Coaches Code of Ethics

  •  Coaches must encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, other coaches, and officials during every game, practice, or other youth sports event.
  • Coaches must place the emotional and physical well-being of players ahead of any personal desire to win.
  • Coaches must learn the rules of the game, and coach their players in accordance with those rules.
  • Coaches must ensure that games and practices are conducted in a safe and healthy environment.
  • Coaches must not use inappropriate language or discuss inappropriate topics while interacting with players, sports officials, or parents during practices, games, or any other events.
  • Coaches must ensure that a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free environment is maintained at practices, games, and other events. Coaches may not use or be under the influence of drugs, alcohol or tobacco at practices, games or events.
  • Coaches should always remember that the game is for the benefit of the players, and not for the adults.
  • Coaches must do their very best to ensure that the sport is fun for their players.
  • Coaches must set an expectation that their players will treat other players, coaches, spectators, and officials with respect.
  • Coaches should remain readily available to discuss any issues with parents concerning their child in an appropriate private environment.
  • Coaches must encourage teamwork and camaraderie.
  • Coaches should do their best to be a student of the game.
  • Coaches must always be fair, and treat everyone equitably, when discipline or enforcement of rules is necessary.
  • Coaches should run organized and well-structured practices.

Coaches Contract

Coaches are a direct extension of the Board’s ideas and goals. If this is clearly expressed and understood there should be very few conflicts during the season. The OFS Board and the coaches must act as a team … This is a position of RESPONSIBILITY.

Expectations of the Coach

  • Safety of our players is #1; have a plan for pre-practice warm-ups and insist that my team play in a safe and healthy environment. Read and follow all facilities use guidelines.
  • Make it fun.
  • Practice and support the Positive Coaching Alliance philosophy of honoring the Game and Honoring the Player.
  • For all team events: always have a minimum of two adults present and never leave any player unattended.
  • Role model and lead my team in treating other players, parents, fans, and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, or ability.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, parents, and officials at every game, practice.
  • Demand a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free sports environment for my team, and agree to assist by refraining from their use at all youth sporting events.
  • Stress that winning is not the foremost object of the OFS, but rather partnering with other staff, parents and officials in producing winners in life. I will support this effort by competent coaching and positive reinforcement of goals, these young people will learn how to win, how to lose, and how to do both well.
  • Make sure that each player receives an equal amount of coaching time at practice in an atmosphere where self-improvement is rewarded.
  • Treat every player and parent/guardian in a respectful way and encourage them to express their opinions to me in an appropriate setting.
  • Have a team meeting with parents/guardians at least once during the season.