When coaches are engaged and proactive, athletes and teams perform at higher levels. The bonds you form with your athletes can have a tremendous impact: athletes view the relationship with their coach as the top factor in their success. Since sport helps athletes gain important life skills, this influence often extends far beyond the field of play.

Coaches also have a critical role to play in addressing misconduct in sport: your unique vantage point enables you to set a tone of respect and trust, monitor interactions and activities, and create a culture of openness and disclosure. If misconduct does occur, you are in a great position to take action and support your athletes.