East Sandringham Junior Football Club is committed to the highest standards of behaviour from players, coaches, officials, parents and supporters.
Every coach, official, player and at least one parent must sign the club’s Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is consistent with the SMJFL’s Code of Conduct, which itself is based on AFL Victoria’s general expectations of conduct and behaviour.
2.1 Coach’s Code of Conduct
- Players must always be addressed in a controlled and positive manner.
- No offensive language or cultural, sexist or racist references.
- Coaches, where avoidable, are not to involve themselves in negative dialogue with opposition coaches, officials, players, spectators or umpires.
- Coaches and Team Managers are responsible for the conduct of their officials, players and parents and should ensure that all behave in a responsible manner, accepting the decisions of all umpires and officials.
- Abide by the Laws of the Game and Rules of your Club and the League
- Abide by the AFL Coaches Conduct Guidelines
- Teach the Rules - rules are mutual agreements which nobody should break
- Group players competitively
- Avoid overplaying talented players
- Maximise fun: Place winning in perspective
- Stress safety always
- Devise training programs to suit all skill and maturity levels
- Develop team respect - for opponents, umpires and coaches
- Recognise the importance of proper injury treatment
- Participation in ESJFC Football Department activities to keep up to date with coaching developments
- Attain coaching accreditation and update regularly
- Avoid derogatory language based on gender or race
2.2 Team and Club Official Code of Conduct
- Remember you are representing your club and the league and setting an example to your players and parents
- Try to resolve any conflict in a calm, sensible manner (when possible in private)
- Be aware of potential volatile situations at all times and be prepared to deal with them appropriately
2.3 Player Code of Conduct
- Play by the laws and rules
- Don’t argue with fellow team members, club officials or opposition players
- Control your temper
- Be a team player
- Be a good sport
- Treat all players fairly, and as you would like to be treated
- Cooperate with your coach, teammates, opponents and officials
- Play for fun and improvement
- Avoid ugly remarks based on race or gender
2.3 Parent and Supporter Code of Conduct
- Abide by the AFL Kids’ First program
- Encourage participation but do not force them
- Teach that honest effort is the victory, not the winning
- Encourage to always play by the rules and accept the umpires decision at all times
- Never ridicule mistakes or yell at a child for making mistakes or losing
- Remember, involvement is for their enjoyment, not yours
- Remember, they learn best by example. Applaud both teams.
- Recognise positively the recreational contribution of voluntary officials, coaches and administrators
- Never publicly disagree with officials. Raise issues privately
- Support all efforts to remove verbal, racial and physical abuse and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
- Support your club officials to foster high standards of behaviour for your club and the league Coaches and Team Mangers are required to report, to the Committee, any official or spectator who they believe is behaving in a manner which may reflect badly on the East Sandringham Junior Football Club, as soon as possible.
2.4 Documents for downloading