TVSC Code of Coaching Ethics
This Code of Coaching Ethics has been developed to clarify and define standards of professional, ethical, and moral behavior from coaches affiliated with the Twin Valley Soccer Club (TVSC).
ARTICLE I - RESPONSIBILITIES TO PLAYERS
1. Coaches shall not place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of players.
2. Coaches shall instruct players to play within the Laws of the Game and within the spirit of the game at all times.
3. Coaches shall not seek unfair advantage by teaching unsporting behavior to players.
4. Coaches shall not encourage, condone, or tolerate inappropriate behavior from players in any situation.
5. Coaches shall not encourage players to violate any Law of the Game or any rule of competition established by TVSC or the applicable league.
6. Coaches shall not encourage, condone, or permit any player to violate any bylaw, rule, or policy of TVSC or the applicable league.
7. Coaches shall not discourage, deter, or deny players the right of advancement to participate in training or competition at a higher level.
8. Coaches shall direct players to seek proper medical attention for injuries and to follow instructions received from health care professionals regarding treatment and rehabilitation.
ARTICLE II - RESPONSIBILITY TO OPPONENTS
1. Coaches shall afford to opponents the respect expected by the Law of Game and the spirit of TVSC competition.
2. Coaches shall not encourage, condone, or permit any player to engage in conduct with the intent of causing injury to an opponent.
3. Coaches shall not engage in any physical or verbal confrontation with any opposing player, coach, or supporter.
4. Coaches shall not scout an opponent except in sanctioned competition in places open to the public.
ARTICLE III - RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE GAME
1. Coaches shall be aware of the Laws of the Game and shall adhere to the letter and spirit of the Laws of the Game.
2. Coaches shall provide instruction to players on the meaning and application of the Laws of the Game.
3. Coaches shall accept the responsibilities of team leadership and shall be accountable for the conduct of the players, team officials, and spectators affiliated with their teams.
ARTICLE IV - RESPONSIBILITY TO OFFICIALS
1. Coaches shall extend respect and courtesy to match and competition officials.
2. Coaches shall not incite players, team officials, or spectators into conduct towards officials that is contrary to the Laws of the Game.
3. Coaches shall not make demeaning or derogatory comments or gestures directed towards any official.
4. Coaches shall use their influence and authority to deter inappropriate conduct by supporters towards officials and opponents.
5. Coaches shall employ only methods authorized by the Laws of the Game, the rules of the competition, or the policies of TVSC to pursue review of decisions by match or competition officials.
ARTICLE V - RESPONSIBILITY TO UYSA AND MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
1. Coaches shall comply with the rules, policies, and procedures established by TVSC and the applicable league and EPYSA.
2. Coaches shall become aware of the rules, policies and procedures of TVSC and the applicable league and EPYSA regarding player and team eligibility, team formation, and recruiting.
3. Coaches shall refer disputes, appeals, and disciplinary reports to proper authorities as designed by TVSC and the applicable league and EPYSA.
4. Coaches shall not encourage, condone, or permit any player, team official, or surrogate to violate any bylaw, rule, or policy of TVSC or its Member Organizations.
5. Coaches shall not encourage a core portion of a team or whole teams to join another club or transfer a team to another club. We do support encouraging individual athletes to consider higher-level teams, when appropriate. Athletes registered with TVSC are assigned teams via CPDC via evaluations (U9-12) or coach led try-outs in cooperation with CPDC (U13+). Athletes are not assigned a coach, but a team. The CPDC and BOD assign coaches to teams. Coaches are not to discuss or agree/disagree with parents on individual athletes assigned team. Coach’s preferences of disagreements with the direction of TVSC or their assigned team are to discuss with the BOD and TVSC. When it is in the best/better interest of a team to move to another club to ensure appropriate level of play or an ability to field a team, this must be discussed with the CPDC and BOD to seek agreement. There have been and will be situations that such a move is in the best interest of the majority of athletes involved.
6. Any questions or disagreement with direction of TVSC that impacts a team will be brought formally to the CPDC and BOD for discussion in closed and/or open discussions at a regular club meeting, or a requested special meeting with a quorum of CPDC and BOD present. At least one open discussion will take place with the CPDC and BOD in which parents of athletes from the team can be present to participate and listen to the discussion and final decision by the BOD. BOD decisions are final.
ARTICLE VI - RESPONSIBILITIES REGARDING RECRUITING
1. Coaches shall comply with rules and policies pertaining to registration and player recruitment.
2. Coaches shall not engage in any recruiting activity at any event sponsored by the Olympic Development Program (ODP) or the Youth Development Academy (YDA) or Union Summer Select Program. These are club neutral venues and doing such may lead to clubs/coaches discouraging appropriate athletes to try-out for these programs. Thus, defeating the purpose of these programs to augment the local soccer club experience for athletes that are ready and can benefit from such.
3. Coaches shall not solicit or encourage the transfer of any player currently registered to another Member Organization.
4. Coaches shall not knowingly misrepresent the potential benefits to a player of becoming affiliated with a particular coach, team, or member organization.
5. Coaches shall not knowingly, recklessly, or negligently misrepresent or defame programs associated with other coaches, teams, or member organizations.
6. Coaches shall not promise or provide any compensation to a player as an inducement to register or play with a particular team or member organization.
7. Coaches shall cease and desist from any and all recruiting activity directed toward a player upon request from the player or the player's legal guardian.
8. Coaches shall not allow any surrogate to engage in recruiting activities prohibited by the Code of Coaching Ethics.