ETHICS AND SWIM OFFICIATING S © 2009 Joel Black WHAT ARE ETHICS ? S A set of moral principles affirming a specified form of conduct. S Synonymous terms – Morals, Values, Principles, Right and Wrong, Virtues and Value System S USA SWIMMING “RULES AND REGULATIONS” ARTICLE 304 - CODE OF CONDUCT S NCAA Rules “Ethical Behavior of Coaches” (Preface) S National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) “Sports Officials Code of Ethics” (WWW.NASO.org) S The benefit of the doubt goes to the swimmer. S Call what you see, not what you don’t see. S Call what you see… and see what you call. S FOR REFEREES: Make Swimmer Centered Decisions S S S S S BASIC LOVE FOR THE SPORT S CARE ENOUGH TO LEARN THE RULES S CARE ENOUGH TO MAKE A SACRIFICE FOR THE SPORT AND THE ATHLETES S CARE ENOUGH TO GO THE EXTRA MILE S CARE ENOUGH TO “DO THE RIGHT THING” S RESPECT FOR THE RULES S RESPECT FOR THE COACHES S RESPECT FOR THE SWIMMERS S RESPECT FOR ONE’S COLLEAGUES S RESPECT FOR MEET HOSTS S RESPECT FOR PARENTS AND SPECTATORS S REVIEW THE RULES PRIOR TO THE MEET S ACCEPT THE ASSIGNMENT GIVEN TO YOU CHEERFULLY S COMPORT YOURSELF IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER S TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A PERSONAL ERROR, THEN “MAKE IT RIGHT” S BE ABSOLUTELY HONEST AND TRUTHFUL WITH EVERY COACH, SWIMMER AND COLLEAGUE S THOUGHTFULLY CONSIDER EVERY DECISION YOU MUST MAKE IN AN HONEST AND FORTHRIGHT MANNER S ASSUME THAT YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON TO MAKE A “TOUGH” DECISION EVERY MEET S S WITHOUT INTEGRITY WE CANNOT BE TRUSTED S WE CANNOT BE DEPENDED UPON TO RENDER FAIR, HONEST RULINGS OR DECISIONS S SWIMMERS OR COACHES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TRUST OUR JUDGEMENT, OR TO BE FAIR WITH THEM S IF WE HAVE NO INTEGRITY, WE SHOULD NOT OFFICIATE S CREDITS S This training module has been produced under the auspices and partnership of the respective Officials Committees of the YMCA Swimming and Diving Advisory Committee and USA Swimming.