Football Code of Conduct and Sporting Behaviour Code


Coaches and Officials Code of Conduct

  • Compliment both teams of their efforts.
  • 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 players.
  • Actions speak louder than words. Ensure that your own behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sportsmanship.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound officiating principles and the principles of growth and development of players.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • You are representing your club. Don’t do anything that will discredit or bring adverse attention to your club.

Player’s Code of Conduct

  • Play by the rules – the rules of your club and the laws of the game.
  • Never argue with an umpire or other official – without these people, you can’t play football.
  • Control your temper – verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players doesn’t help you enjoy or win any games.
  • Be a team player – It’s a team game, treat it that way.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated – fairly.
  • Co-operate with your coach, the umpires and team-mates.
  • Play for your own enjoyment and to improve your skills.
  • Don’t use ugly remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability – you’ll let down your coach, team-mates and family if you do – and many such comments are actually now illegal.

Supporters Code of Conduct

  • Remember that you are there for the participants to enjoy the game.
  • Encourage participation, but don’t force it.
  • Never ridicule mistakes or losses – supporters are there to support not downgrade.
  • Lead by example and respect all players, coaches, umpires and spectators – physical or verbal abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Recognize all volunteers who are giving up their valuable time.
  • Never publicly criticize umpires – raise personal concerns with club officials in private.
  • Don‘t use ugly remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability – you’ll let down your family and yourself if you do – and many such comments are actually now illegal.
  • All spectators must be at least 2 metres behind the boundary line at all times for junior football games.

Parents Code of Conduct

In addition to the above

  • By your child registering with the Hectorville Football Club you agree to abide by these principles. You support the Club in its undertakings and encourage the Club to take any necessary disciplinary actions including the suspension and banning where warranted of any players, parents and or spectators for repeated or serious breaches of these Codes of Conduct.
  • 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. Never ridicule or yell at child for making a mistake or losing a game