Coach’s Code of Ethics

Commitment to the Players

Coaches shall provide a copy of the Coach’s and Player’s Code of Ethics to each athlete in their program.
Coaches shall put the welfare of their athletes above all else while maintaining professional relationships with them.
All games shall be conducted within the letter and intent of the rules of softball.
Coaches shall encourage the athletes to exhibit sportsmanship at all times.
Coaches shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, or qualified handicapped or disabled persons.
Coaches shall follow league, national governing body and Provincial/ Territorial rules regarding drug, alcohol and tobacco use.

Commitment to Your Program

Coaches shall behave in such a way that they shall bring credit to themselves.
Coaches shall exhibit professionalism in their actions, words and attire.
Coaches shall act in full accordance with league, Provincial/ Territorial and National Governing Body rules.
Coaches shall immediately report any violation of league or governing body rules regardless of how minor they believe the violation to be.
Dissatisfaction with the implementation of league and governing body rules shall be addressed through the proper channels and not through the media and through public opinion.

Commitment to Other Coaches

A coach has an obligation to be honest and forthright during the recruiting process. A coach must refrain from making derogatory statements about another coach or program.
Coaches shall treat their colleagues with dignity and respect.
Coaches shall honor all relationships with their colleagues. They shall avoid conflicts of interest and exploitation of these relationships.

Commitment to Umpires

All game umpires shall be treated in a professional and respectable manner at all times.

Any displeasure with an umpire’s actions or conduct shall be addressed through the proper channels and not through the media or through public opinion.

Coach’s Fair Play Code

Be reasonable in your demands on the young player’s time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests.
Teach your players that rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
Avoid over coaching the talented players. The “just average” players need and deserve equal opportunity.
Remember that children play for the fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it. Never ridicule or yell at the players for making mistakes or losing a competition.
Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches.
Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to play again.
Remember that players need a coach that they can respect. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example.
Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on the newest coaching principles and techniques.
Create opportunities to teach sportsmanship.
Help players understand the fundamental philosophical differences between the games they play and professional games shown on TV. The professional is an entertainer and a wage earner whose play often reflects these facts.
Make athletes aware of the physical fitness values of sports and their life-long recreational value.
Coaches shall actively use their influence to enhance sportsmanship by their spectators working closely with parents and other fans.

Player’s Code of Ethics

I will participate because I want to, not just because my parents or coaches want me to.
I will play by the rules, and in the spirit of the game.
I will control my temper – fighting and “mouthing off” can spoil the activity for everybody.
I will respect my opponents.
I will do my best to be a team player.
I will remember that winning isn’t everything – that having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best are also important.
I will acknowledge all good plays/performances – those of my team and of my opponents.
I will remember that coaches and officials are there to help me. I will accept their decisions and show them respect.
I will remember that when I play or practice the game of softball, wherever I am, I represent my team, my city, my province, but most of all myself.
The use of sponsorships/scholarships or cash rewards as “bribery” shall be prohibited in the recruitment of players.

Fair Play Code for Spectators

I will remember that children play sport for their enjoyment. They are not playing to entertain me.
I will not have unrealistic expectations. I will remember that child athletes are not miniature professionals and cannot be judged by professional standards.
I will respect the official’s decisions and I will encourage participants to do the same.
I will never ridicule an athlete for making a mistake during a competition. I will give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort.
I will condemn the use of violence in any form and will express my disapproval in an appropriate manner to coaches and league officials.
I will show respect for my team’s opponents, because without them there would be no game.
I will not use bad language, nor will I harass athletes, coaches, or officials or other spectators.

Official’s Code of Ethics

Fair Play Code

An official must devote time, thought and study to the rules of the game and the mechanics necessary to carry out these rules so that one may render effective and credible service in a fair and unbiased manner.
An official must work with fellow officials and Softball Yukon in a spirit of harmony and cooperation in spite of differences of opinion that may arise during debate of points or rules at issue.
An official must resist every temptation and outside pressure to use one’s position as an official to benefit oneself. Under all circumstances, officials must avoid promoting the special interest of any person or group of persons other than the athletes we serve.
An official must constantly uphold the honor and dignity of the avocation in all personal conduct and relations with the athletes, coaches administrators, colleagues, and the public, to be a worthy example to the athletes under one’s jurisdiction.
An official will be prepared both physically and mentally, dress according to expectations and maintain a proper appearance that is befitting the importance of the game and Softball Canada’s expectations.
The official shall avoid the use of tobacco products, drugs, and alcohol at the contest site.
Every member of the officiating profession carries a responsibility to act in a manner becoming a professional person. The conduct of any official influences the attitude of the public toward the profession in general as well as toward the official in particular.

Commitment to Athletes and Coaches

I will make sure that every athlete has a reasonable opportunity to perform to the best of his or her ability, within the limits of the rules.
I will avoid or put an end to any situation that threatens the safety of the athletes.
I will maintain a healthy atmosphere and environment for competition.
I will not permit the intimidation of any athlete either by word or action. I will not tolerate unacceptable conduct toward officials, other athletes, spectators or myself.
I will be consistent and objective in calling all infractions, regardless of my personal feelings toward a team or individual athlete.
I accept my role as a teacher and role model for fair play, especially with young participants.
I will remain open to constructive criticism and show respect and consideration for different points of view.