• Play for the ‘fun of it’ and not just to please parents and coaches
  • Play by the rules (regardless of what you think of the rules).
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain or coach approach the official during a break or after the game.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately fouling or provoking an opponent and throwing equipment is not acceptable or permitted in any sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you.
  • Be a good sport. Cheer on all good plays, whether they are your team or the opposition.
  • Treat all players, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
  • Co-operate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no game.


  • If children are interested, encourage them to play sport. However if a child is not willing to play, do not force them.
  • Focus upon the child’s efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without due disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always play according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or shout at a player for making a mistake or losing a game.
  • Remember children are involved in organized sport for their enjoyment – not yours.
  • Remember that children learn best from example. Applaud good play by both teams.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question the official’s judgment and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
  • Support al efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches.  They give their time and resources to improve your child’s skill base and knowledge and deserve your support.


  • Be reasonable in your demands on young players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Teach your players that rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break​​​​​​​
  • Avoid over-playing the talented players. The ‘just average’ players need and deserve equal time.
  • Remember that most people play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is not the only part of their motivation. Never ridicule or yell for players for making mistakes or losing a competition.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
  • The scheduling and length of practice times and competition should take into consideration the maturity and concentration levels of the players.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of the opponents as well as for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches.
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence play.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound coaching principals and the principals of growth and development of your players.