Coaching and Managing Policy

  • Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else.
  • Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a player for making a mistake.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of your sport and teach your players to do the same.
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All team members are deserving of equal attention and opportunities. Avoid overplaying the talented players; the just average need and deserve equal time.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, parents and spectators. Encourage your players to do the same.
  • Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s skill development.
  • Ensure that training schedules are modified to suit the age, ability and maturity level of young players.
  • Provide quality supervision and instruction for players.
  • Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.
  • Compliment and encourage all participants.
  • Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions. Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.
  • Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than the errors.
  • Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words.
  • Be the first to arrive and last to leave.

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