Coaches' Code of Conduct

The  KSS  Coach’s  Code  enumerates  basic  requirements, organized  under  four  principles.  They are: Setting  a  good  example;  keeping  players  safe;  ensuring  that  all  participants  in  KSS  have a positive experience;  and relating to game officials in an  exemplary  manner  and  encouraging  

players  to  do  the  same.  

1.  Setting a Good Example:

The  coach’s  example  is  powerful.  If  a  coach  insists  on  fair  play,  concentrates  on  players'  

enjoyment  of  the  game  and  their  overall,  long  term  development,  and  supports  the  referee,  

players  and  parents  will  notice.  If  a  coach  discourages  (or  allows)  players  to  play  outside  the  

rules,  are  overly  concerned  about  the  results,  and/or  criticize  the  referee  or  opposing  coach,  

players  and  parents  will  also  notice.  Above  all,  children  deserve  a

coach  they  can  respect. 

  • Coaches,  in  all  contact  with  KSS  players,  parents,  officials  and  coaches,  should  strive  to  set  an  example  of  the  highest  ethical  and  moral  conduct.  Before,  during,  and  after  the  game, they  should be an example of dignity,  patience  and  positive  spirit.  
  • Before  games,  opposing  coaches  should  meet  and  exchange  greetings  to  set  the  proper  tone  for  the  game. After games, the  teams and coaches should meet  and congratulate each other  in  a  sportsmanlike  manner.  
  • Coaches  should  ensure  that  their  players’  soccer  experience  is  one  of  fun  and  enjoyment,  and  improvement  in  skill  (winning  is  only  part  of  it).  Players  should  never  be  yelled  at,  lectured  or  ridiculed  for  making  mistakes  or  losing  a  game.  Coaches  should  be  generous  with  praise  when  it  is  deserved.  
  • Coaches  should  avoid  any  conduct,  which  could  be  construed  as  physically  or  verbally abusive.  
  • Coaches  should  completely  refrain  from  verbal  dissent  during  a  game  with  an  opposing  coach’s  bench.  
  • Coaches  should  honor  all  professional  relationships  with  colleagues,  associations,  the  media,  officials  and  the  public.  Conflicts of interest and exploitation of these relationships  must be avoided.  

2.  Keeping Players Safe:

Coaches  should  have  the  safety  of  the  players  in  their  charge  as  their  first  priority  at  all  times. Coaches  should  be  familiar  with  the  facility(ies)  and fields on which their  teams practice and play, and be  mindful of the levels of fitness and skill  of each one of their players.  Coaches should also be familiar with the Laws of the Game, current with principles of age appropriate coaching, aware  

of applicable existing rules and  regulations, and informed of the affairs  of KSS and their league. 

  • Coaches  should  check  players’  equipment  and  playing  facilities  frequently.  They  should  meet  safety  standards  and  be  appropriate  for  the  age  and  ability  of  players. 
  • Coaches  should  follow  the  advice  of  a  physician  when  determining  when  an  injured  player is  ready  to  play  again.  During  a  game,  and  in  an  absence  of  medical  advice,  coaches  should  err  on  the  side  of  caution  in  permitting  an  injured  player  to  return  to  play.  

3.  Creating a Positive Experience: 

KSS  wishes  to  ensure  that  games  are  fair,  positive  and  enjoyable  experiences  for  the  children  

and  adults  involved.  A  soccer  game  should  be  friendly  and  unifying  a  spirited  social  and  athletic  

occasion  for  players,  coaches,  referees,  and  spectators.  

  • Coaches  should  require  all  players  and  spectators  to  adhere  to  the  highest  level  of  sportsmanship  at  all  times.  During  the  game,  the  coach  is  responsible  for  the sportsmanship  of  the  players.  If  a  player  is  carded  or  is  disrespectful,  irresponsible  or overly  aggressive,  the  coach  should  remove  the  player  from  the  game  at  least  long  enough  for  him/her  to  calm  down.  Coaches  should  explain  acceptable  behavior  to  players  and  parents  at  a  preseason  meeting. Encourage  parents  to  make  positive  comments  about  good  play  by  either  team.  Prohibit  them  from  yelling  at  players  and  the  referee.  

