Code of Conduct-South Toowoomba Hawks Soccer Club

Code of Conduct


¨Play for the ‘love of the game’ and not just to please parents and coaches.

¨Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit so will you.

¨Play by the rules.

¨Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain or coach approach the official during a break or after the game.

¨Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are your team or the opposition.

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

¨Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players or deliberately fouling or provoking an opponent are all unacceptable behaviour.

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



¨Remember that children play football for their enjoyment, not yours. If a child is reluctant to play, encourage but don’t force them.

¨Focus on the players’ effort and performance rather than winning or losing.

¨Assist in settling realistic personal goals related to his/her ability.

¨Encourage children to always play according to the laws of the game.

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

¨Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good play by both teams.

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

¨Respect official’s decisions and teach children to do likewise.

¨Show your appreciation of volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them your child could not participate.

¨Encourage children to recognize the value of an honest effort so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.



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

¨Never ridicule or yell at players for making mistakes or losing a game.

¨Be reasonable in your demands on your players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.

¨Teach your players to follow the rules.

¨Wherever possible, group players to ensure that everyone has a reasonable chance of success.

¨Avoid over playing the talented players. The ‘just average’ players need and deserve equal time.

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

¨Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgements of officials and opposing coaches.

¨Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or play.

¨Keep informed of the latest coaching practices and the principles of children’s growth and development.