GW Graham Athletics Guidelines for Community Coaches

GW Graham Athletics Philosophy: Education through athletics

GW Graham Athletics is committed to excellence in athletics while supporting the educational goals set out by School District #33. We meet student-athletes at their individual skill levels and educational needs and provide a challenging environment for skill development in both team and individual sports. Grizzlies Athletics is connected to the whole student: academically, socially, emotionally and physically through intentional preparation and planning throughout the school day and season. We focus on creating opportunities for all student-athletes to develop skills through individual instruction, peer interaction and competition. While winning is not an end in itself, we believe that our student-athletes’ efforts to be their best will lead them to succeed.

GW Graham Athletics Vision Statement: Create the culture

The Graham athletic department seeks to create a culture that inspires, motivates, and challenges all participants to leave their environment in a better place than how they found it.

GW Graham Athletics Mission Statement: Create the environment

The GW Graham athletic department will work daily to ensure all individuals associated with Graham Athletics (coaches, staff, student-athletes, alumni and parents) will value character traits developed through athletic participation. We expect all participants to; respect themselves and others, demonstrate loyalty, be good teammates and put the team before themselves, handle failure like they handle success, have school pride, passion, spirit, have a strong work ethic, be honest, and ALWAYS work hard to become 1% better every day as a member of our community of schools.

The following guidelines reflect that of the BC School Sports Association.


The coach/student-athlete relationship is a privileged one. Coaches play a critical role in the personal and athletic development of their student-athletes. Therefore, coaches are expected to model the fundamentally positive aspects of school sport. Coaches, including community coaches:



  • Shall recognize that school sport is an extension of the classroom, and shall conduct themselves accordingly when performing coaching duties;
  • Shall observe the Competitive Rules and Regulations of BCSS, and those of their local athletic association and applicable sport commission;
    • Shall observe the rules of the sport, the spirit of the rules of the sport, and shall encourage student-athletes to do the same;
    • Shall fulfil all competition, invitational, playoff and championship competitive and event obligations, in accordance with athletic association policy, sport commission policy and tournament-related agreements;
    • Shall treat all participants fairly and equitably, by refraining from discriminating against any student-athlete with respect to race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation;
    • Shall respect the rulings of officials without gesture or argument, and shall require student-athletes to do the same;
    • Shall not use foul, profane, harassing or offensive language or gestures in the conduct of coaching duties;
    • Shall not use physical force of any kind in the conduct of coaching duties;
    • Shall not, under any circumstances, endorse, recommend, or suggest the use of performance-enhancing drugs or supplements by any student-athlete;
    • Shall abstain from the use of tobacco products and alcohol while in the presence of student-athletes, and shall discourage their use by student-athletes;
    • Shall not, under any circumstances, require or imply that a student-athlete must be involved in any summer program or club program as part of his/her responsibilities as a school team member;
    • Shall not, under any circumstances, require or imply that a student-athlete cannot or should not participate in any BCSS-approved sport in the season preceding or following the coach’s season of play; and
    • Shall not, under any circumstances, start pre-season tryouts or practices to the detriment of any in-season sport.


    • All complaints alleging a violation of the Rules of Conduct by a coach shall first be addressed with the coach. Where there is no resolution, a meeting should be set with the Athletic Director, followed by an administrator if needed.