PDMBA Coach Code Conduct (Port Dover Minor Baseball)

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Coaches Code of Conduct  

Port Dover Minor Baseball Association Objectives:

To promote sports and sportsmanship through the development of baseball in Port Dover.

To provide a safe environment in which all players have the right to play.

To protect and promote the mutual interest of its players

To manage and regulate House League and Representative Divisions, their players, coaches, umpires and scheduling.

We, the Port Dover Minor Baseball Association have implemented the following Sport Coaches Code of Conduct for the important message it holds regarding both Coach expectations throughout the baseball season as well as, the Associations commitment to a desired level of excellence in coaching delivery and promoting a supportive environment for our coaches and players.

The relationship between a coach and an athlete is a special one; coaches play a very critical role in the development of players, both athletically and personally.  The objectives of the Port Dover Minor Baseball Association are channelled through the coaches; therefore, how an athlete regards his or her time with Port Dover Minor Baseball can be reflective of their coach.

I therefore agree:

I acknowledge that being a coach means being reasonable; players develop at different rates.

I will teach the players to play by the rules; just as I play by the rules.

I will be constructive in my criticism’ followed by praise for things done right.

I will give every player the same opportunity.

I recognise that baseball is a big commitment for parents.  I will keep our team parents informed as well as possible to ensure that the whole team is pulling in the same direction.

I understand that I am not alone in this position as a coach and will illicit the support of PDMBA to assist in the resolution of problems, issues and/or disputes.

I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.

I will act professionally and take responsibility for my actions.

I will ensure my language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation demonstrate the high standard of PDMBA.

I will exert my influence to enhance sportsmanship by my fellow coaching staff, players, parents and those associated with my team with special emphasis on respecting the rights, dignity and worth of athletes, coaches, other volunteers, friends and spectators.

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

I will respect and support the officials.  I will not indulge in conduct which would incite players or spectators against the officials.

I acknowledge that penalties as laid out in the OBA and PDMBA rules for non compliance will be imposed and agree to comply with such penalties subject to any appeal procedures that are available to me.

I Will Prevent Concussions by ensuring players are:

  • Wearing the proper equipment for sport and wearing it correctly.
  • Developing skills and strength so that they can participate to the best of their ability.
  • Respecting the rules of my sport or activity.
  • Committed to fair play and respect for all* (respecting other athletes, coaches, team trainers and officials).

I will care for the health and safety of players by taking concussions seriously, and I understand that

  • A concussion is a brain injury that can have both short- and long-term effects.
  • A blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that causes the brain to move around inside the skull may cause a concussion.
  • A player does not need to lose consciousness to have had a concussion.
  • I have a commitment to concussion recognition and reporting, including self-reporting of possible concussion and reporting to a designated person when and individual suspects that another individual may have sustained a concussion.* (Meaning: If I think a player might have a concussion I should stop that player from participating in further training, practice or competition immediately, or tell other coaches and officials including the parent if I think another athlete has a concussion).
  • Continuing to participate in further training, practice or competition with a possible concussion increases the risk of more severe, longer lasting symptoms, and increases risk of other injuries.

I will not hide concussion symptoms. I will speak up for the player and others.

  • I will not hide symptoms. I will keep informed all coaches, officials, team trainers, parents if I feel a player experiences any symptoms of concussion.
  • If someone else tells me about concussion symptoms, or I see signs they might have a concussion, I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, parents.
  • I understand that if a player has a suspected concussion, they will be removed from sport and that they will not be able to return to training, practice or competition until they undergo a medical assessment by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner and have been medically cleared to return to training, practice or competition.  
  • I have a commitment to sharing any pertinent information regarding incidents of removal from sport with the athlete’s school and any other sport organisation with which the athlete has registered* (Meaning: If a player is diagnosed with a concussion, I understand that letting all of my other coaches and teachers know about the injury will help them support the player whilst they recover.)

I will ensure the player will take the time they need to recover, because it is important for their health.

  • I understand my commitment to supporting the return-to-sport process* (They will have to follow my sport organisation's Return-to-Sport Protocol).
  • I understand they will have to be medically cleared by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner before returning to training, practice or competition.
  • I will ensure the player will respect coaches, team trainers, parents, health-care professionals, and medical doctors and nurse practitioners, regarding their health and safety.