Coach's Code of Conduct
· Winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one. Care more about the child than winning the game. Remember, players are involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.
· Be a positive role model to your players. Display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical safety of players.
· Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent and honest; be fair and just; do not criticize players publicly; learn to be a more effective communicator and coach; don’t yell at players.
· Adjust to personal needs and problems of players; be a good listener; never verbally or physically abuse a player or official; give all players the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence and develop self-esteem; teach players the basics.
· Organize practices that are fun and challenging for your players. Familiarize yourself with the rules, techniques and strategies of hockey; encourage all your players to be team players.
· Maintain an open line of communication with your players’ parents. Explain the goals and objectives of your association.
· Be concerned with the overall development of your players. Stress good health habits and clean living.
· To play the game is great, to love the game is greater.
• Coaches will be aware of ethical responsibilities to society and the community in which they work and live as well as comply with the law and encourage the development of policies which serve the interest of the sport and USA Hockey.
• Coaches will uphold professional standards, clarify professional roles and obligations, accept appropriate responsibility for behavior and adapt methods to the needs of participants.
• Coaches will exercise integrity in the practice of coaching and be honest, fair and respectful of others.
• Coaches will conduct themselves in a befitting manner at all facilities (ice rink, hotel, restaurant, etc) during all team functions and while representing formally or informally the Brooklyn Youth Hockey Association.
If a coach/coaches cannot abide by these rules or if they violate them, it is understood they will be subject to disciplinary action from the Brooklyn Youth Hockey Association. By coaching for the Association, they agree to obey directions from any member of the Board of the Brooklyn Youth Hockey Association.