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Coaching And Ethics

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Coaches are expected to model the “team concept” in their program and encourage all members.
  4. Coaches are expected to discuss positive relationships between team members and coaches. It is imperative bullying behavior is never accepted or encouraged.
  5. The following are a examples of ways coaches can teach and role model good sportsmanship:
  6. Treat opposing coaches, players, and fans with respect
  7. Abide by the rules of the contest in letter and spirit
  8. Insist that players abide by the letter and spirit of the rules during contests and practices.
  9. Show support for any athlete who leaves the contest due to injury
  10. Respect the judgment of contest officials
  11. Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat
  12. Reward good sportsmanship and penalize poor sportsmanship
  13. Be generous with praise when it is deserved
  14. Be fair with punishment when it is deserved
  15. Help student-athletes improve their skills by pointing out mistakes and helping them improve instead of berating them for making mistakes