Sport Code of Conduct

Adults play an essential role in supporting sport at BDC. Children learn best by example. Therefore codes of conduct provide clear behavioural guidelines and promote a quality environment in which both the sport and the participants can flourish.

The following codes of conduct apply for all BDC sport programs.


  • Play by the rules: they are there for the good of all.
  • Never argue with an official: if you disagree, discuss the matter with your coach or teacher after the game.
  • Control your temper: verbal abuse, racial or religious vilification of other players, and provoking an opponent or the other team are never appropriate.
  • Be a good sport: applaud all good plays by your team, opponent or the opposition team.
  • Treat all players fairly: treat all players as you would like to be treated.
  • Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
  • Cooperate willingly: cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no game.
  • Play for fun: play for the ‘fun of it’ and not just to please parents and coaches.

Coaches and Teachers

  • Be reasonable in your demands: consider young players' time, energy and enthusiasm levels.
  • Avoid over-playing the talented players. The just 'average' players need and deserve equal time.
  • Keep winning in perspective: maximise participation because children participate for fun and enjoyment.
  • Stress safety: ensure that equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate for age and ability levels.
  • Consider maturity levels: match up practice schedules, activities and degree of competition.
  • Develop team respect: for opponents as well as for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches.
  • Recognise the importance of injury: seek and follow the physician's advice concerning injured players.
  • Keep informed: with sound principles of coaching and skill development, and development of children.
  • Teach sporting behaviour: create opportunities to teach appropriate sports behaviour as well as basic skills.
  • Get priorities right: ensure skill learning and appropriate behaviour are the priority over competition.
  • Teach fair play: help children understand their responsibility to play fairly.

Parents and Spectators

  • Encourage children to participate regardless of ability.
  • Encourage participants to always play by the rules.
  • Never ridicule mistakes or losses.
  • Remember that participants learn best by example. Applaud good play by all teams.
  • Never publicly disagree with officials. If you disagree, raise the issue privately through appropriate channels.
  • Actively discourage racial abuse.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches, managers and umpires/referees. They give their time and resources to provide a game for young participants.
  • Remember that participants play for fun and are not miniature professionals.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Encourage players to accept the referee/umpire's decisions.
  • Demonstrate exemplary behaviour by not using foul language, or harassing players, coaches or officials.





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