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Coaching Ethics & Conduct

To: San Antonio Sharks Youth Football and Cheer Coaches:

The primary goal of coaches should be the development of boys and girls to be better citizens. The players must be taught sportsmanship and fair play, and these teachings should always govern their behavior while at practice and at games. Coaches shall be responsible for the conduct of all players, members of the coaching staff and spectators. This includes the time periods before, during, and after league games and other events. Improper conduct, in the judgment of the game officials, on the part of the players, coaches or spectators may result in penalties, expulsion, and suspension or forfeiture of the game.
  • The coach will not criticize players in front of spectators.
  • The coach will accept the decisions of officials.
  • The coach will not criticize the officials, the opposing team, the coaches, fans or parents, through language or gesture.
  • The coach will emphasize that good athletes are good students, and both are physically and mentally alert.
  • The coach will strive to make every football activity serve as a training ground for life, and as a basis for good mental and physical health.
  • The coach will emphasize that winning a game is the result of teamwork.
  • The coach shall not use abusive or profane language before anyone connected with the game.
  • The coach will refrain from "running-up" the score against an opponent. This includes keeping in the first defense at all times.
  • The coach shall not be under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs.
  • The coach will set an example in personal conduct at all times.
  • The coach will not smoke or use any form of tobacco while on the field of play during games, scrimmages or practices.
  • The coach will treat each player, opposing coach, parent and commissioner with respect and dignity.
  • The coach will learn the strengths and weakness of his/her players so they s/he might place them into situations where they have a maximum opportunity to achieve success.
  • The coach will protect the health and safety of his/her players by insisting that all of the activities under his/her control be conducted for their psychological and physiological welfare, rather than interests of adults.
  • The coach will place the emotional and physical well being of his players ahead of his personal desire to win.
  • The coach will treat each player as an individual and expect age appropriate skills from all his players.
  • The coach will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all his players on and off the field.
  • The coach will remember that He is a youth sports coach and that the game is for children and not adults.
  • The coach will be knowledgeable in the rules and will teach these rules to his players.
As a coach, you understand that you will abide by this Code of Conduct, and if you do not live up to the San Antonio Sharks Code of Conduct, you will be banned from participating in San Antonio Sharks activities for a period of at least one year, at which time you can petition for reinstatement. You also understand that the San Antonio Sharks Board of Directors have the final decision authority in all matters regarding the San Antonio Sharks Program.

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