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Code of Ethics
The Fire Juniors Code of Ethics is build upon the following ‘Ethical Principles’:
Coaches will maintain high standards of competence in their work.
Coaches will represent themselves in an honest and fair manner, being cognizant of their particular competencies and limitations. Coaches strive to be aware of their own belief systems, values, needs, and limitations and the effect of these on their work. To the extent feasible, they attempt to clarify for relevant parties the roles they are performing and to function appropriately in accordance with those roles.
Coaches will uphold standards of ethical conduct that reflect well on the individual coach as well as the profession at large.
Respect for People's Rights and Dignity-
Coaches will treat others with dignity and respect being aware of cultural differences, and others right to autonomy, privacy, and confidentiality. Coaches accord appropriate respect to the fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of others. They respect the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, self-determination, and autonomy, mindful that legal and other obligations may lead to inconsistency and conflict with the exercise of these rights. Coaches are aware of cultural, individual, and role differences, including those due to age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status. Coaches try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on those factors, and they do not knowingly participate in or condone unfair discriminatory practices.
The purpose of this Coach Code of Coaching Ethics has been developed to clarify and define standards of professional soccer coaching. The Code of Ethics includes a Fire Juniors coach responsibilities to players; opponents; game and officials:
A) RESPONSIBILITIES TO PLAYERS
- Coaches shall not place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of players.
- Coaches shall instruct players to play within the Laws of the Game and within the spirit of the game at all times.
- Coaches shall not seek unfair advantage by teaching unsporting behavior to players.
- Coaches shall not encourage, condone, or tolerate inappropriate behavior from players in any situation.
- Coaches shall not encourage players to violate any Law of the Game or any rule of competition.
- Coaches shall not encourage, condone, or permit any player to violate any bylaw, rule, or policy.
- Coaches shall not discourage, deter, or deny players the right of advancement to participate in training or competition at a higher level.
- Coaches shall direct players to seek proper medical attention for injuries and to follow instructions received from health care professionals regarding treatment and rehabilitation.
B) RESPONSIBILITY TO OPPONENTS
- Coaches shall afford to opponents the respect expected by the Law of Game and the spirit of competition.
- Coaches shall not encourage, condone, or permit any player to engage in conduct with the intent of causing injury to an opponent.
- Coaches shall not engage in any physical or verbal confrontation with any opposing player, coach, or supporter.
- Coaches shall not scout an opponent except in sanctioned competition in places open to the public.
C) RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE GAME
- Coaches shall be aware of the Laws of the Game and shall adhere to the letter and spirit of the Laws of the Game.
- Coaches shall provide instruction to players on the meaning and application of the Laws of the Game.
- Coaches shall accept the responsibilities of team leadership and shall be accountable for the conduct of the players, team officials, and spectators affiliated with their teams.
D) RESPONSIBILITY TO OFFICIALS
- Coaches shall extend respect and courtesy to match and competition officials.
- Coaches shall not incite players, team officials, or spectators into conduct towards officials that is contrary to the Laws of the Game.
- Coaches shall not make demeaning or derogatory comments or gestures directed towards any official.
- Coaches shall use their influence and authority to deter inappropriate conduct by supporters towards officials and opponents.
- Coaches shall employ only methods authorized by the Laws of the Game, the rules of the competition, or the policies to pursue review of decisions by match or competition officials.
Reference USYA; USSF: FIFA, UEFA & MLS (2012)