OSSC Attendance Policy

Synchronized swimming is the ultimate team sport where each individual member plays an integral part in the team’s ultimate success. Athletes have a responsibility to the team and Club to ensure they attend all practices, competitions and other events. This Attendance Policy sets out expectations relating to attendance and punctuality for all OSSC athletes.

  • Chronic absenteeism or lateness will not be tolerated and may impact an athlete’s routine positions, assignments and meet participation
  • Parents of athletes with too many absences or late arrivals will be contacted and a parent/coach meeting will be arranged
    • The athlete’s commitment and the Club’s expectations of the athlete will be discussed
    • If absences or late arrivals continue, the coach will escalate the matter to the Head Coach who will decide on a course of action
  • Athletes with non-contagious illness or injury that restricts them from swimming (e.g., sinus infection, ear ache or broken limbs) are expected to attend practice to participate on deck and keep up with routine changes
  • Absences may be excused on a case-by-case basis if prior notice is given and there is a reasonable explanation for the absence, such as:
    • Any contagious illness. Athletes are asked not to attend practice when running a fever or where vomiting has occurred on the day of the practice
    • An injury that prevents the athlete from participating even on deck at practice
    • Mandatory school activities
    • A death in the family
  • Coaches will document all absences or late arrivals as they occur
  • Where an athlete knows that s/he is going to arrive late for practice, the athlete’s primary coach must be notified by phone, email or text as soon as possible
  • The athlete’s primary coach must be notified by phone, email or text prior to any missed practice so they can plan for the athlete’s absence
  • All athletes must be on deck at least ten (10) minutes before practice starts
  • Attendance at all practices is mandatory
  • Attendance at the March training camp is mandatory for all HP athletes
  • Attendance at all competitions is mandatory
  • Parents are encouraged to schedule vacations at times when athletes do not have practices
    • If a vacation is to be taken during scheduled practice time, written notice to the primary coach and Head Coach must be given at least one (1) month beforehand to allow them to plan for the athlete’s absence
    • Vacations must not be planned within the two weeks prior to competitions (see Synchro Swim Ontario’s annual Competitive Event Schedule at www.synchroontario.com for competition dates).

Last revised September 2015