Parent behaviour – keep it fun!

Parent’s behaviour on the sideline determines whether their child has a good time playing sport. By helping parents to be better role models and supporters, we build nurturing environments for our kids to play sport and encourage their life-long participation.

Some parents take all the fun out of sport by the way they behave while watching their kids. We’ve all seen the parent who emphasises winning over participation, yells abuse, forces their child to play or criticises their performance – all of which really takes the fun out of the game. 

To help your organisation or club to keep it fun, the Department has developed the Keep it Fun – Clubs Guide to Encouraging Positive Parent Behaviour to help you promote good behaviour among parents so that they can learn to be a positive influence on their child’s sporting experience.

The information sheets in this kit can be copied and used by your organisation to help guide parents to be great sports.

Play by the Rules

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.
Play by the rules website