COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
ABINGTON JUNIOR COMETS 2012
Welcome to the Abington Junior Comets Organization! The objectives of the organization is to instill in the participants of our organization the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and reserve so that all participants may become finer, stronger and happier boys and girls and grow to be good, clean, healthy young men and women.
All coaches, football and cheerleading will abide by a Code of Conduct which includes the following provisions. If any of these rules are broken, the Abington JR Comets Board shall have the authority to impose a penalty or suspension.
To make a positive experience for the children, coaches shall:
- Strive to make every football/cheerleading activity a positive experience that serves as a training ground for life, and a basis for good mental and physical health.
- Emphasize that good athletes strive to be good students and that winning is the result of good “teamwork”.
- Develop athletes by instilling strong fundamentals in a program approach with common techniques and plays taught at all levels.
- Make every effort to let all players play in the schedule game.
- Uphold all rules and regulations, NAJFL and AJC, regarding Junior Football.
- Use constructive coaching techniques delivered at appropriate times to help develop the players and cheerleaders.
- Protect the health and safety of the players and cheerleaders.
We expect that our coaches shall:
- Interact with the players, cheerleaders, parents, AJC board members or others involved in the NAJFL in a professional manner that upholds the values of the Abington Junior Comets Organization on and off the field, in person and on social media (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.).
- Engage in sportsmanship. Coaches, cheerleaders and players will not engage in any unsportsmanlike conduct. Coaches will avoid criticizing or arguing with opposing coaches, players, referees or spectators at any time.
- Accept decisions of the game officials and judges on the field and in competitions as being fair and called to the best ability of said officials. Disputes with officials during the game or competition will be respectful and not disruptive. Protests may be made after the game per NAJFL guidelines.
- Together with team officials, be jointly responsible for the conduct and control of team fans and spectators. Any fan who becomes a nuisance and out of control will be asked to leave.
- Never use abusive or profane language in front of the players or cheerleaders.
- Maintain a controlled and positive sideline by minimizing shouting of instructions from the sideline. Only approved coaches for that team may be on the sideline.
- Make certain that every player plays in every game. D players should all play an equal amount of time. All players should be actively participating in practice. For large teams (>22) we expect that a player is part of 4 plays (including special teams). For smaller teams we expect that minimum play time will be significantly higher.
- NO PLAYER/CHEERLEADERS will be left alone at the end off practice or game without a parent or guardian there to pick them up. The Head Coach or designee will remain with said child until parent or guardian arrives.
- Coaches for football/cheerleading must never guarantee a player or cheerleader a position/playing time in return for a payment or benefit.
- If a coach is investigated for, or charged with, a criminal offense or other conduct unbecoming of a coach, the board of directors will review the circumstances with the coach and decide if and what action is appropriate. The Board will act in the best interest of the children involved in the program and the reputation of the program.
- Coaches are a representative of the organization bound by the directives of the Abington Junior Comets Board of Directors. Coaches cannot decide policy or state the wishes of the organization unilaterally and independent of the Board of Directors. Coaches should never post anything on an internet forum representing themselves as a member of our organization without first consulting a board member and getting the approval of the board.
- Coaches are to obey the rules of all practice and game locations. Coaches must not possess or consume alcoholic beverages or any illegal substance before or during a game or practice. Coaches must not smoke and/or use smokeless tobacco on the field.