VMFL Coaches Code of Conduct

The VMFL Coaches Code of Conduct must be reviewed and signed for each season by all Coaching staff, Trainers, Managers and Club Executive

The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to ensure a safe and positive
environment within VMFL by making all Coaches and game day personnel,
(including Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Associate Coaches, game
commissioners, managers and trainers) aware that there is an expectation of
appropriate behavior at all times.

Conduct that violates this Code of Conduct may result in the removal or
suspension of the person.

This Code of Conduct applies to all team sideline personnel relating to conduct that
that may arise during the course of VMFL business, activities and events, including
but not limited to, office environment, competitions, practices, games, tournaments,
training camps, travel, and any meetings.

This policy applies to conduct that may occur outside of VMFL business and
events when such conduct adversely affects relationships within the VMFL and its
work and sport environment and is detrimental to the image and reputation of the

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    All persons above will comply with the following:
    Maintain and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of VMFL Members and other
    individuals by:
    a) Demonstrating respect to individuals regardless of body type,
    physical characteristics, athletic ability, gender, ancestry, color, ethnic or
    racial origin, nationality, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital
    status, religion, religious belief, political belief, disability or economic status;
    i. Acting, when appropriate, to prevent or correct practices that are
    unjustly discriminatory; and
    ii. Consistently treating individuals fairly and reasonably.
    b) Refrain from any behavior that constitutes harassment, where
    harassment is defined as comment or conduct directed towards an individual
    or group, which is offensive, abusive, racist, sexist, degrading or malicious.
    Types of behavior that constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:
    i. Written or verbal abuse, threats or outbursts;
    ii. The display of visual material which is offensive or which one ought to
    know is offensive;
    iii. Unwelcome remarks, jokes, comments, innuendos or taunts;
    iv. Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures;
    v. Condescending or patronizing behavior which is intended to undermine
    self- esteem, diminish performance or adversely affect working
    vi. Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment,
    endanger a person’s safety or negatively affect performance;
    vii. Any form of hazing;
    viii. Unwanted physical contact including touching, petting, pinching or
    ix. Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, requests or invitations;
    x. Physical or sexual assault;
    xi. Behaviors such as those described above that are not directed
    towards individuals or groups but have the same effect of creating a
    negative or hostile environment; or
    xii. Retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports
    c) Refrain from any behavior that constitutes sexual harassment, where sexual
    harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual comments and sexual
    advances, requests for sexual favors, or conduct of a sexual nature.
    Types of behavior that constitute sexual harassment include, but are
    not limited to:
    i. Sexist jokes;
    ii. Display of sexually offensive material;
    iii. Sexually degrading words used to describe a person;
    iv. Inquiries or comments about a person’s sex life;
    v. Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances or propositions;
    vi. Persistent unwanted contact;
    vii. Sexual assault.
    d) Creating an atmosphere of good sportsmanship and respect for the players to
    develop within;
    e) Giving all players the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence and
    develop self-esteem;
    f) All team personnel must abide by the rules and policies as set out in the
    VMFL handbook.
    g) Team Personnel are to familiarize themselves with the rules, techniques and
    strategies of football. In addition, they should strive to be a positive role
    model for the players.
    h) Never openly criticize players, coaches, parents, officials or association
    members. Team Personnel must reserve constructive criticism for private
    meetings arranged with appropriate party(s).
    i) Agree to follow directives issued by the Association and VMFL Executive
    Board and/or Coaches Committee whether written or verbal.
    j) Use of tobacco products, drugs or alcoholic beverages is prohibited on
    game or practice fields or near or around players of the team.
    k) In the case of adults, avoid consuming alcohol in situations where minors are
    present, and take reasonable steps to manage the responsible consumption
    of alcoholic beverages in adult-oriented social situations associated with
    VMFL events.
    l) Team Personnel will not allow an ineligible or injured player to participate in
    practices or games.
    m) Team Personnel agree to inform the association president or Coaches
