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Codes of conduct and/or behaviour

Codes of conduct, or behaviour, give everyone a guide to what is expected of them if they are part of an organisation, are playing sport, or standing on the sideline cheering. They help us to behave ethically and professionally.

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Codes of Behaviour coverWhat is a code of conduct or behaviour?

A Code of conduct or behaviour has been described as a set of consistent guidelines for an acceptable standard of professional conduct.

Codes address in a concise manner the broader issues of ethical responsibility and encourage greater transparency and accountability in an organisation.

Codes of conduct, or behaviour, provide a guide and basis of expectations for an organisation. They encourage commitment to ethical and professional behaviour and outline principles in which an organisation and industry or sector are based.

While they've been developed largely for junior sport, there are many aspects we can adapt for all levels of sport and recreation.

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 competition.
  • 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 own 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.

Parents

  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
  • Focus on the child's efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Encourage children always to play according to the rule and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect officials' decision and teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

 

Coaches

  • Remember that young people participate for please 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 your sport and tech 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 players; the just-average need and deserve equal time.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators. Encourage players to do the same.
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training and 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 and necessary for the player's skill development.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Officials

  • Modify rules and regulations to match the skill levels and needs of young people.
  • Compliment and encourage all participants.
  • Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions.
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.
  • Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than the errors.
  • Encourage and promote rule changes that will make participation more enjoyable.
  • Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words.
  • Keep up to date with the latest trends in officiating and the principles of growth and development of young people.
  • Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.
  • Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else.
  • Give all young people a 'fair go' regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Teachers

  • Encourage young people to develop basic skills in a variety of sports and discourage overspecialisation in one event, sport or playing position.
  • Create opportunities to teach appropriate sports behaviour as well as basic skills.
  • Give priority to free play activities, skill learning and modified sports over highly structured competition for primary school children.
  • Prepare young people for intra and inter school competition by teaching them basic sport skills.
  • Make young people aware of the positive benefits of participating in sporting activities.
  • Keep up to date with coaching practices and the principles of physical growth and development. Read and use the latest coaching and teaching resources for junior sport.
  • Help young people understand the differences between the junior competition they participate in and professional sport.
  • Help young people understand that playing by the rules is their responsibility.
  • Give all young people equal opportunities to participate in administration, coaching and refereeing as well as playing.
  • Support implementation of the National Junior Sport Policy
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability cultural background or religion.

Administrators

  • Involve young people in planning, leadership, evaluation and decision making related to the activity.
  • Give all young people equal opportunities to participate.
  • Create pathways for young people to participate in sport not just as a player but as a coach, referee, administrator etc.
  • Ensure that rules, equipment, length of games and training schedules are modified to suit the age, ability and maturity level of young players.
  • Provide quality supervision and instruction for junior players.
  • Remember that young people participate for their enjoyment and benefit. Do not overemphasise awards.
  • Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development, and help improve the standards of coaching and officiating.
  • Ensure that everyone involved in junior sport emphasises fair play and not winning at all costs.
  • Give a code of behaviour sheet to spectators, officials, parents, coaches, players and the media, and encourage them to follow it.
  • Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.
  • Support implementation of the National Junior Sport Policy.
  • Make it clear that abusing young people in any way is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary action.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

For more informatio on Codes of Conduct

Junior Sport Codes of Behaviour

Australian Sports Commission publication

Play by the Rules website

Play by the Rules provides information and online learning about how to prevent and deal with discrimination, harassment and child abuse for the sport and recreation industry.

 
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