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Coaching Ethics

The NGB BAB has approved and adopted the UK Coaching Code of Ethics, the BAB Equality & Equity Policy and the BAB Safeguarding Policies

Taken from Section 2 of their BAB Coaching and Club Handbook (Coaching Manual)

Code of Conduct

The following Code is yet to be approved hence is Draft only


At all times Coaches should facilitate the safe and ethical practice of Aikido. Coaches should encourage a culture in which they and their students are aware of their 'Duty of Care.'

This will include such considerations as:

  • safe execution of technique.
  • maintenance of a safe environment.
  • awareness of the need for personal hygiene.
  • BAB policy on drugs and alcohol.
  • appreciation of the type of practice appropriate to each grade.
  • awareness of Equal Opportunities issues.
  • awareness of the need for appropriate language.
  • appreciation of your own responsibility for insurance cover.
  • any other issues concerned with the proper running of a club.


Take note of the Safe Practise policy and "You and your responsibility" applicable to those practicing in the Club also.


Coaching Practice

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All coaches must:

  • Consider the well being and safety of participants before the development of performance.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport by building physical skills and abilities interpersonal skills & respect for each other.
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance. Thereby ensuring their behaviour is not misconstrued or open to allegations of favouritism, misconduct or impropriety.
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body – the British Aikido Board, our Association – Lancashire Aikikai and Trafford Aikido
  • Comply and promote with equality and child protection best practise.
  • Hold current permission to teach from the Lancashire Aikikai Principal in accordance with the Aikikai's Child Protection policy when taking a class unsupervised
  • Hold valid and appropriate coaching, First Aid qualifications and insurance cover.
  • Never exert undue influence over participants to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Never condone use of excessive force or the use of prohibited substances.
  • Encourage and guide participants to value their performances to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and actions.
  • Respect the rights of participants to decline an activity which they consider beyond their abilities.