Good sportsmanship is an essential aspect of being a Bluefish. All families should review together the notes here as well as the NVSL Standards of Conduct.
During swim meets, swimmers should sit with the team, cheer for their teammates, and show good sportsmanship at all times. Please remind your swimmer to remain in the pool until every swimmer has finished the event, and to shake hands with the swimmer to the right and left.
Swimmers should try for a best time with each swim. Any swimmer who achieves a "personal best" is a winner.
Coaches will provide positive, constructive feedback. If the swimmer disqualified, the coach will explain the disqualification. If you would like information about a disqualification, see a coach or a qualified official AFTER THE MEET.
NVSL Standards of Conduct
The following Standards of Conduct shall guide swimming and diving within the Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL). They promote respect, fairness, civility, honesty, responsibility, and appropriate behavior. These Standards foster a positive environment at all swim and dive meets; establish an atmosphere of respect for all participants, officials, and spectators; produce positive learning outcomes for all; build participant and team spirit; and enhance the sports of swimming and diving.
All Athletes, Coaches, Team Representatives, Officials, Parents / Spectators, and NVSL Leadership shall:
Abide by the established rules of the NVSL.
Respect all officials at all times, and address them in a courteous manner.
Avoid using inappropriate language, profanity, humiliating or intimidating remarks or behavior, verbal or physical assault toward any athlete, coach, team representative, official, NVSL leadership or spectator.
Follow applicable management, pool, and facility rules, respecting others’ property at all times.
Display respect, courtesy, and good manners toward athletes, coaches, Team Representatives, and spectators. Team Representatives shall assist officials in maintaining control of spectators during meets.
Demonstrate humility in victory and courtesy in defeat.
Head Coaches shall:
Ensure athletes and assistant coaches demonstrate maturity and good sportsmanship toward other athletes, officials, coaches, and spectators at all times.
Lead by example to instill a love for the sport, advance aquatic skills, teamwork and good sportsmanship in their team.
Maintain an appropriate distance from the competition area by remaining in established viewing areas and shall not encroach the pool deck or interfere with any officials.
Not engage in loud, intimidating, disrespectful, or negative behavior toward officials, athletes, other spectators, support personnel, or pool staff (including lifeguards).
Respect for Other Pool Members
Many people enjoy the Hollin Hills Pool and support the Swim Team through their dues. We encourage Swim Team families to be sensitive to the needs of other pool members throughout the summer, both during practices and before and after meets.