Coaches Code of Conduct

Coaches Code of Conduct

MYA Soccer Coach Code of Conduct

  • The first responsibility is the health and safety of all participants.
  • No coach should conduct a practice without at least one other adult being present (assistant coach or parent). No coach should be alone with or transport alone any child who is not a member of his family.
  • It is the coaches’ responsibility to ensure that all ongoing electronic communication (all social media, email, etc.) between a coach & player, includes the players’ parent/s. 
  • It is recommended that coaches become certified in basic first aid. Be prepared to handle first aid situations as well as medical emergencies at all practices and games.
  • Inspect players’ equipment and field conditions for safety reasons. Notify division coordinator or MYA soccer board member about any hazards in your practice or playing fields.
  • Utilize proper teaching and instruction of players regarding safe techniques and methods of play.
  • Supervise your players to avoid injury situations if possible.



  • Be a positive role model
  • Set the standard for sportsmanship with opponents, referees, administrators, and spectators
  • Know and follow all rules and policies set forth by the MYA and/or travel leagues, as well as state and national associations.
  • Work in the spirit of cooperation with officials, administrators, coaches, and spectators to provide all participants with the maximum opportunity to develop. 
  • Know and understand the Laws of the Game.
  • Continue your own education in the sport to improve your skills as a coach.
  • The use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs during MYA activities, including practices is prohibited.


Player Development

  • Keep the importance of winning and losing in proper perspective
  • Develop the players’ appreciation of the game
  • Be sensitive to each child’s development needs
  • Allow players to experience all positions
  • The goal is for players to have fun and receive positive feedback
  • Practice should be conducted in the spirit of enjoyment and learning
  • Provide appropriate number and length of practice sessions according to the players’ stage of development.
  • Educate the players to the technical, tactical, physical and psychological demands of the game for their level of play.
  • Strive to help each player reach his or her full potential and be prepared to move to the next level.