Coaches Code of Conduct
Honour and abide by the OSA Code of Conduct for Coaches, which is as follows:
A coach's commitment is to improve the performance of the players and the team physically and mentally.
A player needs to participate in a high quality soccer program in a positive atmosphere.
A Coach must be thoroughly acquainted with FIFA Laws of the Game and they must keep attuned to the sound principles of coaching.
Coaches must respect all individuals as unique human beings.
Players must be coached to win within the laws of the Game.
Coaches must be enthusiastic and positive. They must ensure that they are generous with their praise when deserved.
A Coach must maintain the high standards of personal conduct and fair play. Coaches should never be involved in any circumstance, which is offensive or suggests sexual connotations.
Treat players with respect and help them, as athletes, to develop a positive self-image. Physical or verbal abuse demeaning to players is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Display respect for the referee and his/her decisions at all times. Abuse of the referee is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
In accordance with the laws of soccer, a coach must use appropriate language and avoid racial innuendos at all games and practices. The coach is responsible for encouraging good conduct by players, managers, team officials, and parents on and off the field.
Be a positive role model for players. The coach is responsible for teaching players that officials are an important part of the game, that the laws of soccer must be honoured. The coach must model the highest standards of personal conduct, model the principles of fair play and promote good sporting behaviour.
Show concern for the physical safety of players at all times. The coach must insist on all players wearing shin pads, and appropriate footwear at all times, and full uniform at games, on picture day, and trophy days. Injuries to players must be avoided by not overworking players.
Provide smoke-free, alcohol-free, and drug-free coaching before and during all games and practices.
Remember to always dress in a respectable manner.
Remember that winning is desirable, but winning at any cost defeats the purpose of the game. Losing can be a triumph when the team has given its best. Development of players as people should always receive priority consideration.
Parent's Code of Conduct
- Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
- Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours.
- Encourage your child to play by the rules.
- Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
- Turn defeat to victory by helping your child work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship. Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
- Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
- Do not publicly question the officials' judgement and never their honesty.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children's sporting activity.
- Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your child.
Player's Code of Conduct
- Play for the "fun of it", not just to please your parents or coach.
- Understand and play by the rules.
- Never argue with the official's decisions. Let your captain or coach ask any necessary questions.
- Control your temper. Maintain your dignity in all circumstances.
- Work equally hard for yourself and your team - your team's performance will benefit and so will your own
- Be a good sport. Cheer all good plays, whether your team's or your opponents.
- Treat all players as you yourself would like to be treated. Don't interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player.
- Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good. Doing your best is more important than winning.
- Cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents, for without them you don't have a game.>
Created by: MYSC -- Last updated:May 18, 2011