• Play for the “fun of it” and not just to please parents and coaches.
  • 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.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately fouling or provoking an opponent and throwing equipment is not acceptable or permitted in any sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit so will you.
  • Be a good sport. Cheer all good plays whether they are by your team or the other team.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated.  Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
  • Co-operate with your coach, team-mates and opponents.
  • Without them there would be no game.
  • At all times show respect and manners to every one concerned.



  • Modify Rules and Regulations to match the skill of children and their needs.
  • Compliment both teams on their effort.
  • Be consistent, objective and courteous in calling all infractions.
  • Condemn the deliberate foul as being unsportsmanlike and promote fair play and appropriate sports behaviour.
  • Use common sense to ensure that overcalling violations does not lose the “spirit of the game” for children.
  • Publicly encourage rule changes, which will enforce the principals of participation for fun and enjoyment.
  • Actions speak larger than words.  Ensure that both on and off the field your behaviour is consistent with the principals of good sportsmanship.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound officiating principals and the principals of growth and development of children.



  • If children are interested, encourage them to play sport.  However, if a child is not willing to play, do not force him/her.
  • Focus upon the child’s effort and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event.  This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always play according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  • Remember that children learn best from example.  Applaud good plays by both teams.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channel rather than question the official’s judgement and honesty in public.  Remember that most officials give their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches.  They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve your support.
  • Always remember two points: sportsmanship but most importantly let’s all have fun.



  • Children play organised sports for fun.  They are not playing for the entertainment of spectators only, nor are they miniature professionals.
  • Applaud good performance and efforts by your team and the opponents.  Congratulate both teams upon their performance regardless of the games outcome.
  • Respect the officials’ decision.  If there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedure in order to question the decision and teach the children to do likewise.
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during a competition.  Positive comments are motivational.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Show respect for your teams opponents, without them there would be no game.
  • Encourage players to play according to the rules and the officials’ decisions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language, harassing players, coaches or officials.



  • Abide by the Laws and Rules.  The Laws of the Game and Rules of your Club/League.
  • Teach the rules.  Rules are mutual agreements which nobody should break.
  • Group players competitively.
  • Avoid overplaying talented players.
  • Maximise fun.  Place winning in perspective.
  • Stress safety always.
  • Consider maturity levels.  Devise training programs to suit all.
  • Develop team respect. For opponents, umpires and coaches.
  • Recognise the importance of proper injury treatment.
  • Keep up to date. With coaching developments.
  • Attain coaching accreditation.
  • Avoid derogatory language. Based on gender or race.
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