Players Code of Behaviour
1. Play by the rules.
2. Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the match.
3. 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.
4. Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
5. Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
6. Cooperate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
7. Participate for your enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches.
8. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
Coaches Code of Behaviour
1. Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
2. Never ridicule or yell at a young player for making a mistake or not coming first.
3. Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
4. Operate within the rules and spirit of the sport and teach your players to do the same.
5. Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All young people are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
6. Avoid overplaying the talented player; the just average need and deserve equal time.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young people.
10. Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation.
11. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
Parent/Spectators Code of Behaviour
1. Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment not yours.
2. Encourage children to participate do not force them.
3. Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or loosing.
4. Encourage children always to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
5. Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or loosing a match.
6. Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
7. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
8. Respect official’s decisions and teach children to do likewise.
9. Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, without them your child could not participate.
10. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
11. Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
12. Show respect for your team’s opponents without them there would be no game.
13. Do not use foul language, sledge or harass players, coaches or officials.
14. Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate participants on their performance regardless of the games outcome.
Our stadium is committed to providing a safe environment for participation. Aggressive, threatening or other inappropriate behaviour by members, their families, their friends, and other sporting personnel while attending a game or event will not be tolerated.
These behaviours are outlined in our Code of Behaviour and specifically include:
• using bad language.
• harassing or ridiculing players, coaches, officials or other spectators.
• making racist, religious, sexist or other inappropriate comments to players, coaches, officials or other spectators.
• any threatening behaviour or physical altercation between spectators and players, coaches, officials or other spectators.
• putting undue pressure on children, berating them or putting down their performance.
• drinking at a game or training or being drunk at a club event.
What we will do
• Provide members, their parents and other sporting personnel with our Code of Behaviour and make clear what is expected and the consequences of non-compliance.
• Reinforce messages of fair and respectful behaviour by displaying signs and posters around our facilities and providing information on our website, in our newsletter and through other club communication.
• Encourage our coaches and officials to complete training to develop their skills and confidence.
• Ban bringing alcohol to training, a game or tournaments.
• Consult with our local police and seek their support and advice on how to handle issues involving inappropriate behaviour by spectators prior to, at or after a game.
• Encourage the reporting of incidents and investigate inappropriate behaviours as outlined in this policy and take disciplinary or whatever other actions as are deemed necessary (e.g. appoint a ground official to monitor behaviour).
• Encourage our players, coaches, officials and spectators to call the police if they are concerned about escalating behaviour and their safety or the safety of others.
What we ask you to do
• Help create a positive atmosphere for players, officials and other spectators by showing respect for players, officials and other spectators.
• Abide by our stadium’s Code of Behaviour and refrain from using bad language, harassing or ridiculing others or behaving in a threatening or violent manner.
• If you are aware of inappropriate spectator behaviour and you feel confident to do so, speak with the person and ask them to stop. If not, ask the centre manager for assistance.
• Report any inappropriate spectator behaviour to the centre manager.
• Call the police or centre manager if you are concerned for your safety or the safety of others.
Anyone found to have behaved inappropriately, and are not abiding our stadium's Code of Behaviour may be asked to leave or face disciplinary action.