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1 This Presentation is made available to you to be used as a refresher. All (new hires/hires missing ethics for coaches) still have to attend the schools Diocesan training

2 A Mandated Training for Athletic Directors, Coaches, P.E. Teachers and Volunteer Coaches

3 Oh Lord, make me a better coach. Help me to understand my players, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions with kindness. Keep me from embarrassing my players, talking down to them, and contradicting them. Make me courteous to them as I would have them be to me. May I not purposely or unintentionally hurt the feelings of my players. Forbid that I should laugh at their mistakes, or resort to shame and ridicule as punishment. Guide me that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty, attitude, and fairness produces good sportsmanship, happiness, and success, on the field and in life.

4 Lord, help me to praise the efforts of my players, my opponents, my fellow coaches, and game officials, rather than condemn them. Blind me to the errors of my players and help me to see the effort involved in what they do. Allow me to always be ready with an honest word of praise. Help me to treat my players as learners and let me not expect of them the judgments and convictions of others. Allow me not to rob them of the opportunity to think, to choose, and to make their own decisions.

5 Forbid that I should ever punish them for my own selfish expectations of victory. Make me so fair and just, so considerate and companionable to my players that they will have a genuine esteem for me. Allow me to be a worthy example, proud to have my actions imitated by my players. Give me calm, poise, and self-control I need to earn and keep the respect and admiration of my players, their parents, and my peers. Amen.

6 “Do you not realize that, though all the runners in the stadium take part in the race, only one of them gets the prize? Run like that -- to win. Every athlete concentrates completely on training, and this is to win a wreath that will wither, whereas ours will never wither. So that is how I run, not without a clear goal; and how I box, not wasting blows on air. I punish my body and bring it under control, to avoid any risk that, having acted as herald for others, I myself may be disqualified.” I Cor. 9: 24-27

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8 As ambassadors of our Catholic schools we will instill a spirit of faith, respect, dignity, purpose, and healthy competition with our student athletes, school families, and community.

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10 Faith – Live our faith in every action we undertake – Pray before each event and practice Dignity – Treat all with the dignity that you would show Christ – Instill the philosophy of good sportsmanship for all – MERCY RULE Respect – Your team and the parent community – Your competition and their community – Officials of the game

11 Purpose – Teach the game in a positive and supportive way – Help all students to better their skills in their given sport – Teach a sense of discipline in the sport and in life HEALTHY Competition – A Positive Competitive Nature is Good – Recognizing that winning is not always winning – Recognize that there is often a good lesson to be learned in losing

12 Not just Athletes, but Student Athletes.

13 Ambassador – The coach is a public figure that needs to positively represent his/her school – The coach needs to be a positive role model for his/her team, the school, and the community

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15 Safe Environment Training – for YOUTH Level II Background Screening Ethics for Coaching Understand and follow the sports guidelines provided by your athletic director/principal

16 Elementary – Junior Varsity: grades 5 – 6 – Varsity: grades 7 – 8 or 6 – 8 – League specific to county or region in which you play High Schools – Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) ALL Levels – Follow your conferences rules and regulations – Follow the directions of your athletic director – Cannot play DOWN a level during the same sport’s season

17 Recognize the powerful influence you have on students Be on time for practices, games, and events Clearly communicate expectations with students and parents Clearly communicate schedules with students and parents Communicate in a TIMELY fashion any changes or cancellations of practices and/or games. Follow and communicate the school’s policy regarding student athlete’s play time

18 Treat each player as an individual Be cognizant of the emotional and physical development of each age group Support Game Officials Employ positive interactions with opposing teams – Greet and interact with professionalism Use formal tryout template/scoring sheet or rubric for selecting team members If you need to cut, do so in a POSTIVE manner Understand your conference’s Mercy Rule

19 Cooperate and support the school’s Academic Sports Requirements and Policies: – Age – Grades – Discipline Do not discuss a students appointment, suspension, or expulsion with anyone but the student and parent/guardians and administration

20 Supervision, Supervision, Supervision – Never leave a student unsupervised Ensure safe environment standards are employed at all times Never be alone with a student Ensure all students have left the event or practice BEFORE you leave the event or practice

21 Late pick-up – Never leave students unattended. – Ensure each student has been picked up or has left the property BEFORE leaving yourself. Transporting Students – Never transport a student by yourself – Transportation of students in personal vehicles is NOT recommended.

