York Mavericks Water Polo Club Inc Tobacco Free Policy
The York Mavericks Water Polo Club recognizes that tobacco use and exposure of non-smokers to environmental tobacco smoke, is hazardous to health and that non-smokers should be protected. Passive smoking can lead to serious illnesses in adults such as bronchitis, lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Children can also develop chest illnesses and asthma from exposure to tobacco smoke. Accordingly, the following policy has been developed by York Mavericks Water Polo Club to protect the health of all concerned. The move to go tobacco-free also complements the York Mavericks Water Polo Club’s desire to create a healthy family and community friendly environment. The York Mavericks Water Polo Club believes that such an environment and image will be advantageous in attracting new members as well as positively promoting the club in the community. This policy becomes effective upon approval by the Board.
Who is affected by the Policy?
This policy applies to all athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.
The York Mavericks Water Polo Club recognizes that role modeling can have a significant impact upon the young members of the club. Hence, the following individuals and groups are to refrain from using tobacco while they are acting in an official capacity for the club or while in club uniform:
• coaches (when coaching, representing the club or while in club uniform)
• trainers (when training players or while in club uniform)
• officials (when officiating for the club or while in club uniform)
• volunteers (when working for the club or while in club uniform)
• athletes (when representing the club or while in club uniform).
When club teams are attending out of town events, the above named individuals are considered to be acting in a official capacity and representing the club, even away from the event venue, if they are in the presence of minor club members.
Coaches and trainers will also speak to young players about the effects of smoking on performance and health.
The Tobacco free policy will be part of the Code of Conduct for coaches, athletes, officials, and volunteers and any violations will be dealt with in the manner of any breach of the Code.
Sale of Tobacco Products
The York Mavericks Water Polo Club will refrain from selling tobacco products.
Adopted by the Board on Tuesday May 25, 2010.