Codes of Conduct
FOR CLUB MEMBERS, COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS
The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below.
Remember that each sport has values and traditions that underpin them and have taken generations to develop. You are the guardians of those values, never undermine them. Set a good example which others can follow.
Keep yourself informed about sound coaching practices and the principles of children's growth and emotional development. Make sure you know the exact age and circumstances of all the children in your care.
Children play for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
Be reasonable in your demands on children’s time, energy and enthusiasm – they have other pressures and demands and they need other interests too.
Follow advice from a professional when determining if an injured player is ready to play or train.
The successful coach invests in the well-being and development or excessive excitement.
Teach you team that honest effort is more important than victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment or excessive excitement.
Never ridicule or shout at a child for making a mistake or losing.
Teach players to be fair and honest, to follow the rules and to show good sportsmanship.
Ensure you and your players have respect for their opponents, the officials and opposing coaches and supporters.
Be responsible for the conduct of your players and apply appropriate sanctions to those who do not abide by the Players Code of Conduct. The success of the team must not be a consideration when applying sanctions. Ultimately, a player who, given due warning, is not willing or able to accept the Players Code of Conduct in full should not be selected until such time that their behaviour is reformed.
Learn the rules to better understand what you are looking at and commenting on. Learn about the values and traditions of the sport so that you and your child can support and encourage them.
Remember that children play for their fun, not yours! Encourage and support your children in every way possible to play but do not force them. Children learn best by following a good example.
Support the officials in every way possible, even if you feel their decision is a mistake. At the end, show your appreciation to all officials, coaches and volunteers.
Encourage your children to follow the Players Code of conduct in full.
By all means support and encourage your child and/or their team but remember you have a responsibility towards the development and well-being of all children present. Never encourage your own child/team by being unkind to opponents. Applauded all good play whether by your own team or by the other team.
Praise your child’s efforts whether they win or lose.
Never ridicule a child for losing or making a mistake.
Vigorously condemn any form of cheating and the use of violence, profane language and any other form of abuse.
Finally. Think of how you can best help the coach and/or team and offer your services if appropriate.
Remember, you are the guardians of the game. Respect and encourage its traditions and values.
Remember that those we watch on Television are Professionals who often have a very different set of values to us, who play for enjoyment. Do not always follow their example.
Like most others, your club is an amateur club with no source of income the club is run and the pitch is maintained by the goodwill of club members. Take pride in your club, play your part in fundraising and work parties. Tidy up after yourself; do not expect others to do it for you.
Respect other people – treat them as you would wish to be treated.
Play for fun and enjoyment – not just to please your parents and/or coach.
Learn and play by the rules of the game and ensure you consider the safety of all other players. Encourage your team-mates to do the same.
Arguing with match officials, team-mates or the coach must not be tolerated – use your energies for playing better. Ensure your team-mates follow your example.
Recognise and applaud all good play from either side.
Be a good sport – win with modesty, lose with dignity.
Co-operate with your coach, team-mates and competition.
Finally. Thank all officials and opponents with good grace after any match or competition irrelevant of what has happened during the game.