These Codes of Conduct reference and are based on the various Codes of Conduct in the WA Football Junior Football Club Manual. All Players, Coaches, Officials, and Parents agreed to abide by these Codes of Conduct during the Player Registration process, or appointment to Coaching or other Official roles.
Players Code of Conduct
- Play by the rules
- Never argue with an umpire or an official. If you disagree you should pursue the matter with your team manager or coach
- Play to enjoy the game and improve your football skills
- Control your temper and do not indulge in any verbal or physical abuse of an umpire, official or any player
- Be a good sport and acknowledge all good efforts from your team and the opposition
- Work equally hard for yourself and your team
- Co-operate with your coach, teammates and opponents, as, without them, there would be no game
Coaches Code of Conduct
The following is to be read in conjunction with the AFL Coaches Code of Conduct (accepted as part of AFL Coaches Accreditation).
- Maintain a standard of behaviour and conduct in the best interests of the BJFC, the game, and the players in your care
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals within the context of your involvement in the BJFC, by refraining from any discriminatory practices including, but not limited to, discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnic background, special ability/disability or sexual orientation, preference or identity
- Abide by and teach the AFL Laws of the Game, the Rules of the East Fremantle Football District, and polices of the BJFC
- Be reasonable in the demands made on the time commitments of the players in my care, having due consideration for their health and wellbeing
- Be supportive at all times and refrain from any form of personal or physical abuse or unnecessary physical contact with the players in my care
- Have due consideration for varying maturity and ability levels of my players when designing practice schedules, practice activities and involvement in competition
- Strive to ensure that all players gain equal playing time. Avoid overplaying the talented players, aim to maximise participation, learning and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability
- Stress and monitor safety always
- Recognise the significance of injury and sickness and seek and follow the physicians advice concerning the return of injured or ill players to training
- Endeavor to keep informed regarding sound principles of coaching and skill development, and of factors relating to the welfare of my players
- At all times display and teach appropriate sporting behavior, ensuring that players understand and practice fair play
- Display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, other officials, parents and spectators
- Ensure that players are involved in a positive environment where skill-learning and development are priorities and not overshadowed by a desire to win
Team Managers and Committee Code of Conduct
Based on Administrators and Volunteers Code of Conduct from the WA Junior Football Handbook
- Provide equal opportunities for participation for all children
- Actively promote Positive Game Day Environments
- Ensure that parents, coaches, sponsors, trainers and participants understand their responsibilities regarding fair play
- Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.
- Ensure that your behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sporting behaviour.
- Ensure promotion, well-being and safety of umpires and encourage good sportsmanship before, during and after matches
- Ensure positive player/umpire relationships are continually developed.
Parents Code of Conduct
- Ensure that your efforts to enjoy the childs involvement in sport do not detract from their enjoyment
- Encourage the child to always play by the rules and codes of conduct
- Focus upon the childs efforts and performances rather than the result of the game. This will assist the child to set realistic goals related to his or her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning
- Children learn by example, applaud good plays by both teams
- Do not publicly question umpires judgment and never their honesty
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from junior football
- Recognise the value and importance of the volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resources and deserve your support
- Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game
- Do not force an unwilling child to participate in football
By Law #1 Spirit of Junior Football
Extract fromt the WA Junior Football By Laws, and included in all Codes of Conduct.
- Not focus on winning at all cost
- Understand that the role of Junior Football is to foster the development of Players and Volunteers
- Maximise the enjoyment and development of junior footballers
- Provide our children with a game environment that is safe, fun and fair.
- Ensure that the values which add to the spirit of our game, which include fairness, equality, respect and teamwork are encouraged and celebrated.
- Uphold, promote and protect the Rules, Laws, Codes, Policies and Spirit of the game.
- Not accept poor behaviours around our game and deter practices that undermine our games environments
- Adhere to any directive issued by the games controlling bodies in the best interests of achieving the above