edited 5/15/2021


Academy Swim Club



By agreeing with this policy, you are acknowledging that Academy Swim Club has a photography policy and that you have the right to decline to have your child who is under the age of 18, not to have their image or likeness displayed on ASC printed or electronic material.




There has been much talk about whether it is safe to have images taken of children participating in sports. While the great majority of images are appropriate and are taken in good faith, it is a fact that images can be misused and children can be put at risk if common? sense procedures are not observed.

  1. The publishing of a photograph of a swimmer under 18 either on a notice board or in a published article or video recording (including video streaming) of swimming competitions (?publication?) should only be done with parents? consent per the attached form.
  2. A parent or guardian has the right of refusal to have children photographed. The exercise of this right of refusal cannot be used as grounds for refusing entry into a swimming competition. Therefore any photo that may go to press or on a notice board, be it through a member of the club or official photographer, should receive parental consent before publishing/displaying the photo, preferably in writing. Therefore, a form allowing parents to indicate refusal of consent is to follow.  
  3. In the case of open meets and other competitions where the host club has an official photographer present, all parents attending should be made aware of this in your meet information. If photos are to be published anywhere, the individual parent should be given the opportunity to withhold their consent. Please see the bottom of this form if you would like to exercise your right to not have your child's photograph or likeness on printed material or in official Academy Swim Club electronic communications or website.

The Academy Swim Club Photograph Policy

All photographs must observe generally accepted standards of decency in particular:

  •  Action shots should be a celebration of the sporting activity and not a sexualized image in a sporting context.
  • Action shots must not be taken or retained where the photograph reveals a torn or displaced swimsuit.
  • Photographs must not be taken from behind swimming blocks at the start of a race or exhibit a child climbing out of the swimming pool.
  • Photographs may not be taken in locker rooms or bathrooms.      


If you would like to have your child's image or likeness, who is under the age of 18, from appearing in official Academy Swim Club publications, for online or printed material, please write Mark Noetzel, at [email protected]. In the subject line, write: REFUSAL TO HAVE SWIMMER'S PHOTOGRAPH PUBLISHED. In the body of the email please provide your child/children's name(s) and that you are not giving consent for Academy Swim Club to use their photograph or likeness on official ASC printed material or electronic (website) material.