Cambridge Youth Soccer Coaches Code of Conduct

As a coach I will: •

Respect all human beings. Treat players, parents, opponents, coaches and other officials fairly, regardless of gender, ethnic background, color, religion, political belief, sexual orientation or economic status.

• Never be involved in any circumstance which is offensive or suggests sexual connotations.

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Ensure all players get equal instruction, support and playing time. Not yell or ridicule the players for making mistakes or for performing poorly.

• Remember that players play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves. Give praise when deserved.

• Review the Players Code of Conduct as well as the Parents Code of Conduct with all players and parents on my team.

Remind the parents of younger players that soccer is not a ‘babysitting service’ and they must be present at all times to supervise their child’s behavior. A coach’s responsibility is to the whole team collectively, and not to discipline individual children.

• Not smoke on the sidelines/players bench or in the vicinity of any of my players during games and practices.

Be a good role model by:

• Remembering that participants need a coach they can respect. Be generous with praise and set a good example.

• Being on time and be prepared for all games.

• Dressing appropriately and wear the coach shirt provided by the Club at all games so that I present a professional image and can be easily identified.

Abstaining from, and not tolerating, the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products in conjunction with the sport, and discourage their use during a game and around the players at all times.

Stand on guard against abuse and promote safe environment by:

• Ensuring that the equipment and facilities are safe and match the player’s age and abilities.

• Reporting any suspicion of sexual abuse (and other situations when a child may be in need of protection, such as neglect) to the authorities and advising the board or executive.

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Refraining from verbal or physical behaviors that constitute harassment or abuse.

Educating athletes about their responsibilities in contributing to a safe environment.

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