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Team Handbook

Durham Dolphins Mission Statement

"The Durham Dolphins, swim program, provides a challenging and fun environment, while promoting goal setting, life skills and sportsmanship through the sport of competitive swimming."

Team Philosophy

Our goal is to provide a positive, success-oriented training program for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Our team consists of four integral parts: swimmers, parents, coaches, and board of directors.

Swimmers are encouraged to participate and compete to the best of their abilities at team meets. Swimmers need to focus on improving their technique, enabling them to swim faster and more efficiently.

Parents are called upon for volunteer support, encouragement, and assistance with their swimmer and team.

Coaches are to provide the swimmers with proper technique building and training experiences in order to prepare them to compete to the best ability of each swimmer.

Board of Directors is the governing body that oversees the setting of policies, financial management, and the general administration of the team.

Code of Conduct for Dolphins and Dolphin Families

Swimmers are expected to encourage their teammates at practice and during competition. Working together as a team for the benefit of the team is an important part of Durham Dolphin Swim Team Spirit! At all swim team functions and meets, swimmers and parents are expected to behave in a way that reflects positively on the team. Behavior including, but not limited to, abusive and inappropriate language, lying, stealing, fighting, or vandalism will not be tolerated. Those engaging in these behaviors will be subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Directors and can/will include suspension and/or removal from the team.

Swimmer Responsibilities and Commitments

Safety First

You will enjoy your experience with the Durham Dolphins Swim Team by staying healthy and injury free. For your safety, follow all the pool safety rules as posted inside the Dwight Brinson Pool, at all times – listen to your coaches. Behavior considered to be dangerous is not acceptable. Action will be taken for dangerous behavior, including suspension and/or expulsion from the swim program as outlined in our disciplinary action.

Practice and Meet Preparation

Take responsibility by being on time for practice and meets. Be responsible for having your swim gear ready for practice and meets. This may include extra suits, goggles and swim caps, towels, t-shirts or cover-ups, sunglasses, shoes, sunscreen, food, liquids and money for meets. Rushing into or being unprepared for a competition can stress everyone out – parents, coaches and especially the swimmer. During practices, swimmers are never to leave the pool area without a coach’s permission. If a swimmer must leave practice early, they must notify the coach before practice begins. Please be sure your swimmer knows who is picking them up or how they are getting home after practice.

Support the Team

Please support, cheer and congratulate the other swimmers. Wear your team suit at all official swim meets (Duals, Tri-Meets, Invitational Meets and Championships). Sportsmanship is an important part of the Durham Dolphins Swim Team. Swimmers: never leave the pool after your race is over until all other swimmers in your event have finished and you have shaken hands with the competitor in the lane(s) next to you. Respect for all officials, coaches and other non-swimmers is expected as well.

Participate in Dual/Tri-Meets

Dual and/or Tri-Meets are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. with warm-ups beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission and participation is FREE. Check your Meet Calendar for the dates, times, and locations. Attendance at these meets is strongly encouraged. These are extremely fun, and provide skill building for all swimmers! Swimmers will use the Dual Meet Sign Up binder located in the Family File Cart to sign up for these meets. The Coaches will choose the 2 events you will swim in and determine relay teams.  Swimmers will receive their event cards prior to the start of each meet. A lot of paperwork, effort and time go into entering and organizing a swimmer for these meets. If you have signed up for a meet and cannot make the event for any reason, please notify the Head Coach immediately so that changes can be made. Swim meets are what being part of a swim team is all about. Come and have fun, support your team and meet new people and enjoy the friendly competition!

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