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Code of Conduct

SF Tsunami Water Polo Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct: The Good Side

As an organization dedicated to serving LGBTQIA+ individuals and their allies, Tsunami Water Polo is committed to providing and promoting an environment where everyone is treated with respect. 


Tsunami Water Polo supports equal opportunity and condemns discriminatory practices, and we promote and support the values of our team both in and out of the pool.  

To support the values of Tsunami Water Polo, I commit to:

  1. Promoting the dignity and well-being of the Tsunami Water Polo community through sportsmanship, ethical conduct, open-mindedness, and respect for my teammates;

  2. Abstaining from the use of performance-enhancing drugs;

  3. Refraining from cruel, intimidating, humiliating, offensive, and physically harmful behavior, or any behavior that contributes to a hostile or intimidating environment; 

  4. Representing and supporting the values of Tsunami Water Polo both in and out of the pool, and to all members of our water polo and LGBTQIA+ community; and 

  5. Complying with this Code of Conduct. 


Code of Conduct: The Bad Side

Violating the Code of Conduct may result in behavioral sanctions.  There are two degrees of violations that may result in sanctions: major infractions and minor infractions.  A minor infraction breaks the Code of Conduct, but does not harm another teammate.  Major infractions violate the Code of Conduct and/or harm or threaten to harm a teammate or member of the water polo/LGBTQIA+ athletic community.  

Examples of minor infractions may include: 

  1. Cursing or insulting a teammate in the heat of the moment during a scrimmage;

  2. Showing up to practice intoxicated; or

  3. Contributing to an unsafe environment during a team social event at a travel tournament.


Disciplinary consequences for a minor infraction will be at the discretion of the Board and may include:

  1. Verbal or written reprimand from the Board;

  2. Verbal or written apology to the affected parties;

  3. Service or other contribution of volunteer activity to Tsunami Water Polo; and/or

  4. Suspension from current activities (e.g., leaving practice, missing the remainder of a tournament).

Three minor infractions will be treated as a major infraction.  Examples of major infractions include:

  1. Using homophobic/sexist/racist language or epithets against a teammate; or

  2. Harming, or threatening to harm, the physical safety of a teammate.


Disciplinary consequences for a major infraction will be at the discretion of the Board and may include:

  1. Suspension from all practice, competitions, and events for one or more weeks; or

  2. Being asked to leave the team.


Whether an infraction is minor or major will be determined at the discretion of the Board, taking into account written reports from any individual(s) with personal knowledge of the potential infraction. 

Commitment to Comply

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