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Adopted from the National Youth Sports Coaches Association

PLEASE NOTE: By participating in KGSA's league, you imply consent to this code. All coaches must abide by this set of rules.

To download and sign the Coaching Contract click here.
To download and sign the Code of Conduct click here.


  1. I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.  
    Expected behavior:

    1. Using appropriate language in appropriate tones when interacting with league officials, game officials, parents and spectators.

    2. Including all players in team activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other legally protected classification.

    3. Treating all players, league officials, game officials, parents and spectators with dignity and respect.

    4. Playing all players according to the equal participation rules established by the league and the spirit of those rules.

    5. Encouraging youth to participate in other sports and activities to promote all aspects of their development.

  2. I will treat each player as an individual remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.
    Expected behavior:

    1. Recognizing the differences of each child and treating each player as an individual while demonstrating concern for their individual needs and well-being.

    2. Encouraging all players, regardless of skill level, to be included as a member of the team and to remain involved in sports.

    3. Recognizing that some physical tasks, drills and demands are not appropriate for all youth.

    4. Recognizing that youth may vary greatly in physical, social and emotional maturation and considering these factors when setting up competitions and when interacting with youth.

  3. I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
    Expected behavior:

    1. Maintaining a high level of awareness of potentially unsafe conditions.

    2. Protecting players from sexual molestation, assault and physical or emotional abuse.

    3. Correcting or avoiding unsafe practice or playing conditions.

    4. Using appropriate safety equipment necessary to protect all players.

    5. Seeing that the players are provided with adequate adult supervision while under the coach’s care.

  4. I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.
    Expected behavior:

    1. Keeping basic first aid supplies available in all practice and game situations.

    2. Recognizing and administering proper first aid to an injured player.

    3. Demonstration concern for an injured player, notifying parents and cooperating with medical authorities.

    4. Protecting the players ‘well-being by removing them from activity when injured and not returning them to activity if they are compromised by injury.

  5. I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.
    Expected behavior:

    1. Establishing practice plans that are interesting, varied, productive and aimed at improving all players’ skills and individual abilities.

    2. Devoting appropriate time to the individual improvement of each player.

    3. Conducting practices of reasonable length and intensity appropriate for the age and conditioning of the players.

  6. I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.
    Expected behavior:

    1. Adopting the position, teaching and demonstrating that it is our basic moral code to treat others as we would like to be treated.

    2. Abiding by and supporting the rules of the game as well as the spirit of the rules.

    3. Providing an environment conducive to fair and equitable competition.

    4. Using the influential position of youth coach as an opportunity to promote, teach and expect sportsmanship and fair play.

  7. I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
    Expected behavior:

    1. Being alcohol and drug free at all team activities or in the presence of players.

    2. Refraining from the use of any type of tobacco products including e-cigarettes at all team activities or in the presence of players.

    3. Refraining from providing any type of alcohol, drug or tobacco products to any of your players.

    4. Encouraging parents to refrain from the public use of tobacco products including e-cigarettes, or alcohol at team activities.

  8. I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players.
    Expected behavior:

    1. Becoming knowledgeable, understanding and supportive of all applicable game rules, league rules, regulations and policies.

    2. Teaching and requiring compliance of these rules among players.

  9. I will use those coaching techniques appropriate for each for the skills that I teach.
    Expected behavior:

    1. Teaching techniques that reduce the risk of injury to both the coach’s own players and their opponents.

    2. Discouraging illegal contact or intentional dangerous play and administering swift and equitable discipline to players involve in such activity.

  10. I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.
    Expected behavior:

    1. Maintaining a positive, helpful and supportive attitude.

    2. Exercising your influence to control the behavior of the fans/spectators.

    3. Exhibiting gracious acceptance of defeat or victory.

    4. Accepting and adhering to all league rules and policies related to the participation of adults and out.

    5. Fulfilling the expected role of a youth coach to adopt a “children first” philosophy.

    6. Allowing and encouraging the players to listen, learn and play hard within the rules.

    7. Placing the emphasis on fun and participation.

    8. Treating all participants, volunteers, coaches, officials, and staff with respect and refraining from foul or disrespectful language at or around them.

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