Code of Conduct for Coaches

All Coaches of this Cricket Club will:

  • Ensure cricket is welcoming, fun and enjoyable and that fair play is promoted
  • Take a player-centred (and child centred) approach to coaching, planning sessions around the needs and abilities of the children who will be attending and adapting accordingly
  • Be a friendly professional
  • Treat all children equally, with respect and dignity
  • Be an excellent role model – this includes not smoking or drinking alcohol when coaching and being mindful of behaviour around the club at all times
  • Always put the welfare of children first, before winning or achieving goals by encouraging a constructive environment where healthy competition, skill development, fun and achievement are promoted in equal measures
  • Always work in an open environment (for example, avoiding being alone with a child, and encouraging open communication with no secrets)
  • Build balanced relationships based on trust which enable children to take part in the decision-making process. This will include routinely asking children if they have enjoyed activities in the training session and adapting activities to meet their expressed wishes, abilities, needs etc.
  • Have excellent ‘boundaries’, so children know how to behave and what is expected of them
  • Ensure the correct ratio of adults and children is adhered to at all times
  • Be in line with Home Office guidelines, which state, if you are in a position of trust and authority, you must not have sexual relationships with 16-17 year olds in your care
  • Not tolerate acts of aggression
  • Recognise the needs and abilities of children, avoiding too much training or competition and not pushing them against their will
  • Give positive and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism
  • Encourage children to assess their performance based on their own mastery of skills, knowledge and love of the game, rather than on whether they won or lost
  • Help children acknowledge the value that good opposition offers their own development as cricketers
  • Work to ECB guidance on physical contact, where children are always consulted and their agreement gained before any contact is made
  • Keep up-to-date with technical skills, qualifications and insurance in sport
  • Ensure if mixed sex teams are taken away, they are always accompanied by a male and female member of staff
  • Ensure while on tour, you do not enter a child’s room or invite them into your room – except in an emergency, i.e. when very unwell
  • Find out if any children you are coaching have medical conditions that could be aggravated during playing or training
  • Keep a written record any time a child is injured in your care, along with details of any treatment provided
  • Promote good sportsmanship by encouraging children to be considerate of other athletes, officials and club volunteers and by being modest in victory and gracious in defeat
  • Help the ECB to work toward eradicating harassment and abuse of children from cricket

Jan 2017