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Codes of Behaviour

Players

  • Play by the rules
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the game
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in any sport
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your teams performance will benefit, so will you
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition
  • Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor
  • Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion
  • Parents

Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment
Encourage children to participate, do not force them
Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing
Encourage children always to play according to the rules and settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence
Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or for losing
Remember that children learn by best example
Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants
Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
Respect officials decisions and teach children to do likewise
Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion

Coaches

Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun
Never ridicule or yell at a young player for making a mistake or not coming first
Be reasonable in your demands on players time, energy and enthusiasm
Operate within the rules and spirit of your sport and teach your players to do the same
Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All young people are deserving of equal attention and opportunities
Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players
Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators. Encourage players to do the same
Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players. Follow the advice of physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition
Obtain appropriate qualification and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young people
Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s skill development
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion

Administrators

Involve young people in planning, leadership, evaluation and decision making related to the activity
Give all young people equal opportunities to participate
Create pathways for young people to participate in sport not just as a player but also as a coach, referee, administrator etc
Ensure that rules, equipment, length of training and schedules are modified to suit the age, ability and maturity level of young players
Provide quality supervision and instruction for junior players
Remember that young people participate for their enjoyment and benefit. Do not over emphasise awards
Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development, and help improve the standards of coaching and officiating
Ensure that everyone involved in junior sport emphasises fair play, and not winning at all costs
Give a code of behaviour sheet to spectators, officials, parents, coaches, players  and encourage them to follow it
Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive
Make it clear that abusing young people in any way is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary action
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion

Officials

Compliment and encourage all participants
Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions
Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents
Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than the errors
Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words
Keep up to date with the latest trends in officiating and the principles of growth and development of young people
Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive
Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else
Give all young people a fair go regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion

Spectators

Remember that young people participate in sport for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours
Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate all participants on their performance regardless of the game’s outcome
Respect the decisions of officials and teach young people to do the same
Never ridicule or scold a young player for making a mistake. Positive comments are motivational
Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or players
Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no game
Encourage players to follow the rules and the official’s decisions
Do not use foul language, sledge or harass players, coaches or officials
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion