Parents and carers have a responsibility to support your child’s football activities in a positive way on and off the field. This includes being a role model and encouraging good behaviour in not only your own child but also their team mates, coach, manager and other spectators. Supporting your child and their team is natural, but it needs to be done in a positive and supportive way in a harassment-free environment.
As a parent I will:
- Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
- Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
- Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than whether they win or lose.
- Encourage children to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
- Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
- Remember that children learn best by example.
- Appreciate good performance and skilful plays by all participants.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
- Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
- Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials, committee and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
- Escalate issues through committee for deliberation
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club or competition administrator. I may:
- Be required to apologise to other parents, the other team and the referee
- Receive a formal warning from the club committee
- Be suspended from attending matches
- My child’s registration may be cancelled
Recommended Reading for all Parents, Coaches and anyone involved in “Kids’ Sport” … … click the link here to read a “Kids’ sport – a very real guide for grownups“, as published by the NSW Department of Sport & Recreation.