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JSSL Code of Conduct





The Eichler Swim Team promotes respect, good sportsmanship, and responsibility to team members, coaches, the Club, and opponents from other Clubs.  The team relies heavily on the good citizenship of its member families to support these qualities and to render participation on the team a fun, safe, and rewarding experience for all members.


The team’s Swim Committee is responsible for the safety of our swimmers as its foremost priority. The Eichler Club and Swim Team Committee believes that it is a privilege to be on the Swim Team and if necessary will not hesitate to revoke this privilege from any team member whose behavior is such that it puts theirs or any other members’ safety at risk or if this behavior is deemed to be disruptive to the performance and/or spirit of the team as a whole by the team’s coaching staff.  


Specifically, fighting with any other users of the Club and/or disregard of Club rules and regulations are grounds for suspension and/or expulsion from the team. The Swim Committee will make every reasonable effort to insure that any such actions are administered fairly to all parties involved and will have final authority over any such actions that it finds necessary. 


Additionally, swimmers six years old and younger will only be allowed to swim at practice when accompanied by a parent or guardian who remains at the pool the duration of the practice.



Players and parents are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that shall bring credit to themselves, their team, communities, coaches and families. They shall refrain from any conduct, which degrades, baits, intimidates, or otherwise discredits their opponents or meet officials. Coaches are expected to maintain decorum by showing restraint and composure in the emotional climate of meets and to insist their players conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner.


The following behavior is unacceptable at all JSSL meets: 

  1. Berating your opponent’s team/club
  2. Artificial noise-makers
  3. Complaining about officials’ calls (verbally or in gesture), except in strict accordance with 

JSSL rules and bylaws

  1. Obscene cheers or gestures
  2. Negative signs







The 2011 season of the Junipero Serra Swim League is coming up quickly, and we are all looking forward to having a great year.  As swim team sign ups are imminent, the JSSL board would like to remind parents of some things concerning swimwear for JSSL meets.  Please read the following so you can choose JSSL appropriate swimwear & caps for the season.  If you have any questions, please see the JSSL Board Representative for your team.  They are all listed at the bottom of this message.

A:  It is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that swimmers who wear swim caps in the swim meets, wear the cap that represents the JSSL team in which they are members.  To keep the fun and sportsmanlike spirit of our league, please have swimmers refrain from wearing caps from other clubs they may be affiliated with (DACA, PASA, SUNN, SCSC, etc.).   

B:  JSSL will follow the current USA Swimming rules concerning swim suits.  The general rule is as follows: (some parts have been omitted that are not applicable to JSSL, but if you wish to read the whole rule book, go to: and click on "2011 Swimming Rule Book")

.1 Design

A: Swimwear shall include only a swimsuit, cap, and goggles. Armbands or leg bands shall not be regarded as parts of the swimsuit and are not allowed.
B: In swimming competitions, the swimmer must wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces, except as provided in 205.10.1.* All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials -
which is defined as materials consisting of natural and/or synthetic, individual and non-consolidated yarns used to
constitute a fabric by weaving, knitting, and/or braiding. Simply put, this would generally refer to suits made only from nylon or Lycra that do not have any rubberized material such as polyurethane or neoprene; 
For men, the swimsuit shall not extend above the navel nor below the knees, and for women, shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend below the knee.
.1 For age group competitions, it is permissible for an athlete to wear a single set of garments
underneath his or her competition swimsuit for modesty and/or privacy reasons.

(1)Exemptions will be granted only for conflicts due to the swimmer’s verified
religious beliefs or verified medical conditions.

(3) No exemption to this restriction will be granted for a swimsuit that will give the swimmer a competitive advantage.

D: Swimsuits worn for competition must be non-transparent and conform to the current concept of the appropriate.

E: No swimmer is permitted to wear or use any device, substance or swimsuit to help his/ her speed, pace, buoyancy or endurance during a race (such as webbed gloves, flippers, fins, etc.). Goggles may be worn, and rubdown oil applied if not considered excessive by the Referee. Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by the Referee.

F: The Referee shall have authority to bar offenders from the competition until they comply with the rule.




The following is a brief guideline to help swimmers and their families understand how strokes and turns are judged during a swim meet. There is a complete instructional handout used to train the stroke and turn judges, which is available upon request. These brief guidelines are provided for general understanding and informational purposes only. 


General Rules 

These rules apply to all strokes, including Freestyle. 

  1. The swimmer must touch the end of the pool. 
  2. The swimmer must not pull on the side of the pool or on the lane lines. 
  3. The swimmer must not push off the bottom. 
  4. The swimmer must start and finish the race in their assigned lane. 
  5. Except freestyle, the swimmer must swim the designated stroke throughout the race. 



  1. The scissors, flutter, or breaststroke (“frog”) kick is not permitted. All up and down movements of the legs must be simultaneous. 
  2. Both arms must be brought forward over the water and pulled back simultaneously. 
  3. Swimmers must use a two handed touch at the finish of the race.



  1. The swimmers shall line up in the water facing the starting end, with both hands placed on the gutter or the starting grips. The swimmer’s feet including the toes shall be placed under the surface of the water. 
  2. The swimmer shall push off on his/her back and continue swimming on the back throughout the race. 
  3. Upon completion of each length, some part of the swimmer must touch the wall. During the turn the shoulders may turn past vertical toward the breast. If the swimmer turns past vertical, such motion must be part of a continuous turning action and the swimmer must return to a position on the back before the feet leave the wall
  4. The swimmer shall have finished the race when any part of his person touches the wall at the end of the course. 



  1. Only one pull down and one kick are permitted prior to the swimmers’ head breaking the surface of the water on start or turn. 
  2. Swimmers must use a two handed touch at the finish of the race. 
  3. Swimmers may not use a scissors kick, or flutter kick at any point.
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