Role of the Coach


Coaches should set the standard by being a role model in their behavior during competitive situations. Since players and fans will often react to the coach’s demeanor, a coach who acts in a positive and professional manner can have a calming effect during highly stressful competitions. Alternatively, engaging in loud and animated arguments with officials or opponents will only serve to exacerbate the situation.

The Coach’s Role Includes:

  1. Treat opposing coaches, players and fans with dignity and respect
    1. Greet and shake hands with the opposing coach before and after the contest
    2. Do not engage your opponent except in the case of positive comments
    3. Never run up the score
    4. Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat
  1. Recognize and respect the legitimate authority and judgment of game officials
  2. Officials decisions should be accepted and upheld as final
  3. Avoid arguing with officials or making gestures that indicate a lack of respect for an official’s call
  4. Do not use profanity, abusive language or any other improper actions
  5. When questioning or asking clarification from officials, do it in a calm and respectful manner
  6. Communicate your expectations for good sportsmanship to your parents and players 


  1. Define and reinforce appropriate behavior for your team and fans
  2. Take responsibility for the conduct of your players  
  3. Correct inappropriate behavior immediately
  4. Acknowledge and reward displays of good sportsmanship