Coaches' Code of Ethics

This Code of Ethics has been developed to help coaches achieve a level of personal conduct consistent with the position and profession of Gymnastics BC coach and for all GBC members to uphold and reflect the core values of GBC.

The coach-athlete and coach-parent are privileged relationships. Coaches play a pivotal role in the personal and athletic development of their athletes. An understanding of the inherent power that coaches can exert over athletes is an extremely important notion.

Coaches must recognize they are role models through which the values and goals of the sport and the sport organizations they represent are channeled. Coaches must also recognize that they assume the full range of “duty of care” responsibilities while the athlete is under their control.

The Coaches’ Code of Ethics is organized around four ethical principles:       

Respect for Participants

The principle of respect for participants challenges coaches to act in a manner respectful of the dignity of all participants in sport. Fundamental to this principle is the basic assumption that each person has value and is worthy of respect.

Responsible Coaching

The principle of responsible coaching carries the basic ethical expectation that the activities of coaches will benefit society in general and participants in particular and will do no harm. Fundamental to the implementation of this principle is the notion of competence - responsible coaching (maximizing benefits and minimizing risks to participants) is performed by coaches who are "well prepared and current" in their discipline.

Integrity in Relationships

Integrity means that coaches are expected to be honest, sincere and honourable in their relationships with others. Acting on these values is most possible when coaches possess a high degree of self-awareness and the ability to critically reflect on how their perspectives influence their interactions with others.

Honouring Gymnastics

This principle challenges coaches to recognize, act on, and promote the value of sport for individuals, teams, other partners in gymnastics and for society in general.


Coaches Association of Canada’s Code of Ethics

GBC Rec rePLAY session on ethics (2014-02-25)


Jeff Thomson, Coach Education Development Manager, 604-333-3493,