Saratoga Pop Warner 2013 Coach's Guideline
This document is meant as a guideline for participation of all coaches of the Saratoga Pop Warner . They are to be followed and adhered to by all coaches. These guidelines may be amended or superseded by action of the Board of Directors. Any additions or revisions by the Board will be forwarded to all coaches at the appropriate time. You are responsible for gaining an understanding of this document before participating in any activity sanctioned by the Saratoga Pop Warner .
Any actions violating the conduct outlined in this document, may lead to dismissal from the association.
Mission of the organization
To establish and maintain a well-organized program of intellectual and sporting activities which stresses the qualities of participation, competition, sportsmanship and pride.
In order to ensure that the principles of sportsmanship, fair play, skill development and mutual respect among players, coaches, officials, and spectators are the primary considerations governing competition in the Capital District Pop Warner as well as the Saratoga Pop Warner , the following code of conduct has been established and adopted.
Everyone, without exception, shall adhere to these requirements. Please think carefully before you sign up, you will be held accountable and responsible.
I acknowledge that my primary responsibility is to foster the stated purpose of the (SPWFA), which is to promote a healthy, pleasant and safe environment for boys and girls to participate in. To satisfactorily meet these responsibilities I will abide by the following guidelines set forth:
- The head coach must be age 21 or over.
- The Board of Directors will review all coach's applications, before determining eligibility for a coaching position.
- The head coach is responsible for the actions of the assistant coaches, parents, and team players, prior to, during, and after each game and practice.
- All coaches must be committed to the program and association, and support all events and fundraisers.
- All coaches must be consistent when attending scheduled practices and games. If you are not able to attend a practice or game, communication and delegation of these responsibilities to your assistant coaches is a must.
- All football coaches will attend the coaching clinics provided. Coaches must agree to adhere to the system set forth for operating their teams.
- Respect should be given to players, adults and those in authority. Any repeated profanity, disrespectful or degrading remarks or actions shown toward players, referees, league officials and/or spectators will not be tolerated. This applies to all functions including: practices, games, and special events.
- No physical violence or abuse may be shown toward the children, referees, or league officials and/or spectators.
- Use of Alcohol or Drugs or Tobacco (outside of designated areas) WILL NOT BE TOLERATED at the facilities at any time prior to, during or after your teams games or practices.
- Violations of any league rules, and/or the Official Playing Rules for any reason may be met with a warning, suspension, and termination. (Determined by Board)
- Any coach who does not adhere to these guidelines may be given a warning, suspended, terminated or not permitted to coach the following year based on the decision of the Board of Directors through the findings and recommendations of the Coaches Coordinators.
- All coaches pledge to teach proper and safe technique and will refrain from teaching or conducting dangerous drills and/or activities.
- At least one member of the team's coaching staff must carry a first aid medical card or its equivalent.
- During hot weather, all coaches will provide a water break every half hour. Coaches are responsible to see that every player receives proper amounts of water during practice.
- The Head Coach or a coach's representative must attend all Board meetings from June through November. (Total of 6 meetings) Attendance will be taken.
- Coaches may not deviate from these guidelines or any league rules at any time.
Code of Conduct
- Winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one, you should care more about the children, than the winning of the game.
- Act in a sportsmanlike manner always, win or lose.
- Remember children are involved in athletics for fun and enjoyment.
- Lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all participants. Ensure that you are knowledgeable in the rules of each activity that you lead, and teach these rules to the participants.
- Do not use foul or abusive language, threats or violence towards a referee, acting referee, spectator, official or player. Actions of this nature will not be tolerated. Coaches will control their teams and the parents of the players on their teams at all times
- Place the emotional and physical well being of the participants ahead of any personal desire to win. Treat each player as an individual, keeping in mind the wide range of emotional and physical development of children within the age groups that you lead.
- No participation while under the influence of alcohol or prohibited drug. Consumption of alcohol or prohibited drugs around the playing area or at the practice facilities while activities are being conducted, are not allowed.
- Learn, understand, and follow the rules of the Saratoga Pop Warner Organization.
- Provide a safe playing situation for all participants. Organize practices (software available) that are fun and challenging for all players. Give all players the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence and develop self-esteem; teach them the basics.
- Remember that coaching is a privilege not a right.
- Remember that you are a youth coach, and that the game is for the children and not adults.
- Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent, honest and fair. Do not criticize players publicly. Learn to be a more effective communicator and coach.
Coaches are required to have a Team Parent who will manage and seek parent's volunteers for:
- Team Parties
- Change in Schedules
- Collection of Money
- Team Communication
- Concession Stand