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Coaches Code of Conduct

To maintain a USA Basketball Coach License or otherwise risk forfeiture, I agree to the USA Basketball Coaches Code of Conduct, which states as follows.

I will:

  • Conduct myself in a dignified manner relating to emotions, language, attitude and actions
  • Act at all times to protect the principles of fun, safety and development of all athletes
  • Demonstrate respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of referees, officials and opposing coaches
  • Display control and professionalism at all times under any circumstance
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, including opponents, other coaches, officials, administrators, parents, athletes, and spectators
  • Refrain from physical contact with athletes except where necessary for the development of the athletes’ skill(s) or athletic ability
  • Be aware and understand the role and influence of a coach as an educator, imparting knowledge of skill as well as proper personal, academic, and social behavior
  • Be reasonable in my demands on athletes' time, energy and enthusiasm
  • Provide an opportunity for all athletes to play the sport
  • Agree to uphold the Progressive Coaching principles found within the USA Basketball Player Development Model
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the level of the athletes
  • Seek to learn the latest coaching practices that take into account the principles of growth and development of athletes
  • Agree to abide by all applicable USA Basketball rules and regulations, including USA Basketball’s SafeSport policy

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