ASCA Code of Ethics Statement
ASCA Code of Ethics Signature Form
FULL ASCA Membership
of September, 1993, FULL MEMBERSHIP in the ASCA will consist
of those coaches who meet the following criteria. (Associate
memberships will be available to all other coaches at the same
are predicated on the premise that Professionalism is based
on the concept of credentials that demonstrate the most current
behavior that demonstrates our concern for the well-being of
our clients, and fellow professionals.
CRITERIA #1 - TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY
All new ASCA Members
shall have completed the Certification Course work through Level
4. They shall have met education and experience criteria to
be fully certified at Level 2 and above. They will have 1 year
from the date of application to begin these 4 courses.
This means COURSE WORK ONLY,
NOT FULLY CERTIFIED WITH ACHIEVEMENTS. This is not necessary
for membership. Level 1 is for our apprentice
coaches. Currently Certified Coaches will not lose any present
status. New applicants may "test out" without actually
taking the coursework.
CRITERIA #2 - PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR
An ASCA Member shall
meet the following requirements in regard to Professional Behavior:
to abide by the Code of Ethics, follow the procedures involved
in its enforcement and accept the due process of its enforcement.
of the code of Ethics will constitute informed consent.
of professional contributions. These may include publication,
committee work at the national or local level, clinic instruction
or administration, or other contributions to professional development
of the sport and other swimming professionals.
CODE OF ETHICS
AND CONDUCT OF THE ASCA
conduct and ethical behavior of a professional is determined
by the degree of respect with which he/she interacts with the
public that he/ she serves. This public consists of both client
and peer. The intent of the following code is to define the
parameters of that interaction, and to provide for adherence
to the following components.
with this code, as with all law in an open society, depends
primarily upon understanding and voluntary compliance, secondarily,
upon reinforcement by peer and public opinion, and finally,
when necessary, upon enforcement through disciplinary proceedings.
The code does not exhaust the moral and ethical considerations
that should inform an ASCA Member professional swim coach, for
no worthwhile human activity can be completely defined by rules.
This simply provides a framework for the ethical coaching of
the sport of swimming.
A. PERSONAL CONDUCT
#1. A Coach Member of the American Swimming Coaches Association
shall not abuse alcohol in the presence of athletes. A Coach
Member of the ASCA shall not use illegal or recreational drugs.
A legal conviction for possession or sale of any illegal substance
shall be an automatic violation of this rule.
All professional communications shall be conducted in an honest,
open manner consistent with the best interests of the sport
and the profession. Integrity is a basic part of coaching, whether
financially or in dealing with swimming events and entries.
A member is accurate at all times to the best of their knowledge.
B. COACH TO COACH
#1. In all professional matters regarding the changing of organizational
affiliation of athletes, the initial discussion of any such
change in affiliation should be initiated by the athlete, and
not by the coach, or direct agent acting on behalf of the coach.
C. COACH TO ATHLETE
#1. A coach member of the American Swimming Coaches Association
will always make decisions based on the best interest of the
A coach member of the American Swimming Coaches Association
shall not engage in sexual relations with any minor.
Sexual misconduct consists of any behavior that utilizes the
influence of the coaching position to encourage inappropriate
intimacy between coach and athlete.
Coaches of Collegiate age athletes shall not engage in sexual
relations with athletes that they coach, even of legal age.
D. COACH TO COMMUNITY
#1. Any legal felony conviction will constitute a violation
of the Code of Conduct. See also Section A above.
OF THE CODE OF ETHICS
Ethics Committee shall be elected by the ASCA membership in
the Olympic Year. Four positions shall be elected for a four
year term. A fifth shall be appointed by the ASCA President,
to chair this committee. This Chair shall be an ASCA Vice-President.
The first four positions may be Board Members or non-Board Members.
