Coach Code of Conduct

Safety and Communication

Communication is an integral part of the success of our program. It is the policy of the club to communicate with the members, parents, and staff to the best of its ability using the website, email, phone, meetings and/or mailings.

Players and parents are encouraged to communicate back to coaches and our administrative staff.

A. Players should not let issues or concerns go unresolved. If there is an issue or concern, the player should first approach his/her head coach. If the issue or concern involves the head coach directly, the player should approach the club director.

B.  If a coach needs to communicate with players by text or email, the text or email should include the parent of the player and/or club director.

C. If a coach needs to communicate with a player privately by text, email, or any other form, the parent will also be included with a cc or group text.

D. If a coach accepts a player as a “friend” on Facebook or any other social media, the parent must also be accepted as a “friend.”

E.  A coach will not transport a player or players without another adult present. Written parental permission is also required.

F. Parents, who have comments, questions, or other issues directly involving their child, should first address them with their head coach at an appropriate time. Parents are not allowed to discuss any concerns or issues with their coaching staff while attending a practice.

G. If a meeting is necessary, the player is to attend and will be scheduled at the earliest convenience. The club director and any other staff members may attend the meeting if necessary.

Our philosophy is based on COMMITMENT, ABILITY, MOTIVATION, and ATTITUDE.  If everyone involved adheres to these standards, it is hoped that your athlete will also have lots of FUN while becoming the best volleyball player he/she can be!

Player Conduct and Responsibilities

It is important that all players understand they are representing Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club and in some cases the state of Arizona. Players must represent the club in a responsible manner. If any player acts in a manner that will have a detrimental effect on the club, then the individual may be subject to reprimand, suspension, or dismissal from the club. In registering as an Athlete member (all types) of Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club and within the context of the activities of Athletics an individual agrees to take part in a spirit of fair play, honesty and with the rules and regulations of Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club and USAV Athletics regulations/ code of conduct. As such the Athlete member is expected to:

A. Disrespect by a player towards teammates, coaches, club staff, volunteers, team representatives or parents at any time will not be tolerated.

B. Players are expected to always encourage their teammates as well as player on this teams.

C. Players are required to report any injuries to his/her or his coaching staff immediately.

D. Players shall obey all tournament rules (i.e. food and drink policies, etc.)

E. All players must adhere to the USA Volleyball Participant Code of Conduct.

F. Respect an individuals’ dignity; verbal or physical behaviors that constitute harassment or abuse are unacceptable. (Please refer to the Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club Harassment Policy)

G. Refrain from using profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language in the context of the activities of Athletics.

Staff Conduct and Responsibilities

The athlete/coach relationship is a privileged one. Coaches play a critical role in the personal as well as athletic development of their athletes. They must understand and respect the inherent power imbalance that exists in this relationship and must be extremely careful not to abuse it. Coaches must also recognize that they are conduits through which the values and goals of a sport organization are channeled. Thus, how an athlete regards his/her sport is often dependent on the behavior of the coach. The following Code of Conduct has been developed to aid coaches in achieving a level of behavior, which will allow them to assist their athletes in becoming well-rounded, self-confident, and productive human beings.

  1. Head coach or other equally qualified club personnel must be present at all practices. This individual shall be responsible for the moral, legal, and ethical well-being for each participant during team/club activities.

 B.  Coaches shall understand the unique power of a coach-athlete relationship. Coaches and all other club personnel shall not exploit athletes and shall avoid any relationships which could compromise the integrity of the learning and participation process, impair their professional judgment and/or take advantage of a situation for their own personal gain or gratification.

 C.  All club personnel must understand that all forms of sexual abuse, assault, or harassment of a current or former athlete are unethical and illegal even when an athlete invites or consents to such behavior or involvement. Club personnel shall not engage in sexual/romantic relationships with current athletes or other participants over whom there is/was authority. See B above.

 D. All club personnel shall insure that all individuals have met all Regional Volleyball Association and USA Volleyball membership requirements prior to participation in any club, team and/or Region/National USA Volleyball activity.

E.  All club personnel shall abide by and inform the players and their parent(s)/guardian(s) of applicable regional recruiting policies.

 F.  All club personnel may not participate in, require another individual to participate in, or condone any act considered to be illegal under federal, state, or local laws and/or ordinances.

 G.  All club personnel shall strive to educate their athletes and personnel to respect, honor and adhere to the rules of the facility being used during practices, tournaments, or events. In this regard, the rules of the facility shall have priority over the rules of the Regional Volleyball Association.

 H.   All club personnel shall ensure that all activities are suitable for the age, experience, and ability of their athletes.

 I.    All club personnel shall seek professional medical advice when making decisions regarding an injured athlete’s ability to continue training or playing.

 J.   All club personnel shall, while serving in a professional capacity, avoid any drug, tobacco, or alcohol use while in the presence of athletes.

 L.  All club personnel shall not supply or condone the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, ammunition, firearms, knives or any item or material that can be used as a weapon, to any of the participants or athletes and shall report any athlete using or in the possession of the same.

 M.  All club personnel shall not allow, encourage, condone, or require any behavior that threatens an athlete’s amateur status or Regional, USA Volleyball, school and/or collegiate eligibility.

 N.  All club personnel shall maintain all relationships with other club personnel on a professional and confidential basis.

 O.  All club personnel must be positive role models. This includes being courteous, respectful, and polite to players, parents, other coaches, club directors, event personnel, and officials.

