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Anti-Bullying Policy

MRST Anti-Bullying Policy

At Morton Ranch Swim Team, we are committed to providing a caring, friendly, and safe environment for all our members so they can swim in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable by children or parents, and if it does occur, swimmers and parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Anyone who knows that bullying is occurring is expected to tell a coach or board member.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.

Bullying can be:

  • Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and/or physically), sending hurtful text messages, and tormenting (e.g. hiding goggles/floats, threatening gestures).
  • Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching, or any use of violence.
  • Racist – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
  • Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments.
  • Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, teasing.
  • Why is it important to respond to bullying?

    Bullying hurts and no one deserves to be a victim of bullying in any form. Everybody in MRST has a right to be treated with respect and we have a responsibility to respond quickly and effectively to deal with bullying.

    Signs and Symptoms

    Adults should be aware of the following, as they may be an indication that a child is being bullied and should be investigated:

  • Says he/she is being bullied
  • Is unwilling to go to team practice and events
  • Becomes withdrawn, anxious or lacking in confidence
  • Feels ill before training sessions
  • Comes home with clothes torn or equipment damaged
  • Has possessions ‘go missing’
  • Asks for money, or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
  • Has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • Is frightened to say what is wrong
  • Gives improbable excuses for any of the above.
  • In extreme cases:
  • Starts stammering
  • Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
  • Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • Is bullying other children or siblings
  • Stops eating
  • Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away.
  • It is important to note that these signs and symptoms may indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and investigated.

    Objectives of MRST Anti-Bullying Policy

    1.All board members, coaches, parents and swimmers should have an understanding of what bullying is.

    2.All coaching staff should know what the club policy on bullying is, and follow it when bullying is reported.

    3.All parents and swimmers should know what the club policy on bullying is and what they should do if bullying arises.

    4. Morton Ranch Swim Team takes bullying seriously. All swimmers and parents should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.

    5.Morton Ranch Swim Team will not tolerate bullying in any form.

    Procedures

    1.Report bullying incidents to a coach or board member.

    2.Complete Bullying form and witness form if applicable

    Discipline Policy

    • 1.Depending on the nature of the first offense, the swimmer will be warned and the parents will be notified. Documentation of the event and conversation will be recorded.
    • 2.The second offense will result in the swimmer being reported to the Board of Directors and suspended from practice for a week. Documentation of the event and conversation will be recorded.
    • 3.Any subsequent offenses will result in dismissal from the team for the remainder of the season. With no registration reimbursement. Documentation of the event and conversation will be recorded.
    • 4.The MRST Board has the ability to remove a swimmer from the team if the bullying deems serious enough.
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