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Code of Behaviour

JUNIORS

Codes of Behaviour

Coaches and Team Managers

1. Quality coaches and team managers are the key to developing quality in junior sport.

2. Fostering positive attitudes towards physical activity and sport creates an environment in which sporting skills are identified and developed.

3. Be reasonable in your demands on the players time and enthusiasm.

4. Teach your players that the rules of the sport are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.

5. Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation.

6. Never ridicule children or yell at the children for making mistakes.

7. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.

8. The scheduling and length of practice times and competition should take into consideration the maturity level of the children.

9. Encourage your team to respect the ability of your opponents, as well as the officials and opposing coaches.

10. Follow the advice of a Doctor or Physiotherapist when determining whether an injured player is ready to play or commence training.

11. Make every effort to keep up to date with sound coaching principles.

Players

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 of after the completion of the game.

3. Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in any sport. Do not show you are unhappy when you are given out.

4. Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your performance will benefit - so will your team's.

5. Be a good sport. Applaud good plays regardless of the team.

6. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.

7. Co-operate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.

8. All talk must stop when the bowler reaches their bowling mark.

9. Bad language (swearing) is not permitted.

10. Sportsman-like behaviour is encouraged.

Parents

1. If children are interested, encourage them to participate. If they are not willing, do not force them.

2. Focus upon the child's effort and performance, rather than the overall outcome of the event.

3. Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.

4. Encourage children to participate according to the rules.

5. Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.

6. Remember children are involved in organised sport for their enjoyment, not yours.

7. Remember children learn best from example. Applaud good plays by all teams.

8. If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels, rather than question the official's judgement and honesty in public.

9. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.

10. Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches.