The coach's primary role is to facilitate the process of
individual development through achievement of athletic potential. This role
accepts the athletes' long-term interests as of greater importance than
short-term athletic considerations. To fulfil this role the coach must
behave in an ethical manner respecting the following points:
Coaches must respect the basic human rights, that is the
equal rights, of each athlete with no discrimination on the grounds of
sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion,
national or social origin. association with a national minority, birth or
Coaches must respect the dignity and recognize the
contribution of each individual. They must ensure that the practical
environments are safe and appropriate. This appropriateness must take into
consideration the age, maturity and skill level of the athlete. This is
particularly important in the case of younger or less developed athletes.
Coaches must acknowledge and respect the Rules of
Competition. This respect should extend to the spirit as well as to the
letter of the rules, in both training and competition, to ensure fairness
of competitive opportunity between all athletes.
Coaches must accept final responsibility for the
performance and conduct of the athletes they coach, while at the same time
encouraging the independence and self determination of each athlete by
their acceptance of responsibility for their own decisions, conduct and
Adopted by AT&FCA from IAAF Code of Ethics 27.2.97.
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