Junior Parents’ & Spectators Code of Conduct

Drysdale Football Club, supports the various codes of conduct that AFL Barwon and Geelong Junior Football publishes each season.

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 satisfaction.

12. Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender or race*.

*Refer to AFL National Vilification & Discrimination Policy