Code of Ethics
The PCSAA has adopted the model Code of Ethics for Athletic Coaches as published by the National Federation of State High School Association. All Head and Assistant Athletic Coaches for PCSAA contests must adhere to the following ethical standards:
1. The coach shall be aware that he or she has a tremendous influence, for either good or ill, on the education of the student-athlete and, thus, shall never place the value of winning above the value of instilling the highest ideals of character.
2. The coach shall uphold the honor and the integrity of the profession. In all personal contact with student-athletes, officials, athletic directors, school administrators, the state high school athletic association, the media, and the public, the coach shall strive to set an example of the highest ethical and moral conduct.
3. The coach shall take an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol and tobacco use.
4. The coach shall avoid use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug products when in contact with players.
5. The coach shall promote the entire interscholastic program of the school and direct his or her program in harmony with the total school program.
6. The coach shall master the contest rules and shall teach them to his or her team members. The coach shall not seek an advantage by circumvention of the spirit or letter of the rules.
7. The coach shall exert his or her influence to encourage sportsmanship by spectators, both directly and by working closely with cheerleaders, pep club sponsors, booster clubs, and administrators and parents.
8. The coach shall respect and support contest officials. The coach shall not engage in conduct which would provoke players or spectators against the officials. Coaches should refrain from public criticism of officials or players.
9. The coach should meet and exchange cordial greetings with the opposing coach to set the correct tone for the event before and after the contest.
10. The coach shall not exert pressure on school faculty to give student-athletes special consideration.
11. The coach shall not scout opponents by any means other than those adopted by the league and/or the PCSAA.
12. Coaches shall remit a criminal background check to the state on an annual basis and keep the state abreast of any changes to his or her criminal history.