NORFOLK YMCA AQUAJET SWIM TEAM PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO POLICY
There has been much talk about whether it is safe to have images taken of children participating in sports. While the great majority of images are appropriate and are taken in good faith, it is a fact that images can be misused and children can be put at risk if common‐ sense procedures are not observed.
1. The Norfolk YMCA Aquajet Swim Team strictly prohibits all photography and video of the swimmers in any area behind the swim blocks. This includes the area inside and outside the glass partition located at the Norfolk Family YMCA facility. This is in effect during all Norfolk YMCA Aquajet Swim Team practices and swim meets.
2. A parent or guardian has a right of refuse to have children photographed. The exercise of this right of refusal will not be used as grounds for refusing entry into a swimming competition. If a parent or swimmer wishes to not have their photo taken during a swim meet and shared with any media publication (newspaper) or have their photo posted on a Norfolk YMCA Aquajet Swim Team social media account, their wish will be respected. The parent of any swimmer under the age of 18 should contact the Safe Sport Club Coordinator (Kent Olberding) or any other coach or club official of the desire or request to not have their child’s photograph used in any form of publication with the attached form.
3. The Norfolk YMCA Aquajet Swim Team may exercise the right to live video stream swim competetions to a public viewing forum. All parents and swimmers have the right to refuse to have their child mentioned in the audio portion of the live video stream. All attempts will be made to comply with the request.
4. In the case of open meets and other competitions where the Norfolk YMCA Aquajet Swim Team has an official photographer present, all parents attending will be made aware of this in the meet information. If photos are to be published anywhere, the individual parent will be given the opportunity to express their permission to have their child photographed.
All photographs and video will observe generally accepted standards of decency in particular:
- Action shots will be a celebration of the sporting activity and not a sexualized image in a sporting context.
- Action shots will not be taken or retained where the photograph reveals a torn or displaced swimsuit.
- Photographs will not be taken from behind swimming blocks at the start of a race or exhibit a child climbing out of the swimming pool.
- Photographs will not be taken in locker‐rooms or bathrooms.