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I hereby pledge to live up to my responsibilities as a recreational youth sports coach by following this code of ethics.

• I will do my best to make youth sports fun for my players.

• I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of any personal desire to win.

• I will treat each player as an individual, remembering that there can be widely different levels of physical and emotional development for children in the same age group.

• I will provide a safe and healthy, drug, alcohol and tobacco free environment for my players.

• I will organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players, using coaching techniques that are appropriate for recreational youth sports.

• I will lead by example, demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players. I will display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat.

• I will ensure that I am knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach. I will teach these rules to my players.

• I will abide by the rules of the game in letter and spirit. I will demonstrate respect for the integrity and judgement of officials, even those who are less experienced.

• I will remember that I am a youth coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.

Let the players play,
Let the coaches coach,
Let the officials officiate,
Let the fans cheer ENTHUSIASTICALLY.

Compiled by: Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council Youth Athletic Commission
National Youth Sports Coaches Association
The Physician and Sports Medicine
Baltimore County High School Coaches Handbook
National Council of State High School Coaches Association

Rev. 7/1/04




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