Fair Play for Coaches and Parents

Guidelines for fair play from the U.S. Speedskating Level 2 Theory Coaching Manual

Fair Play for Coaches

  • I will be reasonable when schedule games and practicing remembering that young athletes have other interests and obligations.
  • I will teach my athletes to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials, and opponents.
  • I will ensure that all athletes get equal instruction, support and playing time.
  • I will not ridicule or yell at my athletes for making mistakes or for performing poorly. I will remember that children play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
  • I will make sure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the athlete’s age and abilities.
  • I will remember that children need a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
  • I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills. 

Fair Play for Parents

  • I will not force my child to participate in sports 
  • I will remember that my child plays sport for his or hers enjoyment, not mine
  • I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence;
  • I will teach my child that doing one’s best is as important as winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game/event. 
  • I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard. 
  • I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition. 
  • I will remember that children learn best by example. I will applaud good plays/performance by both my child’s team and their opponents. 
  • I will never question the official’s judgment or honestly in public. 
  • I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s sporting activities. 
  • I will respect and show appreciation for the volunteer coaches who give their time to provide sport activities for my child. 
[U.S. Speedskating Level 2 Theory Coaching Manual ]