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Coaches' code of ethics

Coaches' code of ethics

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every individual athlete as a human being
    Treat everyone equally regardless of sex, disability, ethic origin or religion. Respect the talent, development stage and goals of each athlete in order to reach their full potential.

  2. Maintain a high standard of integrity
    Operate within the rules of the sport and in the spirit of fair play, while encouraging your athletes to do the same. Advocate a sporting environment free of drugs and other performance-enhancing substances within the guidelines of the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency and the World Anti-Doping Code. Do not disclose any confidential information relating to athletes without their written prior consent.

  3. Be a positive role model for the sport and athletes and act in a way that projects a positive image of coaching
    All athletes are deserving of equal attention and opportunities. Ensure the athlete’s time spent with you is a positive experience. Be fair, considerate and honest with athletes. Encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle – refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol around athletes.

  4. Professional responsibilities
    Display high standards in your language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation. Display control, courtesy, respect, honesty, dignity and professionalism to all involved within the sphere of sport – this includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators. Encourage your athletes to demonstrate the same qualities. Be professional and accept responsibility for your actions. You should not only refrain from initiating a sexual relationship with an athlete, but should also discourage any attempt by an athlete to initiate a sexual relationship with you, explaining the ethical basis of your refusal. Accurately represent personal coaching qualifications, experience, competence and affiliations. Refrain from criticism of other coaches and athletes.

  5. Make a commitment to providing a quality service for your athletes
    Seek continual improvement through ongoing coach education, and other personal and professional development opportunities. Provide athletes with planned and structured training programmes appropriate to their needs and goals. Seek advice and assistance from professionals when additional expertise is required. Maintain appropriate records.

  6. Provide a safe environment for training and competition
    Adopt appropriate risk management strategies to ensure that the training and/or competition environment is safe. Ensure equipment and facilities meet safety standards. Ensure equipment, rules, training and the environment are appropriate for the age, physical and emotional maturity, experience and ability of the athletes. Show concern and caution toward sick and injured athletes. Allow further participation in training and competition only when appropriate. Encourage athletes to seek medical advice when required. Provide a modified training programme where appropriate. Maintain the same interest and support toward sick and injured athletes as you would to healthy athletes.

  7. Protect your atheletes from any personal abuse
    Refrain from any form of verbal, physical or emotional abuse towards your athletes. Refrain from any form of sexual or racial harassment, whether verbal or physical. Do not harass, abuse or discriminate against athletes on the basis of their sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or ethical beliefs, race, colour, ethnic origins, employment status, disability or distinguishing characteristics. Any physical contact with athletes should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the athlete’s skill development. Be alert to any forms of abuse directed towards athletes from other sources while in your care.

Coaches should:

  • Be treated with respect and openness
  • Have access to self-improvement opportunities
  • Be matched with a level of coaching appropriate to their ability
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