after to complete any dry land training they missed.

  • Swimmers need to arrive15 minutes before Warm Up START TIME when coming to meets.

  • There are no mandatory numbers of practices. Keep in mind swimmers who attend practices regularly will show the most improvement.

Swimmers are to conduct themselves in a respectful manner toward the coaches, team members officials, swim team parents and other team's swimmers. Any swimmer acting inappropriately will be suspended from the team.

Swimmers are required to team shirt and cap (if swimmer wears a cap) at meets.

To Sign Up for all Invatational, and PFY Hosted Invatational meets all swimmers need to use our Online Meet Entry Form (Click Here) and mail payment to address listed on Online Meet Entry Form. All meets are posted on our Team's Meet Schedule (Click Here). Payments for each meet is expected to be recieved before the date of the meet in order to be able to swim in the meet.

After practices swimmers are required to stay in the pool area until their parents or ride picks them up. This is for the swimmer’s safety. If a swimmer is caught wandering around after practice they will be subject to suspension from the team. Remember we rent all of our locations and we want to be able to keep practicing there. It only takes a few foolish actions to cost our team the use of the facilities.

Parents are expected to bring the swimmers to practice ON TIME and pick them up ON TIME. If you are not able to pick your child up on time please make other arrangements. Coaches can not be expected to supply rides or wait for extended periods of time. If this becomes an issue there will be a late pick up fee assessed at $25.00 per half hour.

Water bottles (plastic) are required to be with the swimmers at practices and at meets. (NO JUICE or SODA, ONLY WATER OR A SPORTS DRINK)

No eating of Junk Food during practices and meets (Eat fruit, bagels, power bars, pasta, healthy food) (No Candy, Hot Dogs, Soda until after meets are over) YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

Have fun at all times!

You have made a commitment not only to yourself, but also to a Team.

All Swimmers and Parents are required to sign a Code of Conduct

Swimmers Code of Conduct in PDF

Parents Code of Conduct in PDF

Swimmer Drop Off and Pick Up Guidelines:

  1. Swimmer Drop off:
    • NO PARENT IS ALLOWED TO DROP OF A SWIMMER THEY MUST WALK THEM IN TO THE POOL. - This is not only a safety issue but also there may be an announcement to parents about up and coming events or there may be hand outs that will be give out.
  2. Parents must park in the following areas and follow the following guidelines when dropping swimmers off to practice:
    • Pocono Mountain West - Parking is available in the BACK parking lot in behind the school (Back Entrance).  All swimmers must enter through the back entrance not through the side pool doors.
    • Lehman Intermediate - Parking is available in parking lot to the left of the main entrance.  Swimmers must enter through the main entrance of the school and then enter the pool.  No parents or swimmers can enter the side pool entrance (You will be told to use the main entrance).  No parking is allowed in the front circle.
    • Pocono Family YMCA - Parking is available behind the YMCA or along Main Street.  Swimmers must enter the pool through the locker rooms. Swimmers can not enter though the pool's door next to the main entrance.  This is becoming a problem with and swimmers and parents will be asked to use the locker room entrance.  Swimmer must be walked into at least the main lobby of the YMCA to drop swimmers off. Parents are not allowed in pool area during practice.
  3. Parent Pick Up:
    • NO PARENT IS ALLOWED TO WAIT OUTSIDE TO PICK UP A SWIMMER THEY MUST WALK IN AND GET THEM FROM THE POOL. - This is not only a safety issue but also there may be an announcement to parents about up and coming events or there may be hand outs that will be give out.
  4. Parents must follow the following guidelines when picking up swimmers from practice:
    • Pocono Mountain West - Parking is available in the BACK parking lot in behind the school (Back Entrance).  All swimmers must exit through the back entrance not through the side pool doors.
    • Lehman Intermediate - Parking is available in parking lot to the left of the main entrance.  Swimmers must exit through the main entrance of the school.  No parents or swimmers can exit through the side pool entrance (You will be told to use the main entrance).  No parking is allowed in the front circle.
    • Pocono Family YMCA - Parking is available behind the YMCA or along Main Street.  Swimmers must exit the pool through the locker rooms. Swimmers can not exit though the pool's door next to the main entrance.  This is becoming a problem with and swimmers and parents will be asked to use the locker room exits.  Swimmer must be picked up in the main lobby of the YMCA.
Parent Conduct during practices: Please do keep in mind parents are allowed in practices as long as there are no issues with disruptions:

No parents are allowed to be on deck during practices.  Parents are to remain in the bleachers at all times during practices.  If your child needs to speak to you make sure they ask a coach first.  Swimmers must do this in meets and it is also needed in practices.  Parents are to remain quite during  practice. Parents are not coach there child or give them instruction during practice. 

Only 1-2 parents are allowed in the pool area during practices at the YMCA. The deck area is very small and the noise level is very difficult to manage at the YMCA.

Your job as a parent is be their biggest fan let the coach do their job.  If you have an issue please let the coach know after practice with out the swimmer or other swimmers in the area.  If you issue does not get resolved please let me know. mike@ymcaswim.org

Parents are not to talk about other swimmers in the bleachers.

 

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