Coaches' Code


1) Develop player skills and abilities.

2) Be reasonable in demands on the young player’s time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember they have other interests.

3) Group players according to age, height, skill and physical maturity whenever possible.

4) Avoid over-laying the talented players. The ‘just average’ players need and deserve equal time.

5) Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment. Winning is only part of why they play, an important part, but so is the ‘fun’. Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing.

6) Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.

7) Scheduling and length of practice times and competitions should take into consideration the maturity level of the children.

8) Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches.

9) Follow the advice of a physician when determining if an injured player is again ready to play.

10) Remember that children need a coach they can respect. Be generous with your praise when deserved and set a good example.

11) Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on sound principals concerning the growth, development and coaching of children. 12) Try to maintain good parental conduct at games.

13) Each Coach or Coach Representative must appear at the Annual Coaches Meeting to receive a package.

14) Coaches are obligated to read and follow instructions provided in the Coaches Package.

15) All Coaches are to follow and abide by the MHA Rules.