Coaches Code of Conduct

  • Be reasonable in your demands on young players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.

  • Teach your players that rules of the game are mutual agreements which no one should evade or break.

  • Whenever possible, group players according to age, height, skills and physical maturity

  • Avoid over-playing the talented players. The “just-average” players need, and deserve, equal time.

  • Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation. Never ridicule children for making mistakes or losing a competition.

  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.

  • The scheduling and length of practice times and competition should take into consideration the maturity level of players.

  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches.

  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence play.

  • Be aware of the role of the coach as an educator. As well as imparting knowledge ad skills, promote desirable personal and social behaviours.

  • Seek to keep abreast of changes in the sport; ensure that the information used is up to date, appropriate to the needs of players and takes account of the principles of growth and development of children.

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