Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct: Parents, Guardians and Spectators

1. It is the aim of this Club to promote the highest standards of sportsmanship and fair play and to ensure the “spirit” of the Club’s activities are not abused.

2. Any adult taking part in any activity organised by this Club, or attending such an activity with the Club as a guest of another, shall conduct themselves in an exemplary manner.

3. Adult behaviour must be of the highest standard to set the correct example to players.

4. Players should expect advice, encouragement and support and not be embarrassed or humiliated by the adults watching them.

5. Adults should not shout, swear, argue, become violent or use sarcasm. Wherever possible players who require help should be assisted and encouraged to overcome difficulties.

6. Adults should:

  • Always look for aspects to praise rather than rebuke.
  • Praise good behaviour to show that adults value it.
  • Praise effort and performance rather than simply achievement most often in the case of a victory.
  • Emphasise the importance of involvement first, winning second.
  • Display patience.
  • Ensure players have a clear understanding of the standard of behaviour expected.
  • Help players understand the rules, talk to them, not at them.

7. Matters of team selection, including the playing of substitutes, remains the sole responsibility of the team manager/team leader and their decisions will remain final. Any parent/guardian or person associated with a playing Member or Honorary Member who attempts to unduly influence the team manager/game leader with regard to team selection shall be in contravention of (2) above and may be dealt with as (9) below.

8. At all times during the course of an activity, the decisions made by the referee, qualified or unqualified, appointed to officiate will remain final. In many cases newly qualified referees/umpires are appointed to games in order to gain experience and these officials, male or female, should be given encouragement and support.

9. Any parent / guardian or spectator associated with a playing Member or Honorary Member whose behaviour is considered to fall below the required standard may result in the membership of that player being suspended or cancelled.

10. Any complaint regarding the opposition, referee, spectators, or any other aspect of the game must be dealt with by the team manager/game leader. If the matter is considered serious enough the Club Secretary will inform the appropriate authority. It is not acceptable for individuals to take the law into their own hands.

11. All parents / guardians and spectators shall abide by the rules of the respective game Associations.

Code of Conduct: Players

Players are the most important people in the sport. Playing for the team, and for the team to win, is the most fundamental part of the game. But not winning at any cost. Fair play and respect for all others in the game are also fundamentally important.

Players should be aware of their obligations towards the game.

A player should:

  • Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
  • Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
  • Avoid all forms of gamesmanship and timewasting.
  • Know, respect and abide by the laws of the game and competition rules.
  • Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.
  • Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game, safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.
  • Show respect towards match officials, team officials (including opposition team officials) and supporters.
  • Abide by the instructions of their coach and team officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this code.
  • Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.
  • Be aware of their obligations to their own team and make every effort consistent with fair play, sportsmanship and the laws of the game to help his own team win.
  • Not use inappropriate language.
  • Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.