FAIR PLAY: A Coach's Role

Everyone involved in sport, from parents and spectators to athletes, officials and coaches, can and should play a part in promoting fair play. And the easiest way to do this is to lead by example; to always respect the written and unwritten rules of the game. It is also essential to learn how to constructively manage stress so that fair play skills and instincts will not be lost in the heat of competition.

Here are some examples of how you can incorporate fair play into your sport or recreation activity.

As a coach you are a role model and leader, and have significant impact on your athletes’ attitudes.

You can:


  1. I will be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that young athletes have other interests and obligations.
  2. I will teach my athletes to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials and opponents.
  3. I will ensure that all athletes get equitable instruction, support and playing time.
  4. I will not ridicule or yell at my athletes for making mistakes or for performing poorly. I will remember that children play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
  5. I will make sure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the athletes’ ages and abilities.
  6. I will remember that children need a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
  7. I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills

I understand my Role as a Coach and I have read the Fair Play Codes for Coaches

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