Sport Code of Conduct

St Mary’s School Sport Code of Conduct

St Mary’s aim is to ensure all students undertaking a team sport do so in an environment with emphasis on enjoyment, en- couragement and team spirit. This will develop an understanding of a balanced healthy life style between sporting, academic, social and other interests, while following St Mary’s emphasis of Catholic values and attitudes during their sporting venture.


I will

operate within the rules and spirit of the game and teach my players to do the same

remember that players participate for enjoyment and winning is only part of the fun

(Do not say “winning does not count” because it does; instead help them develop the feel for competition, for trying hard, for having fun)

never ridicule or yell at players for making a mistake or not winning

Ensure that the time players spend with me is a positive experience. All players are deserving of equal attention and op- portunities

avoid overplaying the talented players and understand that the average players need and deserve equal time (This is based on the understanding they have attended practice and fulfil their players agreement)

display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport show concern and caution toward sick and injured players

respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in the game keep in mind referees have the hardest job of anyone involved in sport

I will not

use bad language nor will I harass players, officials, spectators or other coaches. arrive at the venue intoxicated or drink alcohol/smoke cigarettes at junior matches.


I will

ensure my child wears the correct school sports uniform

encourage my child to play within the rules and respect officials and coaches decisions

teach my child to respect the efforts of their opponents

make an effort to understand the rules of the game; this will make the game more enjoyable

remember that children learn best by example so I will applaud good plays/performances by both my child’s team and their opponents

give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort/emphasise enjoyment

Support my child’s efforts and performance; (avoid pressuring your child about winning or losing, help focus on the pro- cess of participation not the outcome i.e. how did you do? Not did you win?)

thank the coaches, officials and other volunteers who give their time to conduct the event for my child

help when asked by a coach or official

respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in the game, regardless of their gender, ability or cultural back- ground

I will not

pressure my child in anyway – I know that this is their game not mine

arrive at the venue intoxicated or drink alcohol/smoke cigarettes at junior matches use bad language, nor harass players, coaches, officials or other spectators


To up hold the school’s tradition and high values expected of me while representing St Mary’s School.

I promise that I will:

wear the correct sports uniform

attend all practices, and be punctual

co-operate with my coach and team mates

participate for my own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches

always play by the rules

never argue with an official, coach or referee

work equally hard for myself and my team

support and encourage my team mates

be a good sport and applaud all good plays whether they are made by my team or the opposition display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat

treat all players in my sport as I like to be treated

notify the coach if I am unwell

not swear

control my temper

thank the opposition and officials at the end of the game

Players name: _______________________

Players Signature: ____________________


Please read this with your parents and sign.

Keep in a safe place at home so you can always remember your agreement.