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Coaches Code of Ethics


  • Attend the “Protecting God’s Children” Workshop
  • Attend the preseason coaches’ meeting for the respective sports at the time and place
  • designated by the CYO Athletic Director
  • Develop an understanding of the role of CYO sports and communicate it to the players,

parents, and the public

  • Develop an up-to-date knowledge of the rules, strategies, safety precautions, and skills of the sport and communicate them to the players and parents. The coach is responsible for ensuring the adherence to these rules.
  • Develop, communicate, and model policies for athletes’ conduct and language in the

locker room, at practice, during travel, during competition, and at other appropriate times.

  • Develop fair, unprejudiced relationships with all squad members.
  • Take care not to schedule practices or events that will interfere with religious duties and

classes. Allow athletes time to develop skills and interests in other athletic and nonathletic activities provided by the parish, school, and community groups.

  • Conduct preseason meetings of parents and coaches to ensure that everyone understands his/her responsibilities.
  • Teach players, by precept and example, respect for parish/school authorities and contest

officials. Make sure athletes have an understanding of fair play, sportsmanship, and

acceptance of winning and losing in accordance with Christian ideals. Provide support

for players in cases of adverse decisions and refrain from critical comments in public or

in the media.

  • Be responsible for the actions of team members.
  • Attend to the physical and mental health of athletes. Take special precautions to be sure

the physical environment is safe to play. Maintain an adequate first-aid kit and keep

medical forms on hand.

  • Exemplify the highest moral character, behavior, and leadership, adhering to

strong Christian, ethical and integrity standards. Demand the same of your players.

  • Respect the integrity and personality of the individual student-athlete.
  • Set a good example for players and spectators.
  • Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat.