Codes Of Conduct


  1. Involve others in planning, leadership, evaluation and decision making in relation to their activity.
  2. Create pathways for people to participate and develop through the sport not just as players but also as coaches, umpires and administrators.
  3. Establish that qualified and competent coaches and officials capable of developing appropriate sports behaviour and specific skill technique provide adequate supervision.
  4. Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development and help improve the standards of coaching and officiating.
  5. Assist all participants in football and netball to know and understand the rules.
  6. Set a conduct example for others to follow.
  7. Make it clear that abusing people in any way is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary action.
  8. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person.
  9. Ensure on and off the field behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sportsmanship.
  10. Do not engage in physical and/or verbal intimidation, abuse or conduct toward any player, official, umpire or supporter.
  11. Ensure all parents, coaches, sponsors, administrators, officials, medical staff and players, understand their responsibilities regarding fair play in sport.
  12. Make no detrimental statements in public (radio, television, print or electronic media) in respect to the performance of any match officials, players, or any policy decisions of the club, the leagues or the Board.
  13. Ensure equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate to the ability level of the participants.
  14. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided.
  15. Abide by the Rules, By-Laws and Regulations of the leagues.



  1. I will play by the rules – the rules of your club and the laws of the game.
  2. I will never argue with an umpire or other official – if I disagree with a decision I will talk to my captain or coach.
  3. I will control my temper. I understand verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players and deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in any sport.
  4. I will work equally hard for myself and/or my team.
  5. I will treat all players as I would like to be treated.
  6. I will be a good sport and applaud all good plays whether they are made by my team or the opposition.
  7. I will co-operate with my coach, team-mates and opponents.
  8. I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  9. I will thank the opposition and officials at the end of the game.
  10. I will play for my own enjoyment and to improve my skills.



In representing myself in an honest manner and without bringing the coaching profession or the game into disrepute, I will endeavour to uphold the following to the best of my ability:

  1. I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals within the context of my involvement in Australian Rules Football and Netball, including refraining from any discriminatory practices based on gender, religion, cultural background, or special ability/disability.
  2. I will abide by and teach the AFL Laws of the Game, the Rules of Netball and the rules of my club and leagues.
  3. I will be reasonable in the demands I make on the time commitments of the players in my care, having due consideration for their health and well-being.
  4. I will refrain from any form of personal abuse or unnecessary physical contact with the players in my care.
  5. I will not arrive at the venue intoxicated or drink alcohol at junior matches.
  6. I will not allow the unlawful supply of alcohol at training, games or club functions.
  7. I will avoid overplaying talented players, aiming to maximise participation and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability. Where I am responsible for players in the 5-12 year old age group, I will ensure that all players gain equal playing time.
  8. I will stress and monitor player safety always, ensuring that rules, equipment, length of games and training schedules are modified to suit the age, ability and maturity level of players.
  9. In recognising the significance of injury and sickness, I will seek and follow the physician’s advice concerning the return of injured or ill players to training
  10. I will endeavour to keep informed regarding sound principles of coaching and skill development, and of factors relating to the welfare of my players
  11. I will at all times display and teach appropriate sporting behaviour, ensuring that players understand and practise fair play.
  12. I will display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, other officials, parents and spectators.
  13. I will ensure that players are involved in a positive environment where skill learning and development are priorities not overshadowed by a desire to win.
  14. I reject the use of performance enhancing substances in sport and will abide by the guidelines set forth in the AFL/NV Drug Policy.
  15. I will ensure I am familiar with relevant policies and procedures relating to a child safe environment and member protection – this includes risk management, child safe policy and mandatory notification obligations and completion of relevant Child Safety training.



  1. Display fairness and uniformity in applying the rules.
  2. Be honest in your assessment of situations.
  3. Be consistent and courteous in calling all infractions.
  4. Condemn deliberate unruly conduct as being unsporting and promote fair play and respectful sports behaviour.
  5. The health and safety of the players must be the most important reason to be weighed in during the decision making process.
  6. Do not engage in physical and/or verbal intimidation, abuse or conduct toward any player, official, umpire or supporter.
  7. Be a positive role model in behaviour and personal appearance.
  8. Ensure you remain up to date with any rule changes and/or interpretation of rules as laid down by the AFL and NV.
  9. Ensure you are familiar with relevant policies and procedures relating to a child safe environment and member protection – this includes risk management, child safe policy and mandatory notification obligations.
  10. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in the game, regardless of their gender, ability or cultural background.
  11. Seek continual self-improvement through study, performance appraisal and regular updating of competencies.


  1. Remember that you are there for the participants to enjoy the game.
  2. Encourage participation, but don’t force it.
  3. Teach that enjoyment is more important than winning.
  4. Never ridicule mistakes or losses – supporters are there to support and build confidence.
  5. Lead by example and respect all players, coaches, umpires and spectators.
  6. Recognise all volunteers who are giving up their valuable time.
  7. Never publicly criticise umpires – raise personal concerns with club officials in private.
  8. Lead the way in stamping out ugly remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability.

By registering your child with your club you agree to abide by these principles. You also 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.


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