It is a professional responsibility that all ISM coaches review and adhere to the contents of the ISM Coaches Handbook which can be found under employee handbooks link on the staff portal.

Coaches should also review our program overview/philosophy and will not tolerate coercive/hazing type behavior of any kind on ISM teams. Examples are team dinners where coercion is used for new/freshman athletes to eat unpalatable foods/drinks, making players wear embarrassing clothes to school, on match days, on school trips or forcing freshman athletes to be team 'gophers' for more senior members of the team. Athletes on ISM teams should.....

  • NEVER engage in verbal, physical, racial, cyber, coercive, hazing type behavior or sexual abuse of ANY kind to any individual.
  • NEVER share images or engage in questionable/disparaging social media actions.
  • Refrain from taking or using restricted substances during the season including ‑ alcohol, tobacco products and drugs – SEE STUDENT HANDBOOK this includes all school trips. If coach/adviser hear of this occurring with a student on their team/group it is their responsibility to adopt an intervention approach and discuss the concerns with the player directly in the first instance and then inform the Athletics/Activities Director, Principal, counselor and parents to assist if and when repeated infractions are confirmed.

ISM Coaches Code of Conduct: Coaches have an important responsibility as a role model and representative of ISM. Coaches are required to conduct themselves in a professional and respectful way at all times and in all dealings with students, parents, coaches and officials. This also includes activity on social media sites. Coaches are not to engage in verbal abuse/harassment and demonstrative behaviour toward meet officials or representatives from other schools. This includes both local swim meets and at IASAS competition. Coaches who contravene this rule may be relieved of coaching duties or not reassigned to coach the following season or school year.

Team social media sites/groups: All HS ISM teams have a social media presence to aid team communication but must use ISM google G+ communities or may use google classroom depending on the school division. All postings on G+ team sites must be team related, limited to the sports season only and kept to a minimum. Essentially these platforms are a simple message board for coach to player or captain to player communication during the HS varsity swim season only. Coaches are advised and should not engage in any private messaging or use of individual chats with players via any open social media platform like Facebook, Viber, Whats app etc. This would also apply to parent private msg groups.

Coaches will not make negative comments about officials, local schools, individual players or IASAS schools via any social media platform.

Team trips: Weekend or overnight team trips are not part of the athletics program and are not school sanctioned. Attendance by coaches at these trips is discouraged by ISM Administration.


ISM encourages parental and community support at all events when our swimmers are competing whether at home or at away venues.

At all events held on campus or at other venues (including IASAS schools) where our team is competing, ISM parents and support spectators are expected to role model respectful and courteous behavior at all times towards opposition teams and especially officials. Parents are not to enter the pool deck or off limits areas or speak with swimmers/officials from opposing teams or approach meet officials.

Be supportive and fair when cheering for our Sailfish swimmers and other teams to model sportsmanlike behavior to our young athletes at all times.