Code of Ethics

The Australian Coaching Council recently addressed sporting community concerns and contemporary issues in coaching conduct by producing a Coach's Code of Ethics. An extensive consultation period, involving community and sporting bodies, yielded a generic Code of Ethics intended as a springboard for more specific and comprehensive Codes of Conduct by sport.

(The draft Code was prepared by ACC Technical Committee member Susan Hobson.)

1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being.
(Within the context of the activity, treat everyone equally regardless of sex, ethnic origin or religion).

2. Ensure the athletes time spent with you is a positive experience.
(All athletes are deserving of equal attention and opportunities).

3. Treat each athlete as an individual.
(Respect the talent, development stage and goals of each athlete. Helping each to reach their full potential).

4. Be fair, considerate and honest.

5. Be professional in and accept responsibility for your actions.
(Language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation should display high standards. Display control, respect, dignity and professionalism to all involved with the sport including opponents, officials, coaches parents, media and spectators. Encourage your athletes to demonstrate the same qualities).

6. Make a commitment to providing a quality service to your athletes.
(Maintain or improve your current NCAS accreditation. Seek continual improvement through performance appraisal and ongoing coach education. Provide a training program which is planned and sequential. Maintain appropriate records).

7. Operate within the rules and spirit of your sport.
(The guidelines of national and international bodies governing your sport should be followed. The Australian Sports Drug Agency provides regulations to operate within).

8. Any physical contact with your athletes should be:

- appropriate to the situation
- necessary for the athletes skill development

9. Refrain from any form of personal abuse towards your athletes.
(This includes verbal, physical and emotional abuse. Be alert to any forms of abuse directed towards your athletes from other sources whilst they are in your care).

10. Refrain from any form of sexual harassment towards your athletes.

11. Provide a safe environment for training and competition.
(Ensure equipment and facilities meet safety standards. Equipment, rules and the environment need to be appropriate for the age and ability of the athletes).

12. Show concern and caution towards sick and injured athletes.
(Provide a modified training program where appropriate. Allow further participation in training and competition only when appropriate. Seek medical advice when required. Maintain the same interest and support towards sick and injured athletes).

13. Be a positive role model for your sport and athletes.
Coaches Should . . . . .

- Be treated with respect and openness.
- Have access to self-improvement opportunities.
- Be matched with a level of coaching appropriate to their level of competence.

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