Coaches Code of Conduct:
1. The Coach’s responsibility is to the health and safety of all participants. The Coach must never place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of players.
2. The Coach should make all attempts to know and understand the Laws of the Game and instruct players to play within the laws and spirit of the game at all times.
3. The Coach should be a positive role model and set the standard for sportsmanship.
4. The Coach should keep sport in proper perspective with player’s academics.
5. The Coach should inspect player’s equipment and field conditions for safety reasons.
6. The Coach should strive to continue his/her own education in the sport in order to be able to educate players in the demands of the game for their level.
7. The Coach should encourage moral and social responsibility.
8. The Coach should be sensitive to each child’s developmental needs, strive to have each player reach his/her full potential and be prepared to advise them when it’s time to move to the next stage of development.
9. The Coach should develop the child’s appreciation of the game. Players should have fun and receive positive feedback.
10. The Coach should supervise and control his/her players to avoid injury situations. Players should be directed to seek proper medical attention for injuries and to follow the physician’s instructions regarding treatment and recovery. At no time should a player be put at risk by returning from injury prematurely or by being forced to play while injured.
11. It is recommended that the Coach become certified in basic first aid and be prepared to handle medical emergencies at all practices and games.
a. properly supplied first aid kit and ice to all practices and games
b. know 911 and emergency phone numbers and procedures
c. know location of nearest medical facility
d. carry medical releases and waivers to all practices and games
12. The Coach must not criticize game officials and instruct his/her players, parents and spectators to refrain from criticizing officials. Coaches should submit comments in writing regarding an official to the appropriate organization assigning the official.
13. A Coach is responsible for and will be held accountable for the conduct of his/her players, parents and spectators.
I understand it is the desire of NWISL and its members to ensure the sport remains fun and safe for all participants. It is understood that recreational+ competitions between teams are arranged to challenge players in improving their skills and advance to the next level in a fun environment. I understand NWISL prohibits inappropriate behavior or “win at all costs” attitudes. The right to coach in NWISL is by permission of my Club and NWISL, never guaranteed. Violations of rules or unsportsmanlike behavior may be grounds for my dismissal from NWISL participation.