Reference: Badminton World Federation Statutes Section 2.2.6 – Coaches, Team Officials and Educators Code of Conduct, Effective Date: 1 June 2017. Adapted for use by Badminton Newfoundland and Labrador
1. Goals of Code of Conduct for Coaches, Team Officials and Educators
A. To maintain the highest standards of conduct of coaches and educators and those who perform a similar role in a teaching learning environment where there is a power relationship between coach and players.
B. To ensure a positive teaching/learning environment for athletes and learners.
C. To ensure and maintain fair and orderly administration and conduct of Badminton NL sanctioned tournaments where a coach or person performing the role of coach sits in the field of play.
D. To uphold the good name of the Badminton NL and the integrity of badminton.
A. All coaches and educators and similar who take on the responsibilities of a coach. The coach may or may not be certified or hold a NCCP coaching credential.
B. All coaches or persons performing the role of a coach at the back of the court in the field of play at a Badminton NL sanctioned tournament.
C. All coaches or persons in the role of a coach at a Badminton NL sanctioned tournament shall comply with this Code of Conduct, the Laws of Badminton, and the Guidelines for Competition and be bound by them.
3. General Provisions
Coaches, educators, team managers and team officials covered under this Code are required to adhere to the general provisions of the BWF Statutes Section 2.1 Code of Ethics as well as the core values, principles and conduct defined in the BWF Code of Ethics.
4. Specific Provisions for Conduct
Team Manager Role in Competition. Team managers, coaches or team officials who are performing the role of team manager at a Badminton NL sanctioned tournament are required to follow the specific provisions outlined in this Code of Conduct:
A. Supporting fully the information flow on technical matters between the referee and players.
B. Supporting fully the information flow on the logistics (transport, accommodation, practice schedule etc) between the tournament organisers and the team/players.
C. Attending any scheduled managers meetings on behalf of the team/players or any other briefing or meeting called by the Referee.
D. Reporting any player withdrawals in a timely manner and following the standard procedure.
Coaching Role in Competition. Coaches, team officials or team managers who perform the role of a coach in the field of play at a Badminton NL sanctioned tournament are required to follow the following specific provisions as outlined in this Code of Conduct:
A. Dress appropriately in the team uniform or court wear including court shirt, polo shirt or blouse and long trousers or skirt. Inappropriate clothing includes casual items such as jeans, beach or Bermuda shorts, flip-flops or sandals. The Referee will decide if a coach is inappropriately dressed. Note that these guidelines depict a standard of dress which is higher than casual. Clothing that is torn or dirty, casual t-shirts or shirts with large graphics, hats or ball caps are considered inappropriate attire for the coach in the field of play.
B. Remain seated in the designated chairs provided at each end of the court where the coaches’ player/players are competing, and only entering the court space during the approved intervals. If the coach wishes to move to another court, this must occur while the shuttle is not in play.
C. Not coach when the shuttle is in play, nor distract the opposing player in any manner, nor disrupt play.
D. Not cause delay in the game through any form of coaching.
E. During the intervals within the games, or breaks between games, return to their designated chairs as soon as the Umpire announces that there are twenty seconds remaining. If there is no umpire, then return to their designated chairs in time to avoid exceeding the length of the interval or break.
F. Not verbally abuse or intimidate any spectator, tournament official, technical official, opposing coach, opposing team official or any player through shouting, making gestures, or by using any form of distraction.
G. Not attempt to communicate in any way with opposing players, coaches or team officials, nor use any electronic device such as mobile phones, laptop computers or similar devices for any purpose.
H. Not make, or attempt to make any unwelcome, abusive or intimidating physical contact in any way with any spectator, tournament official, technical official, opposing player, coach or team official.
I. Not bring the sport into disrepute through media comments, either before, during or after a tournament that are personal in nature, imply bias, or question the integrity of tournament officials, technical officials, opposing coaches or team officials, or players.
Coaches/Educators in Teaching Role. Coaches or educators who take on a coaching or training role to provide athletes or learners with technical, tactical or physical skills or knowledge must:
A. Act as a good role model and promote the positive aspects of sport and specifically of badminton and always maintain a high level of personal conduct and professionalism.
B. Recognise the responsibilities to the sport, players being coached, other coaches, parents, Badminton NL and officials in the sport.
C. Understand and abide by the ethics of confidentiality by ensuring that personal information related to athletes, learners, or others with whom there is contact is safeguarded against inappropriate use.
D. Treat all athletes or learners equally and with respect, fairness, honesty and consistency, regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs and abilities.
E. Take reasonable measures to protect athletes and learners and safeguard their welfare and health. Understand the role being performed and take responsibility for the care of those under 18 years of age.
F. Use appropriate training methods which in the long term will benefit athletes and learners and not cause harm. Ensure tasks and activities are suitable or the age, experience, ability and physical an psychological conditions of the athletes or learners.
G. Be fair in the assessment of athletes and learners. Be sure these assessments are related to the objectives of learning. Provide feedback in a considerate manner and with honesty.
H. Always portray and maintain a professional working relationship with athletes and learners. Be aware of the power held by a coach or trainer. Be cognizant of the responsibility this entails. Maintain clear boundaries between friendship and intimacy with athletes and learners. Do not engage in any inappropriate relationships with athletes or learners.
I. Avoid any situation with athletes or learners which, as a coach or trainer, could be construed as compromising.
J. Refrain from making negative, derogatory or personal comments, or make statements which may imply bias or question professionalism or integrity through media or social median posts that relate to training or to athletes or learners.
Betting, Wagering and Irregular Match Results. See BWF General Competition Regulations Appendix 5.
Anti‐Doping. Do not undertake any action promoting, facilitating, associating with, or otherwise supporting behaviour or actions which contravene the BWF Anti-Doping Regulations, General Competition Regulations Appendix 3.
Other Conduct Contrary to the Integrity of the Sport. Coaches, educators, team managers and team officials have an obligation not to engage in conduct contrary to the integrity of badminton.
A. If a coach, educator, team managers and team officials is convicted of serious violation of a criminal law of any country, the punishment for which includes possible imprisonment, that coach, educator, manager or team official may be deemed to have engaged in conduct contrary to the integrity of the game of Badminton.
B. In addition, if a coach, educator, team manager or team official has at any time behaved in a manner that is severely damaging to the reputation of the sport, that person may be deemed to have engaged in conduct contrary to the integrity of the game of Badminton.
5. Judicial Processes
A. Any offence committed during a Badminton NL sanctioned tournament can be addressed by the tournament Referee or, in the absence of a referee, by a member of the Badminton NL Board of Directors who may remove the coach, team manager or team official from the playing area. In the case of repeated offences during a tournament, or in the case of the first serious offence, not limited to that outlined in paragraph 4, the coach, team manager or team official may be removed from the playing area for the remainder of the tournament.
B. The decision of the Referee is final and cannot be appealed.
C. Other alleged breaches of the Code shall be investigated using the principles and procedures detailed inn the BWF Judicial Procedures.
D. Coaches and others covered by this Code are required to report breaches of this Code and to cooperate fully in any investigation
E. If a coach, educator, team manager or team official has committed any offence under this Code they shall be deemed to have committed a breach, which constitutes the basis for disciplinary action and appropriate penalties. Any breach of the Code of Conduct must be addressed using a disciplinary hearing convened by the Badminton NL Board of Directors.