Do what you gotta do to win. As a coach, it is too easy to get sidetracked by one's own dignity and competitive drive, or pressure from fans and/or administration, that unethical decisions are made to ensure a big W. As we learned in class, this unfortunately contributes to an unending cycle of unethic-ness. The athletes that these coaches serve and teach become coaches themselves, which leads to more unethical actions- insert "monkey see, monkey do" phrase here. These athletes/new coaches behave in ways that they saw their coaches behave, which leads them to passing on these behaviors to their athletes who then become coaches who pass them on to their athletes... etc. etc. Luckily if we think about the glass half open on this one, we know that the morals some mamas taught their babies will be strong enough to fight the vicious cycle and all will be right in the world. Unfortunately, that isn't enough to combat all evil so our other option is to put KIN3143 on the line of duty. The question is... how?
First and foremost, as soldiers of KIN3143 we will read all articles and chapters in our books related to ethics. And then we will read them again. My inner education major makes me feel compelled to suggest that we H.U.G. it out here... highlight, underline and gloss that text. It is not until we implement those words into our minds and hearts that we can implement all that we learned towards our role as coaches. We must go into battle fully prepared.
As our role transitions from soldier to sergeant, it is our duty to train our soldiers with ethics on the forefront. I think that this can be done in various ways. The best way is probably, as many of my colleagues have noted, acting morally. Just as monkey saw and monkey did in the cycle explained above, monkey can also see good things and go and do them too. The second way is to talk about them. Obviously if one team is winning because they are being unethical and your team is not because they are being ethical, some questions of what is more important might arise. We will need to stay true to our philosophy and communicate with our athletes what drives our actions. We already know that coaches play a significant role in the development of their athletes. If we can act out and communicate what it means to have moral standards, we can transform the "do what you gotta do to win" attitude to a "win with integrity" attitude. We can stop the cycle.