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Tips for Coaches

I will:

  • remember that players participate for enjoyment and winning is only part of the fun
  • never ridicule or yell at players for making a mistake or not winning
  • be reasonable in my demands on players’ time, energy, and enthusiasm
  • operate within the rules and spirit of the game and teach my players to do the same
  • ensure that the time players spend with me is a positive experience. All players are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
  • avoid overplaying the talented players and understand that the average players need and deserve equal time
  • ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players
  • display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport including opponents, referees, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents, and spectators. I will encourage my players to do the same.
  • show concern and caution toward sick and injured players and follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition
  • obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young players
  • respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in the game, regardless of their gender, ability or cultural background
  • promote adherence to anti-doping policies

I will not:

  • arrive at the venue intoxicated or drink alcohol at junior matches
  • allow the unlawful supply of alcohol at training, games or club functions.
  • use bad language nor will I harass players, officials, spectators or other coaches.

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