Each candidate for a position on the Ethics Committee must have
5 years of experience as an ASCA Member..
of the Ethics Committee shall be:
develop each month, a sample case regarding ethics and conduct
to act as a case-book when accumulated, to delineate conduct
that is acceptable and unacceptable within the context of the
four areas of the Code of Ethics and Conduct. This case-book
example shall be published each month in the ASCA Newsletter
and Magazine as part of on-going education in Professional Ethics
2. To receive
and investigate complaints pertaining to matters of ethical
behavior among the members of the Association.
3. In regard
to said investigative responsibility, develop procedures to
ensure the individual™s right to due process is protected at
all times in the procedure.
4. To develop
within the due process system, a series of potential penalties
for those members found in violation of our code of ethics.
These will be of varying degrees of severity and may include
temporary or permanent revocation of membership or certification.
5. To deliver
said penalties in such cases as may be necessary to protect
the integrity of our membership.
FOR CASES OF ETHICAL MISCONDUCT
Due Process is the procedure that ensures that if you are
charged with an ethical violation, your rights are protected
in the following manner:
- You receive
notice, in writing, of those specific offenses with which you
- You have
an opportunity to defend yourself, and reasonable period of
time to prepare that defense.
- You have
the right to legal counsel if you wish it.
- You have
a right to a hearing before an objective body, (ASCA Ethics
Committee) at a specific time that will allow you full opportunity
to present your defense.
- You have
notice of how to appeal the decision, if the judgment is against
following are the general procedures involved in the ASCA Code
of Ethics Due Process proceedings
1. Only a
coach member of the ASCA may bring ethical charges against another
coach member. In the case of criminally charged offenses, the
association itself will be considered the complainant.
complaints brought by one coach against another that are found
to be essentially of a spurious nature, will itself be considered
to be a very serious breach of ethical conduct, and will be
an automatic complaint. This is meant specifically to prevent
"nuisance" complaints, or issues arising from personal
3. An ethical
complaint is brought to the attention of Chair of the Ethics
Committee, in writing by the complainant.
4. A preliminary
evaluation of the nature of the complaint will be conducted
by the Chair of the Ethics Committee, the President of the Association,
and the Executive Director. If the complaint is found to represent
a potential ethical violation, it is immediately sent to the
full Ethics Committee, and notification by certified mail of
the action and specific charges are sent in writing to the coach
so accused. An invitation to respond is included, with a reasonable
time frame for the accused to present a written response. It
is possible that the initial screening process may decide that
no ethical violation has occurred. If so, the Chair of the Ethics
Committee will so inform the complainant, immediately following
such a decision.
a reasonable opportunity for written response, the committee
may choose to;
the response. No further action. Notification of the complainant.
simple disciplinary action, (likely to be accepted by the accused).
Accused is notified, and may accept proposal, or may insist
upon a full hearing.
a full hearing for the complaint. In this case, a full written
explanation of the hearing process and place, time, etc. will
be mailed to the accused.
the accused party wish to appeal, such appeal request must be
submitted to the President of the ASCA, and the appeal board
will be the Board of Directors of the ASCA. The appeal will
be heard at the next regularly scheduled Board of Directors
meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose. The
same procedures will then be followed as for the formal hearing
by the Ethics Committee. Any member of the Ethics Committee
who is also a member of the ASCA Board of Directors, shall be
excused from this appeal process.
THE ETHICS COMMITTEE TO IMPOSE PENALTIES
the case of a decision that an Ethics Violation has occurred,
the Ethics Committee may impose penalty(s) from among the following
1. A letter
of reminder of ethical conduct to the coach.
2. A letter
of reprimand directly to the offending coach.
3. A letter
of reprimand to the offending coach, with copies to the employer
of the coach.
4. A letter
as above, with additional copies to the LSC Chair in the cases
of USS Swimming Coaching, or similar body in other situations.
letter in the file of the offending coach, to become a part
of that coaches permanent certification record, and distributed
on the coaches certification status.
suspension of ASCA Membership for a defined period of time.
or suspension of ASCA Certification.
suspension of ASCA Membership, to be reviewed at a future time.
It is understood
that the above are representative penalties only, and may be
modified to appropriately fit any situation of ethical violation,
and that they are presented in order of severity.