22 Medical Needs – Understand medical needs – Have access to first aide – Have quick access to parent guardian phone numbers

23 NEVER… Engage in personal texting/social networking with a student Participate in illegal activities with students – Drinking – Smoking/Tobacco use within 1000 feet of a School Circumvent the Rules Demean a student in anyway – This includes the use of nicknames (i.e. shorty) Use Profane or Vulgar language

24 RARELY REMEMBERSAID ALWAYS REMEMBER FEEL Students will RARELY REMEMBER what you SAID, but they will ALWAYS REMEMBER how you made them FEEL.

25 Principal’s Responsibility – All sporting activities are ultimately the responsibility of the school’s principal. – All coaches, paid or volunteer, are responsible to the principal at all times.

26 Coaches Meetings – Coaches must communicate with the Principal the results of all coaches meetings. – High Schools Coaches attend FHSAA sanctioned meetings that happen before each sport, and must adhere to any FHSAA regulations, roster submissions and other forms for district/regional/state competition. FHSAA issues stiff financial and program penalties for failure to follow regulations and requirements.

27 Parental Involvement – Make sure parents understand the regulations of the sports what is good sportsmanship what is good spectator behavior – Communication is KEY Home School Students – Do NOT participate in school sports programs

28 Compliance forms – Ensure all league forms are completed appropriately as identified by the league or FHSAA Medical and pre-participation forms – Ensure that all required forms are completed PRIOR to student participation in sport i.e. Health forms, permission to participate

29 What Would Jesus Do?

30 As a player, coach, cheerleader, parent/guardian, spectator or official, I will: – Positively represent the Catholic Community of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and my school at all times. – Begin all practices and games with prayer. Remember that it is Christ who gives me talent, resolve, endurance, and skill. – Never attempt to abusively rattle an opposing player.

31 – Play fairly and according to the rules. – Present proper appearance. (i.e. shirts tucked in, pants sized and placed appropriately.) – Accept the official's judgment at all times. – Enter the games as ladies/gentlemen and leave the same way. Actions speak louder than words. – Be a team player. – Keep our Christian attitude. No profanity or unsportsmanlike actions.

32 – Encourage each other; don't criticize. – Do your share to keep team spirit up whether on the bench or on the playing area. – Shake hands with our opponents after the game - win or lose. – If you have the opportunity, thank the officials after the game. – Parent/guardians will ensure their guests adhere to this policy.

33 How would YOU handle this situation?

34 A parent has been verbally abusive of the coach because he feels his fifth grader is not getting enough play time on the JV soccer field. The parent has complained to the school administrator. The child is small, socially and emotionally immature. But his father has indicated that his son has “played” organized soccer since age five.

35 As AD you have given permission (based on the school administrators permission) for your softball coach to drive the team to an out of town game. The next morning when you are chatting with a few of the students on the team about the game, you overhear several joking about the obscene lyrics of the song which was blasting on the radio and the interior of the van choked with cigarette smoke. When you confront them, they also admit they noticed two bottles of beer mixed in the cooler with the Gatorade.

36 The Patriots (the home team) were beaten badly in their last encounter with the Vikings. The Patriot fans, the players and the coach arrive at the gym “ready for bear”. In fact, they are ready to destroy the Vikings! As the game progresses, another loss appears imminent. The cheerleaders are booing the successes of the opposing team, the parents are screaming insults, and the coach is arguing with the refs. At the final buzzer, the coach huddles his team into the locker room without greeting the Vikings’ coach or permitting his players to congratulate the winning team.

37 The league trophy is at their fingertips. The team has been practicing every afternoon and evening to prepare for their “big” win. The star pitcher has failed 11 th grade history for the second quarter in a row.

38 The track team has only three members and they are just developing their skills The coach had been a champion track star in college and is anxious to build this team. He reads in the newspaper about a dyn-o-mite sprinter at Public HS School # 32. He begins to frequent their track meets and ingratiate himself to the track star’s parents.

39 The St. Philip’s Shamrocks are meeting the public middle school Vultures for the first time. Several team members have told ‘coach’ that praying before the game will make them look like sissies!

40 The Patriots have lost again to the Vikings. Emotions are high and coach is obviously angry at the ref. The press meets him at the door and when interrogated the coach hints at questionable calls and finally blurts out that the ref favored the Vikings.

41 “In the world of spiritual endeavor; as in the world of athletic competition, we must learn never to be content with the level we have reached. But, with the help of God and with our own determined efforts, we must aim at ever greater heights at continual improvement, so that we may in the end reach maturity, the measure of the stature and the fullness of Christ.” -Pope John XXIII

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43 Reserve Athletic Association. "Coaches Prayer." - Reserve Athletic Association. Reserve Athletic Association, n.d. Web. 28 Aug


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