DECLARE WAR ON
TIRED OF PLAYING OPPONENTS WHO
KNOWINGLY TEACH UNFAIR OR UNSAFE TACTICS? WHO LAUGH ABOUT IT
AFTERWARDS, AND SAY, "SO?" WHEN YOU CONFRONT THEM?
TIME TO TAKE UP THE CUDGEL AGAINST THE
SELFISH CHEATS WHO THINK THEY'RE BIGGER THAN OUR GAME. TIME TO GET
AFTER THEIR ASSES AND RUN THEM OFF.
EVERY FOOTBALL COACH IN AMERICA SHOULD
BE REQUIRED TO READ THIS AND SIGN OFF ON IT BEFORE EVERY SEASON.
COPY IT AND SAVE IT. HAND A COPY TO A GUY THE NEXT TIME HE CHEATS,
AND SEND A COPY TO HIS PRINCIPAL AND AD.
- HOLD NOTHING BACK. WHEN A GUY ADMITS
THAT HE TEACHES ILLEGAL TACTICS, AND SNICKERS THAT "IT'S NOT
ILLEGAL IF YOU DON'T GET CAUGHT," EXPOSE HIM FOR THE CHEATER THAT
HE IS, AND USE THE AFCA TO BACK UP YOUR ARGUMENT.
- EXCERPTS FROM THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION
CODE OF ETHICS
- EXCERPTED FROM THE PREAMBLE
- Coaches unwilling or unable to comply with the principles
of the Code of Ethics have no place in the profession.
- EXCERPTED FROM ARTICLE ONE - RESPONSIBILITIES TO
- 2. In teaching the game of football, the coach must realize
that there are certain rules designed to protect the player and
provide common standards for determining a winner and a loser.
Any attempts to circumvent these rules, to take unfair
advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate
unsportsmanlike conduct, have no place in the game of football,
nor has any coach guilty of such teaching any right to call
himself a coach.
- EXCERPTED FROM ARTICLE THREE - RULES OF THE
- 1. The Football Code which appears in the Official Football
Rule Book shall be considered an integral part of this Code of
Ethics and should be carefully read and observed.
- 2. Each coach should be acquainted thoroughly with the
rules of the game. He is responsible for having the rules
taught to, interpreted for, and executed by his players.
- 3. Both the letter and the spirit of the rules must be
adhered to by the coaches and their players.
- 4. Coaches who seek to gain any advantage by circumvention,
disregard, or unwillingness to learn the rules of the game, are
unfit for this association. A coach is responsible for the
adherence to the rules by all parties directly involved with
the team. The integrity of the game rests mainly on the
shoulders of the coach; there can be no compromise.
When did we begin to tolerate cheating?
When did people get the idea that they could openly and brazenly
cheat - and then brag about it? In the Old West, there was
nothing more despised than a cheat - poker cheats were killed or run
out of town. We can't continue to cut these cheating bastards slack,
and then condemn executives who think that they can loot corporations
and rape shareholders and screw employees and creditors. If we don't
have the guts to take on the cheats in a kids' game, what chance do
we have as a society? Drive them out of the business. Football has
enough enemies on the outside without letting people destroy it from