Code of Conduct

The following code of conduct is from the most recent update to the Rules and Regulations of LIMSSA & LVISSAA


LVISSAA recommends that each school principal have coaches for school teams sign a coach’s code of conduct form and retain this form in the school office. This form should reflect the LVISSAA / LIMSSA coach’s code of conduct.

The coach / student-athlete relationship is a privileged one. Coaches play a critical role in the personal and athletic development of their students. Therefore, coaches are expected to model the fundamentally positive aspects of school sport and project a favorable image of their sport and of coaching. Coaches are responsible for their own behavior as well as their student-athletes.

The athletic area is a classroom, with moral and legislative obligation required of the coach at all times. Coaches shall:

  1. Coaches shall treat all participants fairly and equitably, by refraining from discriminating against any student athlete with respect to race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion ,family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation..
  2. Inspire a love of game and a desire to compete fairly. Actively encourage athletes to uphold the rules of their sport and the spirit of such rules and encourage student-athletes to do the same.
  3. Ensure the safety of the athletes with whom they work
  4. Discipline those on the team who display unsportsman like behavior
  5. Respect the judgment and interpretation of the official without gesture or argument, and require student-athletes to do the same.
  6. Refrain from public criticism of athletes, fellow coaches, or officials
  7. Coaches shall not, either directly or indirectly, encourage a student to attend a particular school for the purpose of participating in interschool sport..
  8. Refrain from use of profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language in the conduct of his/her coaching duties. Not use physical force of any kind in the conduct of coaching duties.
  9. Uphold the rules and regulations of BC SCHOOL SPORTS, the local Athletic Association and   applicable Sport Commission.
  10. Fulfill all league, exhibition, invitational, play-off and championship competitive and event obligations, in accordance with Athletic Association policy, Sport Commission policy or Tournament Organizer agreements.
  11. Not, under any circumstances, endorse, recommend or suggest the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs or Supplements by any student-athlete.
  12. Abstain from the use of tobacco products and alcohol while in the presence of student-athletes, and discourage their use by student-athletes.
  13. Not, under any circumstances, require or imply that a student must be involved in any summer program or club program as part of their obligation to participate on a school team.
  14. Not, under any circumstances, require or imply that a student cannot or should not participate in any BCSS approved sport of their choice in the season preceding and/or succeeding the coach’s particular season-of-play.
  15. Not, under any circumstances, start pre-season try-outs or practices to the detrimentof any in-season sport.


Players shall:

  1. treat opponents with respect
  2. play hard, but within the rules
  3. exercise self control at all times
  4. respect the decision of the officials without gesture or argument
  5. win with humility, lose with dignity
  6. know that it is a privilege to represent their school and community
  7. recognize and applaud honestly and wholeheartedly the efforts of teammates or opponents regardless of colour, creed or race.


Spectators are encouraged and welcomed to attend Secondary School Sporting activities, and as guests of the Host school, will come within the authority of the Host school. Spectators should:

Treat everyone with respect

  • cheer in a positive manner for all competitors
  • respect the decision of officials
  • not interfere with the play or competition
  • be courteous and respectful to other spectators, all competitors, coaches, event organizers and officials.
Exercise self-control at all times
  • respect the rules and regulations of the facility
  • refrain from the use of foul or profane language
  • refrain for the use of physical force of any kind.



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