Code of Conduct & Expectations
In¬† addition to demanding athletic and academic excellence from our water polo student
athletes, we will also teach¬†them valuable life skills on a¬† daily
basis.¬†These skills include leadership,¬†respect for
authority,¬†sportsmanship,¬†honesty, reliability and¬†punctuality.
The¬† best way to teach these life skills and to achieve the respect
and¬† success that we desire for¬†International WPC members¬†is to¬†lay¬† expectations for¬†our club¬†members which are set forth below
1.¬†¬†Athletes¬† are expected to attend practices and games unless
excused or prior notification is made¬†and to¬† communicate with the coaches in advance regarding any
absences or¬† tardiness.
2.¬†In¬† the case of a player injury or illness all players/parents are
expected to communicate with coaches on the time table to return/and if there are any additional medical concerns or precautions. Athletes are¬†encouraged to¬†keep up a level of fitness during their injury/illness and also encouraged¬†to be¬† present on the pool deck to watch practices or
games if possible to support the team and to learn what the team is doing, and to just be part of the team.¬†¬†Missing one¬† practice can affect the success of the team.¬†If a
coach thinks an injury or Illness is too severe for watching practices/games,
the athlete¬†will be told by a coach to stay home or will be sent home or communication made to parents.
3.¬†Athletes are expected to be on the pool deck prepared for practice prior to the start of practice.
4.¬†Communication¬† with coaches¬†is encouraged¬†to come from the
athlete,¬† parents are also involved in this process, definately with the younger athletes.¬†¬†We do want the older¬†athletes to learn how to¬†take responsibility for
himself/herself.¬†We want the parents to encourage the maturity process here for their children.
5.¬†Athletes must¬†wear the designated team gear at all games.¬† It is important that we look like a team at all times.
6.¬†Athletes shall refrain from the use of profane, insulting,
harassing or otherwise offensive language.¬†Excessive¬† yelling, arguing
or talking back to a coach, game official, opponent,¬† or parent is
unaccepatable¬†and¬†detrimental to the club.¬† An athlete may be suspended
from a practice or a game and/or expelled from the club¬†depending on the
7.¬†Athletes¬† are ambassadors of INTER WPC¬†and shall maintain high
standards of moral and¬† ethical conduct, which includes self-control and
responsible behavior¬† and consideration for others‚Äô physical and
8.¬†Athletes¬† shall treat coaches, officials, teammates, opponents and
parents¬†with¬† respect and expect to be treated with respect in return.
9.¬†Athletes¬† and parents will respect the coaches and officials and
their authority¬† to make decisions and¬†should not¬†question, discuss, or
confront coaches¬† at the pool, and will take time to speak with coaches
at an agreed upon¬† time and place.
10.¬†Athletes shall take care and be respectful with the equipment both at home and while away.
11.¬†It is appreciated when athletes¬† and parents¬†help take care of our club,¬†to be sure pool deck is
free from trash¬† after practices and games both at home and while away.
12.¬†Athletes¬† should remain at the home pool until equipment is
secured, pool covers¬† are in place, trash is removed both after practice
and games, and the¬† coach has given the athlete permission to leave.
13.¬†During¬† practices, players must listen attentively and
respectfully to coaches¬† and work conscientiously. Coaches work
hard to plan/prepare/structure the practices¬† and players are expected to work to gain the
utmost from these.
14.¬†Remember, we are a team, a club! Take pride in yourselves and pride in representing INTERNATIONAL WPC.