Code of Ethics and Ethical Responsibility

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Social media headlines read “Coach Krakus leads volleyball team to league’s championship game for 1st time in coaching career.”

Coach Krakus is completing his 13th year as head coach of a co-ed junior league (i.e., 13–15-year-old participants) volleyball team. Yesterday, Coach Krakus’ team won their semi-final game and will be playing in the championship tomorrow night. During this morning’s practice session, a player on the team, Pat, notified Coach Krakus a teammate, Marion, has being gambling (i.e., placing financial wagers/bets) on the team’s games.

Gambling – the wagering of money and/or something else of value, on an event with an uncertain outcome with the intent of winning additional money and/or thing(s) of value.

Generally, gambling involves all three of the following elements:
» Prize – Any item of value that is offered to the winner. This could include money, other goods or services and/or any other thing of value, regardless of the amount of such value.
» Chance – The “winner” of the prize is uncertain at the time the wager is made. The use or exercise of skill, strategy, and/or knowledge, unless it completely negates the element of chance, does not convert an activity into something other than gambling.
» Consideration – In order to receive a chance to win the prize, the participants provide or risk something of value.

The volleyball league’s code of ethics clearly indicates “Gambling by League administrators, coaches, officials (i.e., referees), and/or athletes is prohibited. Violations of this policy constitute conduct detrimental to the League and will subject the involved team and/or person(s) to appropriate disciplinary action by the League’s president. Such disciplinary action may include, without limitation, severe penalties, up to and including termination of employment, forfeiture of volleyball games, suspensions from participation, and expulsion from the League.

Write minimum of 750 words, explaining how Coach Krakus should respond to the present ethical dilemma concerning an athlete (i.e., Marion) and sport gambling.

Cite at least three (3) literary publications to support information discussed 

1. Introduction

2. Communication with team members. How should Coach Krakus address this ethical dilemma with Marion (i.e., allegedly gambling on team’s games)? How should this ethical dilemma be discussed with team’s remaining members?

3. Communication with other individuals associated with team – Explain Coach Krakus’ ethical responsibility with respect to notifying others (i.e., Marion’s and Pat’s parents/guardians, remaining team members’ parents/guardians, volleyball league’s executive administrators (i.e., president, championship event’s director) and team’s opposing coaches.

4. Education – Explain how Coach Krakus could educate his team members about sports gambling. Provide at least one (1) example in order to support explanation.

5. Conclusion

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