    Committee of any challenges with a player or parent immediately as the
    incident arises.
    n) The use of profanity or abusive language toward a player, official, parent,
    volunteer, or spectator is prohibited at all times.
    o) Team Personnel will abide by home association and park rules when playing
    opposing teams at visiting parks.
    p) Team Personnel are to check and ensure all players are fit and properly
    equipped before allowing them to participate in a practice or game.
    q) Team Personnel will read and acknowledge the responsibilities as stated in
    the VMFL Policy Manual attached to this document.
    r) Refrain from the use of power or authority in an attempt to coerce another
    person to engage in inappropriate activities.
    s) Respect the property of others and not willfully cause damage.
    t) Abstain from the non-medical use of drugs or the use of performance enhancing
    drugs or methods.
    u) Comply at all times with the Constitution, Bylaws, policies, rules and
    regulations of the VMFL, as adopted and amended from time to time.
    v) Adhere to all Federal, Provincial, or Municipal laws.
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    The principal of respect for all participants challenges coaches to act in a
    manner respectful of the dignity of all participants in Football. Fundamental to
    this principal is the basic assumption that each person has value and is worthy
    of respect.
    In addition, Coaches have additional responsibilities. The
    athlete-coach relationship is a privileged one and plays a critical role in the
    personal as well as athletic development of their athletes. Coaches must
    understand and respect the inherent power imbalance that exists in this
    relationship and must be extremely careful not to abuse it. Coaches will at all
    a) Be aware of significant pressure in a players’ life, e.g. school, family,
    and financial pressure, and coach in a manner that fosters positive life
    b) Be acutely aware of the power in coaching relationships and, therefore,
    avoid intimacy with players, both during coaching and during that period
    following coaching when imbalance in power could jeopardize effective
    c) At no time engage in an intimate or sexual relationship with an athlete of
    under the age of 18 years.
    d) Abstain from and refuse to tolerate in others all forms of harassment
    and loss of self-esteem.
    e) Act toward players, other coaches, parents and officials in a manner
    characterized by courtesy, good faith and respect.
    f) Recognize and address harmful personal practices of others in football,
    e.g. drugs and alcohol, physical and mental abuse, and misuse of power.
    g) Strive to be fully present, physically and mentally, in the performance of
    coaching duties.
    h) Ensure players train and perform in suitable and safe settings.
    i) Act in the best interest of the player development as a whole person.
    j) Be honest, sincere and honorable in all relationships with players,
    parents, officials and other coaches.
    k) No use of Tobacco products around the team or field.
    l) Ensure a safe environment by selecting activities and establishing controls
    that are suitable for the age, experience, ability and fitness level of athletes,
    including educating athletes as to their responsibilities in contributing to a
    safe environment;
    m) Prepare athletes systematically and progressively, using appropriate time
    frames and monitoring physical and psychological adjustments while
    refraining from using training methods or techniques that my harm athletes;
    n) Avoid compromising the present and future health of athletes by
    communicating and cooperating with sport medicine professionals in the
    diagnosis, treatment and management of athletes’ medical and psychological
    I have read and accept:

    The Coaching staff is under the direction of the Head Coach; all other coaches will
    be considered Assistant Coaches.
    I have read and accept:

    The Head Coach will:
    a) Be responsible for the players of his/her team and will make sure all
    players are picked up or other arrangements are made before the Head
    Coach shall leave the park, both practice and games.
    b) In the absence of the Head Coach, appoint an Acting Head Coach for any
    VMFL game.
    c) Assume responsibility for the actions and behavior of all his/her Assistant
    d) Have final responsibility for his/her actions, also of his/her Assistant
    Coaches, players, staff and parents. They are also responsible for any and
    all misconduct by anyone on their sidelines before,
    during and after a game, including but not limited to taunting, fighting, and verbal
    abuse of officials. These actions can result in game suspensions by either the
    league commissioner or the VMFL Executive.
    I have read and accept:

    I have read and understand the items in this Code of Conduct and agree to
    abide by the provision as they are set forth in this document. I have also read,
    understand and agree to the VMFL ‘Coaches Responsibilities’ as written above.
    I understand that non-compliance to the Code of Conduct can result in
    my suspension, removal or further action taken by the VMFL Executive.
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