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Coaching And Ethics
- The major ethical issue each coach must deal with is how to use the power he or she has over student-athletes. Coaches with character will use their power to give athletes sincere praise and positive reinforcement, provide constructive feedback, discipline a player without humiliation or embarrassment to the student-athlete, and provide emotional support and guidance when needed.
- Coaches are significant adult role models in student-athletes lives and play an important role in the total development of the student-athlete. Coaches must help student-athletes build character. Teaching good sportsmanship teaches character. Character development cannot take place in athletics if a coach does not teach sportsmanship. Encouraging, or allowing, unsportsmanlike behavior in athletics is not ethical and is not in the best interests of the interscholastic athletic program.
- Coaches are expected to model the “team concept” in their program and encourage all members.
- Coaches are expected to discuss positive relationships between team members and coaches. It is imperative bullying behavior is never accepted or encouraged.
- The following are a examples of ways coaches can teach and role model good sportsmanship:
- Treat opposing coaches, players, and fans with respect
- Abide by the rules of the contest in letter and spirit
- Insist that players abide by the letter and spirit of the rules during contests and practices.
- Show support for any athlete who leaves the contest due to injury
- Respect the judgment of contest officials
- Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat
- Reward good sportsmanship and penalize poor sportsmanship
- Be generous with praise when it is deserved
- Be fair with punishment when it is deserved
- Help student-athletes improve their skills by pointing out mistakes and helping them improve instead of berating them for making mistakes