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Code of Conduct

Taken from the SEASAC Handbook - Code of Conduct

Coaches

1. Remember that SEASAC is for fun and enjoyment.

2. Be reasonable in your demands and try to assist young people in achieving a good balance between the various demands on them.

3. Teach understanding and respect for the rules.

4. Instill in your players respect for officials and an acceptance of their judgement.

5. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.

6. Be prepared to lose sometimes. Be a fair winner and a good loser.

7. Act responsibly when players are ill or injured.

8. Promote desirable personal and social behaviours. Coaches often take on the part of role model for many young people.

9. Keep your knowledge current.

10. Avoid personal relationships with players.

11. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, religion, etc., and aim to develop such respect in your players.

Players / Gymnasts

1. Play for the enjoyment of it and not just to please parents and coaches.

2. Understand and play by the rules.

3. Respect referees and other officials.

4. Work equally hard for yourself and for your team.

5. Be a good sport. Acknowledge all good performance, whether it is by your team or your opponents.

6. Treat all players as you would like to be treated.

7. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person.

8. Be prepared to lose sometimes. Be a fair winner and a good loser.

9. Listen to the advice of your coach and try to apply it at practice and in games.

10. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided.

Parents

1. Encourage your children to participate for their own interest and enjoyment.

2. Encourage children to always play by the rules.

3. Teach children that participating to the best of their abilities is far more important than winning.

4. Focus on developing skills and playing the game.

5. Acknowledge good performance, whether it is by your children’s team or their opponents.

6. Be supportive. Do not publically criticise your or others’ children.

7. Accept decisions of all referees as being fair and called to the best of their ability.

8. Set a good example by your own conduct and behaviour and appearance.

9. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.

10. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, religion, etc.

11. Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators.

12. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided.

Officials / Judges

1. Interpret rules and regulations fairly and to match the skill level and the needs of the participants.

2. Be consistent, objective and courteous in calling all infractions. Objectivity is the single most important characteristic of a good official.

3. Promote fair play and appropriate sporting behaviour. If you see an act of good sportsmanship, applaud it. Compliment both teams on their efforts not just the winning side.

4. Promote change where you can see a positive benefit to participants’ enjoyment of the game from such a change.

5. Ensure that both on and off the court your behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sportsmanship.

6. Keep your knowledge current.

7. Present yourself in a way that encourages others to respect you and your role.

8. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, religion, etc.