A Coach’s Creed

The primary responsibility of a youth soccer coach and educator is to help the young players to have fun, learn and improve. This responsibility is greater for a youth coach and educator than any other official in the club or league. Coaching and Teaching must be conducted for the joy and long term development of the players - and for no other reason!

 

KLM Coaches Code of Conduct

Each coach is expected to:

  • Fully understand and embrace the role of a youth soccer coach & Educator, see section "The role of the Coach" for more details.

  • Fully understand and embrace the concept of coaching from the Touchline, see section "Coaching from the Touchline" for more details.

  • Fully understand and 100% adhere to the rules as stipulated under the section "Referee Relations". As a coach, leader and educator the coach sets the example for the players and the parents. Coaches are not permitted under any circumstances to yell at the referee or dispute calls.

  • Teach the concept of sportsmanship to players. This means promoting fairness, developing a team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches. Above all keep in mind that a good sport is a good loser as well as a graceful winner.

  • Any, and all, fines and performance bonds, issued to the club, or the coach, by the governing soccer bodies, as determined by the said soccer governing body disciplinary committee, and as a direct result of coach misconduct, are the sole responsibility of the respective coach and must be paid in full by the coach, prior to the respective coach returning to any KLMSA sponsored soccer activities.

  • Coaches must be aware of, and educate the team players on the ‘Players code of conduct’ as outlined in this document. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their team players during team practices and games.

  • Coaches must be aware of, and educate the team parents and spectators on the ‘Spectators/Parents code of conduct’ as outlined in this document. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their team parents during team practices and games.

  • Be positive and promote a strong self-acceptance and healthy self-image in all participants. Only criticize players in a constructive manner and NEVER in an abusive or put-down manner.

  • Avoid over-playing the talented players, knowing that average players need and deserve equal time. Ensure all players average at least half a game over the course of the season.

  • Refrain from the use of harsh, abusive or profane language, as well as discouraging it's use. Since young players often look up to the coach, this adult plays an important role in building character in kids.

  • Be reasonable in demands placed on the players. This is about improving the skills of the kids and not about boosting your own ego.

  • Do not engage in poaching, or attempting to poach, players from other KLM teams, or teams from other clubs. The coaches are not permitted to approach any player of official from any other team or club regarding a player potentially joining ones team. Any, and all, conversations pertaining to player movement must be conducted via the KLM Director of Coaching and must follow the KLMSA, VYSA and BCSA rules for player movements between teams and/or clubs.

  • Always put the long-term well-being of players’ first understanding children participate in soccer for fun and enjoyment. The main goal is building stronger kids for the future, not just a winning team for the present.

  • Always follow the Sportsmanship and Game etiquette guidelines as outlined in this document

  • Coaches must be aware of, and always follow, the "coaches responsibilities and player safety guidelines" as outlined in this document.

  • Coaches must be aware of, and always follow, the ‘care and prevention of injuries guidelines’ as outlined in this document.

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