Code of Conduct for Pennsbury Odyssey of the Mind Association
All coaches / parents wishing to register a team as part of the Pennsbury Odyssey of the Mind Association are required to sign this code of conduct form. This form requires coaches / parents to agree to abide by the “Code of Conduct for Pennsbury Odyssey of the Mind Association (POMA) Coaches / parents ” as shown below.
Pennsbury Odyssey of the Mind Association (POMA) requires that all coaches / parents observe the highest standards of professional ethics. A few basic guidelines to keep in mind:
Always act with respect and sportsmanship.
Never place the value of winning above the value of instilling the highest ideals of character.
Always treat others in a courteous and professional manner regardless of their gender, ability, or cultural backgrounds.
Standard of Conduct
As a POMA coach, I believe that it is my duty to promote important life skills and the development of good character. I believe that essential elements of character-building are embodied in the concepts of respect and sportsmanship.
Respect: I will treat all people, including team members, parents, and officials with respect all the time and will require the same of my team.
Sportsmanship: I will be a good sport by demonstrating support of all POMA teams, coaches / parents, and officials at practices and tournaments. I will use positive coaching methods to make the experience enjoyable, increase self-esteem, and foster an appreciation for the program. I will encourage team members to pursue victory with honor, to think and compete as a team, and to do their best. I will discourage selfishness and put less emphasis on the final outcome of the competition than upon effort, teamwork, and character.
Outside Assistance (OA)
I understand that it is my responsibility as a coach to ensure that all team members and their supporters (parents, family, and friends) understand and abide by the OA rules. I will do my best to uphold and promote this basic tenant of the OM program.
I will not participate or allow Outside Assistance as outlined in the Odyssey of the Mind Program Guide.
This includes, but is not limited to, the creation and construction of any aspect of the team’s LT solution, suggesting or promoting any particular ideas for the LT solution.
I understand that by allowing or giving Outside Assistance, I am taking away from the team’s ownership of their solution.
I understand that in my position as a POMA coach, I must act in accordance with the following code:
Training: I understand that I am responsible for all information passed along at any POMA coaches’ training sessions. I am aware that coaching guidelines are also available on the Odyssey of the Mind website, www.OdysseyoftheMind.org. I know that I can receive help and support from the POMA website, www.PennsburyOM.com.
Knowledge: I will maintain a thorough knowledge of the competition rules as outlined in the current year’s “Odyssey of the Mind Program Guide” which is available through POMA or on the web at www.OdysseyftheMind.com . I will also maintain a thorough understanding of the rules outlined by my specific problem, including any team-generated or public clarifications. I understand that it is my responsibility to assure that my team members know and understand the rules as well.
I have read this “Code of Conduct for POMA” and agree to abide by it while participating in Pennsbury Odyssey of the Mind Regional, State, and World competitions.
Print Name: ________________________________ Signature: ________________________________ Date: __________
Adapted with Permission from the California Odyssey of the Mind Code of Conduct for coaches last revised 9/2017