With Padel making deep inroads into the UAE, it has been down to the UAE Padel Association (UAEPA) to lay down criteria and codes that need to be adhered to by the coaches, players and officials. These have been laid down for the sake of making the sport more transparent and further accessible to all.
Coaches are the focal point to the establishment of ethics in Padel. It is the coaches’ concept of ethics and attitude that has a direct influence on the behavior of players. So, coaches are of prime importance in ensuring the rise of disciplined players who uphold the integrity of the sport.
Coaches need to be aware of the fact that their everyday words, behavior and actions influence their wards ethically and morally. Coaches need to drive home the fact that while winning is everything, it is equally important for players to stay civil and follow basic etiquette that expounds the bigger values of life.
Coaches should therefore keep themselves aloof from pushing the player towards an intense level and attitude as the implications of such an approach can affect the players concerned at various levels, including health, safety and overall welfare. It is of paramount importance that coaches adhere to a personal etiquette that will enable young minds to be molded as the future stars for the sport and the society at large.
The Code of Conduct for coaches, therefore, is meant to be a guiding light to trainers and coaches who are involved in delivering the stars of the future in Padel.
Coaches should respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person while treating each equally.
Coaches should place the well-being and safety of their players above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by various governing bodies.
Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal favors or rewards that would tarnish the fair image of the sport.
Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their behavior and performances during competition and off-court as well.
Coaches should before-hand lay down the guidelines for training a player considering his capacity, talent and hunger to excel in the sport.
It is the responsibility of coaches to fully co-operate with other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors and physiotherapists keeping in mind the best interests of the player.
It is the moral right of the coaches to promote the positive aspects of the sport, mainly fair play, while never condoning violations of the Laws of the Game and portraying a behavior that is contrary to the spirit of the Rules & Regulations of the Game or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
It is the moral obligation of coaches to consistently display high standards of behavior and appearance.
Coaches should not use or tolerate inappropriate use of language from players, both on and off the court.