Junior Coaches’ Code of Conduct

Drysdale Football Club, supports the various codes of conduct that AFL Barwon 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*.

*Refer to  AFL National Vilification & Discrimination Policy