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& District Football Association
Coach Code of Conduct
- Be reasonable in your demands on the young players' time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests.
- Teach your players that the rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
- Group players according to age, height, skill and physical maturity wherever possible.
- Avoid overplaying the talented players. The "just average" players need and deserve equal time.
- Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it. Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing a game.
- Ensure that equipment and facilities are appropriate to the age and abilities of the players.
- The scheduling and length of practice times and games should take into consideration the maturity level of the children.
- Develop team respect for the ability of the opponents, as well as for the judgement of referees and opposing coaches.
- Follow the advice of a doctor in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.
- Remember that children need a coach they can respect. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example.
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