Coaches Code of Conduct

coaches code of conduct

  1. Player-Centric Approach: Winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one. Prioritize the well-being of the player over winning the game. Remember, players are involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.
  2. Role Modeling: Be a positive role model to your players. Display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical safety of the players.
  3. Communication: Be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Be consistent, honest, fair, and just. Do not criticize players publicly. Strive to be a more effective communicator and coach. Refrain from yelling at players.
  4. Player Development: Adjust to the personal needs and problems of players. Be a good listener. Never verbally or physically abuse a player or official. Provide all players with the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence, and develop self-esteem.
  5. Practice Organization: Organize practices that are fun and challenging for your players. Familiarize yourself with the rules, techniques, and strategies of hockey. Encourage your players to be team players.
  6. Parental Communication: Maintain an open line of communication with your players’ parents/guardians. Clearly explain the goals and objectives of your Hockey Club.
  7. Player Well-being: Be concerned with the overall development of your players. Stress good health habits and clean living.
  8. Internal Issue Resolution: Address player issues internally prior to involving parents/guardians.
  9. Certification: All coaches will be USA Hockey certified, background checked, and Safe Sport certified.
  10. Feedback Sessions: Coaches will meet regularly with players to give and receive feedback.
  11. Player Privacy: Coaches will only provide specific player information to that player and their immediate family.
  12. Love of the Game: To play the game is great - to love the game is greater.

This code of conduct serves as a guideline for coaches to ensure a positive and safe environment for all players.

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