Codes of Conduct

MANDATORY & ENFORCEABLE CODES OF CONDUCT FOR COACHES, PLAYERS, PARENTS, SUPPORTERS AND OFFICIALS

Surrey Park Junior Football Club fully supports the codes of conduct as introduced by the AFL and AFL Victoria.

PLAYER 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 players doesn’t help you enjoy or win any games
  • Be a team player – it’s a team game, treat it that way
  • Be respectful and treat all players as you would like to be treated – fairly
  • Shake hands with opponents and umpires and thank them for the game at the conclusion of each match
  • Co-operate with your coach, the umpires and team-mates
  • Play for your own enjoyment & to improve your skills
  • Don’t make 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 now illegal

PARENT & SUPPORTER CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Remember that you are there for the participants to enjoy the game
  • Support your child but refrain from coaching or directing to allow the coach to be in charge during the game including the breaks
  • Encourage participation but don’t force it
  • Teach that enjoyment is more important than winning
  • Never ridicule mistakes or losses – supporters are there to support, not belittle
  • 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 make remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability – you’ll let down your family and yourself if you do – and many such comments are now illegal

By registering your child with the Surrey Park Junior Football Club you are agreeing to abide by these principles. You are also agreeing to 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 serious breaches of these Codes of Conduct.

COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT

To become an Accredited Level 1 coach, which is the minimum requirement of all junior coaches and assistant coaches, your coaches will have signed and submitted the AFL Coaches Code of Conduct in which they have outlined their commitment to uphold the following values to the best of their ability:

  1. To respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals within the context of my involvement in Australian Football, including refraining from any discriminatory practices on the basis of race, religion, ethnic background, or special disability/ability.
  2. To abide by and teach the AFL Laws of the Game and the Rules of the Club and League.
  3. To be reasonable in the demands made on the time commitments of the players in my care, having due consideration for their health and well-being.
  4. To refrain from any form of personal abuse or unnecessary physical contact with players in my care
  5. To have due consideration for the varying maturity and ability levels of my players when designing practice schedules, practice activities and involvement in competition.
  6. To avoid overplaying the talented players aiming to maximize participation and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability. Where I am responsible for players in age groups U/9 (Tackers) through to U/13s, I will endeavour to give all players equal playing time.
  7. To stress and monitor safety always.
  8. In recognizing the significance of injury and sickness, to seek and follow the physician’s advice concerning the return of injured or ill players to training.
  9. To endeavour to keep informed regarding sound principles of coaching and skill development, and of factors relating to the welfare of my players.
  10. To at all times display and teach appropriate sporting behavior, ensuring that players understand and practice fair play.
  11. To display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, other officials, parents and spectators.
  12. To ensure that players are involved in a positive environment where skill learning and development are priorities and are not overshadowed by a desire to win.
  13. To reject the use of performance enhancing substances in sport and abide by the guidelines set forth in the AFL DRUG POLICY.