In minor incidents, coaches have called practice during the holidays and not notified students that it was cancelled, argued with umpires and referees during competition, and poorly handled a volatile parent, Azevedo said. The district uses both teachers and walk-on specialists as coaches. There are 21 sports at every comprehensive high school campus in the district, Azevedo said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District’s 300 to 400 sports coaches will be asked to sign contracts that now mention disciplinary measures, up to and including firing, that could be imposed if they violate a code of conduct. District officials said no single incident prompted the change, but they want a policy that spells out consequences. “We want coaches to exemplify values. If we don’t have coaches who exemplify that, there needs to be a process for dealing with that issue. It hasn’t been present before,” trustee Al Beattie said. District policy contains a code of conduct from the California Interscholastic Federation, the organization that governs high school sports. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Coaches should teach, enforce and model sportsmanship and six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship, a district staff report says. The revised contract that a coach will sign states: “I also understand that any failure on my part to model this code of ethics will result in consequences ranging from an informal meeting with administrative officials up to and including termination from my coaching position.” The board approved the revised contract at a recent meeting. “We have had to make some replacements in the past,” Beattie said, “but there has been no clear, `If you do these things, these are the consequences.’ We can’t have coaches yelling and screaming at players or walking out of the gym.” Assistant Superintendent Tim Azevedo said it is important for coaches to know they can be fired for inappropriate conduct. “We’ve had some historical things where coaches were saying, `I knew that was the code, but I didn’t know I could get fired,”‘ he said.