For Divers, Coaches, Family, & Spectators

For Our Divers:
As representatives of our organization, divers shall conduct themselves with the highest self-control. While conducting any diving activities our athletes pledge to respect coaches, spectators, and themselves by refusing to participate in bullying, ridiculing, or other abusive behavior. They will not use profanity, obscene gestures, abuse drugs, alcohol, or medications. They will not criticize opposing divers, coaches, or officials. Divers are expected to be gracious in victory and accept defeat with dignity. They will support one another in their endeavors, respect each other’s differences, and encourage others to do the same.

For Our Coaches:
The conduct of our coaches it critical to maintaining the image of the South Jersey Diving Association. Coaches are our role models and they must pledge to conduct themselves in the same manner as outlined for our divers. Coaches are expected to encourage healthy competition as well as develop a positive atmosphere in all diving activities. They should provide feedback in constructive rather than destructive ways in order to teach divers learn to lead themselves.

For Our Family Members & Spectators:
The conduct of our families and spectators is the ultimate test of the values of our organization. It is expected that those connected with our coaches and divers will conduct themselves in the same manner as outlined for our divers. In addition, family members and spectators pledge to reinforce the concept that in competitive situations, giving one’s best effort is more important than winning. Families and spectators will also strive to remember that the sport belongs to the diver and their coaches, and will therefore refrain from coaching their child or any other child.

 Violations of this code of conduct will result in the following actions:

Immediate Actions:

  1. Scratch the diver from his/her event.
  2. Sending the diver home immediately.
  3. Asking the staff member, coach, manager or group member to leave the event.

Delayed Actions:

  1. Referring the infraction to the Law and Legislation committee for review with recommendations for appropriate actions, which may include suspension.

SJDA Coaches Code Of Ethics

Coaches are expected live up to the SJDA’s Coaching Code of Ethics by coaching to the following standards:

 Treat every diver fairly, justly, impartially, intelligently, and with sensitivity.

Place the emotional and physical well being of the divers ahead of a personal desire to win.

Treat each diver as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group. Profane language, taunting, and intimidating words and/or actions are not acceptable.

Ensure a safe practice and competitive environment for divers.

Organize practices that are fun and challenging for all divers.

Use coaching techniques appropriate for the skills being taught.

Lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all divers.

Communicate practice schedules, meet schedules, and other important information clearly to parents and guardians.

Respect your team, your club, and your colleagues’ time by making sure you arrive at practices, meetings, and competitions on time and properly prepared.

Never provide or recommend drugs to athletes as a means of improving athletic performance.

Never use alcohol or other recreational drugs in the direct presence of athletes; nor be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when involved with athletic events, parent conferences, or professional meetings.

Refrain from distractions caused by phones or other media devices during practices and competition.

Be knowledgeable in the rules of the South Jersey Diving Association, and teach these rules to your team.

Recognize, accept, and teach the team that their public behavior projects an image of the team they represent. Therefore, behavior should be appropriate at all times.

Keep the child’s best interest as a priority. Don’t exert undo pressure on the diver to promote your own personal goals and desires

Remember that as a youth coach events are designed for the enrichment of youth athletes, and not the benefit of adult spectators.

Always teach and practice good sportsmanship.