PRACTICE POLICIES & BEHAVIOR REQUIREMENTS

Practice is the most important facet of TWDA program. It is essential for learning and perfecting skills in preparation for competition, but it is also where a diver’s values, potential and foundation for achievement are established. The following policies and behavior requirements are necessary to provide the proper environment for each diver to achieve their maximum potential.

1. Absolutely NO swearing, foul language or use of profanity while at practice at the pool, gym or representing TWDA.

2. The use of illegal drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco by any underage athlete is forbidden. Any violation of this rule will result in either suspension or dismissal from the team.

3. Parents and friends are not allowed on the pool deck or in the dryland area. They are invited to watch from the stands at the CISD Natatorium as allowed by the facility rules and may watch from the side benches/chairs at dryland.

4. Athletes MUST STAY HOME IF THEY ARE SICK. Athletes running a fever may not return to practice until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication.

5. If an athlete is injured and/or under a doctor’s care, they may not return to practice until cleared by their physician and a note from the physician is submitted by email to WoodlandsDivingAcademy@gmail.com TWDA reserves the right to delay an athlete’s return to practice to ensure their health and safety.

6. In order for coaches to focus on athlete training, parents are asked to see coaches before or after practice, email WoodlandsDivingAcademy@gmail.com or send a message through TeamSnap.

7. Parent/coach conferences are welcome and must be scheduled in advance, by appointment.

8. Under no circumstances will a coach be in a room alone with an athlete.

9. Maintain a positive attitude! If you believe you can or can’t, you’re right.

10. Arrive on time and be mentally PREPARED with the day’s specific and general goals in mind.

11. COMMUNICATE with your coach. It is your diving career and your responsibility to communicate your goals, concerns, questions, ideas. Our coaches and staff want to help you reach your full potential.

12. Attend every practice from beginning to end. Please communicate late arrivals or absences to your athlete’s coach via the TeamSnap app.

13. Give the coaches your undivided attention. Follow their directions. Be prepared to dive when it is your turn. Always look at the coach after every dive.

14. Be RESPECTFUL of the coaching staff and your teammates.

15. Be a good TEAMMATE. Support your teammates during practice with encouraging and positive words. Diving is a unique sport in that it is both an individual and team sport. Each diver working toward their individual goals while working together as a team to be the best in the country.

16. Have a great WORK ETHIC.

17. ALL COMMUNICATIONS with TWDA coaches and staff must be through the TeamSnap app or email the WoodlandsDivingAcademy@gmail.com. Coaches are prohibited from one-on-one electronic communication with minor athletes. If a minor athlete communicates electronically with a coach, the coach will reply and copy the athlete’s parent/guardian and another coach, per US Center for SafeSport policies.

18. Coaches and minor athletes are not permitted to maintain private social media connections, through messaging, direct messaging, or other private one-on-one communication. Any existing social media connections must be discontinued, per US Center for SafeSport policies.

19. Parents may request in writing that TWDA Coaches/Adult Staff not communicate electronically with their minor athlete. TWDA will maintain a list of minor athletes whose parents/legal guardians have requested a discontinuance of electronic communications.

20. TWDA/Chereches Sports, LLC recommends all athletes/participants and parents/guardians of minor athletes review the materials provided by U.S. Center for SafeSport at www.athletesafety.org, including the free Parent Class and Youth Courses.

21. Coaches and Athletes are prohibited from using photographic or recording capabilities of any device in locker rooms, changing areas, or any area designated as a place for changing clothes or undressing, per US Center for SafeSport policies.