Volleyball Coaching Ethics
Code of Conduct, Standards, and Behaviors

Volleyball coaching ethics include principles such as competence, integrity, professional responsibility, respect for participants and dignity, concerns for others' welfare, and responsible coaching.

Principle A: Competence

Coaches should strive to maintain high standards of excellence in their work. When coaching volleyball, the coach should recognize the boundaries of their particular competencies and the limitation of their expertise.

Volleyball coaches provide only those services and use only those techniques for which they are qualified by education, training or experience. In the areas where professional standards don't exist yet, coaches should exercise careful judgment and take appropriate precautions to protect the welfare of those with whom they work.

Coaching Behavior

Principle B: Integrity

Coaches seek to promote integrity in the practice of coaching. Coaches are honest, fair, and respectful of others. In describing or reporting their qualifications, services, products, or fees, they don't make statements that are false, misleading, or deceptive.

Coaches strive to be aware of their own belief systems, values, needs, and limitations and the effect of these on their work. To the extent feasible, they attempt to clarify for relevant parties the roles they are performing and to function appropriately in accordance with those roles. Coaches avoid improper and potentially harmful dual relationships.

Principle C: Professional Responsibility

Coaches uphold professional standards of conduct, clarify their professional roles and obligations, accept appropriate responsibility for their behavior and adapt their methods to the needs of different athletes. Coaches cooperate with other professionals and institutions to the extent needed to serve the best interest of their athletes.

Principle D: Respect for Participants and Dignity

Coaches respect the fundamental rights, dignity and worth of all participants. Coaches try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on the factors of cultural, and individual role differences, and they don't knowingly participate in or condone unfair discriminatory practices.

Principle E: Concern for Others' Welfare

Coaches seek to contribute to the welfare of those with whom they interact professionally. In their professional actions, coaches consider the welfare and rights of their athletes and other participants. When conflicts occur, coaches resolve these conflicts and perform their roles in a responsible fashion that avoids or minimize harm. 

Principle F: Responsible Coaching

Volleyball coaches are aware of their professional responsibilities to the community in which they work or live. They apply and make public their knowledge of volleyball in order to contribute to human welfare. Coaches try to avoid misuse of their work. Coaches comply with the law and encourage the development of laws and policies that serve in the best interest of the sport of volleyball.

General Standards to the Professional Activities of All Coaches

All coaches should be sensitive to their position as role models for their athletes. Private activities perceived as immoral or illegal can influence the coaching environment and coaches are encouraged to observe the standards of ethics consistently.

Maintaining Expertise
Coaches maintain a reasonable level of awareness of current scientific and professional information and undertake ongoing efforts to maintain competence in the skills they use.

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Duties of a Volleyball Coach

How to Coach Volleyball

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