TempesT FC

Coaches Code of Ethics

 

COACHES CODE OF ETHICS

 

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide children the opportunity to develop soccer skills, knowledge, and techniques in a challenging, motivating and FUN environment.  This is accomplished through challenging practice sessions and competing against the best local, state, regional and national competition.  TempesT FC team accomplishments are the result of player-first philosophy and each players drive for excellence both on and off the field. 

Serving as a coach is a unique opportunity to mold and grow the future youth, of soccer and our organization through example. TempesT FC coaches are expected to portray and teach the highest example of good sportsmanship as they teach the game of soccer.  Coaches are therefore expected to accept the responsibilities which are implicit in this role, both to the players and their families and to the organization that supports them.  These responsibilities are outlined in the Code of Ethics. 

Purpose:

(a) This code of ethics has been developed to clarify and distinguish approved and accepted professional, ethical and moral behavior from that which is detrimental to the development of soccer within the TempesT FC organization.

(b) Article I — Responsibilities to Players

1. The coach shall never place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of players.

2. Coaches shall instruct players to play within the written laws of the game and within the spirit of the game at all times.

3. Coaches shall not seek unfair advantage by teaching deliberate unsportsmanlike behavior to players.

4. Coaches should not tolerate inappropriate behavior from players regardless of the situation.

5. Demands on players’ time should never be so extensive as to interfere with academic goals or progress.

6. Coaches must never encourage players to violate recruitment, eligibility or players rules and policies of the governing bodies.

7. Coaches should direct players to seek proper medical attention for injuries and to follow the physician’s instructions regarding treatment and recovery.

(c) Article II — Responsibility to Member Association and Governing Body

1. Adherence to all Member Association and Governing Body rules and policies, especially those regarding eligibility, team formation and recruiting are mandatory and should never be violated. It is the responsibility of each coach to know and understand these rules.

2. Any problems that cannot be resolved between coaches should be referred to the appropriate Member Association or Governing Body officer or committee.

(d) Article III — Responsibilities to the Laws of the Game

1. Coaches should be thoroughly acquainted with and demonstrate a working knowledge of the Laws of the Game.

2. Coaches are responsible to assure their players understand the intent as well as the application of the Laws.

3. Coaches must adhere to the letter and spirit of the Laws of the Game.

4. Coaches are responsible for their players’ actions on the field and must not permit them to perform with intent of causing injury to opposing players.

5. The coach must constantly strive to teach good sporting behavior.

(e) Article IV — Responsibility to Officials

1. Officials must have the support of coaches, players and spectators. Coaches must always refrain from criticizing officials in the presence of players or spectators.

2. Professional respect, before, during and after the game, should be mutual. There should be no demeaning dialogue or gestures between official, coach or player.

3. Coaches must not incite players or spectators or attempt to disrupt the flow of the game.

4. Comments regarding an official should be made in writing to the appropriate organization assigning the official.

(f) Article V — Responsibilities Regarding Scouting and Recruiting

1. All rules of governing bodies pertaining to recruiting shall be strictly observed by coach, manager or any team representative.

2. It is inappropriate to recruit player(s) actively playing for another team.

3. It is unethical for a player to be recruited or enticed from the Olympic Development Program (ODP) setting, either by his ODP coach or any other coach, manager, player, parent or team representative.

4. When discussing the advantages of his/her organization, the coach has an obligation to be forthright and refrain from making derogatory remarks regarding other coaches, teams and organizations.

5. It is unethical for any coach to make a statement to a prospective athlete which cannot be fulfilled; illegal to promise any kind of compensation or inducement for play; and immoral to deliver the same.

6. Coaches shall not scout any team, by any means whatsoever, except in regularly scheduled games.  

(g) Article VI — Responsibility of Public Relations

1. Coaches have a responsibility to promote the game of soccer to the public. Comments and critiques of governing bodies, teams, coaches, players, parents or social media should be positive and constructive.

2. Coaches have the responsibility to assist their players in conducting themselves properly when in public and when representing their team, member association and governing body.

3. Coaches must not attempt to influence member associations or the governing body in political or financial dealings outside the framework of their own rules and bylaws.

(h) Article VII — Other Responsibilities

1. A coach’s behavior must be such as to bring credit to himself, his organization and the sport of soccer.

2. While the concept of rivalry is wholly embraced, it cannot take precedence over exemplary professional conduct.

3. The attitude and conduct of the coach towards officials, players, spectators and coaches should be controlled and undemonstrative.

4. It is unacceptable for a coach to have any verbal altercation with an opposing coach or bench before, during or after the game.

5. Coaches must use their influence on his/her spectators that demonstrate intimidating and/or unacceptable behavior towards officials, player(s) and opposing team members.

6. At NO time should a coach consume alcoholic beverages before or during, the day of, a training session, league game(s), tournament games(s) and or indoor game(s). 

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