NORFOLK AQUAJET BULLY POLICY
Bullying or Cyber-Bullying by any member of the Norfolk Family YMCA Aquajet Swim Team, regardless of when or where it happens, is strictly prohibited. Our club has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying and disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including expulsion from the team.
Here are a few examples of unacceptable bullying behavior within our club:
- Negatively commenting on a teammate’s body (i.e. calling someone “fat”)
- Telling a teammate nobody likes him/her
- Telling a teammate that he/she is a bad swimmer or disparaging them for not making a “cut”
- Telling others that your goal is to beat another teammate, knock them off a relay team, etc.
- Excluding a teammate or embarrassing /humiliating a teammate in front of others
- Sending threatening or insulting emails, texts messages, or voicemails.
- Sending private or inappropriate messages, photos or videos
- Spreading rumors by posting messages on social networking sites or applications.
- Using a false email account or masked phone number or pretending to be someone else to send abusive or harassing messages. Having a message sent to another swimmer by someone else on your behalf is still considered bullying.
All swimmers should remember the Aquajet Golden Rule, and treat their teammates like they would like to be treated. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself – “How would my parents and my coach feel about my behavior? Would they be proud?”
Here are some things you can do if you are being bullied or witness another person being bullied:
- Do not respond to the bully’s requests or remarks and let the bully know that you would like the behavior to stop.
- Let an adult (coach/Parent) know about the situation.
- If the bullying is cyber-bullying, do not reply to the messages and keep a record that can be shared with an adult (coach/parent).
- If you receive an inappropriate image or text about someone else, do not forward it. You could be assisting a bully or breaking the law.
- You are responsible for messages sent from your devices/accounts. Be sure not to share your passwords with friends.
The Norfolk YMCA Aquajet Swim Team is a non-profit organization operated entirely by volunteers. To ensure the continued success of NYA, each family is required to provide at least one (1) volunteer for each home swim meet that their child is registered for and participation in the annual Ad Campaign Fundraiser. It can take up to 30-35 people to run a successful meet, so everyone needs to be willing to serve as a volunteer in some capacity.
If a volunteer is not provided for the home swim meet in which you have a child participating in the meet, the family will be assessed a $25 fee (per meet). The Meet Director will provide a list of jobs (i.e. timer, concessions, clean-up, etc.) required to make each meet successful. Volunteers will have an opportunity to choose which job they wish to do on a first come first served basis.
We do understand that sometimes difficult circumstances can arise that might prevent/hinder having a volunteer from your family help at a meet. We want to work with all families if/when these circumstances arise, so communicating with the Meet Director when special needs arise is extremely important.
The Ad Campaign Fundraiser is held in June and July. Each family is given a packet that contains cards with the names of local businesses who have purchased ads in the past. We ask that you contact these businesses in the hope that they will purchase an ad. All ads are published in the meet program for each of our home swim meets. This fundraiser helps to provide funds which go toward coaches wages, team parties, swimming equipment, etc. It is very important that everyone do their part by participating in the selling of ads. Failure to participate in the Fundraiser will mean the assessment of a $25 fine.
Athlete participation in end of season meets
If a swimmer who is not a registered member of the Aquajet team is entered as an Aquajet in an end of season meet to complete a relay or just because they would like to swim under the club name, the following will apply:
1. Athletes are required by USA Swimming to have a USA membership card.
2. A YMCA membership is required, but can be purchased as a monthly membership as per YMCA policy.
3. The Aquajets will charge a reduced registration fee of $25 to cover coaching wages and administration expenses associated with the meet.
4. The swimmer will be included with the rest of the athletes who are splitting the cost of coach transportation, lodging and food for the meet.