4.  Planning and  Training:

  • The  professional  staff  coach  should  always  plan  the  training  sessions  in  advance.  
  • Keep  a  record  of  your  training  sessions  for  your  assigned  teams  
  • Maintain  a  record  of  what  you  have  worked  on  in  training. Always  keep  attendance, especially  absentees.  Follow  up  with absentees.  
  • Create  the  correct  training  environment.  This  means  have  the  field  set  up  for  the  training session  before  the  players  arrive,  whenever  possible.  
  • This  also  means  all  your  efforts  and  focus  should  be  directed  to  the  players  and  achieving  the  goals  of  the  training  session.  
  • Always  greet  the  players,  look  them  in  the  eye,  and  shake  every  player’s  hand.  
  • Always  make  training  relevant  to  the  way  the  team plays.  
  • Try  to  review  your  training  session.  Did  it  work,  was  it  effective?  What  didn’t  work,  if anything.  Make  notes  of  your  sessions.  
  • Always  arrive  early  to  set  up  for  your  session  whenever  possible
  • Explain  to  the  team  from  the  outset  what  the  session  is  about,  what  you  are  trying  to  achieve,  what  you  are  working  on.
  • If  possible,  make  the  session  flow  from  one  activity  to  the  next.  Create  a  progression  as  instructed  in  the  KSS  curriculum  and coaching  guidelines.
  • Try  to  make  your  training  session  dynamic,  flowing  and  interesting.  Try  to  avoid  players standing  around.  If  something  is  not  working,  quickly  move  on  to  the  next  activity.  
  • Always  make  your  training  session  suitable  and  appropriate  for  the  age  and  skill  level  of  your  players.  
  • Try  to  bring  variety  to  your  session  while  maintaining  repetition  and  consistency.  
  • Use  boards  and  markers,  magnetic  player  boards,  or  whatever  is  available  to  teach  your  players.  Players  are  all  different  and  learn  by  different  mediums.  
  • Try  not  to  over-coach.  Create  situations  that  allow  players  to think  for  themselves.

5.  Game  Management:

  • Always  make  sure  you  are  first  at  the  field  for  the  first  game  of  the  day  to  warm  up  the  team.  
  • Ensure  your  team  knows  how  to  warm  up  if  you  cannot  get  to  the  game  on  time.  
  • Remind  players  what  you  worked  on  in  training  and  link  the  training  sessions  to  the  game  and  how  we  would  like  to  play.  
  • Explain  with  visual  aids  key  tactical  points  if  necessary.  (Cones,  board,  etc.)  
  • Talk  to  the  keeper  and  defenders,  midfielders  and  forwards  as  individual  groups.  Then  speak  to  the  team  as  a  group.
  • Be  a  good  role  model  in  front  of  your  players.  
  • Do  not  to  argue  or  engage  with  game  officials  and  the  opposing  coaching  staff.  
  • Never  lose  control.  If  possible,  always  stay  calm  and  under  control,  no  matter  how  difficult  to  do  so.  
  • Don’t  ramble  on  at  half  time.  Make  two  or  three  main  points  and  perhaps  a  couple  of  individual  ones  and  that  will  be  enough.  Players  will  tune  you  out  after  this.  The  half  time  break  may  be  ten  minutes.  Don’t  feel  the  need to  fill  all  this  time  talking.
  • A  game  can  be  the  ultimate  teaching  tool.  Use  it  well.  
  • Try  to  balance  the  playing  time  of  the  players against  the  needs  of  the  team.
  • During  a  game,  make occasional  coaching  points, don’t  give  a  running  commentary.  
  • Let  the  players  play  the  game  and  figure  out  what  to  do.  Don’t  over-coach.
  • Make  game  notes. Print  and  have  on  hand  game  evaluations. Fill  out  and    game  evaluation  form  for  each  of  your  games. Identify if  your  previous  training  was  replicated on  the  game  and  identify team  problems  that  can  be  worked  on  in  the  next  training  session.

6.  Relating  to  Officials:  

Coaches  should  demonstrate  respect  for  the  official  and  his/her  role.  Coaches  can  help  referees  

improve  by  letting  them  concentrate  on  the  game,  accepting  their  inevitable,  occasional  mistakes,  

and  offering  constructive  post-game  comments.  

  • Before  a  game,  coaches  should  introduce  themselves  to  the  referee.  During  the  game,  they  should  never  address  the  referee  except  to  request  a  substitution.  After  the  game,  they  should  thank  the  referee  and  ask  players  to  do  the  same.  
  • A  small  disagreement  should  be  discussed  with  the  referee  calmly  after  the  game.  For  major  complaints,  or  if  the  referee  appeared  to  be  unfair,  biased,  unfit,  or  incompetent,  report  opinions  to  the  Director  of  Referees.  Fill  out  and  mail  in  the  referee  evaluation  card  after  every  game.  


I  have  read,  understand  and  hereby  agree  to  abide  by  and  support  this  KSS  Coach’s  Code  of  Conduct.  

Coach’s  name:  ____________________________________________________________

Coach’s  signature: ________________________________________________________

Today’s  date:  _______________________________________  

KSS  Team: ____________________________________________________________________________

Coaches' Code of Conduct

I hereby pledge to live up to the following:

  • I will never yell at, argue with or treat a referee with disrespect.
  • I will ensure that my parents treat referees with respect.
  • I will ensure that all of my parents and players have read and/or understand the code of ethics.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.
  • I will never use profanity.
  • I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.
  • I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
  • I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries for my players.
  • I will do my best to organize practices that are both fun and challenging for all my players.
  • I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.
  • I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, and will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
  • I will be knowledgeable in the rules of soccer and Klein Soccer Club, and I will teach these rules to my players and parents.
  • I will use coaching techniques appropriate for each of the skills that I teach.
  • I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.