Coach Ethics

Coach's Code of Ethics

I coach because I want to help young people mature into well adjusted, productive adults with strong character and because I want these young people to get a proper exposure to the fun and exciting game of soccer. In short, I want them to enjoy soccer and sport and to grow up well.

I. My actions and personal manner will be a good example for young people to follow.

  • I will treat all players, coaches, administrators, parents, and referees with the respect and courtesy I desire for myself.
  • Any dissatisfaction I want to express will be stated in a private forum and in a restrained and civil manner.
  • I will respect and honor the beliefs and sensitivities of all players, coaches, parents, administrators, and referees.
II. I recognize that all players on my team have value, both as players and as a people.
  • I will coach every team recognizing that players are on the team to play, not to watch.
  • I recognize that all signed up to play and have fun and, except for health or disciplinary reasons, I am committed to playing each player more than fifty percent of the game and in a manner that seems fair to all players and parents.  I will NEVER recruit or otherwise entice players to leave one NASA team to join another.  I will NEVER discourage a player from playing soccer unless life or health is at risk.
  • As a coach it is not appropriate for me to teach the players that "life is not fair;" they will learn enough of that on their own. My job is to make the soccer part of their life as fair as possible, no matter what the level of competition.
III. I will be prepared for each game and practice.
  • For practices I will have a practice plan that efficiently uses the time available and teaches the players important skills and strategies for the game of soccer.
  • For games I will have a game plan that will utilize the talents of all my players to the utmost while insuring that each player feels needed and respected.
IV. I will be an encourager, and promote the best in all that participate. I will follow all the Laws of the Game and will abide by all the administrative procedures of North Austin Soccer Alliance, Capital Area Youth Soccer Association, South Texas Youth Soccer Association, United States Youth Soccer, and the United States Soccer Federation.

Copy by Permission from the South Texas Youth Soccer Association Shootout