Code of Conduct

Shepparton Junior Soccer Association Codes of Conduct

“For the Good of the Game”

This code of conduct shall apply to parents, guardians and supporters in relation to all activities associated with training & match day.  Any breach thereof may be subject to immediate disciplinary action by authorized association personnel, if deemed necessary, and/or pursuant to association rules & regulations & constitution, policies and by-laws including the Football Victoria Grievance, Disciplinary and Tribunal (GDT) By-Law.

It is vital that everyone involved in sporting activities, whether they are athletes, coaches, parents, officials or supporters understand their responsibilities to ensure that all participants enjoy the sport.

Players' Code of Behavior

  • Play by the Rules and within the spirit of the game. Make yourself familiar with the SJSA Rules & the FIFA Laws of the Game
  • Treat Match Officials with respect & do not argue with them, without them you do not have a game. If you disagree with a decision, have your coach approach the Referee Coordinator after the match
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking another person is not acceptable or permitted in any sport
  • Maintain your focus and work hard for yourself and your team
  • Be a good sport and be prepared to acknowledge good play whether it is from 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
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion
  • Cooperate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them, there would be no competition
  • Play for your own enjoyment, and not just to please parents and coaches
  • Comply with the SJSA rules concerning jewelrey, piercings, headgear, undergarments & shin guards
  • Comply with the SJSA Social Media Policy
  • Do not accept or use any banned or unauthorized drug(s), including the consumption of alcohol at any time

Coaches' / TEAM MANAGERS' Code of CONDUCT

  • Remember that players participate for the fun of it and that winning is not everything
  • Be reasonable in your demands on younger players time, energy and enthusiasm
  • Teach your players to abide by the Rules and Laws of the Game
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet a reasonable safety standard and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players
  • Modify your approach to suit the skill levels and needs of players
  • Develop and enhance respect between players, opposition coaches and the decisions of the match official
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining the extent of a player’s injury and beyond that, when players are returning from injury to training and match play
  • Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices (refer to Coach Accreditation Criteria)
  • Take time out to teach players (& others) the Laws of the Game, hence raising their awareness
  • Remind all players to play within the spirit of the game at all times
  • Ensure players are good sports and ensure each team member shakes the hand of their opponents at the conclusion of every match
  • Comply with the SJSA Social Media Policy
  • Do not smoke within 10m of a field of play – there is a designated smoking area at the venue & smoking is also banned at training
  • Do not consume alcohol anywhere throughout the venue during our match day
  • Do not attend any SJSA match or training session under the influence of alcohol
  • Do not attend any SJSA match or training session under the influence of any banned or unauthorized drug(s)
  • Remember the actions of yourself and your team is reflective of the perception others take away with them

Parents' Code of Behavior

  • Remember that children play the sport for their enjoyment, and not yours
  • Encourage children to play according to the rules and spirit of the game
  • Encourage all children to participate, do not force them
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than the result of the activity (that is, winning or losing)
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules
  • Never ridicule, yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game
  • Remember that children learn best by example, so applaud good play by both teams
  • Support all efforts to remove racial and religious vilification, verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
  • Respect the match official’s decisions and teach your child to do likewise
  • Show respect and appreciation to Club officials, including coaches, officials and administrators. Ensure any issues are raised through the correct channels
  • ‘Smart Supporting’ – not loud and intense but calm, relaxed and at all times positive
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion
  • Comply with the SJSA Social Media Policy
  • Do not smoke within 10m of a field of play – there is a designated smoking area at the venue & smoking is also banned at training
  • Do not consume alcohol anywhere throughout the venue during our match day
  • Do not attend any SJSA match or training session under the influence of alcohol
  • Do not attend any SJSA match day or training session under the influence of any banned or unauthorized drug(s)

Spectators' Code of Behavior

  • Applaud good play and performances from both teams, and be forward in congratulating all participants on their performance regardless of the final outcome
  • Respect the match official’s decisions on the day
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players
  • Show respect to for both teams when watching matches, because without them there would be no game
  • Encourage players to follow rules and accept the decision of the match official
  • Do not intimidate, harass or use foul language towards, players, match officials, Club Officials or spectators
  • Comply with the SJSA Social Media Policy
  • Do not smoke within 10m of a field of play – there is a designated smoking area at the venue & smoking is also banned at training
  • Do not consume alcohol anywhere throughout the venue during our match day
  • Do not attend any SJSA match or training session under the influence of alcohol
  • Do not attend any SJSA match day or training session under the influence of any banned or unauthorized drug(s)

Administrators' Code of Behavior

  • Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behavior and skill development, and assist in raising the standards of coaching and officiating
  • Ensure everyone involved in football emphasizes fair play, and not winning at all costs
  • Be tolerant and calm under pressure and approach problem solving in a supportive manner as members and players will expect you to set an example for others
  • Comply with the SJSA Social Media Policy
  • Do not smoke within 10m of a field of play – there is a designated smoking area at the venue & smoking is also banned at training
  • Do not consume alcohol anywhere throughout the venue during our match day
  • Do not attend any SJSA match or training session under the influence of alcohol
  • Do not attend any SJSA match day or training session under the influence of any banned or unauthorized drug(s)
  • Make every effort to educate persons who breach these guidelines from time to time

Match Officials' Code of Behavior

  • Modify your approach to suit the skill levels and needs of players
  • Praise and encourage all participants
  • Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions
  • Do not tolerate unsporting behavior and promote respect for all opponents
  • Emphasize the spirit of the game rather than focus on negative aspects
  • Encourage and promote rule changes to all players and members
  • Be a good sport yourself, as actions speak louder than words
  • Keep up to date with the latest trends in refereeing
  • Comply with the SJSA Social Media Policy
  • Do not smoke within 10m of a field of play – there is a designated smoking area at the venue & smoking is also banned at training
  • Do not consume alcohol anywhere throughout the venue during our match day
  • Do not attend any SJSA match or training session under the influence of alcohol
  • Do not attend any SJSA match day or training session under the influence of any banned or unauthorized drug(s)
  • Make every effort to educate persons who breach these guidelines from time to time
  • Remember that you set the example on the park, therefore, your behavior and comments should always be positive and supportive

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