Sport Code of Conduct

'Codes of conduct provide clear behavioural guidelines and promote a quality environment in which both the sport and the participants can flourish.'

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, or 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 '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: follow the sound principles of coaching and skill development, and the 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's/umpire's decisions.
  • Demonstrate exemplary behaviour by not using foul language, or harassing players, coaches or officials.