Sports Code 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 match.
  • 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/or your team. Your team’s 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 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.

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 the 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.
  • Avoid overplaying the talented player; the just average need and deserve equal time.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrations, parents and spectators. Encourage your players
    to do the same.
  • Show concern and caution towards sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Obtain appropriate qualifications 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.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Parents and Spectators

  • Remember that everyone participates in sport for their enjoyment not yours.
  • Encourage all players to participate do not force them.
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Encourage players to always play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a player for making a mistake or losing a match.
  • Remember that players learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skillful plays by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect official’s decisions.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, without them your child could not participate.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • 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.
  • Do not use foul language, sledge or harass players, coaches or officials.
  • Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate participants on their performance regardless of the game outcome.

Play for Fun, Play Fair

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