Code of Conduct-South Toowoomba Hawks Soccer Club
¨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.