Stembridge Football Coaches Code of Conduct
All football coaches must realize the game is played to benefit the participants. An emphasis will be placed on the development of life long values. Coaches are role models and will set a positive example for players, parents, and spectators. All football coaches, team moms, team nurses, team water boys/girls, film crew, etc. will abide by this Code of Conduct, which includes the following provisions. If any of the below rules are broken, Stembridge Football & Cheerleading shall have the authority to impose a penalty as per the discipline policy of our by-laws.
- The coach will not criticize players in front of spectators.
- The coach will accept the decisions of the officials
- The coach will not criticize the officials, the opposing team, the coaches, fans or parents, through language or gesture.
- The coach will emphasize that good athletes are good students, and both are physically and mentally alert.
- The coach will strive to make every football activity serve as a training ground for life, and as a basis for good mental and physical health.
- The coach will emphasize that winning a game is the result of teamwork.
- The coach shall not use abusive or profane language before anyone connected with the game.
- The coach will refrain from “running-up” the score against an opponent. This includes keeping in the first defense in at all times.
- The coach shall not be under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs
- The coach will set an example in personal conduct at all times.
- The coach will not smoke or use any form of tobacco while on the field of play during games, scrimmages or practices.
- The coach will treat each player, opposing coach, parent and administrator with respect and dignity.
- The coach will learn the strengths and weakness of his/her players so they he/she might place them into situations where they have a maximum opportunity to achieve success.
- The coach will protect the health and safety of his/her players by insisting that all of the activities under his/her control be conducted for their psychological and physiological welfare, rather than interests of adults.
- All coaches are expected to know and play with-in the guidelines of the rules of the National Federation of High School Football rules, the Harford / Baltimore County Youth Football By-Laws, and the Stembridge Football & Cheerleading By-Laws.