Code of Ethics

1. Respect

  • Respect everyone in hockey, including other coaches, players, officials and opponents.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every coach, player and official regardless of their ability, gender, culture, ethnic origin, religion or economic status.

2. Integrity

  • Always act in an honest and ethical manner.
  • Model the same values and standards I expect from coaches, players and official.
  • Act within the rules of hockey and in the spirit of fair play, while encouraging coaches, players & officials to do the same.
  • Do not disclose any confidential information relating to coaches, players & officials without their written prior consent.

3. Positive Role Model

  • Act in a way that projects a positive image of playing, coaching, officiating and the game of hockey.
  • All coaches, players & officials are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
  • Be fair, considerate and honest with coaches, players & officials.
  • Encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle choices and responsible behaviour.

4. Professionalism

  • Be competent and knowledgeable as a coach & official, continually seek to improve your skills and knowledge.
  • Display high standards of professionalism in all aspects of your work including your language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation.
  • Be prepared to accept feedback from others, including your coaches, players, officials and accept responsibility for your actions.
  • Be professional in your interaction with other coaches, players, officials and administrators.

5. Safety and Safeguarding

  • Ensure that the training and/or competition environment is safe and secure.
  • Create an environment that is free from all forms of harm, harassment or abuse.
  • Refrain from and prevent any form of physical, emotional, sexual abuse or bullying towards coaches, players & officials, including cyber bullying.
  • Proactively encourage coaches, players & officials not to harm each other as described above.
  • Advise coaches, players & officials of the process to follow should they experience any form of harm.
  • Show concern and caution towards ill and injured players. Do not allow players who are even slightly ill or injured to train and/or compete.
  • Provide a modified training programme to accommodate the ability of all players where appropriate.

6. Fairness

  • Ensure that all coaches, players & officials are treated equally, with respect for their individual differences and needs.
  • Provide equal opportunities for all coaches, players & officials to participate.
  • Ensure fairness in team selections, exercising no forms of favouritism and nepotism.
  • Ensure that all players understand your selection criteria.
  • Ensuring that talent and ability are the main criteria for selection and advancement.

7. Holistic Development

  • Coaches must be committed to the holistic development of their athletes, both as individuals and as members of a team.
  • Work to create an open and positive environment that encourages learning and growth, both on and off the pitch.
  • Create opportunities and support coaches, players & officials to discover their talents, set and achieve goals, both on and off the field.
  • Create an environment of mutual support and cooperation.

8. Confidentiality

  • Respect the privacy of coaches, players & officials.
  • Keep all personal information and medical records confidential.
  • Only share information about coaches, players & officials those who have a legitimate need to know, such as medical professionals, social workers and parents/guardians.

9. Accountability

  • Be accountable for your actions and decisions.
  • Be willing to accept responsibility for any mistakes or errors.
  • Be open to feedback and be willing to learn from your mistakes.
  • Be prepared to address any concerns or complaints against you in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Work collaboratively with others to find solutions and improve outcomes.

10. Fair Play

  • Perform your responsibilities as a coach, player & official with respect to the rules of hockey and the constitution of your organisation and within the spirit of fairness and sportsmanship.
  • Show respect to coaches, players, officials, opponents, accepting victory and defeat with grace.
  • Treat coaches, players, officials and opponents with fairness, honesty and integrity, avoid all forms of cheating and unsportsmanlike behaviour.
  • Promote respect, dignity, and mutual understanding among coaches, players, officials, and spectators.


As coach/manager/official/player registered with the South African Hockey Association (SAHA), I hereby declare that I have read and understand the Code of Ethics and the SAHA Code of Conduct and I willingly agree to uphold the code.  I further agree that I have read and understand the SAHA Safeguarding Policy.  I further commit to raise awareness with regards to ethical behaviour in SAHA.