Coaches COC

Coaches Code of Conduct

Coaches are key to the establishment of ethics in football. Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Coaches are, therefore, expected to pay particular care to the moral aspect of their conduct.

Coaches have to be aware that almost all of their everyday decisions and choices of actions, as well as strategic targets, have ethical implications.

It is natural that winning constitutes a basic concern for coaches. This code is not intended to conflict with that. However, the code calls for coaches to disassociate themselves from a `win-at-all-costs` attitude.

Increased responsibility is requested from coaches involved in coaching young people. The health, safety, welfare and moral education of young people are a first priority, before the achievement or the reputation of the club, school, coach or parent.


1. Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.

2. Coaches must place the wellbeing and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.

3. Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.

4. Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.

5. Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

6. Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

7. Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.

8. Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parent) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.

9. Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.

10. Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.

11. Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

12. Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

13. Coaches must always arrive on time.

14. Coaches must always have a First Aid kit available

15. Coaches must be available to attend the appropriate Training Courses

16. Coaches must ensure that all players are collected by their Parent/Guardian or nominated responsible adult before leaving the Playing/Training venue.

17. Coaches must ensure that Registration Cards are available for every match.

18. Coaches must allow individual player development, and help the player develop to the best of his or her ability.

19. Coaches must ensure the safety and suitability of the equipment they use.

20. Coaches must not collect monies, other than annual subscription, from players or parents without the prior written consent of the Management Committee.

21. Coaches must follow the Welwyn Pegasus Youth Policy guidelines.

22. All Managers / Coaches will be overall responsible for the behaviour of Players, other Coaches and Parents or Spectators that are representing Welwyn Pegasus.

23. All Managers / Coaches must report any actions that are unacceptable from Players / Parents or Spectators while representing Welwyn Pegasus FC this includes any yellow or red cards.

The club management committee will sanction Coaches who ignore this code of conduct. Sanctions will be:

  • ·  On a first occasion the Coach will be warned
  • ·  On a second occasion the Coach will be suspended for a period decided by the committee
  • ·  On a third occasion the Coach will be expelled from the club.

    The management committee has the right to move directly to the second or third stage if the committee judges that an incident is so serious that this action is necessary.

    Anyone sanctioned under this code has the right to appeal to Herts. F.A.  Within fourteen days of the sanction.

    This code of practice is not designed to restrict anyone's freedom but to set the standards of behaviour that are expected to ensure that everyone enjoys the football.