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Code of Conduct

The three major user groups Parents, Athletes, and Coaches each have their own unique responsibilities.

Parents Code of Behaviour
  1. Encourage children to participate if they are interested.  However, if a child is not willing do not force him or her.
  2. Focus upon the child’s efforts rather than the overall outcome of the event.  This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  3. Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each event is accepted without undue disappointment.
  4. Encourage children to always participate according the rules.
  5. Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing an event.
  6. Remember children are involved in Little Athletics for their enjoyment, not yours.
  7. 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.
  8. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse at Little Athletics activities.
  9. 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.
  10. Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.
  11. Avoid use of bad language.
Little Athletes’ Code of Behaviour
  1. Play by the rules.
  2. Never argue with an official.  If you disagree, ask your Team Manager to deal with the matter.
  3. Control your temper.  Verbal abuse of officials or other athletes, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in our sport.
  4. Work equally hard for yourself and/or your Centre/Club.  Your Centre/Club’s performance will benefit.
  5. Be a good sport.  Applaud all good results whether they are by your Centre/Club, opponent or the other Centre/Club.
  6. Treat all athletes as you would like to be treated.  Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another athlete.
  7. Co-operate with your coach, club mates and other participants.  Without them there would be no competition.
  8. Participate in Little Athletics for the “fun of it” and not just to please parents and coaches.
  9. Avoid use of bad language
Coach’s Code of Behaviour
  1. Be reasonable in your demands on young athlete’s time, energy and enthusiasm.
  2. Teach athletes the rules of the sport are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
  3. Whenever possible, group athletes to give a reasonable chance of success.
  4. Avoid over-coaching the better performing athletes, the “just averages” athletes need and deserve equal time.
  5. Remember that children participate for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation.  Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing an event.
  6. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the athletes.
  7. Take into consideration the maturity level of the children when scheduling and determining the length of training times and competition.
  8. Develop respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of officials and coaches.
  9. Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured athlete is ready to recommence training or competition.
  10. Make personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children.
  11. Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, other coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.
  12. Avoid use of bad language.


Being an Official

Almost everyone involved in athletics is going to be asked to fill the role of an Official at some stage. The nature of our sport is that it takes a large number of helpers to make it both successful and enjoyable.

As a local community sporting club, there is no expectation that anyone filling the role of an Official is an expert. At Yarra Ranges Athletics, all that is asked is that Officials do their best to follow these guidelines:

  • Perform your duties to the best of your ability to provide a fair competition for all athletes.
  • Take time to familiarise yourself with the rules of each event. If in doubt seek assistance from the Competition Director.
  • Treat all athletes, parents and coaches with respect.
  • If disagreements over decisions cannot be resolved with discussion, seek the assistance of the Competition Director.
  • Remember that without your help the events cannot proceed. Your efforts are appreciated!!

​If at any time you would like to further develop your skills as an Official or Coach, make contact with the Club President, we are always willing to support those that are prepared to add value to the club by improving their knowledge in the sport.

Updated: 28/08/2016 MC