AJFC Coaches Code of Conduct

1.  Remember that junior players participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.

2.  Never ridicule or yell at a junior player for making a mistake or not winning.

3.  Be reasonable in your demands on players' time, energy and enthusiasm.

4.  Operate within the rules and spirit of the game and teach your players to do the same.

5.  Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All junior players are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.

6.  Avoid overplaying the talented players; the just-average need and deserve equal time.

7.  Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players.

8.  Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators. Encourage your players to do the same.

9.  Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.

10.  Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young players.

11.  Any physical contact with a junior player should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player's development.

12.  Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.