Codes Of Conduct




 

PLAY BY THE RULESCodes of Conduct

Policy

of

Little Athletics Association of Victoria Incorporated

Policy

 

Registration Number: A0003260D UPDATED July 2015

 

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Codes of Conduct of

LITTLE ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA INC

Registration Number: A0003260D

 

 

1. Introduction

 

Little Athletics Victoria expects all members to comply with the Codes of Conduct.

 

  1. Appropriate action may be taken in the case of any breaches of the Code of Conduct.
  2. Little Athletics Victoria will ensure that all athletes, coaches, spectators, parents, officials and administrators are not prone to sexual abuse, neglect, physical abuse or emotional abuse.
  3. They will ensure that all persons are included, protected and not discriminated against in any manner.
  4. Little Athletics Victoria is registered as an Incorporated Association as protection for its Centres, Committees and its Members

 

Codes of Conduct

  1. Administrators
  2. Officials
  3. Parents
  4. Spectators
  5. Coaches
  6. Little Athletes

Good Governance

  1. Create a comfortable, safe & inclusive environment to encourage the involvement and participation of families
  2. Advertise your Centre through the use of flyers, signage and word of mouth
  3. Consider costs to allow as many people to participate
  4. Control the business of the Centre by being focused on objectives of the LAVic Constitution
  5. Implement a succession plan to assist members and administrators
  6. Identify and manage any financial or non-financial risks of the Centre
  7. Create a mandatory minimum checking standard to keep children safe by ensuring Working with Children Checks are in place

 

 

Little Athletes Code of Conduct

 

  • Play by the rules
  • Never argue with an official, if you disagree, ask your Team Manager or Age Manager to deal with the matter.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials, coaches, parents or other athletes, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in our sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and/or your Centre/Club. Your Centre/Club’s performance will benefit.
  • Be  a  good  sport.  Applaud  all  good  results  whether  they  are  by  your Centre/Club, opponent or the other Centre/Club.
  • Treat all athletes, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another athlete.
  • Co-operate  with  officials,  coaches,  club  mates  and  other  participants. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Participate in Little Athletics for the “fun of it” and not just to please parents and coaches.
  •  Avoid use of bad language.

 

Coaches Code of Conduct

 

  • Be  reasonable  in  your  demands  on  young  athlete’s  time,  energy  and enthusiasm.
  • Teach athletes the rules of the sport are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
  • Whenever possible, group athletes to give a reasonable chance of success.
  • Avoid  over-coaching  the  better  performing  athletes,  the  “just  average” athletes need and deserve equal time.
  • Ensure any physical contact with athletes is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the athlete’s skills development.
  • Avoid situations with your athletes that could be construed as compromising.
  • Remember that children participate for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their enjoyment. Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing an event.
  • Ensure     that  equipment  and    facilities      meet  safety    standards      and    are appropriate to the age and ability of the athletes.
  • Take into consideration the maturity level of the children when scheduling and determining the length of training times and competition.
  • Coaches  should  never  solicit,  whether  overtly  or  covertly,  or  by  actively recruiting athletes who are already being coached to join their squad.
  • Develop respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgement of officials and coaches.
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured athlete is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, other coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.
  • Not publicly criticise or disagree with the work of other coaches.
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check Avoid use of bad language.

 

Officials Code of Conduct

 

  • Compliment all participants on their efforts.
  • Be consistent, objective and courteous in calling all infractions.
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.
  • Ensure that the “spirit of the game” for children is not lost by using common sense and not over-emphasising errors.
  • Ensure     that  equipment  and    facilities     meet  safety    standards      and    are appropriate to the age and ability of the participants.
  • Publicly  encourage  rule  changes,  which  will  reinforce  the  principles  of participation for fun and enjoyment.
  • Ensure that your behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sporting behaviour. Actions speak louder than words.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound officiating principles and the principles of growth and development of children.
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check
  • Avoid use of bad language.

 

Administrators Code of Conduct

 

  • Involve children in the planning, leadership, evaluation and decision-making related to the activity.
  • Ensure that equal opportunities for participation in sports are made available to all children, regardless of ability, size, shape, sex, disability or ethnic origin.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate to the ability level of participating children.
  • Ensure that rules, equipment, events and training schedules take in consideration the age, ability and maturity level of participating children.
  • Ensure that adequate supervision is provided by qualified and competent coaches and officials capable of developing appropriate positive behaviour and skill technique.
  • Remember that children participate for enjoyment and play down the importance of rewards.
  • Avoid allowing programmes to become primarily spectator entertainment. Focus on the needs of the participants rather than the enjoyment of the spectators.
  • Provide clinics aimed at improving the standards of coaching and officiating, with an emphasis on appropriate behaviour and skill technique.
  • Ensure that parents, coaches, sponsors, administrators, officials, physicians and participants understand their responsibilities regarding fair play.
  • Make available the Code of Conduct to spectators, officials, parents, coaches, athletes and the media.
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check
  • Avoid use of bad language.

 

Parents Code of Conduct

 

  • Encourage children to participate if they are interested. However, if a child is not willing, do not force him or her.
  • Focus upon the child’s efforts rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the children in setting realistic goals related to his/her own ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each event is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing an event.
  • Remember children are involved in Little Athletics for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official’s judgement and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove all verbal and physical abuse at Little Athletics activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of being a volunteer official and/or coach. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve your support.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, parents, coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.
  • Avoid use of bad language.

 

Spectators Code of Conduct

 

  • Remember that children participate in Little Athletics activities for fun. They are not participating for the entertainment of spectators, nor are they miniature professionals.
  • Applaud good performances and efforts from each athlete. Congratulate all participants upon their performance regardless of the event outcome.
  • Respect the officials’ decisions. If there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedure in order to question the decision and teach the children to do likewise.
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during a competition. Positive comments are motivational.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or athletes.
  • Show respect for each participant. Without them there would be no events.
  • Encourage athletes to follow the rules and the officials’ decisions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not harassing athletes, parents, coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.
  • Avoid use of bad language.

 

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