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Code of Ethics

Responsibilities to the Players

In my relationships with the players under my care, I must always be aware of the tremendous influence I can exert, for good or bad. Parents entrust their dearest possession to the my charge; and, as the coach, through my own example, I must always be sure that the young men/women who have played under me are finer and more decent men/women for having done so. I must never place the value of a win above that of instilling the highest desirable ideals and character traits in my players. The safety and welfare of my players must always be the most important consideration, and they must never be sacrificed for any personal prestige or selfish glory.

In teaching the game, I must realize that there are certain rules designed to protect the player and provide common standards for determining a winner and loser. Any attempts to circumvent these rules, to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, have no place in athletics, nor has any coach guilty of such teaching any right to call himself a coach. I must always set the example for winning without boasting and losing without bitterness. As such, by conducting myself according to these principles, I should have no fear of failure, for in the final analysis, the success of a coach can be measured in terms of the respect he has earned from his own players and from his opponents.

Prompt and professional medical attention is my responsibility as the coach. The diagnosis and treatment of injuries is a medical problem; I should not involve myself with the diagnosis of any injury. It is important that a solid, independent, and competent medical program of diagnosis and treatment be established and that the coach support such a program in the best interest and well-being of my players.

Under no circumstances will I authorize or tolerate the use of illegal or performance enhancing drugs. All medicines used by student-athletes should be under the direction of a physician or other appropriate medical personnel.

I am responsible always to know and understand the rules of eligibility and not violate any rules that would jeopardize his institution or players under my direction.

Academics and athletics are a joint effort, each providing benefits to the participants.  A coach should encourage the proper time-management skills to his players that will allow them to achieve success both on the playing field and in the classroom.  A coach should support academic endeavors of his players.

Responsibility to the Institution

My primary function as a coach is to educate students through participation in athletics. This primary and basic function must always be upheld. 

I must always conduct myself so as to maintain the principles, integrity, and dignity of the school I serve and represent.

I must never exert pressure on faculty members to give players consideration they do not deserve.

It is crucial that I privately and publicly support the administration in all policies, rules, and regulations regarding athletics. 

Responsibility to the Game and the Rules

It is my responsibility to be thoroughly knowledgeable of the rules of the game. I am also responsible for having the rules taught to and executed by his players.

It is my responsibility to ensure that the letter and spirit of the rules must be adhered to by myself, my assistant coaches and my players.

Any coach who seeks to gain any advantage by circumvention, disregard, or unwillingness to learn the rules of the game, is unfit for this profession. I am responsible for the adherence of the rules by all parties directly involved with the team. The integrity of the game rests mainly on my shoulders as the coach; there can be no compromise.

Good sportsmanship

Habit formation is developed on the practice field. Where coaches permit, encourage, or condone performance which is dangerous to an opponent, they are derelict in their responsibility to teach fair play and good sportsmanship. This aspect of coaching must be attacked just as vigorously as the teaching of offense and defense, and to the players it is far more important than all of the technical aspects of the game combined. Should I fail to stress this point, or permit, encourage, or defend the use of unsportsmanlike tactics, I shall be considered guilty of the most serious breach of coaching ethics.