Code of Ethics Tommy Andrews

1. Treat everyone fair but not equal.

I believe this because not everyone is the same. Everyone’s Values, Morals, Ethics and Character are all different. Not every person’s situation is the same, not every situation can be handled the same because of circumstances. Understand that and situations will be easier handled with less conflict. I believe this because of my own Character. I would not be able to make a decision if I was a coach I would not be able to cut or kick an athlete off my team if I didn’t understand that athlete and where how he was raised. The values or moral that athlete holds could be one of the things that are different from other athlete’s on the team or my own. I believe a coach should be able to have a one on one with one of his athletes to fully understand where that kid is coming from. After an understanding I believe a coach can make a good decision on where to go from there.

2. Believe in Meta-communicative Competence.

- Or otherwise known as (Meta-communication). I believe this is also super important to have in the world of sports or coaching. Meta-communication is the ability to interpret a situation no matter your personal views and help fix communication problems. This is super important in athletics and in life as well. In the world of sports you have a lot of athletes from other Races, and Socio-economic status. Because of that mixture, and especially as a coach that has never been put in a situation it could be a lot to handle. If a certain group of athletes on a team are in a majority on the team (ex. Latinos on a mostly Caucasian team) the difference in race or sociol-economic status could be enough to start an argument. Depending on the coaches own race it could be easy for him or her to favor one side without realizing it. That is what Meta-communication I believe is so important because with that a coach is able to step back from the situation with his or her own beliefs or upbringing and try to look at it from both sides. Then the coach will be able to make hopefully bring his or her team together.

3. Remember Justice, Honesty, Beneficence, and Responsibility.

If I could take a major application of four words to my own life and what it means to be a coach in this day and age it would be these four words from Sports Ethics class. These four words go and hand in hand with another and sometimes all of them are applied in a situation. I sometimes feel as a coach or even as a person at work sometimes we forget about these four words. As a coach I feel we owe our athletes a lot because without them we wouldn’t be able to share our own lessons we learned in life from sports or even have a job for that matter. I feel that coaches are responsible for the athletes, we are supposed to be honest with them and they should be able to come to us as well. Our actions (Beneficence) aren’t the best but coaches are trying to be the best they can so Justice is served on both sides. This ties into our own Character who we were as athletes once and I truly do think some coaches hold a lot of influence over their player’s lives. My high school wrestling coach did, he is my role model and I try my best to understand the lessons and talks he had with me and apply them to my own wrestling career and life. These four traits can be lost by coaches, or anyone in our life. I feel that this should be in my code because it is the most important one that I feel I can always look back and take something away from it.

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