 P.  All club personnel will not engage in any physical, verbal, or emotional harassment, abusive words or actions, or coercion of current and/or former athletes.

 Q.  All club personnel will immediately report any suspected case of illegal activity, abuse, assault, harassment, or ethical violations of this club personnel code of ethics to the appropriate authorities, including Regional Volleyball Administrators.

Any violation of this Code may result in sanction being issued against the club representative, the individual(s) and the club/team involved. These sanctions may extend to the loss of eligibility of the club representative, the individual(s), the entire club, and the team involved.

P.  All club personnel are required to pass a background check and to sign a the USAV Code of Conduct.

Violence and Abuse

Violence or abuse, either sexual or non-sexual, is a violation of federal laws. It is the policy of Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club to maintain an environment that is free from all forms of violence or abuse and requires all club coaches to adhere to the USAV Coaches Code of Ethics.

It is a violation of this policy for any player, parent, volunteer, coach, or club employee to be violent towards or abuse in any manner, a player, parent, volunteer, coach, or club employee through acts or communication.

Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club will investigate all complaints, formal or informal, verbal or written, of violence or abuse, either sexual or non-sexual, whether physical, mental, emotional, and discipline any club member, club parent, volunteer, coach, or club employee who violates this policy. This policy covers all club activities and club sponsored events. Players, parents, volunteers, coaches, and employees of the club will be informed of this policy on violence and abuse.

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club is committed to a discrimination and harassment-free, working and learning environment.

Discrimination and harassment adversely affect moral, and productivity and interferes with a player’s ability to learn. The Club prohibits discrimination and harassment of any person based on that person’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex (including non-conformity to gender stereotypes), sexual orientation, age, disability and/or religious preference. Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club will not tolerate harassing behavior including sexually harassing behavior between members of the same and opposite sex. Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club also prohibits harassment of individuals who are believed to have a relationship with persons who are protected based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex (including non-conformity to gender stereotypes), sexual action. Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club will investigate all complaints, formal or informal, verbal or written, of discrimination, harassment/sexual harassment, or retaliation. Players, parents, volunteers, coaches, and club staff who witness behavior that appears to violate this policy should report apparent violation(s) to the Club Director or a staff member.

Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club also prohibits retaliation against any person who has made a report of alleged discrimination, harassment/sexual harassment, or against any player, parent, volunteer, coach, or club staff who has testified, or assisted, or participated in the investigation of a report. Such retaliation is itself a violation of law and will lead to disciplinary or other appropriate action against the offender.

Discrimination is defined as a failure to treat all persons equally where no reasonable distinction can be found between those favored and those not favored. It is the unfair treatment or denial of normal privileges to persons because of their actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex (including non-conformity to gender stereotypes), sexual orientation, age disability, and/or religious preference.

Harassment is defined as behavior consisting of verbal and non-verbal or physical conduct which ridicules, degrades, etc., a person because of his/her actual or perceived race, color, national origin, (including non-conformity to gender stereotypes), sexual orientation, age disability, and/or religious preference. Nothing contained herein shall be construed or interpreted to prohibit or in any way to discourage the genuine discussion of issues or use of material for instructional purposes. Prohibited harassment exists when the conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidation, hostile or offensive training environment; has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a player’s development or performance, or otherwise adversely affects a player’s opportunities.

Sexual Harassment is generally defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for favors and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual or gender-directed nature when: submission is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a player’s educational progress; submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a player’s ability to learn, or of creating an intimidation, hostile, or offensive learning environment.

Harassment may include:

•    Written or verbal abuse or threats

•    Sexually oriented comments

•    Racial or ethnic slurs, unwelcome remarks, jokes, innuendoes, or taunting about a person’s body, attire, age, marital status, ethnic or racial origin, religion etc.

•    Displaying of sexually explicit, racist, or other offensive or derogatory material

•    Sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious graffiti

•    Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person’s safety, or negatively affect performance

•    Unwelcome sexual remarks, invitations, or requests whether indirect or explicit, or intimidation

•    Leering (suggestive staring), or other obscene or offensive gestures

•    Condescension, paternalism, or patronizing behavior which undermines self-respect or adversely affects performance or working conditions

•    Physical conduct such as touching, kissing, patting, pinching, etc.

•    Vandalism

•    Physical assault

Alcohol/Tobacco/Controlled Substance

We believe that players should participate in volleyball alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free. Any player having consumed or being in possession of alcohol, tobacco, an illicit substance, drug-related paraphernalia, and/or a chemical or organic solvent to induce euphoria or hallucinations, and/or any substance being used as a controlled substance is hazardous behavior. Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club believes that a player who chooses to participate in this type of hazardous and unlawful behavior needs assistance. Therefore, Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco, and controlled substances.  A member that has consumed or is in possession of alcohol, tobacco, an illicit substance, drug-related paraphernalia, and/or a chemical or organic solvent to induce euphoria or hallucinations, and/or any substance being used as a controlled substance during a team-related function (practice, tournament, meeting, etc.) will be dismissed from the club.

As representatives of Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club, any member involved in an incident outside of club functions involving alcohol (underage consumption), tobacco, an illicit substance, drug-related paraphernalia, and/or a chemical or organic solvent to induce euphoria or hallucinations, and/or any substance being used as a controlled substance can be suspended or dismissed from the Club. The decision to suspend or dismiss will be made by the club director.

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