The coach’s Code of Conduct provides guidance for coach behavior and supports the deliverables of SPYF. All coaches who are certified and actively coaching in the program are expected to be familiar and comply with the Code of Conduct guidelines.
Coach’s Code of Conduct
- I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of any personal desire to win.
- I will remember to treat each player as an individual, remembering the large spread of emotional and physical development for the age group.
- I will support a drug, alcohol and tobacco-free sports environment and agree to assist by refraining from their use at all youth sports events.
- I will do my very best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
- I promise to review and practice the necessary first aid principles need to treat injuries of my players.
- I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.
- I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players and officials.
- I will insure that I am knowledgeable in the rules of the sport that I coach and that I will teach these rules to my players.
- I will remember that I am a youth coach and that the game is for the children and not for adults.
A breech in expected coach’s conduct will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and may be subject to disciplinary action. Corrective actions include but are not limited to a verbal warning, a written warning, a board discussion, including the offending coach, complete or seasonal dismissal from the program, depending on severity. For all written and verbal warnings, the Board of Directors will provide written explanation of infraction and consequences.
If the Board determines that dismissal is necessary, the coach will no longer be allowed to participate in practices and cannot be present on the sideline during games. The program will also expect the coach to refrain from communicating with players and families through SPYF resources, including email lists.
Coaches who have been dismissed for the balance of a season can be eligible to coach the following season, pending Board review, discussion and approval. This process requires the offending coach to submit, in writing, a formal request for reinstatement. The request must outline the efforts the coach has undertaken to redeem and overcome the cause for previous dismissal. Further discussion between the coach and the Board of Directors may also be necessary.