Code of conduct

Code of Conduct for Players

  • Play by the rules
  • Work equally hard for yourself and/or for your team. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player
  • Co-operate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition
  • Play for the “fun of it” and not just to please parents and coaches
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the officials’ judgement or honesty in public. Have your coach or manager approach the official after the competition
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good players, regardless of which team they are in
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in any sport
  • Avoid the use of derogatory language
  • Accept defeat with dignity – nobody wins all the time. You win some, you lose some. Learn to lose graciously.  Congratulate the winners with good grace. Don’t blame the referee or anyone else. Good losers earn more respect than bad winners

Code of Conduct for Coaches and Managers

  • Remember that children participate for pleasure and that winning is only part of the fun
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing
  • Be reasonable in your demands on young player’s time, energy and enthusiasm
  • Teach your players to follow the rules
  • Whenever possible, group players to ensure that everyone has a reasonable chance of success
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players. The just average need and deserve equal time
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition
  • Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of children

Code of Conduct for Spectators and Family Members

  • Remember that children play sport for their enjoyment, not yours
  • Encourage children to participate, do not force them
  • Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good plays by all teams
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
  • Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise
  • Show appreciation of volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them your child could not participate

If an issue should arise regarding your child please discuss this directly with the coach and manager together.