Code of Conduct for Coaches


1.    Comply with the rules and byelaws of SMAC

2.    Exercise:

a.   Self control

b.   Responsible behaviour

c.    Consideration of others

d.   Courtesy

e.   Good manners

3.    Understand that the objective of a coaching session is to enhance and promote learning and direct all efforts to this purpose.

4.    Refrain from permitting the introduction to the body of any banned substance or material, by whichever route, with the object of artificially improving performance before or during competition.

5.    Refrain from supplying, encouraging or inducing the introduction to the body of any banned substance of material, by whatever route, with the objective of artificially performing performance before or during competition.

6.    Comply with the rules, regulations and procedures relating to doping control.

7.    Comply with the laws and regulations currently in force when in Great Britain and abroad.

8.    Comply with the  BSF/ESFChild Protection policy and procedures and the Association’s policy of equality regardless of gender, age, race, disability or religion.

9.    Refrain from any act or omission that would be detrimental to Great Britain or the SMAC

 Coaches Code of Ethics

Even though the standards focus on and describe work functions, they are based on a number of accepted assumptions and values, which underpin good practice in coaching, teaching and instructing. These have been articulated into a Code of Ethics, developed by the BSF and it is incorporated in its entirety into this guide.

The purpose of this Code of Ethics is to establish and maintain standards for coaches and to inform and protect members of the public using their services.

Ethical standards comprise such values as integrity, responsibility, competence and confidentiality.  In pursuit of these principles, coaches subscribe to standards in the following areas:

1.   Issues of  Responsibility

2.   Issues of Competence

This Code of Ethics is a framework within which to work. It is a series of guidelines rather than a set of instructions, and should be used in conjunction with the BSFguidelines.


Issues of Responsibility

Coaching is a deliberately undertaken responsibility, and coaches are responsible for the observation of the principles embodied in this Code of Ethics.



1.1        Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being and their ultimate right to self-determination. Specifically, coaches must treat everyone equally, within the context of their activity, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion or political persuasion.



1.2        The good coach will be concerned primarily with the well being, health and future of the individual performer and only secondarily with the optimisation of performance.

1.3        A key element in a coaching relationship is the development of independence. Performers must be encouraged to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance in training, in competition and their social life.

1.4        Coaches are responsible for setting and monitoring the boundaries within a working relationship and friendship with their performers. This is particularly important when the coach and performer are of opposite sex and/or when the performer is a young person. The coach must realise that certain situations or friendly actions could be misinterpreted, not only by the performer, but by outsiders motivated by jealousy, dislike or mistrust, and could lead to allegations of sexual misconduct or impropriety.

1.5        The relationship between coach and performer relies heavily on mutual trust and respect. In detail, this means that the performer should be made aware of the coach’s qualifications and experience and must be given the opportunity to consent to or decline proposals for training and performance.



1.6        Coaches should clarify in advance with performers and/or employers the number of sessions, fees (if any) and method of payment. They should also explore with performers and/or employers the expectation of the outcome of coaching.

1.7        Coaches have a responsibility to declare to their performers and/or employers any other current coaching commitments. Judo coaches should also find out if any prospective client is currently receiving guidance from another teacher/coach. If so, that teacher/coach should be contacted to discuss the situation.

1.8        Coaches who become aware of a conflict between their obligation to their performers, and their obligation to their Governing Body or other organisation employment, must then make explicit the nature of the conflict, and the loyalties and responsibilities involved, to all parties concerned.



1.9        Coaches should communicate and co-operate with other sports and allied professions in the best interests of their performers. An example of such contact would be the seeking of educational and career advice/counselling for young performers whose training impinges upon the performance of their studies.

1.10      Coaches must communicate and co-operate with registered medical and ancillary practitioners in the diagnosis, treatment and management of their performers’ medical and psychological problems.



1.11      Advertising by coaches in respect of qualifications and/or services shall be accurate and professionally restrained.

1.12      Coaches shall not display any affiliation with an organisation in a manner that falsely implies sponsorship or accreditation by that organisation.



1.13      Coaches should refrain from public criticism of fellow coaches. Differences of opinion should be dealt with on a personal basis and more serious disputes should be referred to the SMAC or to the appropriate Governing Body.

1.14      Coaches must not encourage performers to violate the rules of their sport and should actively seek to discourage such action. Furthermore, coaches should encourage performers to obey the spirit of such rules.

1.15      Coaches must not compromise their performers by advocating measures which could be deemed to constitute seeking to gain an unfair advantage. Above all, coaches must never advocate the use of prescribed drugs or other banned performance enhancing substances.

1.16      Coaches must treat opponents and officials with due respect, both in victory and defeat, and should encourage their performers to act in a similar manner.

1.17      Coaches must accept responsibility for the conduct of their performers insofar as they will undertake to discourage inappropriate behaviour.



1.18      Coaches inevitably gather a great deal of personal information about performers in the course of a working relationship. Coach and performer much reach agreement as to what is to be regarded as confidential information, i.e. not divulge to a third party without the express approval of the performer.

1.19      Confidentiality does not preclude the disclosure of information to persons who can be judged to have a ‘right to know’, relating to performers when relevant to the following:

a.   Evaluation of the performer within the sport for competitive selection purposes.

b.   Recommendations concerning performers for professional purposes.

c.    Pursuit of disciplinary action involving performers within the sport.



We, should use our skills to produce better Human Beings

 Martin Clarke

8th Dan Judo 6th Dan Jiu Jitsu

Sambo Grandmaster founder CombatSombo