Be reasonable in your demands on young player’s time, energy and enthusiasm
Avoid over-playing talented players. The “just”–average players need and deserve equal time
Remember that children participate for fun and enjoyment
Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players
Take into consideration the maturity level of the children, when scheduling and determining the length of practice times and competition
Ensure that your behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sporting behaviour.
Develop team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches
Ensure positive coach/umpire relationships are continually displayed.
Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
Keep yourself informed of sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children. (coaches only)
Create opportunities to teach appropriate sports behaviour as well as basic skills.
Ensure that skill learning and appropriate sports behaviour have priority over highly structured competitions for young children.
Help children understand the responsibilities and implications of their freedom to choose between fair and unfair play.
Ensure knowledge of laws of game is such that you encourage the players to play the game and accept the role of the umpire.
By accepting a team official role at Hammond Park Football Club, I agree to abide by these principles.
I support the club in its undertakings and encourage the club to take any necessary disciplinary actions including the suspension and banning where warranted of any team official for repeated or serious breaches of the Code of Conduct.