Code of Behaviour
To ensure that all participants adhere to the “true spirit” of Little Athletics the following Code of Behaviour has been endorsed by Ashmore Little Athletics Centre. Any breach of this code should be referred to the Centre Manager
A child’s basic training in good sportsmanship comes from the home!
- If children are interested, encourage them to participate. However, if a child is not willing, do not force him or her.
- Focus upon your child’s efforts and performance and place the welfare and development of your child above win and loss records. This assists your child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
- Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each competition is accepted without undue disappointment.
- Encourage your child to always participate according to the rules.
- Do not criticise children in front of spectators, never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition. Constructive criticism should be given in private.
- Remember that children are involved in organised sport for their enjoyment not yours.
- Accept the decision of all officials as being fair and called to the best of their ability. If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the Centre Manager rather than question the official’s judgment and honesty in public. Remember, all officials give their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
- Remember that your children learn best by example, do not criticise opposing athletes or supporters by word or gesture and applaud good performances by all athletes.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s sporting activities.
- Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your child.
- Set a good example by your personal appearance and actions.
- Make every athletics competition serve as a training ground for life, emphasize that good sports people are good students and are both physically and mentally alert.
ADMINISTRATORS, OFFICIALS & SPECTATORS
In Little Athletics these people are mostly parents temporarily performing a different function
- Remember to behave as a parent should at all times, don’t adopt a different code of behaviour just because your role has temporarily changed.
- Refer to Parents’ code above.
The best coaches are more interested in their athletes’ wellbeing than whether they win or lose!
- Be reasonable in your demands on the young athlete’s time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember they have other interests.
- Teach your athletes that rules of sport are mutual agreements which no one should evade or break.
- When coaching, group athletes according to age, height, skill and physical maturity whenever possible.
- Avoid over-attention to the talented athletes. The “just average” athletes need and deserve equal time.
- Remember that children compete for fun and enjoyment and winning is only part of their motivation. Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing in a competition.
- Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the athletes.
- The scheduling and length of coaching practice times and competitions should take into consideration the maturity level of the athlete.
- Develop each athlete’s respect for the ability of other athletes, as well as for the judgment of officials.
- Following the advice of a sports medicine physician when determining when an injured athlete is ready to compete or practice.
- Remember that children need a coach they can respect, Be generous with your praise when it is deserved and always set a good example.
- Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children.
It isn’t whether you win or lose, but how you play the game!
- Compete and train for the “fun of it” not just to please your parents or coach.
- Learn and obey the rules of competition.
- Co-operate with officials and other competitors, for without them you don’t have a competition.
- Never argue with the officials’ decision. Let your Centre Manager ask any necessary questions.
- Control your temper – no “mouthing off”, breaking equipment, throwing implements or other equipment.
- Work equally for yourself and your team in relay and team events, your team’s performance will benefit and so will your own.
- Be a good sport, acknowledge a good performance, regardless of who achieved it.
- Treat all athletes as you would like to be treated. Don’t interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any athlete.
Remember that the goal of training or competition is to have fun, improve your skills and feel good. Don’t be a show-off or brag about your own performances.