Code of Conduct
All members and affiliates, including but not limited to, coaches, athletes, parents, officers, Board members, and spectators will comply with the ERST Code of Conduct, which reads:
The ERST is committed to upholding the highest standards in all areas of athletics. It is our mission to build strong, independent, and successful students through an atmosphere of respect, leadership, dedication, and teamwork among all members: athletes, parents, coaches, Officers, Board of Directors, and spectators. We believe that playing a sport is a privilege and comes with great responsibility from athletes, parents, coaches, Officers, Board of Directors, and spectators. The benefits derived from participation in competitive athletics are the development of sportsmanlike attitudes and values such as honesty, fair play, responsibility, commitment, and hard work.
Having a good attitude, being a good winner and loser, respecting coaches’ and officials’ decisions, playing by the rules, and giving your best effort are all considered good sportsmanlike conduct. It is equally important that coaches, parents, and other spectators be recognized as good role models. Sportsmanship is an honorable quality that desires to be courteous, fair, and respectful at all times. It is cheering for the home team and applause for the visitors, observing the spirit of the rules and event, and showing consideration for the opponent. Sportsmanship is playing by the code of conduct and treating others as you expect to be treated.
As an ERST athlete, coach, officer, Board member and/or parent/guardian of an athlete, I agree to be bound by and follow the Sportsmanship and Conduct Policy set forth below:
1. To be the best supporter I can by;
a. Striving to be a good role model for all athletes and always act in a positive manner,
b. Instructing participants and spectators in proper sportsmanlike responsibilities and demand that they make sportsmanship the number one priority,
c. Never making negative and/or derogatory comments about officials, swimmers, or coaches to other parents, swimmers, or spectators,
d. Never using profanity, obscene language, or improper actions,
e. Maintaining self-control at all times and setting a good example for athletes and spectators, and
f. Refraining from arguments and aggressive behavior.
2. Respecting all decisions made by the coach(es).
a. Meet/event decisions are the sole responsibility of the coach(es). Specific decisions such as who participates in what event is the result of complex decisions that each coach feels best meets the athletes’ ability to perform, athletes’ potential and attitude, rules of the meet, the team’s need at any moment, and the team’s needs in the future.
b. I will commit, on meet day, to not approaching any coach or official to discuss any decision made during a meet/event. This applies to event participation, rules interpretation, and scoring.
3. Respecting and honoring all officiating calls and/or scoring discrepancies.
a. I understand that a visual scoring system is not required and that regardless of what a visual scoring system indicates, the scorebook is the official score.
b. I understand that place finishes are determined by the place judges and not by the timers.
b. As a parent or spectator, I pledge that I will not address any scorekeeping issues during or following the match.
c. I understand that any scorekeeping discrepancies will be handled by the coach and/or TSA Rep at the most appropriate time.
Noncompliance with this policy may result in disciplinary actions at the sole discretion of the ERST Board of Directors.
All individuals, by participation/presence at any ERST event, agree to abide by the above Sportsmanship and Conduct Policy.