• Play for enjoyment, not just to please your parents, teacher or coach
  • Play by the laws of the game
  • Never argue with the referee’s decision. Let your captain or coach ask any necessary questions
  • Control your temper- no ‘mouthing off’
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will your own
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all the good play, whether it is done by your team or your opponent
  • Shake hands with all of the opposing team at the conclusion of the match, and clap them off in the spirit of good sportsmanship
  • Treat all players as you yourself would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take advantage of any player
  • Treat everyone equally regardless of sex, disability, ethnic origin or religion
  • Remember that the goals of the game are-to have fun, improve your skills and feel good
  • Co-operate with your coach, teacher, team mates, referee and opponents, for without them you do not have a game.






  • Condemn all violent or illegal acts, whether they are by players, coaches, officials, parents or spectators
  • Respect the referee’s decisions-don’t complain or argue about calls or decisions during or after a game
  • Behave! Unsportsmanlike language, harassment or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Encourage players to play by the laws and to respect opposition players and officials
  • Never ridicule or scorn a player for making a mistake-respect their efforts
  • Understand that sport is part of a total life experience, and the benefits of involvement go far beyond the final score of the game.
  • Participate in positive cheering that encourages the players in the team you are supporting; do not engage in any cheering that taunts or intimidates opponents, their fans or officials
  • Remember that students participate for their own enjoyment, not yours!
  • At all times, follow the directions of the Ground Marshall and/or other match day staff
  • Never arrive at a game under the influence of alcohol






  • Actively discourage foul play, unsportsmanlike behaviour, dissent or querying of referee decisions by players or coaching staff during games
  • Seek to maximise the participation and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability; avoid the tendency to overuse a talented player; treat all players as equals, regardless of their talent
  • Show concern and caution towards all sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician and/or sports trainer to the letter when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or playing
  • Teach players that an honest effort and competing to the best of their ability is as important as victory
  • Maintain appropriate, professional relationships with players at all times
  • Always consider the health, safety and welfare of the players
  • Teach young players to realise that there is a big gap between theirnplay and the professional game; do not coach them as if they are professionals
  • Ensure that your coaching reflects the level of competition being played; do not be a “winner at all costs” coach
  • As coach, conduct yourself at all times in a manner, and in all situations, that shows leadership, respect for the game and respect for all those that are involved in the game-the players, officials, the spectators, the parents, the referees and the media
  • Encourage players to shake hands with the referee and opposition coach at the conclusion of every game