Drysdale Football Club, supports the various codes of conduct that Football Geelong and Geelong Junior Football publishes each season.
Junior Coaches’ Code of Conduct
1. Be familiar with the Laws of Australian football and abide by the rules and conditions of
your league and club.
2. Teach your players that rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no player
should evade or break.
3. Group players according to age, height, skill and physical maturity whenever possible in
any competitive practice session.
4. Avoid over-playing the talented players. The ‘just average’ players need and deserve
equal time, if not more.
5. Remember that the players involved play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only
part of it. Emphasise the importance of the learning and development of skills and positive
attitudes. Never ridicule or yell at your players for making mistakes or losing a competition.
6. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate for the
age and ability of the players.
7. The scheduling and length of practice times and competitions should take into
consideration the maturity level of the players.
8. Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgement of
umpires and opposing coaches.
9. Follow the advice of a qualified person when determining when an injured player is ready
to play or train again.
10. Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound junior coaching
principles and developments. Endeavour to attain coaching accreditation and to become an
active member of the local branch of the Australian Football Coaches Association.
11. Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender or race.
Junior Players’ Code of Conduct
1. Abide by the rules of the game and rules set down by your coach, club and league.
2. Never argue with an official or umpire. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or
manager approach the official during a break or after the competition.
3. Control your temper. Verbal or physical abuse of officials, umpires spectators or other
players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted.
4. Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, so
5. Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they be by your team, opponent or the
other team. Be proud to walk off the ground after each game knowing that you have given your
best effort and never involve yourself in an argument with opposing players, umpires or officials.
6. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair
advantage of another player. Your involvement to play is for fun and enjoyment and winning is
only part of it.
7. Co-operate with your coach and team mates, and respect the ability of your opponent.
Without them there would be no game.
8. Play for the ‘fun of it’ and not just to please parents and coaches.
9. Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender or race.
Parents and Spectators of Junior Football Code of Conduct
1. Encourage children to participate if they are interested. However if a child is not willing do
not force them.
2. Focus upon the child’s efforts and performance rather that the overall outcome of the
event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to their ability by reducing the
emphasis on winning.
3. Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each
game is accepted without undue disappointment.
4. Encourage your child always to play by the rules.
5. Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
6. Remember your child should be involved in football for their enjoyment, not yours.
7. Remember your child learns best by example. Applaud good play by both your team and
by members of the opposing team.
8. If you disagree with an official or umpire raise the issue through the appropriate channels
rather than questioning the official’s judgment and honesty in public. Remember, most officials
give their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
9. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from junior sporting activities.
10. Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give of their time and
resources to provide recreational activities for your child and deserve your support.
11. Support your club officials in maintaining the highest standard of behaviour both on and
off the field for the betterment of the league and your family. Offer your assistance to the team
that your child is playing in so that every opportunity is being provided for the very best
supervision and support. Your involvement will give both yourself and your child far more
12. Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender or race.